Fringe Renewed By Fox for a Third Season

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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Fringe has been renewed for a third season:

Sci-fi fans who may be concerned about the state of the genre on network TV (we’re looking at you, V and FlashForward) have at least one reason to rejoice: EW has learned exclusively that Fox has picked up Fringe for a third season. Though the show isn’t exactly blowing the roof off of Nielsen — it’s been averaging just 7.6 million viewers and is ranked No. 50 in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic this season — it managed to survive in a tough new time period on Thursdays.

Rejoice!  More Dr. Walter Bishop.

Despite some comments on the site, I’m not surprised by its renewal.  I am surprised at the timing of the announcement though.  Perhaps Fox didn’t want fans worrying about its fate when it returns in a few weeks with new episodes.  This year there will be very little to announce in May!

Update: Though there was never any doubt once EW reported it that this is official,  I doubt we’ll see the formal press release from Fox before Monday.  The Wrap’s TV MoJoe did verify this news with Fox though:

The move, confirmed to TheWrap Saturday by a Fox communications rep, isn’t exactly a shocker: The J.J. Abrams co-created series is a favorite of executives at the network and has been a part of the network’s successful attempt to jumpstart its long-struggling Thursday night lineup.

The only question left unanswered is whether Fringe got a 13 episode order or a full 22 episode season. Stay tuned. Update:  It’s a 22 episode order.

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