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Fox Orders 13-Episode
5th Season of FRINGE!!

I am – Hercules!!

The fifth will be the final.

The pickup is so official Fox has already slapped together a trailer for next season:

The series managed an uptick last week:

Fridays, Jan. 20-April 20, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; previous weeks in parentheses)
1.4 (1.0) (1.0) (1.2) (0.9) (1.0) (1.3) (1.3) (1.3) (1.1) (1.5) (1.1) (1.2) Dateline
1.4 (1.6) (1.3) (1.2) (0.7) (0.8) (1.5) (1.6) (1.5) (---) (1.6) (1.4) (---) Grimm
1.3 (1.4) (1.6) (1.5) (1.6) (1.5) (1.2) (1.5) (1.0) (---) (1.5) (1.4) (1.7) Primetime
1.2 (0.9) (1.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Finder
1.2 (1.6) (1.3) (1.3) (1.5) (1.7) (1.4) (1.6) (1.8) (1.5) (1.8) (1.5) (1.5) Shark Tank
1.2 (1.6) (1.5) (2.1) (1.6) (1.4) (1.3) (1.5) (1.2) (2.0) (1.4) (1.7) (1.5) 20/20
1.0 (0.9) (1.0) (1.2) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (1.2) (1.1) (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) Fringe
1.0 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Mike & Molly
1.0 (0.5) (---) (0.7) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (1.1) (0.8) (1.3) (1.2) (1.1) NBA Basketball
0.9 (0.7) (0.8) (1.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Robot Chicken
0.8 (---) (1.7) (1.6) (---) (---) (1.6) (1.7) (1.7) (1.6) (1.8) (1.7) (1.3) Blue Bloods
0.8 (---) (1.7) (1.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (1.7) CSI NY
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rules of Engagement
0.8 (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (1.0) (0.7) (1.4) (1.4) (1.0) (---) (1.3) (---) (---) Who Do/You Are?
0.8 (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (0.6) (0.9) (---) (1.0) (0.9) WWE Smackdown
0.7 (0.4) (0.3) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (0.4) Supernatural
0.6 (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) In Plain Sight
0.6 (0.6) (0.5) (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Ultimate Fighter
0.5 (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Fairly Legal
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (0.9) Very Funny News
0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Fat Gypsy Wedding
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) Flea Market Flip
0.4 (---) (---) (0.3) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Ghost Adventures
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) House Hunters
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) House Hunters Intl
0.4 (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.3) (0.2) (0.3) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.3) Nikita
0.4 (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) Say Yes To The Dress
0.3 (0.3) (---) (0.3) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.3) (---) O’Reilly Factor

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  • April 26, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Hell Yeah!!

    by thelordofhell

  • April 26, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Congrats Fringe-Fans!

    by buffywrestling

    I haven't been following as much as I'd like but this is a definite re-watch for me when it hits streaming.

  • woooooo-hooooo! Fringe is such a great show - if you aren't watching it - jump on Netflix - get um from Amazon - find a way to get on board - cause this is gonna be one hell of a ride!

  • April 26, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Best news I've gotten in weeks!

    by keltic1701

    I'm doing a serious happy dance right now!!

  • April 26, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Now let's get Alcatraz renewed

    by PhGeekPete

  • April 26, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    this is awesome news!!!

    by aaron cassese

    I was starting to lose hope! Even a shortened final season will give the writers the chance to give a proper ending to a great show!

  • April 26, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Although I stopped watching,

    by JP

    the die hards deserve their ending. Now could some cunt at fox please bring back Jack Bauer! I sooo miss Jack sack!

  • from 2036! Wooo-hooo - awww yeah, they're goin there baby!!!

  • April 26, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for my S4 Blu-ray to arrive so I can get caught up

    by Rebel Scumb

  • April 26, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by scors54


  • April 26, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by Scorchy

    Perfect number for a proper sendoff.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by mongo126

    To quote Neill Cumpston "I just came"

  • April 26, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Stupendous news!!!!

    by John Zick

    So often we get bad news on this site about our favorite shows. Most of it involves the show ending too soon without closure. It is great news that we finally get to see one of the best shows of recent memory get a proper sendoff. Lets hope they go out with a bang!!!!!! PS. FOX you finally did something right!

