'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.

  • dack70

    The haters are out and they are not happy. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy reading their rants. :)

  • forg

    This year’s Chuck

  • NYC_Lover

    Yay! Not a watcher but heard its great and saw all the heated debates! Not the smartest move on fox’s part, but hey, theyre good to their viewers/

  • Ali


  • SummerGlauJinx

    Kiss your ass haters. Especially the idiotic RichardStevenHack

  • The_GodfatherSJP

    @ John A

    The only thing RSH cares about is trolling Sci-Fi fanbases. He did the same thing with TSCC. He’ll do the same thing when another Sci-fi series comes along that’s borderline for renewal. “He” is a troll, plain and simple, and his behavior’s ultimately pathetic.

  • GARebelman

    As Bill and Robert knash their teeth to not be able to tease Fringe fans for the rest of the season ;)

  • Common Anomaly

    I, Common Anomaly, can readily admit that I made a prediction that did not come to fruition and that the actual outcome was in direct opposition to what I said would occur.

  • Colin

    @ dack: Why should the haters not be happy? Fringe is cancelled. 13 episodes to go and then its FINALLY over.:-)

  • _JC

    Chuck and Fringe, both always on the bubble, the source of so much fanaticism and bile (and traffic for the site!), both going out on their own terms, never officially ‘cancelled’. Not a good couple of years for the haters :)

    Congratulations to my fellow Fringe fans! And congrats to Bill, your cowa-…ahem…cautious hedging on Fringe’s fate paid off!

  • chrisss

    Woooooo :)

  • JakeSnake


    “Maybe they’re hoping for a last surge in ratings, as this will be the first season (after maybe the first season), in which the future of the series is certain…”

    No they’re not. They were just willing to work out a deal to give the show a proper ending and help chances for syndication. Sure the finale might have good ratings or something, but if anything knowing that this is guaranteed to be the last season there will be some fans who don’t bother to watch live figuring they’ll just watch the show whenever since it really doesn’t matter anymore what the ratings are. Look what happened to the final season of Chuck.

    By the way, what on earth will this website do with both Fringe and Chuck gone?

  • Jack

    The series will come to exactly 100 episodes!

  • Lincoln Lee

    Great! At least I know I’ve still got a job.

  • Ultima

    @Jay S.
    Fringe makes history! The lowest-rated network major network drama ever to be renewed!

    If you go by Live+7 average, I think Dollhouse still has it beat!

  • Johnny

    “Likely Cancellation”? Nice try, Robert! Guess the “numbers” weren’t the best indicator, this time?

  • Jay S.

    “By the way, what on earth will this website do with both Fringe and Chuck gone?”

    Pray for Harry’s Law to stick around to taunt that show’s fans?

  • sakis

    Great news!!!We waited long enough,but the FOX rewarded

  • Silas

    More likely WB was willing to take a big loss in order to get FOX to buy 13 more episodes. I wouldn’t be surprised if the licensing fee FOX is paying is in line with the Gordon Ramsey shows. But we’ll probably never know what the licensing fee is.

    Tommy M, that’s kinda what I meant. (It’s after midnight here so I’m not firing on all cylinders lol)

    I missed out like half a sentence. It should have read “Clearly Fox have decided that a 13episode season of Fringe at the price WB offered made more economic sense…”

    Way too tired to make sense :(

  • MJ

    @Ultima There’s absolutely no chance Fringe will not be on Fridays next season. One, it’s already a dead show with terrible ratings; two, there’s simply no room on the schedule.

    My Response: You never know. The Kevin Bacon show ‘Masterminds’ which looks like a likely pick-up only has Bacon for 15 episodes at the most. The could air Fringe in the Fall and then air ‘Masterminds’ mid-season after Fringe ends.

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