For once, the internet got it right. Fox has decided to renew the series Fringe for a fifth and final season, according to TVLine. The series had been on the bubble for quite some time and it seemed to titter back and forth in the ratings in its Friday timeslot. The fifth season will consist of 13-episodes, which will allow the creators to wrap up the series and reach that magic number of 100.
“Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas,” Fox president Kevin 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.”
Negotiations for renewal of the series was long fought. JJ Abrams had mentioned a month or so ago, that they were working with the studio to bring it back for one final season. With a reduced licensing fee, Fox is standing to make some money on the show that Reilly claimed ”lose a lot of money on the show.” 100 episodes are the number series wish to hit for syndication deals for other networks to rerun episodes in packages.
They have renewed the series, a la Chuck-style, to give fans a payoff for sticking with the series for the last four years. Things were looking so bleak for the series that they filmed two endings of the finale, one for a season finale and other in case the series was cancelled. Fortunately for fans, they will get to have those storylines wrapped in the coming season.