  • April 26, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Shit - that means I'll have to watch Season 4 ...

    by Itchy

    which is currently taking up 25% of my DVR. Oh well ... guess the week after sweeps will be a Fringe marathon.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST


    by palinode


  • i know he's trapped in amber right now - but so were the others til he freed them. I would LOVE to see him join the cast - even if just on a couple more episodes.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Syndication ftw!

    by Saen

  • April 26, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!

    by Ferf Muckmeyer


  • April 26, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    I don't think there are any current plans to bring Simon back. Henry Ian Cusick's a regular on Scandal, currently airing Thursdays on ABC. We'll know in about two weeks whether or not ABC is bringing Scandal back next season.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by lordjaga

  • April 26, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Now they don't have to rush the end

    by jtp8000

    I hate when they have to come up with a quick end. Now the writers can finish it up the right way

  • This show is sooooo good, but it requires a committed viewing habit. Unfortunately, that makes it extremely difficult to pick up new viewers. I had prepared myself for this to be this last season, since the ratings have been abysmal and Fox is notorious for pulling sci-fi shows that require any thought on the viewers part. I have never been so happy to be proven wrong! Thanks for re-upping this terrific show for one last season Fox!

  • April 26, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Thank you Fox!!

    by No time for Haters

    I'm grateful that they're not gonna just yank it without giving the showrunners a chance to finish it on their own terms. NBC let Chuck finish the way it wanted to, now this, I'm very happy that the networks are rewarding some cult-fan loyalty.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Great news...

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    except for that moron wanting Alcatraz renewed. What a way to ruin a good talkback. :)

  • April 26, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by Billyeveryteen

    Whooo Hooo! Now c'mon Community, get your fourth...

  • April 26, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Each episode wil be budgeted at $100.00

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    $150 for series finale

  • April 26, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    "suddenly evil observers"....not so much

    by mongo126

    Just started rewatching from S1 and the evil Observers story works when you consider that September was an Observer dissident and working all along to help Peter stop the invasion. My main concern now is you've got the rest of S4 left with this weird alternate reality and RDJ merging the universes under his control. My hope is that the writing team wrote these remaining episodes with the Observer invasion in mind. What the fuck ever.....we get a proper Fringe finale. Thanks for not fucking us Fox.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Olivia for season 5?

    by mongo126

    I have to wonder what happened to Olivia (given the conversation between Walter and Astrid on the train). I can't imagine a final season of Fringe without the magnificent Anna Torv. Save Olivia to save the world?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    I will say this once

    by Larry Jay

    And this is probably the only time I ever will. THANK YOU, FOX Network. Now, while you're having a moment of sanity, Will you please cancel O'Reilly and Hannity?

  • April 26, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    @herc - Ah right on - I didn't think Scandal was coming back

    by slayme

    and now i selfishly for Fringe purposes hope it doesn't. Who doesn't like more Desmond/Simon?!?!

  • April 26, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by Paul

    Thanks Fox! Everyone needs to go to the Fox Facebook and thank them so that they do this sort of thing more often. I had a feeling that it would get reviewed. This will be awesome!!!!!!!

  • April 26, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Now we just need renewals for Alcatraz, Touch and Awake!

    by Paul

  • April 26, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Thank you Fox

    by krabklaw

    OK- give us an awesome wrap-up to a really good series.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    such great news my favourite show (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad right behind) on TV since Lost's departure and about the only network drama I eagerly anticipate I really think 5/6 seasons is the right amount for any show. So happy they get to go out on their own terms.

  • April 26, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    hopefully 13 eps means 13 high main arc quality story wise God I hope they make a memorable finale No *god did it* or *we're all in a waiting room for the after life* bs cop out endings @buffywrestling Thanks for you well wishes Too often here we use this forum to gloat over others losses

  • April 26, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Pick one show a week I could only watch

    by edshrinker

    And by far this is it. Thanks Fox. I may soon forgive you for Firefly.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Finally fox does something right...

    by Josh

    Now please bring back the other shows you canned :) And make us all happy. But I always said there should be one more season of fringe and be it's final one. Hope that the last and final season doesn't suck dick like lost's final season.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Surprised to see anyone liked the Simon character

