April 27th, 2012
12:50 PM ET
'Fringe' to end next season
Fans have been fighting for "Fringe" for four years, and Fox is repaying that passionate support by giving the series a fifth and final season.
Not unlike "Chuck," the network is allowing producers to have 13 more episodes to end the story on their own terms.
In a press release, co-creator J.J. Abrams said, "We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox – and our fans – have made the impossible possible: 'Fringe' will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way."
He continued, "All of us at Bad Robot are forever indebted to our viewers and the amazingly supportive Fox network for allowing the adventures of Fringe Division to not only continue, but to resolve in a way that perfectly fits the show."
Showrunners/executive producers J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner added, "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 5 is going to be a conclusive thrill ride for all of us."
Star Joshua Jackson added his thanks to fans on Twitter by saying, "Thanks to all the fringies, for the well wishes and for the support for the show. Can't wait to #FightTheFuture."
"Fringe" has struggled in the ratings since its third season move from Thursdays to Friday nights, but fans have kept the faith, with efforts like viral videos and trending topics on Twitter (something that Fox has encouraged in recent weeks by flashing hashtags on the screen).
Thanks to the renewal, we also have a better idea about which of the two endings that were shot will be used for the two-part season finale, which begins next Friday.
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So sad this show is ending. One of Fox's best yet...
Thanks to the network for allowing another season. I am sure it will be worth it. Although, I will miss the bizarre episodes.
Sad that it will be ONLY one more season, but AWESOME nonetheless!
I am so happy that they will get to finish the series, and not leave it up in the air with a less fulfilling ending. I will miss the show, especially Walter Bishop and all his idiosyncrasies. Fight The Future!
Yea, I love Fringe. I am so glad that they are getting a final season to wrap everything up. Guess it was too much to hope for a full 22 episode final season, but I'm not going to complain
Boo! Our only consolation is the thought that somewhere out there is an alternate universe with countless more seasons and finally resolved mysteries of Fringe.
Boo? Really? You should be bowing on your knees to Fox for allowing this great series to last as long as it has and get a conclusive ending. This is great news. Fringe deserves to go out with a bang, not ramble on forever and get stale.
This the best news I've heard all day! Fringe is by far one of the best shows on tv.