Fox gives ‘Fringe’ fifth (and final) season
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Fox has renewed ‘Fringe’ for a fifth season — but it will be the cult sci-fi drama’s last.
It’s a sigh of relief for its ardent fan base. The drama has seemed doomed in the past, especially after its move to Fridays in its second season. And its fate appeared murkier this season, its fourth, when it saw its ratings in the 18-49 demo dip multiple times; it averaged around 4.5 million viewers this season.
It was even reported that two endings were shot for this season’s finale in case a renewal didn’t happen. Instead, fans of the sci-fi series will get 13 more episodes — which will help it reach the highly coveted 100-episode mark, which would help in positioning a profitable syndication deal.
“This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans,” said show runners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman in a statement. “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.”
— Yvonne Villarreal