Take heart, Fringe fans. You won't have to spend the fall reading fan-fic and dreaming of what might have been. FOX announced today that it's picking up the sci-fi drama for a fifth and final 13-episode season.
“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,” said FOX President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly. “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.”
Co-creator/executive producer/man with a million TV pilots 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.”
“This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans,” said showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman. “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.”
Fringe has battled cancellation at the end of every season, and considering that it hit a new ratings low in the past few months, its chances weren't looking good. However, the show has picked up DVR viewers and developed a loyal fan base — who will be excited to learn that there's already a preview online for the final season: