‘Fringe’ Renewed For Season 5 To Finish Series

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 18th, 2012 at 1:57 pm,

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The prayers of Fringe fans from around the world have been answered: Fox has renewed Fringe for season 5, which will also serve as the series’ finale.

This news came after months of waiting in anticipation for an announcement. Ever since Fox president Kevin Reily revealed that the network was losing “a lot of money on the show, fans of the series have been preparing for the worst.

Fortunately, Fox has somewhat of a soft spot for Fringe and its many fans. So in order for the series to continue, Warner Bros. has agreed to reduce the amount that Fox pays the studio for each episode of the show.

Here’s what Reily had to say about Fringe’s renewal:

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. 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.

What makes Warner Bros. so willing to negotiate down their asking price?  With Fox renewing Fringe for a 13-episode final season, the series will pass the 100-episode syndication mark (meaning: more money for Warner Bros.).

And now with Fringe returning for season 5, the highly anticipated Fringe season 4 finale will be edited to include the additional footage which leads the story into the next season. Originally created with two endings that would either be added or left off depending on renewal, the May 11th finale will serve to wrap up many of the series storylines – but not all of them.

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If you’re curious what direction Fringe season 5 will head into, Peter Bishop himself, Joshua Jackson, revealed that the battle between the Fringe team and the Observers in the year 2036 is the key. “If you watch that, you’ll have an understanding of where they want to take the series,” Jackson says.

Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, it’s always great when a television show is able to end on its own, and allow its many viewers a chance to experience the complete, intended story. That being said, Fringe has certainly earned its position to end its story properly.

Being the only purely science-fiction series on television isn’t easy. With broadcast networks looking to appeal to the masses, science-fiction often doesn’t garner a large enough audience to allow the series to grow into its own. But thanks to the many fans of Fringe, many of whom followed the series through its many moves and awkward hiatuses, network television’s last surviving sci-fi show will receive a proper farewell


Fringe season 4 finale airs Friday, May 11 @9pm on Fox

Fringe season 5 will premiere September 2012

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Source: TVLine

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  1. Yes, This was a great replacement for X-files. I even liked it better than X-files. What will come next? I have watched Fringe from the begining. It is the only show on tv that I make sure I don’t miss. My very favorite. Please find a good replacement for it. People need this kind of show. I will miss it a whole lot. I will miss the wonderful Acting and great chacters. I have grown to love them.

  2. It’s a bunch of bullcrud…every decent show deserves at least 7 seasons! Startrek next generation went seven-could and should have gone longer. X-files could have gone longer if Duchovny wouldn’t had screwed it over in the end. Alias could have gone longer if Garner didn’t screw them over. Now we have even a better show and actors who want to be there and now FOX and warner bros. are going to screw the fans once again!!!!!!!!!!

    • I need to agree with Chris, the show is absolutely awesome and it is severely disappointing that it has to end so shortly. The actors are doing a superb job with their characters and the series could have gone so much further with so many more Fringe Cases to be solved if it was not for FOX and warner killing it of so shortly. The show will be greatly missed and it will take some big feet to fill there shoes for anybody who wants to do the next Sci-fi series.

      • Like most others who have enjoyed Fringe, I am remarkably disappointed that it is concluding…especially after having lost House and Eureka earlier this year. However, much as I love the show and hate to admit it, Fringe has lost money for Fox since the first season and it is a miracle Fox let it run 100 episodes. After all, TV shows are merely a vessel for advertising revenue and Fringe did not have the proper eyeballs to cost of production ratio to be maintained forever.

        In this instance, it is not the network that is to blame…blame lies with TV consumers’ current choices of ‘entertainment’ which, at the time Fringe came out, was mostly reality t.v. Thankfully, the reality t.v. trend is swinging back to episodic shows; however, it wasn’t soon enough for Fringe to gather a proper following and create a prime-time identity for itself…even with all the help it got from Fox.

      • This is one of the best shows i have seen in many years and it needs to come back with an opening of bringing walter back and lead off from there as any great story should be told not end after all its what we need so why change what not broken i am sure i am not the only one who think that .

  3. I was very late to the game for Fringe. I’ve never been a huge TV watcher at all. A friend of mine lent me a copy of the first season. Let’s just two episodes in and I asked her for all the rest she had. I’m so glad that they are at least letting them give the show a proper ending. This isn’t the type of show you can just drop. I know what kind of fan I’ve become in my short amount of time.

    • I also was late in watching this wonderful series. I dont watch network TV at all. To much CRAP, like someone said earlier about the reality shows. SO i missed the entire series and ended up watching 4 seasons on Netflix then downloading the 5th from the internet. I think anything that has JJ Abrams name attached to it is going to be successful. I certainly enjoyed every minute of this wonderful series. The character, the great acting, the writing, the imagination, i have never seen anything that matches this series.
      I hope one of the cable channels (A&E,Bravo,TNT,USA,SF,TBS,FX)takes a good look at this series and brings it back. So much more can be done. Especially bringing Walter back! I never knew that John Noble was such a good actor. The whole cast and characters were so good, no great! Sorry to see it go. We can ohly hope that it gets extended somewhere else.


  5. It seems Fringe is or has been canceled and will not be back. What a shame!!! It is a very good show and I liked the writing in it. Not many shows have good writing. JJ Abrams did a great job on the show and also all the other people who had anything to do with the show. I was hoping that the show would be back for another year or so but it seems to me that every good written show gets taken off for some other stupid reality show.. How boring!!!!. Please bring ” FRINGE ” back.

  6. if warner bros will take over and make more seasons and episodes. it is very easy to do so with the ending of season 5 episode 13, all that needs to take place is Peter Bishop must have in some way all walter Bishops ideas and inventions ant take over his role. if john noble is to sick to continew now, then Joshua Jackson can continew.
    if John noble recovers and wants to return to fringe they must make it the same as how they broaght back Peter Bishop when he was erazed from time. I have the Ideas to cary on till season 12, as well as all the events that has not been showed yet from my own mind set

  7. I just finished watching all five seasons of fringe on netflix. I couldn’t stop watching it. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to support to try and keep the series from ending. I enjoyed this series so much. I hope some studio or network picks up Fringe. It could still happen but only if JJ Abrams does the writing. I was really disappointed when I found out it was cancelled. Because we have Netflix Hulu and Amazon Prime the series may be able to develop a cult following which could lead to a return of the series.

  8. Fringe was one of the best series I have watched, I am not a super tv watching once I watched the first episode, I was hooked. I fell in love with all the characters but Walter was my most favorite…he always made me laugh. I wish there was an extended ending to the fifth season were Walter and Peter were reunited. I liked the ending and the tulip Walter sent Peter as I reminder of hope. Very outstanding show.