‘Fringe’ Season 5 Renewal Under Negotiation

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:35 pm,

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It’s been a long, tough road for Fox’s Friday night cult series Fringe. Since making the move to television’s famed “death spot” in January 2011, each season of Fringe has been accompanied with the notion that the series could be coming to an end. While the cancelation warnings still remain, Fox is negotiating the possibility of the series returning for season 5.

Currently discussing the future of the series with Warner Bros. (the studio that produces Fringe), Fox has made it clear that they’re absolutely interested in keeping the series on the air, but only if the price is right.

Fox’s major point of contention with continuing Fringe is the license fee that the network has to pay Warner Bros. for each episode. Previously revealing that Fox “loses a lot of money”on Fringe, the network’s entertainment president, Kevin Riley, plainly stated that the financial arraignment between the network and studio needs to change in order for the series to continue on the air.

One thing that’s working in Fringe’s favor is the fact that, if the series were to receive a full season order, it would pass television’s coveted 100 episode mark – something that Warner Bros. definitely wants.

While Fringe may be struggling in its current position on network television, the ability to position the series in syndication would open another revenue stream for the studio, and might just be worth cutting the license fees that Fox must pay for each episode.

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Additionally, the word-of-mouth that Fringe creates may just be what the network needs right now. With House, Bones and The Simpsons (likely) on their way out over the course of the next 3 years, Fox could use the good will from television fans as they attempt to rebuild their once juggernaut line-up.

Of course, even if Fringe does happen to get canceled, fans shouldn’t worry that the series will conclude without an appropriate ending. Familiar with the series’ “on-the-fence” status over the past few years, executive producer Jeff Pinker stated, “Worst case scenario, if this were the last aired season of Fringe… we know what the end of this season is going to be, and it can function as a series finale.”

For fans that need a more optimistic outlook about Fringe continuing, co-creator J.J. Abrams said that “we remain hopeful that Fringe will be able to continue.”

Fringe airs Fridays @9pm on Fox

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Source: TVLine

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  1. There´s not another show like fringe on tv, this is my favorite series. Please, please Fox and CW keep fringe. I´m brazilian and there´s a lot of fans here that follow the series at Warner Channel.

  2. the idiot that I am just got onto this show, never had the time when it started to watch it so it fell through, but now that I have I insist that this show go on, it is one of the top shows on TV right now, and would be such a waste for it to be cancelled.

  3. Please do whatever it takes to keep FRINGE on the air. It is the only intelligent show left……..

  4. The only show I actualy look forward to & go out of my way to see each week.
    I realy hope it returns for a 5th, but they will need to spice it up a little or move in a new direction if its going to survive longer.

    /repect Fringe!

  5. KEEP IT GOING! Best show ever! I watch on HULU and they can’t count me in the viewing pool. They need a way to do that!

  6. i hope they keep it alive

  7. Please do not cancell!!!!

    It’s the only show I look forward to watching. I can not go back to realality TV!!!!!

  8. ITS BEEN RENEWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fringe fandom ROCK!!! WE DID THIS!!!!

  9. NO NO NO please do not cancel my favorite series..
    I need it to be renewed for another 5 seasons until 10 season..
    i have never watch like this series..
    i really did not understand why they want to cancel it..

  10. The incredible intelligentce of this show is too amazing to end so soon. “Losesing money” is a pathetic excuse. Fox always cuts short their tv shows, and soon they will end up with nothing on their network. This show is the most unique and different show on television right now, and it deserves to be givin more time, advertising and faith. Nothing on tv is even close to what this show is like. Fox is making a horrible mistake.

  11. I can only see That once again, the opposite of the producteurs do what they say. How many times Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman They said no, Would never be Peter Observer year? I do not Have Enough fingers to count. Even if it makes me fear to year end LOST (and yes, I’m still stuck on it)

  12. I love this remarkable program. M theory requires you keep us informed about our other universes. Seriously, don’t let this be another Firefly.