FRINGE Renewed For a Fourth Season

Score one for our universe! Fox has officially confirmed executive producer J.H. Wyman’s tweet from earlier in the night that had him “letting it slip” that FRINGE has been renewed for a fourth season. “Fringe was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!”

What’s more FRINGE hasn’t just been picked up for a fourth season, it has been picked up for a full 22 episode fourth season. Which means, it’s a good great day to be a fan of quality scripted television. Unless of course you were a fan of LIGHTS OUT. What… too soon?

[UPDATE] Check out the official FOX Press Release after the jump.


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 and follow the series on Twitter at (@fringeonfox).

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  • That confirms it. I am in an alt ‘verse. My Fox would never have done something good like that. I should see how many seasons of Firefly they have here…

  • I just squee’d like a Justin Bieber fan girl, I’m so glad 🙂

  • John

    Great news. I was very worried about losing a great show. I am very glad that Fox has faith in the show.

  • In the altverse, Fringe regularly gets at least 7 million viewers, and still airs on Thursday.

  • Not sure why people keep comparing this renewal to Firefly …. Fringe is decent … but no where near as good as Firefly. Plus this is the fourth season pick up … (it is nice they gave Fringe a full 22 order instead of the … gee I dont know .. lets try 13 more episodes and see what happens.)

    Fox already tried to appease the Firefly fans by giving Dollhouse a second season.

  • Ace

    So so glad that this news came early. 🙂 I love this show so much. Fringe, Community, Parks and Recs and Cougar Town were all renewed. I’m more than content.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t happen to a better show! I can’t wait to see what happens in Season 4, as I have no doubt it will be fantastic. Of course, Season 3 is sure to carry a few more huge moments itself. I’m thrilled they’ll have the chance to continue to tell their story into Season 4.

  • Anonymous

    Now they can tell the story about how 2nd universe Olivia is going to have Peter’s baby. But the baby is actually Walter, and will get stolen by time bandits that will clone and genetically modify him in the past to be the mastermind behind Massive Dynamic in both universes in the future. When he gets older, Walter in the 2nd universe will be eaten from the inside by roaches in horrible change of events, but a 2nd universe ninja spy will jump to the 1st universe and hijack half of clone 1st universe Walter’s brain to use in creating a new cyborg 2nd universe Walter. When baby Walter is stolen by the cunning time bandits, cyborg recreated Walter will malfunction because of grief and he will start a new endeavor to build a time machine to chase the original time bandits. He will learn that the time bandits father is in fact the one and only – John Conner. In a failed attempt to send a T1000 to kill John using older time travel tech, cyborg Walter will enlist the help of Alex J. Murphy (an super excellent sleuthy cop from the 1st universe). Unfortunately, Alex will be killed in a random drug bust and Walter will secretly develop Alex into a Robocop to help him in his quest to save himself from being kidnapped as a baby. But before he can get Robocop to help him, a wormhole will develop because of polymolecular-cyber fuel he’s using with his new time machine. Being sucked through the worm hole, Walter is assimilated by the Borg that are waiting on the other side. Thankfully, it’ll be around the time that Will Riker (#1) will be leading the Enterprise to save Captain Picard from the cold clutches of the borg collective. In the scuttle to save Picard, cyborg borg Watler’s internal computer will reset and he will gain control of himself once again. Using the borg technology, Walter uses the wormhole to go back to the future. This time though, he’ll go too far and end up in the old west. Fortunately, he’ll meet a funny chap named Marty McFly and set out on an epic adventure to get the Delorean time travel device to reach 88 mph to propel him into the future once again. In the end Walter will have changed too much of the past, and will return to a time when sentinel robots farm humans for their energy. Because of his cyborg body, he’ll plug into the matrix to try and develop a way to fix his mistakes. In a tragic event, he will be killed by a stray bullet shot from the gun of a crazy guy named Neo. When Walter left on his quest for time bandits, the 2nd universe will implode because cyborg Walter isn’t there to save it. Before the 2nd universe implodes, Peter will bring 2nd universe Olivia back to the 1st universe. Both universe Olivia’s will make up and enter a 3-way relationship with Peter. Peter and his Olivia’s will later become the first three-way couple to be married in the state of Boston, Massachusetts. The presiding pastor over the ceremony Fox Mulder.