Fringe Boss Teases Three-Part Series Finale -- But When Will It Air?

Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman is taking a particularly hands-on role in ushering the show into the sunset by directing the series finale. But when that sci-fi swan song will air is up for debate.

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Earlier this week, Wyman himself told a fan on Twitter that the series finale would air Feb. 1, 2013. Fox declined to confirm that date; sources tell TVLine the finale will air sometime after Jan. 1, however.

The fifth and final season, premiering Sept. 28, will have “two little breaks,” Wyman suggested to TVLine during our fall preview interview. “Four [episodes], and then two… and the rest is a[n uninterrupted] run-on” — landing the finale in mid-January, at least.

And while the twisty-turny saga will not culminate in any sort of two-hour TV-movie — “It’s definitely going to be in the one-hour slot,” Wyman says — Episodes 11, 12 and 13 “are like a three-parter,” he shares.

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All told, Wyman envisions and is structuring Fringe’s farewell tour “as a 13-hour feature film type of thing, like a saga, because I feel that’s the best way to tell the end.”

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34 Comments
  1. BigMike says:

    4 episodes, then 2, then the rest……why does Fox hate me (and this show) so much??? Just run the darn episodes!!! You might, imagine this, sustain ratings that way!!!

    • John Ruggeri says:

      Well if they really hated fringe so much they would of cancelled it two seasons ago.

      • PBJ says:

        Seriously. I’m so sick of uninformed fans shooting off at the mouth about how Fox treated Fringe. Considering the ratings, Fox has treated Fringe like royalty. It’s clear that Fringe has fans in high places at Fox and they have enabled the show to go out with dignity by giving it a final short season. Not playing the “bash Fox” game this time. They don’t deserve it, where this show is concerned.

    • Gwen says:

      I’ve wondered about this scheduling tactic for the last two years for the “summer shows” like “Eureka,” “Warehouse 13,” “Royal Pains” and so on. They have a “summer finale” and then take a three or four-week break and then show the rest of the season’s episodes. It’s frustrating for the viewers. Just run the whole darn series without the breaks!!

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      Fox has baseball playoffs lol.

    • ben says:

      I don’t think Fox’s first priority with this season is the ratings.

    • Dave says:

      The ratings are the cause, not Fox. The issue is the neilsen system. No SciFi show ever gets good ratings out of the system. It is a corrupt system and some of the best shows fall victim.

      We got a final season because Bad Robot wanted to get to 100 episodes and hence cut their production fee. $$ talks, plain and simple, there is no $$ here for Fox. For whatever reason we should consider ourselves lucky to have gotten this far!

      • Lisa says:

        Fringe has very powerful fans at Fox. That was pretty much the biggest reason it got renewed. I doubt syndication was a huge factor as serial dramas don’t tend to do great in reruns anyway.

        I think, moreso than the Sci Fi aspect, the serialized aspect of Fringe kept viewers away. You need to tune in every week to get what’s going on. This was the case much moreso after the first season, when there were far more self-contained episodes than later on. The Sci Fi aspect to the serialization of course doesn’t help ratings. People are more apt to watch a serialized drama about classic love and drama than one about mutants and universe-hopping. But had Fringe simply been a self-contained episode show, even one about weird mutant creatures, it probably would have done better in the ratings.

  2. kyle says:

    ughhhhhh why tho?!

  3. Baseball and Christmas as usual

  4. kyle says:

    so is the second break like all of december?

  5. Teknodave says:

    If they are starting to air the end of the month? The reason for the break ups can be summed up in three words: Post Season Baseball. That’s why 24 started in January in its later seasons, so not to get all those interruptions.

  6. sacha says:

    ugh the baseball season

  7. mia says:

    Ug, just air the full season in 2013; all these breaks are ridiculous and are the reason the show continued to drop ratings every week. Stupid stupid Fox. I’m just going to pvr the whole season and then watch it on a saturday when its done. Better to enjoy that way. And I’m not a neilson viewer so its not like it matters

  8. TV Gord says:

    Who cares WHEN it airs! As a diehard Fringe fan, I’m just happy this series is getting the resolution it deserves. Many thanks to Fox for sticking with longer than any other network would have done! Fringe has been closer to the most perfect viewing experience than almost any other series that I’ve watched in my 50 years of life!

  9. irishrose4583 says:

    Lost and 24 ran much better when they started in january and went straight through. Sure hte long hiatus in the middle sucked but it was worth it to get the whole season with no breaks in the momentum. Fringe is definitely a show that model would work for! 4 episodes….break then 2 episodes then almost a month long break then air the final 7 episodes…seems stupid to me

    • soundscene says:

      I do agree with this point–Fringe from the getgo would have benefitted from this model. Serialized dramas that require you to tune in every week do much better nowadays on continuous runs. Maybe back in the 80s and 90s it didn’t matter so much, but with so many more cable stations and non-TV viewing options, a show that requires dedication needs every single advantage it can get.

  10. Eric says:

    I agree with a lot. As a fan it is sounding like the season is going to be as amazingly epic and larger than life as this series deserves. And Fox sucks but at least they did this right. In my mind though, part of the great thing of having only 13 episodes was that there weren’t going to be any breaks. Slightly disappointed, but forward and onward we get. It could turn out to be one of the best final seasons of all time.

  11. Susy says:

    Why start Fringe early,knowing the baseball playoffs would force an extended hiatus?! These extended breaks have contributed to Fringe’s demise. Since only 13 episodes remain, why not air them uninterrupted- either after the baseball playoffs or in January?
    Bottomline: Fringe deserves a good send off!

  12. Really says:

    People who can’t watch a show because it goes on hiatus for a week or two are simply babies. Networks do not show programs during holiday periods. It’s always been like that. Grow up guys.

    • Shaun says:

      It’s only 13 episodes,no reason to do it.That’s only 3 1/4 months.Start in early September,end in December.

    • mia says:

      One hiatus is fine, but several (especially in a shortened season) is ridiculous. In such an over-crowded tv landscape, networks are expecting audiences to do all the work to know when their shows are on. There should be a compromise, a give-and-take with audiences tuning in (and viewing commercials) and networks airing on a reliable, stable schedule.
      .
      I don’t mind doing some work, but I really shouldn’t have to be doing all of it. Having to go online and track press releases to see if a show *might* be new this week? That’s a lot of work and work that a majority of people won’t do (and shouldn’t be expected to) especially on a week-to-week basis (knowing when the winter/summer hiatus is is something reasonable…but having to track the 2nd monday of every month when the moon is in aquarius there is a new episode? Come on)
      .
      Networks need to meet us halfway.

  13. Mikael says:

    It would’ve been better to just have the entire season air uninterrupted in January, but I guess I can just be glad we’re getting it at all. A show like Fringe, much like Lost, is much better when watched without extended breaks in between episodes.

  14. dana says:

    I’m so excited, too excited to care about breaks! FRINGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. B. Johnston says:

    Unfortunately, Fringe has gotten a little boring and silly. Please get back to the original
    plot of investigating fringe events. Kill off the “observer spin” and go with your original
    theme. This seems like any show from the Sci-Fi channel. I predict cancellation if
    things don’t change.

  16. b elmehais says:

    If its on channel 5, I don’t think I’ll watch any new series. You keep delaying so often you break the continuity. People loose interest. Chanel 7 is making the same mistake. TV is not worth watching much anymore. plaged by too many commercials, interupted series. moving shows around so you never know when the next installment will be; how do you expect to get any ratings? Add insult to injury we even have to pay for the cable. I’m going back to reading where I can count on a begining and an end and I don’t have to wait a ton of time for the story unfold and come to it’s conclusion.

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