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Fringe Renewed For Season 5

Final Season This Fall

By Robert T. Trate     April 27, 2012
Source: TV Line

This is good news no matter what universe or timeline you live in: Fox has renewed Fringe for a fifth and final 13-episode season.

Back in January, Fox president Kevin Reilly conceded that Fringe‘s low ratings were negatively impacting the network’s bottom line. ”We lose a lot of money on the show,” he said. “At that rating, on [Friday] night, its impossible to make money. We’re not in the business of losing money.”

But Fringe remains a passion project for Reilly. And Warner Bros. — eager for the J.J. Abrams thriller to reach that magic, syndication-enhancing 100 episode threshold — agreed to reduce the show’s license fee (i.e. the amount the studio charges the network for each episode).

Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas,” Reilly said in a statement Thursday. “Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve. The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”

Producers were prepared for either outcome. John Noble (Walter) recently told TVLine that the May 11 finale could serve as a season or series finale. “We’ve shot two [endings],” he said.

Joshua Jackson, meanwhile, hinted that “the door to the fifth season” was opened in last Friday’s episode, which took place in the 2036 and featured a “game-changing battle” between the Fringe team and the Observers. “If you watch that, you’ll have an understanding of where they want to take the series.”

You may also find a clue or two in the following Season 5 trailer, which accompanied Thursday’s announcement.

Check out Mania’s review of last week’s episode, “Letters of Transit”, here. Look for reviews of the final episodes by Kurt Anthony Krug in the weeks to come.  

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invisage 4/27/2012 1:51:25 AM

Great news. Too bad it couldn't go a little longer. I still think it had could have gone another two seasons and still been a good show.

With Alcatraz likely to get the axe and only a short season next year does this mean a new series will come about from J.J?

wish 4/27/2012 5:15:41 AM

Fuck Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

love this show!!  13 eps will be perfect to end it, they'll cut right to the meat and toss the fillers, this is the best news I've heard in 2012 so far!!!

I'll miss it but that's a good run, they did a great job as this show never fell in a rut for me, it was always solid with something to offer in every episode.  It's a good thing Sci-fi and comics/fantasy rule the movies cause this is bye-bye for decent sci-fi on tv.

spiderhero 4/27/2012 5:45:40 AM

First I was happy: Renewed for another season.

Then I was sad: Final season.

Finally, I wanted to cry: Only 13 episodes.

 

xpaladinx45 4/27/2012 5:50:07 AM

 So happy we will at least get an ending for this show.  I always feared this, one of my favorite shows, would get an early axe.

lusiphur 4/27/2012 5:56:25 AM

 Like Eureka, I'm glad they've been given the chance to give a proper ending to the series.  I wish it was more than 13 episodes.  The series has been amazing and will rank among my favorites for years to come.

Bryzarro 4/27/2012 6:35:16 AM

 Bittersweet after hearding this last night.  I am happy it has a final season and that they gave them 13 episodes.  Tey can close it out on their terms.

But I am dissapointed.  They put it on a bogus night, and in the age of DVR/PVR and online viewing the skewed ratings system has doomed an otherwise very popular show.  

Anyways i'll be watching as I always do Friday nights and enjoy the ride.  

galaga51 4/27/2012 7:25:16 AM

I love this show for the characters, but the writing is not always stellar.  At times it seems to lack a direction and plot holes are too common, and yet I usually find each episode to be easily enjoyable.  Fox did the show no favors by placing it on Friday nights and having an 8-day waiting period to watch missed episodes online.  (You're making me wait until after the next episode comes out to watch the previous one?  Really?!)  But at least the show has an ending date far enough in advance that we hopefully can see some kind of closure to the frayed fringes of Fringe.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 4/27/2012 8:37:44 AM

There are no plot holes in this show. They tie then up somewhere. If you think there are you just aren't paying attention.

twomcs 4/27/2012 9:35:06 AM

So glad to hear they will get to go out on their own terms! Too bad it can't go on longer though. It will be missed.

isgrimner 4/27/2012 11:15:20 AM

Awesome news. 

Like Wish stated, there should be no "monster of the week" type episodes.  With an endpoint to reach, they should be able to run a tight group of episodes to the end. 

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