Bringing months of hand-wringing to an end, Fox announced it has renewed the fan-favorite Fringe for a 13-episode fifth and final season. The news arrived complete with a trailer (below).
“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,” co-creator J.J. Abrams said in a statement. “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.”
Although producers had remained outwardly hopeful about the future, Entertainment Weekly notes they reportedly shot two endings for Season 4, just in case the show wasn’t picked up. And for a while, the chances looked slim, with Fox Kevin President Kevin Reilly admitting in January that the series loses the network money — a revelation viewed as a message to Warner Bros. Television to cut its licensing fee. The abbreviated final season will bring Fringe to 100 episodes, which bolsters its syndication prospects.
“This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans,” showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman said. “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 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Season 4 concludes on May 11.