Science Channel Grabs Fringe in Off-Network Syndication Deal
Less than a month after Fox renewed Fringe for a 13-episode fifth and final season, Deadline reports Discovery Communications’ Science Channel has acquired the off-network syndication rights to the sci-fi drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal is non-exclusive, meaning Warner Bros. Television could shop reruns to a streaming service.
The abbreviated final season will bring Fringe to 100 episodes, a magical number views as crucial to bolstering the syndication prospects of the series, which has never enjoyed more than modest ratings.
Reruns of the cult show will join a Science Channel lineup that includes Ricky Gervais’ An Idiot Abroad, reruns of Firefly, and the oddball documentary series Dark Matters: Twisted But True, which coincidentally enough is narrated by Fringe star John Noble.