'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.

  • Other than THAT Mrs. Lincoln how was the play?

    It looks like viewers from the parallel universe were key in getting a Season 5. Well, it was that Warner Brothers reduced its fees.

  • Other than THAT Mrs. Lincoln how was the play?

    Word is millions of viewers from the parallel universe (the one where the Twin Towers are still standing) are moving to our universe to boost the ratings of Season 5 ensuring a surprise Season 6. In exchange 6 million surplus American Idol viewers will be moving there after being told their Michael Jackson is alive and well and starting a 1 year tour and they all get free tickets.

  • gb

    YEHEY>>our dream comes true…..No more to worry

  • Tim


  • Richard Steven Hack

    Matt: Just read page 23 of the comments. ALREADY someone talks about season six!

    The fans are delusional. But since Fox appears ready to feed their delusions, they might as well be.

    If a season six is pointless, a season five is pointless. If Fox can make money giving WB 13 more episodes for season five, what is the argument against doing so for season six? Season seven? Season eight? If this how network programming works? If it hasn’t done so until now, what’s the justification?

    Fringe will do Dollhouse numbers in season five. That’s a given. What is Fox’s justification for accepting minimum ad rates for a show that rates that low when they could easily replace Fringe with a show that does better?

    Did anyone ever hear a justification for the Dollhouse renewal? The only one I heard is that Joss promised to fix the show and cut the budget. To no avail. Does Fox not remember the low ratings for season two of Dollhouse? And Dollhouse had at least the potential of growing in a season two, however slim. Fringe has NO such potential and is deliberately being given a short order because they know that.

    In fact, given the low ratings and the crappy slow-paced quality this season, Fringe should have been given a 13-episode order for this season. Except for the syndication requirement, I suspect it would have been.

    But given it has the syndication requirement for this season, why give it another season? So THE WB can profit? What does Fox get out of this?

    As I suggested above, the only explanation I can see is that Fox is setting a precedent to cut down on the cost of developing new shows: let the low-hanging fruit hang around a little longer. That will not serve them or their audience. It’s just another aspect of the self-destructive decline of the industry as a whole, on a par with the MPAA and RIAA suing file sharing sites instead of dealing with industry changes.

    “people shouldn’t pretend they know something when they actually don’t.”

    The amusing thing is that is what Fringe fans did all last season and all this season. And I have no doubt they will do it again next season. Everyone with a brain KNEW Fringe was doomed this season, and at the absolute least – as Bill had it all season – was “on the bubble”, with only the most obscure reasons that it might be renewed.

    The fact that it was renewed does not change that fact.

    There may be shows for which Fox, for whatever reason, is willing to absorb the loss. Maybe it’s because it’s a Abrams show, maybe it’s because they think they have nothing better for that time slot, maybe Reilly is sleeping with Anna Torv…whatever. In my view, it’s simply a mistake due to bad management, of which there is no shortage in TV land – cue the CW reference…

  • Evil Monkey

    “Richard Steven Hack was delivering his usual venomous attack upon the doctrines of the Fringe Community — an attack so exaggerated and perverse that a child should have been able to see through it, and yet just plausible enough to fill one with an alarmed feeling that other people, less level-headed than oneself, might be taken in by it. He was abusing J. Abrams, he was denouncing the dictatorship of the Fringe Community, he was demanding the immediate cancellation of Fringe, he was advocating freedom of speech, freedom of the Press, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought, he was crying hysterically that the revolution had been betrayed — and all this in rapid polysyllabic speech which was a sort of parody of the habitual style of the orators of the TvByTheNumbers, and even contained TVBN words: more TVNB words, indeed, than any TVBN fan would normally use in real life. And all the while, lest one should be in any doubt as to the reality which Richard Steven Hack’s specious claptrap covered, behind his head on the telescreen there marched the endless columns of the Low Ratings army — row after row of solid-looking men with expressionless faces, who swam up to the surface of the screen and vanished, to be replaced by others exactly similar. The dull rhythmic tramp of the soldiers’ boots formed the background to Richard Steven Hack’s bleating voice.”

