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Fringe Will End Jan. 18

By November 5, 2012

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John Noble and Josh Jackson in (I)Fringe(/i).

John Noble and Josh Jackson in Fringe.

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Fox has fixed the transmission date for the Fringe series finale: it's Friday, Jan. 18, and it'll be a two-hour epic that also, eerily, turns out to be the show's hundredth episode.

The double episode, counted as the twelfth and thirteenth of the season, is written and directed by showrunner J. H. Wyman and will actually constitute the last two-thirds of a three-part storyline that starts the prior week on Jan. 11. As Fringe will be taking a small break around the holidays (episode 10 airs Dec. 21), these three episodes will effectively air in isolation as the only Fringe we'll get in 2013, underlining their climactic significance.

And that's pretty much all that's been made public. Fox is going to promote the heck out of it, most likely, but Fringe has justly or unjustly acquired a reputation for continuity lock-out. The die-hard fans will all be at the party, but it's a toss-up how big an audience of casual viewers can be induced to attend the event.

Of course, it doesn't matter--as I've said before, no matter what the ratings for season 5, Fringe is already a cult classic, liable to burgeoning fandom and an inevitable future revival of interest. (Imagine the reboot feature film in 2027, with, say, a mature Billy Burke as Walter.) Meanwhile, in anticipation of the show's shuffling off this mortal television coil, here come the valedictory statements lionizing the momentous culmination!

J.J. Abrams (series co-creator and executive producer): "It has been an absolute honor to have been a part of the weird and wonderful world of Fringe. I will always owe the cast and crew for pouring their hearts and souls into every dimension of this series. Creating the show with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman was a joy, but watching it evolve over the years into such an imaginative, insane and heartbreaking ride is nothing less than a thrill. I am grateful to our blessed fans, and to Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice and everyone at the glorious Fox network for allowing Fringe to reach its bittersweet conclusion."

J. H. Wyman (executive producer and showrunner): "Above all else, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to personally thank everyone involved with Fringe. From the most amazing fans, to our incredible cast, writers and crew, and our wonderful partners at FOX and Warner Bros. -- we would not be here without you. It simply cannot be overstated how grateful I am for the ongoing and unconditional support we have received over the past five seasons. It has been both mind-blowing and humbling. I've always been a fan of science fiction, and to be able to tell this story about a family -- a family that, through everything, fought together for survival -- has been a highlight of my career. As we approach the final chapter, I can hardly believe it, and I'm just truly thankful for this unparalleled experience."

Kevin Reilly (Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Entertainment: "Fringe has truly imagined the impossibilities over its five seasons and will go down in the books as one of FOX's most riveting and creatively brilliant series. It has been a blast to work with J.J., Joel and their masterful creative teams, as well as with Anna, Josh and John and the rest of the most talented cast and crew in the business."

If you're wondering why the date sounds familiar, it's because Fringe will be ending just as the winter season begins on Syfy, NBC, and other networks. In particular, that Monday, Jan. 14, is when Syfy launches the new run of Being Human.
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November 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm
(1) JJGoode says:

Itís kind of bittersweet to see Fringe coming to an end; especially since I now know January 18th will be the end of a great five season run. Some of my buddies that work with me at DISH were talking about having a finale party, so it should at least be a good time. Iím saving this entire last season to my DISH Hopper, because I know that Iíll feel nostalgic for a lot of these final moments. Itís nice to have a DVR with a lot of memory. I finally get to save everything in my ever-growing show list.

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