'Fringe' renewed for a fourth season


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Excellent news for Fringe fans: The drama has been picked up for a fourth season. The cat was let out of the bag this afternoon when J.H. Wyman, an executive producer on the Fox drama, tweeted this to fans: “Fringe was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!”

A network spokeswoman confirmed the show received a full season pickup.

Word of the pickup comes after the drama fell to its lowest rating ever last Friday. It dropped 13% to 3.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the adult demo. In defense, ratings had been falling all week because of the time change (more daylight in the early evening tends to result in fewer people watching TV). And CBS was airing college basketball.

Critical praise for the drama has never been stronger and its performance on Fridays is still better than how the network was doing on the night in the fall. In fact, Fox reports that Fringe is the No. 1 show on the night this season — across both broadcast and cable — and that the drama has improved the network’s average on the night by 38%. 

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  • Tim Lade

    And all is as it should be.

    • LP

      Fox. Awesome. Thank you. NOW, another favor to ask. Can you get the season 3 dvd out this summer so I can watch the show LIVE next season. Give me a chance to play catch up Fox. I love this show but I’m behind. DVD sooner than later would be really helpful. Again, Thanks.

      • Mark

        I’m shaking.
        FOX made a BRILLIANT decision, no way this show could end without finishing its awesome story.

      • psb1962

        season 3 fringe due 09/06/11

      • Will

        I second that request! I hate it how they release the DVDs 5 minutes before the next season starts. It is all the name of cross-promotion, but it screws everyone out of having time to watch the show again on DVD.

      • PapaRazi

        Watch it online! I watched Season 2 online in July via websites such as fastpasstv, tvduck, or wootly. The Season 2 DVD wasn’t even released till late-September.

      • Olivya

        Thank you FOX!!! A fantastic decision.

      • Gwen

        Great news!! Now if Fox would also renew “Human Target” it would be my new favorite network!!

      • slacker

        You know, that’s such a good point. I always wonder why they wait SO LONG to release the DVDs. There are so many shows I miss at the beginning, then I hear the buzz building as the season moves on, or after an awesome season finale… I’d love to be able to catch up on them over the summer (the way we used do with reruns). They miss such an opportunity to build their audience over the summer….

      • Natalie


        Amazon has all of the aired episodes of season 3. Go get ‘em and you can catch up!

        And THANK YOU, Fox! That was the right decision to renew!! Fringe fans thank you.

      • MWeyer

        Well, does take a bit for them to get all the special feature stuff ready (commentaries and those cool “making of the effects scene” stuff).

      • Serenity is one the greatest movies this Century

        Excellent decision by the morons at FOX who have could have the best network on tv had they stuck by incredible shows in the past, at least they are now learning. While they are at it, renew Firefly, Arrested Development, Tidus, cancel the Simpsons, and revert Human Target back to the ways of season 1 by getting rid of Ilsa Pucci and the other girl

      • soren121

        You can always buy the episodes in HD off Amazon VOD, iTunes, or Zune. Usually it only costs $15 to buy the whole season once it’s over.

      • Lolly

        Thank you to Fox for renewing Fringe!!

    • Ian

      Best news of the DAYYYYY!

      • Trey

        Thank you FOX! I’m going to watch all of your shows next Fall out of gratitude!!!

      • Your mom

        Best way to start a Friday… and then finish the day with an episode of Fringe!

      • Ames

        I was really preparing myself for cancellation. I’m happier than I really should be over a TV show, but I’m just going to savor this feeling.

    • Roy

      Let the people rejoice.

    • Cringe

      Not a fan of bad shows.

      • AltDave

        Then you must LOVE FRINGE! Or you’re a tool, which is it?

      • Gwen

        You have a right to your opinion, no matter how wrong it is.

      • pbssoon

        Yet your commenting on the story. Next!

      • John Berggren

        Now be nice. Sometimes intelligent television makes people’s heads hurt. Let them watch spongebob so they don’t get migraines.

      • Zane R Nobbs

        Then what are you doing here? Sesame Street not on right now?

    • Altair

      Jesus! I literally shouted ