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Fringe Renewed For Season 4

Stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble

Defying the odds, to say nothing of the Friday-night Death Slot, Fox’s cult drama Fringe has been renewed for a fourth season.

Executive producer J.H. Wyman broke the news last night on Twitter, writing, “Fringe was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!” Co-creator J.J. Abrams added to the exclamation-mark count in his email to Vulture: “Whew! And thanks to Fringe-rs everywhere!!!!”

Despite earlier optimism from Wyman and fellow showrunner Jeff Pinkner, and outright confidence from star John Noble, fans had been wringing their hands about the future of Fringe. The move this season from 9 p.m. Thursday t0 9 p.m. Friday — where many shows have gone to die — didn’t bode well for a series whose ratings have declined since its first season.

Although Fringe has averaged 4.1 million since premiering on Fridays, The Hollywood Reporter notes it adds significant DVR numbers — which Noble addressed at Emerald City Comicon.

Update: Fox released the official announcement this morning:


FOX has renewed critically acclaimed thrilling drama FRINGE for a fourth season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.

“FRINGE has truly hit a creative stride and has distinguished itself as one of television’s most original programs. The series’ ingenious producers, amazingly talented cast and crew, as well as some of the most passionate and loyal fans on the planet, made this fourth-season pickup possible,” said Reilly. “When we moved the show to Fridays, we asked the fans to follow and they did. We’re thrilled to bring it back for another full season and keep it part of the FOX family.”

FRINGE co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams said, “We could not be happier that the fans of FRINGE (and our most excellent partners at FOX) have allowed us to continue telling stories from the fringe for another season!”

“This early pickup comes at a perfect time as we start production on the Season Three finale,” added FRINGE showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman. “We join the cast and crew in thanking our loyal fans and FOX for allowing us to have this much fun telling stories we love.”

Since moving to Fridays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) in January, FRINGE is averaging a 2.2/7 among Adults 18-49 and has established itself as Friday’s No. 1 series in the core adult demographic.

The compelling third season continues tonight, Friday, March 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. In the “Bloodline” episode, the intensity of life “over there” accelerates as a pregnant OLIVIA (Anna Torv) is kidnapped and finds herself in mortal danger. As the Fringe Division races against time to find her, agent LINCOLN LEE (guest star Seth Gabel) receives some heartbreaking news as WALTER (John Noble) stops at nothing to preserve the new branch of the Bishop family tree.

Created by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Joe Chappelle serve as executive producers, while Kurtzman, Orci and Akiva Goldsman are consulting producers. Additionally, Pinkner and Wyman serve as the series’ showrunners. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at and follow the series on Twitter at (@fringeonfox).


  • demoncat_4

    omg could this mean fox seems to finaly have figured out sci fi shows can be worth keeping around even in the death slot. yes fringe defies the odds. can not believe it a fourth season. yes

  • Mturner14

    Yes!!!! I love this show. It’s the best show on TV hands down. I’m not that fond of the FOX network, but they got it right this time. More Olivia and Peter please! :)

  • Lori

    i love this show. excellent cast choice too. finally there is something on television worth watching!!!

  • Jacob

    It doesn’t help that Fringe is supplying the best ratings for a Friday show on FOX in years.

  • Jacob

    They’re fans of the show too. It helps a struggling show that the executives love it.

  • Coryjameson

    I’m happy, but, they should cut back completely on the awful standalone episodes. The last few I haven’t even been able to sit through to the end.

    The mythology episodes are the best sci-fi on TV in years. But the quality of this season has suffered tremendously from the self-contained non-mythology “stories”. They’re just treading water until they get to the season finale.


    The fact that you’d add a new character as we enter the final act is just plain stupid and screams of late era X-Files.

  • Dawnell_do

    I kinda of think Lie To Me is a good enough show.

  • Dawnell_do

    Fringe really does make the unbelievable happen.

  • Kurumais

    im very glad this season has been terrific lots of story left in this show

  • Blarg

    Fox is standing behind a show that’s actually good? Have I crossed into another universe?