    “Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room. The self-satisfied sheep-like face on the screen, and the terrifying power of the Low Ratings army behind it, were too much to be borne: besides, the sight or even the thought of Richard Steven Hack produced fear and anger automatically. He was an object of hatred more constant than either Robert or Bill, since when Fringe Community was at war with one of these Powers it was generally at peace with the other. But what was strange was that although Richard Steven Hack was hated and despised by all Fringe Fans, although every day and a thousand times a day, on platforms, on the telescreen, in newspapers, in books, his theories were refuted, smashed, ridiculed, held up to the general gaze for the pitiful rubbish that they were in spite of all this, his influence never seemed to grow less.”

  • fringer

    Whoever it was that introduced Lost into this discussion hit the nail on the head with the whole ‘you need an end date these days if you are serialized.’ This announcement is perfect for Fringe fans. We get a non-drawn out setup and end, just enough time to play out the arc they just set up, oddly enough in what will probably be very Lost like (I bet we flip from 2015 to 2036 back and forth to explain the whole story…much life on island and off island hops.) Just hope the very end is better overall, but they probably aren’t going to end with a dark ending. Maybe they will have the cajones, but I doubt it happens. Even the X Files ended ‘happy’ more or less and they weren’t even supposed to be a couple in the beginning while Peter and Olivia were obviously fated to be.
    Either way, known actual end date for a show, especially something serialized, makes all the difference in the world as to the quality and time wasted getting to the end!
    Also, someone else asked if 24’s ending was the show’s or the networks… truth was little from column a, little from column b. Howard Gordon and Keifer Sutherland were both kinda looking for it to be over, its ratings were falling and honestly how many times can they tell the same story over and over (it really was VERY formulaic, even though I watched every season) and they are telling nearly the same story but with MUCH better acting over on the superior Homeland now.

  • fringer

    I will even through in an even more obscure demand since we are getting are way with Fringe… bring back Darin Morgan as a consulting producer for this last 13!
    (The right people know exactly what I am asking for here)

  • fringer

    er throw even lol

  • Kevin67

    @Richard Steven Hack: I really feel sorry for you. You wrote some much crap about Fringe in the past and now when they confirmed a final 5th season you still can’t stop complaining and whining about this Show. All the effort you put in your comments is valueless but you don’t understand it you never will it seems.

    Btw. yesterdays Episode “Worlds Apart” was great. What an outstanding performance of Noble!

  • craigcuk


    Bingo Excuse Card RHS Fringe Edition.

    Errrr……I got it wrong but can’t deal with that reality so will instead roll out any old bovine scatology to self justify my cock up of truly gigantic proportions.

    The problem with loudly exhaled certitude, is sometimes, when it bites you on the a**, it can really attach an appropriate weighting to everything else you say.

    Have a reflective weekend.

  • observer

    Now haters can officially break down and cry.

  • syrilram

    I’m so happy that it gets a final season. There are so many things that need to be wrapped up before it ends, and I’m sure they can do that with the 5th season.

    I don’t really get where the hate is coming from, if you don’t like the show watch something else, play a video game for an hour, take a nap, have sex, workout, go shopping, get a late night Friday part time job, buy cable, get Netflix, watch Hulu, pirate something, have a real conversation with someone, gamble, read a book, fight crime, etc. Nobodies forcing you to watch it, and if they are, you should have a problem with them and not the show.

