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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.


  • jrau18

    This justifies the renewal. Fantastic!

  • Ian

    I came into the show at the very start of season 2 so I will be very interested, especially looking back from the present, to see how the events of season 1 set’s up the proverbial chess board for what follows in the mythology later.

  • sandwich eater

    As great as Fringe is, I worry that between this and Firefly reruns the Science channel might abandon it’s main theme and slowly become a science fiction channel.  That’s not a bad thing, but if their drift away from their original intent continued they would eventually follow in the footsteps of the first sci-fi channel.  I mean the Discovery Channel and History Channel are almost completely devoid of educational programming, so the Science Channel is the last bastion of education, science, and documentary television on cable.