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    I mean, maybe it's residual charisma Cusick has from his time on Lost, where playing Desmond he actually had some dimension but this last episode, apart from being played by Cusick, the Simon character just bored the ever loving shit out of me. I know some are going to attack my words and go "but it was only one episode" blahblahblah and to that I offer counter with Jared Harris' David Robert Jones. Another similar case where the actor is so good that you kinda expect him to deliver a power punch with a character he's given even if it's only for an episode or an entire season. I got that vibe with Harris, I didn't with Cusick. I'd rather he stay stuck in the amber, all truth told, regardless of whether his other network show fails or not as at least then his character had a lasting impact on the series overall plot.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Walter TV character since...

    by edshrinker

    Ben Linus - LOST? Murdock - The A-Team (80's nostalgia)? Too bad Mulder went douchey or I'd add him.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    i hope season 5...

    by JaredP

    is all about the final battle between humans and the observers. i also hope walternate becomes evil again

  • April 26, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    ahhh....sweet news!

    by LabattsBleu

    Let's hope that the writers sit down and give us 13 episodes that will be worthy of the 4 seasons that preceded it!

  • April 26, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Will we be seeing Observers eating Subway Sandwiches?

    by Meta

    Much as I'm happy about this, I smell some sort of bad product placements being crowbarred in there.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Such good news I just spermed out all over my keyboard.

    by DickBallsworth

    Wait. What talkback is this?

  • April 27, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    That's the best news I've had in ages.

    by skiprat1

    I hope they end season 4 on a killer cliffhanger and regain some of the momentum they had mid-season 2 to mid-season 3. That was some of the best tv that's ever been broadcast. I've enjoyed season 4, and appreciate the continued re-invention of the show. This will definitely be a show I make friends sit and watch from start to finish when I have all five seasons worth of DVDs in my grubby mitts. Oh and hopefully there'll be some real recognition of John Noble's work on the show outside of the fanbase.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by CatVutt

    GODDAMN! So fucking great.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    That is good news

    by rakesh patel

    its been a good week for geeks!

  • April 27, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST


    by smellmycheese

    Seriously, TF!!! What a great way to start the day! 13 episodes to bring all the threads, time lines, universes, pasts, presents and futures all together in one big, lovely, satisfying conclusion. You know you can do it, Fringe team. Please make it happen (and don't pull another L**T on us)! I have to say season 4 has been, on the whole, quite disappointing except for a couple of high concept episodes that managed to achieve the greatness of season 2 and 3. Let's hope the final season steps it up a gear; wrapping everything up tightly in 13 all-killer, no-filler episodes of wonderfulness. Yep, this is great news.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    @buffywrestling and @melvin_t_pelvis

    by smellmycheese

    Great posts. You see, this show brings out the best in people! :-)

  • April 27, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    great find!

    by rockness

    observer world rules

  • April 27, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST


    by Andrew Coleman

    Hell yes! Chalking this up to serious win to start the weekend.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by smellmycheese

    Also, I do hope Charlie makes a season 5 come back. Sure, season 1 Charlie was a bit dull but TBH with the obvious exception of Walter ALL season 1 characters were dull. Season 3 alternate-Charlie was great and I was quite disappointed he wasn't a semi-regular in season 4 (in fact, the entire alternate universe was sorely missed this season aside from a few cameos). It was also great to see Nimoy in the amber last episode. If we can see him again before series end, if only as a cartoon, then I'll be happy. There's so much story here to conclude I really do hope they can rise to the challenge. A strong final season is what will propel this show higher than Lost in my own personal affections.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Final episode already filmed?

    by smellmycheese

    I'm sure I read somewhere, maybe here on AICN, that they've already filmed a series finale, in addition to a season finale, in the event a fifth season wasn't commissioned (much the same way JMS did with B5). Is this true? (And if Olivia is going to die you can guarantee it'll be in that episode.)