  • Jiand

    Yes! :)

  • syrilram

    @Richard Steven Hack

    You write as if what you say is absolute and that Fox is doomed now, because they extended Fringe to finish it up, well, let me tell you something. Fox is still going to be around after Fringe is over. They aren’t going to file for bankruptcy any time soon. The End Isn’t Nigh! Rupert Murdoch will just barely scrape by with enough cash to not get thrown out into the street, homeless and jobless. That man and his networks only survive on charity jars at 7-eleven. /end sarcasm

    Have you ever heard of karma? It’s quite simple really. If you are good to people, they will see that and trust you and like you more than if you are bad to them, and vice versa. Fox is still making some money airing the rest of Fringe and/or breaking even monetarily at that time. By doing this, they have both built a stronger relationship with a passionate group of people (the fans of the show), and prevented a backlash of people who are angry and adamant and may not forgive Fox for many years.

    This means that if a good serialized show did start on Fox, those disenchanted Fringe fans would not likely give it a chance no matter how good it was because they would expect it to not get any proper chance at an ending. Those people would tell other people about their disappointment with Fox’s handling of Fringe and turn other people off from watching Fox’s serialized shows.

    It’s all about customer service, and as I have been taught by working in the service industry, it’s easier and better to keep your current customers than it is to get new ones.

    People talk, social networks speed up that process, soon you’ve got a bunch of people who would never think about watching Fox.

  • John A

    If anyone will lose money its the WB and they seem happy to so dont worry about FOX they have x factor and Idol to keep them in black.

  • were123

    It seems that you are the only one that is talking crazy here, just look around! Besides trollers, you are the only one who said “it’s doomed”, don’t you think that, a person alone, who is doing this couldn’t be considered crazy? And the fact that you consider yourself as ‘the one who saw the light on the future of Fringe’ is proof of that, even more now that is has been renewed and you can’t accept it.
    TVLine, a website in which people are very close to TV, and that seems more chances than just numbers, called Fringe renewed. It happened. Bill had it on the bubble for the right reason. The rumor spread over many people and sources: masked scheduler, Joel Wyman, Tvwise, all of them said that the chances were great, and you just ignored and ignored. WAKE UP! TV doesn’t go just by the numbers in case of veteran shows! The bump on DVR numbers were an indicator on how well it could do later on syndication, so WB fought for another season. 88 is enough for syndication, but 100 is gold! So they convinced FOX to give it another season. The reduced licece fee could be around 30% so do the math: If Fringe costs around 3.2 million an episode, FOX would only have to pay 0.96 million, and Fringe does around 2,5 million per episode, so FOX would see gains, and WB would only have to endure a little loss for the great revenue it can offer later. Besides as it is only 13 episodes the loss wouldn’t be so great, ¡WB even tried to pull FOX to renew it for a full 22 episodes season! So no matter how you look at it there is the chance to do bussiness with show, even if it’s only one more season.
    So I will nicely aske you to SHUT THE F*** UP! If you are going to say what you think at least don’t insult people for believing in hope, because they were right you moron!

  • Michael

    I love Fringe… I dont want to sound like a winger but only 13 eps ? :( Gonna miss the crew. JJ Abrams better have an ace up his sleeve for his next tv show cause its going to be hard to match Fringe.

  • Doug in SF

    This is great news!

  • Robert Ariadne

    @our beloved Richard Steven Hack

    Give it up. You’ve lost. Your pathetic theories have been disproven. Let me play Mythbusters for a moment:

    “Yanked in the fall” BUSTED.

    “Yanked after eight episodes” BUSTED.

    “Drop below 1.0 and be yanked” It dropped below 1.0, but then jumped three tenths of a point the following week. It did go down again, but was NOT, repeat, NOT yanked. So, BUSTED.

    “Cancelled” Definitely BUSTED.

    “This season (and last season) has been terrible” It’s a matter of personal opinion, but every Fringe fan I communicate with (though they may have some issues, I certainly have) has loved this season. So, I’ll give you a

    Thus, your track record is extremely poor. And now you go on about how “this is symptomatic of the failing motion picture and TV industries”. How patently absurd. You say this because your ego is too great to admit you failed. I don’t know who your father is, but from what I know about you, you are NOT better than him. HACK.

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