Check Out: ‘Fringe’ Season 5 Details Revealed
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.
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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