‘Fringe’ Renewed For A Final Season

Fox has renewed Fringe for a fifth and final 13-episode season, according to tvline.com.

Fringe remains a passion project for Fox President Kevin Reilly. And Warner Bros. — eager for the J.J. Abrams show to reach that syndication-enhancing 100 episode threshold — agreed to reduce the show’s license fee (i.e. the amount the studio charges the network for each episode).

Fans may remember back in January when Reilly conceded that Fringe‘s low ratings were negatively impacting the network’s bottom line. ”We lose a lot of money on the show,” he said. “At that rating, on [Friday] night, its impossible to make money. We’re not in the business of losing money.”

Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas,” Reilly said in a statement Thursday. “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.”

Producers had prepared for either outcome. “We’ve shot two [endings],” said actor John Noble.

This week’s episode is called “Worlds Apart.” Here’s the description: “The Fringe team in both sides fight a common cause and developments are made regarding the Cortexiphan children.”

No word on whether Fringe will remain in its Friday at 9 p.m. ET time slot next year or not. Also, no indication regarding the status of Alcatraz at this point either.

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