Fringe Update: Season 5 Discussions Underway, J.J. Abrams 'Hopeful' Show Will Be Back

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When Fox president Kevin Reilly told journalists earlier this month that he’s essentially losing money on Fringe, he wasn’t just putting the show’s rabid fans on notice that a fifth season is far from a slam dunk, he was sending the following message to Warner Bros. Television: The ball’s in your court.

Basically, in order for Fox to justify renewing the low-rated cult fave, Warner Bros. would have to agree to drastically reduce the show’s license fee (i.e. the amount the studio charges the network for each episode).

But what’s that magic number? Sources confirm that both sides are currently trying to hash that out. “We remain hopeful that Fringe will be able to continue,” co-creator J.J. Abrams tells TVLine.

Warner Bros. no doubt remains even more hopeful. A fifth season would put Fringe at or very close to 100 episodes, a milestone that would enhance the show’s syndication prospects. (A studio rep declined to comment.)

The clock is ticking, but not as quickly as one might think. If this does turn out to be Fringe‘s final season, it wouldn’t actually impact producers’ Season 4 end game.

“Worst case scenario, if this were the last aired season of Fringe… we know what the end of this season is going to be,” EP Jeff Pinkner recently told TVLine, “and it can function as a series finale.”

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Comments (156)

  • please let us have one more season ,is great show i always watch this show

    Comment by fabricio alvarado – April 9, 2012 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please don’t cancel it! I just found this show. More Marketing could do the trick! more re-runs. What can we do as fans to keep it going?

    Comment by James Goodman – April 12, 2012 10:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Plz don`t take Fringe away from us !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Joey – April 12, 2012 11:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please renew this show. I have to watch it on Shaw on Demand because I work Friday night. But it’s great and one of my favorites in a very long time!!

    Comment by JGF – April 14, 2012 05:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please, please renew Fringe for a fifth season. Ive watched every show and want a creative final season. Let syndication be in the cards as well. TY

    Comment by Andrea – April 18, 2012 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t end Fringe like you did in Lost. Lost has a terrible, quick end. Please make a good final season for fringe (I mean 5th season).Fringe deserves a good final!!! PLZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Ayberk – April 21, 2012 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by what is a webhost – April 23, 2012 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cancel fringe and fox will go down!!!!!!!
    Don’t do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Keefoo – May 8, 2012 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ending Fringe will not only take away the only good show left on tv but it will end the only show that I want to watch

    Comment by Lilly – May 15, 2012 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • By far Fringe has been one of the finest shows to be aired on Fox. Another season please!

    Comment by Rick – May 19, 2012 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe is the most interesting, engaging seris I have here known, this show needs to continue for many many more seasons! To stop at #5 would be a tragedy this show has given many people unfathomable happiness.

    Comment by Megan – May 23, 2012 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im in Doha, Qatar and we are always excited to watch FRINGE. Please season 5 first before you cut it totally…

    Comment by Pancho – June 27, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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