  • April 27, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    What could the final season look like?

    by smellmycheese

    I'm wondering how s5 might play out. I would love it if they just brought it all together in a big melting pot so it was set everywhere and in every time and it all fed in to one another, much like the way the Observers view time itself. So one week it's the green universe, another the red, another the amber, another the green 1980s, maybe a red or amber 1980s, the grey future (that Peter visited last season) and then the new occupied future. Just a different universe and/or time each week, jumping back and forth. It would be a linear narrative for the Observers and audience but for the people living in those worlds and times it would seem random and unexpected. We can also revisit past events and deceased characters such as season 1 Charlie and red universe Broyles without compromising anything that follows. We could revisit old episodes from the pov of the Observer, revealing new twists and connections between fringe events - resulting in some kind of "pattern"... So many possibilities. Such a great and inventive show.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    13 episode max?

    by Swoomustdie

    13 episode max, or a chance to go up to 22 for a full final season? Not that I'm complaining. Just having it back for a couple of months to tie everything up will be great.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    It almost seems like the creator is friend with someone at Fox

    by chien_sale


  • April 27, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    YES! My username won't be irrelevant next year!!!

    by Gene Cowan

  • April 27, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by Gene Cowan

    I actually yelled "NO WAY!" when I read this. OK, I'm going to log off now so I don't become obnoxious.

  • April 27, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I don't care what the haters say.

    by Breotan

    I like this show. Not as much as Supernatural but I still like it. :)

  • April 27, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't miss it if it was cancelled - but I enjoy it

    by FrodoFraggins

  • April 27, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by waelse1

    My favorite show on TV, great news we get some more episodes and the writers have time to plan the story's conclusion. Bravo FOX!

  • April 27, 2012, 3:45 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    The finale was filmed with 2 different endings.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    I'm happy for Fringe fans. But I'm really infuriated

    by Xen11

    It's obvious Fox had this setup to reach its 5th season despite whatever ratings it got. Yes, I do believe the relation to Murdoch has something to do with it. Fox showed their hand early. Remember the move to the Friday Death Slot and, how before that happened, there were promo commercials mocking people saying how it would be canceled because of this move by quoting AICN amongst others. They were basically saying that it would not be canceled because of this move which is pretty fucking pretentious wouldn't you say? There's no way they would have made that commercial if they didn't already know they were going to keep it going no matter "the ratings". That just goes to prove that these "ratings" these shows supposedly get don't mean shit and its all backdoor politics. And that's totally cool for Fringe, but it infuriates me how Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (in my opinion, the greatest series ever canceled) just got axed in the middle of a planned out masterpiece. I will never get over that. The feeling is still as strong as the day it "officially" got canceled (they tore down the sets because they already canceled it months in advance of that date). Or how about when Dark Angel was greenlit for a season 3 and this woman in charge wanted this pet project she had a stake in called Firefly to be greenlit. So they cancel Dark Angel to make room for Firefly, which they royally screw over and cancel pretty quick. Ironic the mirror of a James Cameron-inspired series (Dark Angel / Terminator) was canceled after their second seasons in favor of a Joss Whedon series (Firefly/ Dollhouse). I'm also aware Warner Bros. is likely more to blame for Terminator's cancellation because they didn't want to give the discount for a third season like they did for the back nine episodes of season two which led up to the release of Terminator Salvation (the purpose for giving the discount). It appears to be a similar deal with Fringe because WB owns rights to Fringe. But I'll always remember that Fringe commercial that proves that Fox really knows what its plans are before ratings (the thing that supposedly calls the shots) happens.

  • April 27, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    Woooooo hoooooooooooooooo

    by AceCenturion

    WOOOOOOO HHHHOOOOOOOOOOOO! yes, im sad to see it end but at least it will go out with a bang, leaving us wanting for more. Better to be left with good feels rather than the way Heroes went after season 1.

  • April 27, 2012, 5:18 a.m. CST

    AXE fringe save Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

    by IamHERE

    Fringe is alright, its has its peaks and valleys. But seriously they just killed Todd and the Book of Pure Evil!! I dont get it, SYFY UK just got distributing rights, good press and winning awards and they cancel it? Todd consistently offered a funny, low budget jaunt into comedy horror. It had its own place and was different that anything else on TV. SAVE TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL! ATTICUS! ATTICUS! ATTICUS!!!!!

  • April 27, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST

    oh my god

    by Martin Hogg

    I've just come. All over my boss. She's not happy like....

  • April 27, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Fuck yeah!

    by sander strijbos

    The most interesting TV show at the moment can get a decent finale. Hopefully the makers take full advantage of this...

