TVWise broke the news that Fox was zeroing in on a renewal two weeks ago, after protracted negotiations with Warner Bros. Television in which both sides had agreed to a 13 episode order, down from the 22 Warner Bros. had initially pushed for.
Speaking of the renewal Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting, said: “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.”
Fringe co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams added, “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. 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.”
While Fringe showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman added: “This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans. 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.”
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