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Fringe Renewed For Final Season

Bringing months of hand-wringing to an end, Fox announced it has renewed the fan-favorite Fringe for a 13-episode fifth and final season. The news arrived complete with a trailer (below).

“We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox – and our fans – have made the impossible possible: Fringe will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way,” co-creator J.J. Abrams said in a statement. “All of us at Bad Robot are forever indebted to our viewers and the amazingly supportive Fox network for allowing the adventures of Fringe Division to not only continue, but to resolve in a way that perfectly fits the show.”

Although producers had remained outwardly hopeful about the future, Entertainment Weekly notes they reportedly shot two endings for Season 4, just in case the show wasn’t picked up. And for a while, the chances looked slim, with Fox Kevin President Kevin Reilly admitting in January that the series loses the network money — a revelation viewed as a message to Warner Bros. Television to cut its licensing fee. The abbreviated final season will bring Fringe to 100 episodes, which bolsters its syndication prospects.

“This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans,” showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman said. “On behalf of the cast and crew, we applaud our fans and Fox for allowing us to imagine the impossibilities together for so long. Season Five is going to be a conclusive thrill ride for all of us.”

Fringe airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Season 4 concludes on May 11.


  • nailsin

    There is a God!

  • mike payton
  • Dawnell_do

    Hopefully they can tie-up everything better than LOST. 

  • Loganolia

    Today is actually my birthday.  This is the best present I could have received.

  • Chris Katrev

    No way.

  • Bobgoodstuff44

    thank you god

  • sandwich eater

    This is great news.

  • jrau18

    Well that logo certainly confirms the speculation that next season will be 2036.

  • Juan

    Not necessarily the whole season. I’m thinking there’ll be time jumps.

  • Yanks5179

    I always like it when shows like this are allowed to end under their own power instead of having fans left in the lurch on cliffhangers.

  • Tomfitz1

    good to know that Fringe will end on its own terms than the studios.

  • 0bsessions

    Considering the studio is who puts it out there, this is probably the studio’s terms too.

  • 0bsessions

    While it’s sad, in a sense, to have it confirmed that the show is ending, it’s good to know we’ll get enough time to have a conclusive ending (Unlike many other recent sci-fi leaning shows), especially if next season is a follow up on the 2036 stuff as that episode would’ve basically been a waste of very limited time had they not had the opportunity to venture in there.

    I’m hoping, though, when all is said and done we get that alternate season 4 ending on one of the blu ray releases. Knowing what might have been is always fun.

  • Demoncat4

    this has to be a first for fox given how they are with sci fi seires like fringe but yes fringe gets another season. thank the gods. and fans refusing to give up hope for fringe.

  • jrau18

    Of course this was the studio’s terms. They wanted ten seasons.

  • vladymyre

    Is this available at online tv?So that I can watch it anywhere, coz I’m always on the go….

  • 0bsessions

    As much as I don’t care for Fox, they’re actually one of the better networks in terms of giving the fans what they want if it’s fiscally reasonable. As an example, they resurrected Family Guy after years off of the air based on the huge fan support and big DVD sales, a move that was unprecedented at the time.

    As much as I want Fringe to be around for another half decade or so, let’s not blame them for the fact they can’t keep a sci fi series afloat, the genre itself is just wildly unpopular with the mainstream. In fact, one might note that Fox put out the single most successful sci fi series of the last twenty years in X Files.

  • zkank

    Fringe should continue as an on-line digital comic, after Season 5, the same way Smallville still lives (currently into Season 11 Issue 3)

  • Shawn Jones

    All my favorite shows never last… but at least they are able to give it an ending.