Decision on Fringe’s Future Has Been Made
Exceptionally great news broke recently for fans of Fringe. In a statement made this week, the Fox network officially renewed the series for a fifth and final season of thirteen episodes. This comes after last week’s story about the two endings shot for the season four finale.
Commenting on the pickup, Fox President Kevin Reilly explained: “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.”
Although Fox gets a lot of bad press for cancelling shows, it is important to keep in mind that it is one of the only networks programming some of this genre fare. It is hard to reconcile shows like Firefly dying before it had much of a chance at life, but it helps to add perspective and give a greater appreciation that a show like Fringe would be allowed to run for five seasons.
The show’s ratings have been terrible, and in many interviews Reilly explained that the only reason they would decide to not pick up the show is if they would be completely unable to make the numbers work. It seems as though Fox and Warner Brothers – the company that owns and produces Fringe – reached a sweetheart deal. It was always in Warner Brothers best interest to give Fox as good a deal as possible to make this fifth season work, as it means more episodes for syndication and a future season five box set to profit from.
Congratulations again to the actors, writers, and fans (like myself) of Fringe who will now be able to view the end run of season four with an air of relief knowing that there is more to come next year.