'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.

  • Sneezer

    Yes! Thirteen episodes sounds about right. Just enough to give it a good send off. Well, I’m feeling good. The next surprise ( not that this was that big of a surprise) is to see Harry’s Law renewed. Although, I will admit that HL hasn’t had the crazy interesting cases that David E. Kelly is capable of.

    Now I have a reason to hang it there until next TV season. ha

  • Petar

    FRINGE – Season Five

  • Justin121

    Richard Steven Hack has been saying Fringe won’t be renewed since last April. Exactly one year ago.

    He’s been saying it’ll get pulled from Spring to Fall. Then it won’t air all episodes. Then it’s “doomed” (his favorite word) and no way in hell it goes beyond the 22 season four episodes. Since last April!

    Not only that. He and several other posters talk like they are shareholders who have WB and FOX’s financial statements readily available in fron of them to analyze. They make fools of themselves, regardless of renewal and cancellation talk. I wish they would stop it.

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  • John A

    Id have expected more comments by now. I think for season 4 renewel last count was 700? We have a lot to go match that.

  • bet625

    WEEEE!! o.k. doing the happy dance. Love Fringe.

  • JFC

    I have nothing to add that hasn’t already been said, I just wanted to add another post to the list. (Although this announcement did make my day!)

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  • A.C.

    Arggh! I HATE FOX programmers. They keep renewing this low rated junk but didn’t go for a final season of 24 or keep TERMINATOR or DRIVE or hell even GIRL’S CLUB way back in 2003 that were so much better than this show. The producers must have blackmail photos.

  • JJ Has the Juice

    I’m not bitter at all- I’m very happy for Fringe fans. But I’m telling you not to blame the TVBTN guys this is about business nothing else. This show is a huge money loser for Fox.

  • Percysowner

    @Justin121In another thread I suggested that, in addition to the magic 88 episodes every show needs, serilized shows also need final seasons now. I hope you take that into consideration or write an article about it.

    Helpful tip: it started with Lost. After that, networks and studios reaized that it’s in their best interest to bill a “final season” to most long-running serilized dramas.

    2010: LOST.
    2010 in-season: 24.
    2011: Smallvile.
    2012: Desperate Housewives, One Tree Hill, Chuck.
    2012 in-season: House.
    2013: Fringe.

    Although I agree that having a final season is a good idea for most serialized drama’s several of the drama’s you mention got that final season not because of the network but because the show itself decided that they were ready to close shop. The creator’s of Lost told ABC they wanted an end date. ABC agreed and stretched the date over two seasons. Both Smallville and One Tree Hill had ratings that would have probably gotten them renewal, except the casts were ready to move on. House claims it was an internal decision, but I suspect they looked at the numbers, saw the writing on the wall and decided to make it look like their idea, not Fox’s.

    Chuck and Fringe were both gifts from the network and I don’t know enough about Desperate Houswives, or 24 to know if it was from the creators or the network allowing a final season.

    That said, I think that some shows have “earned” a planned final season. Although I don’t watch it Gossip Girl has been a good performer for the CW and has earned it, even though the ratings lean the other way. When 90210 (another show I don’t watch) and Supernatural approach end stage, they too deserve the chance to wrap things up. The Mentalist deserves a heads up so they can officially solve the Red John story. How I Met Your Mother has earned being told “Hey, get the Mother in here because your being canceled”. This is not a full list, just what I come up with off the top of my head. My criteria is 3-4 seasons of a serialized show deserves the chance to give their audience a chance to find out how it ends. Just MHO.

  • cmaz

    Fringe rocks!!!! So glad at least we got another 13! I really hope we get a spin off like the show that aired a couple weeks ago where the Observers run the worlds!

  • John A

    About RSH he was just so obnoxius about Fringe being axed. Im glad he was wrong just to quiet him down. Not even Bill or Robert are as obnoxius as he is.

  • tscchope

    I am dumbfounded. Reilly says Fringe loses Fox a lot money and yet turns round and renews it.
    This is a 1.0 rating show. Fox may not like losing oney, but that’s what they’ll do with Fringe. What ever ratings Fox thinks it will get, it won’t. Next year it’llbe lucky to maintian 0.7 and will probably hit 0.5. At which point it will be lowse out to repeats of CSI:NY and Supernatural on CW. Now FOw doesn’t really have any business handing the rival struggling network CW, half-owned by WB, a lifeline. Reilly’s a fan of Fringe so doesn’t require blackmailing or bribing. It is of course great to see Fox backing a sci-fi show, just not this show. Season 4 is so compelling that it’s lost half its ratings and viewers in one season

    Cancelling Terra Nova an in-house production and renewing Fringe made by WB is contrary to Fox stated aim of having more own content on primetime. Reilly’s frist strike was renewing Dollhouse. His second renewing Fringe for season 4 and his third and final strike is renewing Fringe for season 5.

  • T

    I think it’s funny how many comments state that Fox is losing money on Fringe, as if it’s a fact. Is it possible Fringe is a money loser?….SURE. Is it probable?….MAYBE, but S4 and S5 would argue against it.

    I’m sure Fox and WB have internal figures that estimate revenue and expenses from an individual show, however to my knowledge GAAP does not require that knowledge to be disclosed (investors are only concerned about the consolidated numbers). Therefore people posting (including myself), in truth, have no idea.

    “But the president of Fox said it was losing money on Fringe” – If you believe that I feel a little sorry for you. He made that statement right before negotiations for S5 started. As I stated above, it’s possible that the statement was true, however it seems more likely it was a bargaining chip for the negotiations in order to get WB to lower its fee.

    Moral of the story…people shouldn’t pretend they know something when they actually don’t. But I’m sure they will.

  • Matt

    @Richard Steven Hack

    I respectfully disagree. I don’t think fans will clamor for a season 6 next year. We just wanted a proper conclusion. Now that the writers have 13 episodes notice, they will plan accordingly. A season 6 would be pointless season 5 will wrap up all loose ends. For me, it wasn’t a matter of getting “one more year” rather than a matter of “wrapping the show up.” I’m happy with 5 years. I would have been happy with 4, as long as the writers had planned an ending (which they didn’t)

  • Evil Monkey

    Lol.Poor Richard Steven Hack. He’s like the Emmanuelle Goldstein for Fringe fans around here.

  • Sammo

    Come on Fringe, pull a 3rd miracle!!!

    #1: Full (22-episode) season 4
    #2: 13-episode final season
    #3: Back 9 to extend season 5 to 22 episodes

    I’m hoping all Fox shows bomb next year so they will hold onto Fringe (and therefore back 9) for a full season 5.

  • Anthony M

    Richard Steven Hack, emphasis on the word HACK :)

  • Rich

    Why couldn’t we have this guy around to give Firefly the same treatment?

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