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It's Official: Fringe Renewed for Fourth Season

The impossible is indeed possible where Fringe is concerned: the sci-fi drama has been picked up by FOX for a fourth season.

Executive producer Joel Wyman broke news of the renewal via Twitter, writing, "Fringe was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!"

A FOX spokesperson confirmed the renewal to me via email, which means we can officially take Fringe off the endangered series list, as it's officially been renewed for the 2011-12 season. No word on how many episodes will be ordered for next season (though several sources seem to indicate that it will be a full 22-episode season) or on the timeslot, so stay tuned.

UPDATE: Fox has now also confirmed to me that Season Four will consist of 22 episodes!

How happy are you about Fringe renewal? Surprised? Elated? Discuss!

UPDATE #2 (March 25th): Fox has now issued a press release with quotes from Kevin Reilly and the executive producers, which can be read below...

FOX RENEWS “FRINGE” FOR FOURTH SEASON – IN BOTH UNIVERSES

 
FOX has renewed critically acclaimed thrilling drama FRINGE for a fourth season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.
 
“FRINGE has truly hit a creative stride and has distinguished itself as one of television’s most original programs. The series’ ingenious producers, amazingly talented cast and crew, as well as some of the most passionate and loyal fans on the planet, made this fourth-season pickup possible,” said Reilly. “When we moved the show to Fridays, we asked the fans to follow and they did. We’re thrilled to bring it back for another full season and keep it part of the FOX family.”
 
FRINGE co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams said, “We could not be happier that the fans of FRINGE (and our most excellent partners at FOX) have allowed us to continue telling stories from the fringe for another season!”
 
“This early pickup comes at a perfect time as we start production on the Season Three finale,” added FRINGE showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman. “We join the cast and crew in thanking our loyal fans and FOX for allowing us to have this much fun telling stories we love.”
 
Since moving to Fridays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) in January, FRINGE is averaging a 2.2/7 among Adults 18-49 and has established itself as Friday’s No. 1 series in the core adult demographic.
 
The compelling third season continues tonight, Friday, March 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. In the “Bloodline” episode, the intensity of life “over there” accelerates as a pregnant OLIVIA (Anna Torv) is kidnapped and finds herself in mortal danger. As the Fringe Division races against time to find her, agent LINCOLN LEE (guest star Seth Gabel) receives some heartbreaking news as WALTER (John Noble) stops at nothing to preserve the new branch of the Bishop family tree.
 
Created by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Joe Chappelle serve as executive producers, while Kurtzman, Orci and Akiva Goldsman are consulting producers. Additionally, Pinkner and Wyman serve as the series’ showrunners. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fringe and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fringeonfox (@fringeonfox).

Comments

Old Darth said…
Thank you FOX!!

Congrats to showrunners Joel Wyman and Jeff Pinkner!

Congrats to the cast and crew of Fringe.

Congrats to all the Fringe fans!

Hurray for serialized TV!!!!!!!!!!


PS - thanks Jace for being the first I saw for getting official confirmation from FOX.

Very happy. A little surprised but I always felt positive a renewal was in the cards.
Anonymous said…
i love you fox!!!!
Fantastic news, I've been tweeting for the last few weeks with absolute worry that Fox were going to nicely cancel it.

Very happy to hear, hearing that it's also a full season pickup, 22 new episodes! Fringe is staying with us, baby!
Wes said…
Fantastic news! Thanks to Fox for having faith in the show and for critics like you Jace for believing it in and supporting it. This (almost) makes up for Firefly.
geekchic said…
YES!!!!!!!! Best news all day!
Anonymous said…
awesome! 22 episodes...still want a season 5 though.

imagine where we'll be half way through season 4 lol
Anonymous said…
Yay!!
Fringe is my #1 must-see show each week.
Anonymous said…
i like fox shows
thanks so much
Unknown said…
Licorice all around!!!

(www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-10/is-fringe-the-new-lost/2/)
Annie said…
Amazing news! Good to know that it won't just be the alt-universe getting a fourth season!
Tempest said…
Cue the Snoopy happy dance.
Brandon said…
Surprised AND Elated! Hell yeah Fringe!!
Tonya Ricucci said…
Woohoo! This show has gotten so good in its third season (like so many sf shows). The stories have been fabulous and I can hardly wait to see what happens.
Jenn said…
So super awesome!!! This totally made my day, thank you Fox!!!! I promise, I will now watch whatever new cool drama you premier this year!

YAY FRINGE!

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