  • April 27, 2012, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Well fuck me with Bea Arthur's dick--- GREAT NEWS!!!!!

    by Michael Lunney

  • April 27, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Crazy like a Fox

    by Alex Fritz

    Y'all think I'm just gonna walk away and not renew Fringe for a final season. Well FUCK YOU! I'll do it anyways you bitches!

  • April 27, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by indyflip

  • April 27, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    re: Evil Observers

    by Gherkin

    The big reveal episode where Peter stands in the big glowy box had a line about September's crew being part of a group of scientists, from which you can infer that there are other competing groups out there. Consider the "takeover" Observers the military branch or something similar.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by batmancw

    I know that a lot of folks have "given up" on Fringe, but this is some awesome news for those of us who have stuck with it. I wish it were for a full season, BUT--it's good to know that they will be able to end the series in a way that fits what has been set up for the past 4 years.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I have the entire season DVR'd

    by cekma

    Looking forward to watching over summer with falling skies before Breaking Bad starts. Is person of Interest and Once upon a time and Alcatraz worth it? I stopped watching Alcatraz with a few left.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    is it too late to ask...

    by Gully_Foyle

    I never got started on this show. Watched maybe 5 episodes, got annoyed with the dad/son relationship, and just sorta stopped watching. But everyone seems really passionate about it... Should I just start binge-watching and crank through 4 seasons, before Breaking Bad comes back? Thoughts?

  • I wasn't a BIG fan of all of these, some were not so good, but I did try to watch all of them. Did I miss any? Fuck my fellow fans , they gave us: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993–94) Alien Nation (1989–90) The American Embassy (2002) Dark Angel (2000–02) Dollhouse (2009–10) Encounters (1993) Fastlane (2002–03) Firefly (2002–03) FreakyLinks (2000–01) Harsh Realm (1999–2000) Keen Eddie (2003–04) The Lone Gunmen (2001) M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994) Millennium (1996–99) Night Visions (2001) Sightings (1992–98) Sliders (1995–98) Space: Above and Beyond (1995–96) Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–09) Terra Nova (2011) Tru Calling (2003–05) The Visitor (1997–98) VR.5 (1995) Werewolf (1987) The X-Files (1993–2002)

  • April 27, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    @mcgootoo.... why?

    by IamHERE

    why thank a network for bringing so many awesome ideas to TV just to AXE em before they had a chance to bloom? To me, FOX is nothing but a scifi cocktease.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I'm shocked! Happily shocked!

    by ballyhoo

    Oh Fox. I have said so many bad things about you in the past, but I take it all back. The continuation of this show is a very good thing, so thank you. If this is just a fluke, then so be it. I will take this fluke and enjoy it. If this is actually a sign of different broadcasting philosophy, then I am just beyond excited for what else you might have in store for me. Again, thank you.

  • I mean, 88 [episodes] is good, but 100 is better," Wyman told THR in February of his desire to see the series continue. "We would never want to continue unless we felt that we had something incredibly creative to say and to do. We do, and if the powers that be deem it a plausible solution to go forward, then we're thrilled.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Best SF series ever?

    by Bibliographer

  • April 27, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Best SF series ever?

    by Bibliographer

  • April 27, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Anna Torv is a Murdoch

    by proevad

    Anyone really surprised by this?

  • April 27, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Oh, and thank you Anna

    by proevad

    Good news, regardless of how it happened.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Great News!

    by photoboy

    Last week's episode was fantastic, if they can keep that level of excitement and plot development going they should be able to wrap the show up in style. I just hope they don't fuck the ending up like Lost or The X Files.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by comicsniper

    Haven't watched any Once Upon a Time but I can tell you about: Alcatraz-seen all of them and couldn't tell you any details on them. Got very boring and repetitive despite my enjoyment of Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill (and interest in Sarah Jones)... Person of Interest-about the closest you'll ever see to a 'Punisher' type character on network TV. The episodes have gotten better as the season has progressed with more and more 'mythology' type of episodes. The weekly 'what number do we save this week' storyline can be a little bit boring like a normal CBS procedural. But, the overall mythology stuff (Finch/Reese's past, the Elias mob boss, the rogue HR police group, Reese's 'fixer' friend, etc.) is pretty involved. And, unlike most other serialized shows, the overall story is moving forward weekly. As long as you keep in mind that it's on CBS and don't expect any big action like a 'Justified' or 'The Shield', you should be pretty happy. But, this is all my opinion and if you don't like, delete it. There is so much excellent stuff to see on TV these days, that it should be easy to find your fix elsewhere. Hope this helps.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Wonderful News!

    by pumaman

    The last episode kicked all kinds of ass !

