'Fringe' Renewed For Final Season By Fox

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April 26th, 2012

via press release:



13 Episodes Ordered for 2012-2013 Season

Update: Fringe season 5 trailer now posted.

FOX has picked up FRINGE for a fifth and final 13-episode season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.


“FRINGE is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve,” said Reilly “The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”


FRINGE co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams added, “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. 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.”

“This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans,” added FRINGE showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman. “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’s compelling fourth season concludes with three all-new FRINGE Friday episodes in a row, counting down to the two-part season finale on Friday, May 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Friday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). In “Worlds Apart,” airing Friday, April 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), team members on both sides, including Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson), continue to fight for a common cause, and there are shocking developments tied to the Cortexiphan children.


Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and 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. “Like” FRINGE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fringe. Follow the series on Twitter @fringeonfox and join the conversation at #Fringe.

  • pandorajinel(formerly Erin)

    Happy for you Fringe fans. It’s nice to hear that it’s going out right.

  • ian9outof10

    Great news, and should mean they can wrap the show up quite nicely. And not doing so would be unforgivable!

    I know a lot of people “knew” this was coming, but even so, I think it’s a really nice surprise.

    And I hear they shot two endings for this run, just in case. So they obviously weren’t as confident as some of the people who comment here ;)

  • Polly

    Good for Fringe!

  • Johnny


  • Tommy M.

    @ 1mars, I doubt this news will shed any light on the future of other FOX shows. WB must have come in with a licensing fee that made it worth FOX’s air time for another 13 episodes.

  • Ultima

    Not surprised at all.

    Nor will I be surprised in the fall when some of the fans are whining for a back nine! ;)

  • GMan

    It had been a really crappy day …. til I read this!

  • Concerned Citizen

    I’ve never seen Fringe, but I’m still really happy about this. Always great when a low-rated series can fight the odds and get to tell its whole story. Maybe I’ll even try catching up on the series by the time season 5 starts.

  • Al

    I just want to say congrats to all my fellow Fringe fans, and I also want to point and shake my head at everyone who continued to shovel dirt on Fringe. We all get a final 13 episode season 5, and we no longer have to be a slave to the ratings!

  • the One

    Hot Damn!!!!!!!!!

  • Jay S.

    Who said “likely cancellation” again???

  • rob60990

    Can FOX say 2nd place next year? :D

  • WBother

    What a big waste of money. FOX should have made the 4th fourth season its last. I mean, the ratings were kind of predictable. Not that all the last shows FOX has tried to premiere this season have been quite a success, but they still should try to invest in new series.

    And FYI, this is coming from a Fringe fan.

  • Drew

    While not a Fringe fan, it’s cool to see a show getting a chance to wrap up its story the way it’s meant to.

  • MJ

    lol, this almost makes up for Firefly…now if only FOX move Fringe away from the death slot.

  • salim

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh soooo happy, boom how you like dem apples haters

  • Ultima

    Happy for the Fringe fans, now what does that mean for the other unrenewed FOX shows? Any guesses?

    It was highly unlikely that a second year show would be slotted on Friday instead of just being canceled, so Fringe’s renewal is mostly irrelevant to the other dramas.

  • Edson


  • Donna

    Let’s have a round of TV BY THE NUMBERS EXCUSE BINGO, shall we?

    Gee, bet we won’t…

  • Kris

    Damn, you’re quick, Bill! I bet you waited by the computer all day looking at JWFRINGE’s tweets. LOL

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