'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.

  • (A)

    It’s a delight see haters climbing on glasses to avoid the truth.
    those episodes will run on dvd,
    it’s a half cancellation,
    fox is doomed and will fail….

    bla bla bla bla bla

    haters, poor bitter haters, deal with it, today is your Waterloo, I know it hurts, but that’s what you get for all the senseless hate spilled, is called Karma morons.

  • FoulScat

    Dont flatter yourself, most of us could care less about third rate tv or the people who are in love with it. Enjoy your Fox mediocrity. Doesnt affect the rest of us.

  • David Howell

    I suspect this renewal is actually a damning indictment on the rest of the dramas.

    Renewed solely because the alternative would either have been a similarly loss-making show without the pleasing of a cult fanbase, or yet another unscripted show. (I’d have gone with the latter.)

    Does this imply a Touch cancellation?!?

  • Evil Monkey


    Yet, you bothered to post that comment. Either you do care, or you have way too much time on your hand.

    PS: I don’t watch “Fringe” at all. I just like coming here to see the fans and antis fight it out. :)

  • Jiji Moran

    The episode last night, it didn’t continue the one before. Was the observers takeover one of Walter’s “vision” that he talked about? I’m confused. Someone explain it to me?

    Forgot to mention that another asset to the show is Seth Gable, who happens to be director Ron Howard’s (Opie) son-in-law.

  • curtisfiles

    Here is too the amazing fans who have kept the pressure on Fox. The show could go on for years they opened up so many possibilities, and with the great writers and producers and the cast make the show so exciting. I do realize the actors want to go on to other projects and avoid the type casting that comes with very much beloved characters. YES! at least another season, cool!

  • Yoozer

    Sigh, there will always be immature people who need to feel cool by insulting anyone who had doubt about something that was genuinely doubtful by any sane person’s standards. Yes, looking at you, Lucas. It’s the same when a surprise is revealed in a season finale; someone will say, “Anyone who didn’t see that coming since episode 1 is just dumb.” Guess that behavior is appropriate for Fringe, since they are creating alternate realities for themselves.

  • Patrick G.

    I can’t help but gloat and say I TOLD YOU SO, especially to Richard Steven Hack, who has been saying all YEAR (and most of last) that “FRINGE” is “dead,” would drop consistently below 1.0, and be canceled this year.

    HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    While “FRINGE” hit 0.9 a couple times, it has stayed relatively consistent in the demo all season, albeit down a bit from season 3. And, compared to the other networks’ shows in the same timeslot, it is doing essentially the same. So, with undoubtedly a lower fee from Warner Brothers, lots of water-cooler buzz, and the “Chuck Treatment” I have been saying for months would happen, this is no surprise!! Except to a hack, and maybe Bill Gorman ;)

    I’m very glad “FRINGE” will get a proper ending and a nice chunk of 13 episodes in which to do it.

  • Patrick G.

    @ Jiji…last night’s episode went back to the twin universe storyline in order to begin concluding that component of the series, which I am frankly very sad to see happen. The parallel universes are what made me absolutely LOVE “FRINGE”!!!

    The 2036 episode last week was where the fifth and final season will be going, according to previously-published entertainment reports. It was a “test-the-waters” episode just in case the show was renewed. Had it been canceled, we never would have seen or heard anything more about that, and the show would have instead wrapped up the parallel universe plot and resolved the David Alan Jones subplot (or whatever his name is? I keep forgetting). Expect him to meet his comeuppance in the 2-part season finale!

  • Jiji Moran

    Thanks, Patrick.

    The episode last night did feel like a series finale, to me.

  • JimG

    Sooooo super excited to hear this. I have always loved this show and have never understood why the ratings were not better. It is always consistently exciting. Last season I wasn’t so sure about the ‘two worlds’ concept but it really worked this season. I had my doubts if it would get picked up for the 5th so I was incredibly excited to see this post and know that the show would get a real ending that the show’s very loyal fans deserved!!

  • AlexBlanco

    Like someone said in the first page I will repeat here: “Go get em Fringe fans!! Hold nothing back! You deserve it!”

  • Patrick G.

    @ Fringe Fan…I’m slowly reading back through the comments, and I just saw yours about the ending to “LOST.” Yes, the finale had me crying and very moved as the characters slowly remembered each other from their “island lives” in the alternate life, but to have it all end up being an “afterlife experience” was a huge and terrible cop-out!!!! They were all dead after all, just like pundits were saying from Day 1. A far superior ending would have been to make the final season’s alternate universe the reality all the survivors would have lived had Oceanic 815 never crashed, which is what the nuclear detonation on the island implied. The last 20 minutes of the finale basically ruined the entire series for me, as if the writers never really had a vision of what their show was and just threw together a patchwork ending at the last minute. It was a HUGE disappointment!!! If “FRINGE” pulls something like this, JJ Abrams will be dead to me, and I will NEVER watch another one of his shows :(

  • cara

    I loved FRINGE when it first came on. But then it lost something in its silly 3rd season with all the “Peter is the most unique being in the world” storyline.

    I watched the 1st episode of the 4th season and hated the whole premise with the “Peter is gone, but is he really?” stuff. So I stopped watching the show and had absolutely no “withdrawl pangs” about letting it drop from my tv viewing schedule.

    Nice for the fans that it gets a 13-episode final wrap-up, but honestly the show lost its steam ages ago.

  • Dawn

    As a die hard fan, I’m thrilled that FOX has decided to give Fringe the time it deserves to conclude the series. To fully appreciate the show you have to follow it faithfully. For those of us who have, an abrupt ending would leave us feeling cheated! Thank you FOX!!!

  • Jiji Moran

    It is unfair to the creators of the show that viewers expect the stories to tick to whatever beat each and everyone wants. I mean, the writers and producers can’t please everyone, and “Fringe” fans appear to be extremely vocal and demanding of what each thinks should be the course of the story.

    People, watch the show and take the story as it is told. Don’t make your mind about it because one episode did not go according to what you thought it should’ve been.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “this is no surprise!! Except to a hack, and maybe Bill Gorman”

    Why would it have been a surprise to me?

    All season I predicted that either either (a) WB would drop their license fee and Fringe would be renewed, or (b) they wouldn’t and it would be canceled.

    (a) happened.

  • Roy

    Yes! Best drama on TV right now.

  • RG-X

    FOX should just find a 13 week period next year and run them all back to back – don’t split them up if there are only going to be 13 episodes.

  • Jiji Moran

    I’d rather have 13 episodes for regular TV, and another 9 to go straight to DVD/BR for private view, for those hard-core fans. How ’bout that?

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