  • April 27, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    @ gene_the_cows_lsd_milk

    by GlyphGuy

    No worries. Our screen names will live on well past season 5 as a memorial to all that was once good with this world.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    borock_a_boomer? But that budget buys a LOT here in America's Hat!

    by Mistahtibbs

  • April 27, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Good News

    by alexander

    Only up to episode 15 this Season but its been a fine one. On the Prometheus talkbacks, people were now talking about and posting stuff on Uncanny Valley, and (to the effect of) Computer Simulation as reality theory... and you do have to wonder just how much those things will have in common with Fringe and Prometheus as it turns out! Especially after that allholyamazefuckjizzballs Imax trailer. Thankyou kindly Mr Fox Sir.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Joshua Jackson's tweet about renewal

    by TheGreatGonk

    Do you think they'll have peacoats in 2036.

  • there's always one

  • That will be the interesting thing to see - it has about the same ratings as Fringe. If Finder gets cancelled while Fringe getting another 13 episodes, then we'll know there are other reasons for Fringe being renewed. Of course, we could find out that they renew Finder as long as in season 2 the bar also has a Subway shop in it... I don't mind some Subway product placement, though - I do appreciate that it was Subway that kept Chuck alive for several seasons. If we do get Subway product placement, though, it would be nice if they could play with it a little - have the Subway logo different for the parallel universe or in the future (if we get more 2036).

  • But I'm still less-than-enthused about the new storyline. Reminds me too much of that old, syndicated War of the Worlds show with Michael Ironside. "Oh wait, now the Martians are all dead and there's new aliens invading."

  • April 27, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Uhm, yeah, mcgootoo's list just pisses me off

    by Alan Boxberger

    Space Above and Beyond Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles Firefly All cancelled way too early. SAAB and Firefly were cited with the same problems, the effects were too expensive. You knew that about SAAB, so why would you green light Firefly and then almost immediately cancel it? You couldn't anticipate the problem? You had to give fans a glimpse of that universe and then spit in our faces? I actually enjoyed the first season of Fringe and stopped watching because I was certain it would be cancelled. I'll go back and catch up on streaming. Congrats to the cast, crew and writers.

  • April 27, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Just saying YAY!! Now don't blow it Fringe writers.

    by Bob

    You have 13 episodes to give us a spectacular and hopefully happy ending. Don't do a Lost or a BSG (Yes, I hated it) ending on us. I will bash Fox News for it's endless hatred, lies, and all it's shallow minded, bigoted personalities, but I will say Thank you Fox Network for doing the right thing. Someone clearly believes in this show. That's beyond the fact that Murdoch is related to Anna Torv.

  • April 27, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by IamHERE

    COME ON. Eureka has been a completely solid piece of scifi fun, likeable characters, plotlines only limited by imagination. Its a shame to see it go. SAVE EUREKA!!!!

  • April 27, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Good news.

    by veritasses

  • April 27, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Some more info perhaps, Herc?

    by DeadStar

    You'd think that a story of this magnitude (not huge but so important to some fans) would get a bit more coverage than just '5th will be final, here's a trailer'. Comon, Hercules. The show was almost cancelled, with an unlikely turn for Fox to revive it based on dedicated fans and strong material. At least say a few words of respect to these great news. What's with the lazy lack of writing?

  • April 27, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Wish it was for 22 episodes

    by Norm3

  • April 27, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    As a former fan, 13 episodes is better than 22

    by Joe Plumber

    It means that every episode will be mythology and no filler monster of the week eps.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    COPS has higher ratings. COPS! COPS! And they're cancelling COPS!

    by JuanSanchez

    Not that I care that they're cancelling cops - but keeping Fringe on the air this long when it hits a new low virtually every Friday is just stupid.

  • April 27, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by JuanSanchez

  • April 27, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by JuanSanchez

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    by JuanSanchez

  • April 27, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    juansanchez - well, it's clear you are all about the stupid!

    by Michael Lunney

  • America never tires of footage of shirtless trailer-dwellers getting busted.

  • April 27, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Watching Fringe: correct series order

    by pirandello

    S2, S3, S1, S4, S5! I started with episode 1 of series 2 and enjoyed it very much from then on. After series 3, I wanted to see how everything started and watched series 1. It was very interesting seeing the makers find their feet with a couple of mis-steps on the way. I then continued with series 4 - which has many callbacks to series 1. In fact I showed a friend the pilot double episode after he'd seen series 2 and 3, and he didn't realise it was the pilot until the very end. Regular viewers will know why. Very glad the UK is only five days behind the US, so no spoilers about tonights ep - I'm having to wait until Wednesday to see it. mild spoilers from here on... As regards last week's Casablanca-inspired show (needing 'letters of transit', a proprietor named Rick), I like the hint that Walter may be Walternate - or becoming like him soon. They seem to be setting things up for a break between universes - or at least for transport between them to be much harder - as part of Lincoln's happy ending (he doesn't seem very happy in 'our' universe). Talking of universes, I wonder why the Observers were so hamfisted in creating a place to escape to: if escaping the scoured Earth of 2609, why not create an alternate timeline with no rebellious inhabitants to get in the way?

  • April 27, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    You're what now juansanchez?

    by slayme

    oh i see now - you typed it 3 times.. now i get it.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Hopefully, when the season 4 Fringe dvd set comes...

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    out they will include the alternate ending that they already filmed. Would love to see how they were going to finish it. Otherwise, the news of the renewal made my day. Now, the folks at Fringe can actually plan for a ending. No tacked on crud.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    I hope they give us the 13 episodes pretty close to one another.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Not this few episodes and wait months for the rest. Hate that crap.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Just heard that they renewed it for 36 episodes...

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    in the other universe. Lucky bastards.

  • April 27, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by JuanSanchez

  • April 28, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    iamhere - about Eureka , why save it?

    by Xen11

    It has been known it would be canceled before they made the final season, which means they get to finish their story on their terms. A series should not go on forever, it should be able to tell and explore its universe at the satisfaction of the storyteller/creator. For example, of course my favorite series ever, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles had a four season planned story with a possible 5th to explore the aftermath, no more than that. It's a planned outline that Josh Friedman had before they even started to make the series. The goal of all series (from a business standpoint) is to just try to get as many made possible with 100 episodes being the goal or however many it takes to hit syndication. Most just plan to come up with shit as they go along. All series do really, but there are a few that actually have a planned out story over about an average of 5 or 6 seasons. I think that's a reasonable amount of time for any series to tell its story and give it a proper exploration and spread without it becoming a redundant piece of shit like CSI or Law and Order. It should not go on and on. It should have an end, a goal in mind and stick to it. Eureka gets an awesome number of 5 seasons in its series with them knowing flat out that they get that last full season knowing its the end. As a fan, that's all you should hope for and can ask for. You get a full series told the way it should be, unless I'm wrong and there was some kind of planned story for 10 seasons. I highly doubt that. You should be able to tell a full epic story in 5 seasons. As for Terminator, why the fuck could that not get its 4 seasons as one of the very rare series that actually have an epic story in mind with an outline for every season worked out before the series began production? There were seeds planted throughout with a clear growth that would tie everything together in that planned story. It got 2 seasons. And yet, the ending is my favorite series ending to anything. Despite its cancellation, they properly ended it knowing it would most likely be it, with an open door to continue if humanity somehow found intelligence to allow it. But I'm furious and heart broken that we didn't see those two seasons that would have made the first two seasons even more epic and complete by completion of the story. It's also a big letdown that most people don't even care about it or can't see how intelligent and beautiful and rare that series was. I don't think most people are capable of understanding it. It was actually intelligent and people crucified it. I think 4 seasons of anything should be satisfying enough if the creators have no real plan in mind. But if they do have a plan from the beginning, that network should see it through to the end and commit to that. As I explained before, its all backdoor politics and if a network wants it enough, there are ways to profit from it no matter how the ratings are doing (if that's even a legit thing, which I think its not). Apparently Fringe gets abysmal ratings and yet for some "unknown" reason, Fox and Warner Bros. have kept it alive and that "Friday Night Death Slot" commercial above proves it. They knew they weren't going to cancel it, no matter what the ratings were.

  • When you think about it, if all those series weren't canceled, we would have never known all the other series that were birthed (then cancelled). They are all connected in that way. If Dark Angel was not canceled, we would have never gotten Firefly. (I can't say I'm happy about that yet, because I have yet to see the complete series of Firefly.) But its also like giving birth to a child, the child showing much promise to be one of the most intelligent beings ever, and then murdering it. It's fucking bullshit. Like I posted above, any series should get just a few seasons to live because that's really all that's needed. You can pretty much add a season or two to every series in that list and that would be a complete, satisfying series. I mean, it can be, and is, a complete series no matter where or how it ends. I think the most important thing is to give the creators/writers an advance notice to end it on their own terms. Giving them one last complete season (like Fringe and Eureka) to complete whatever story its telling. And complete season could be 13 episodes or 10; just a decent number to have a few arcs. But its just wrong how Fox murdered its series. Fuck, they canceled Married With Children without any notice. I remember hearing about the castmembers just finding out about it randomly on the news or from some fan that got the news before them. It was just a complete stunner. Though Married With Children got 11 seasons, more than any series should, but it was the fucking stupid sucker punch illogical blow of spontaneously canceling it without any well planned ending.

  • April 28, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Thanks for answering my question juansanchez

    by slayme

    :P :P :P

  • My roommie, a diehard Eagles and NFL fan all around, was watching the NFL draft and reacting wholeheartedly at the picks he liked and all. I could hear him cheering and clapping in the living room from my bedroom. My reaction to the 'Fringe' renewal was 10x louder, so much so that he ran to my door, banged on it and asked frantically if I was okay. I can only imagine the change in his facial expression when I screamed "FRINGE is getting a fifth season! YESSS!!!" Hahaha.

  • April 28, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    doctortom, in 2036 all restaurants are Subway

    by jim

  • April 28, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Thank you, FOX Dickheads.

    by Cheif Brody

    That is all.

  • April 28, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Thank You FOX!

    by Real Deal

    This will insure that this great series will be complete and will stand tall among the other great series that came before it. I know FOX has made some real boners with this series but keeping it on while it had low numbers and allowing it to finish is the best thing they could have done under the circumstances. This kind of makes up for some of the things you've done in the past. Thank you very much FOX for keeping this series alive!

  • April 29, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I won't say thanks....

    by RongoRongoMu

    Not after they screwed us over so many other times by canceling shows before their time. FOX scheduling has the attention span of a 3-year-old with ADHD. That Fringe gets a proper ending is nice, but it also makes it sting a little more that Millennium, Firefly and Sarah Conner didn't.

  • April 29, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    If only because no one likes any other FOX shows

    by Von_Trierstein

    I love Fringe and have watched every episode from the first season on (and will continue to do so) but it's just getting worse and worse. Rant on: The change in reality this season just made me miss the other reality, where Walter had a spark of vitality in him and wasn't just a crazy old scientist who says funny things (that duality was what made him the best character on TV in the first place... and they TOOK IT AWAY), and before there wasn't this air of contrived relationship drama running through every episode. Seriously, all season with Peter and Olivia it's just been like JUST BANG SO WE CAN GET ON WITH IT! And that future episode was fucking stupid, just a fucking stupid lazy idea they stole from Dollhouse to 'mix it up' this season as they slowly but surely ran out of actual ideas that take place in the shows universe. So now we know exactly what will happen in 30 years... fucking great! Now why should we give a shit what the characters do in the present if we know exactly what will happen to them? You just took the mystery away from a show that is basically ALL MYSTERY. Fuck that whole writers room, and fuck JJ Abrams for consistently letting us down with EVERY SHOW HE'S EVER STARTED. Fucker. :Rant off I just hate to see decent science fiction go to waste like this. It's really a tragedy.

  • May 1, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I'm doin' the *happy dance* (tm)

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    it involves a lot of pelvic thrusts so none of you guys are invited (well except you) yeah baby TONIGHT I PROCREATE (glandular excretions and all) and if I send enough money it won't be one of those *alone* experiences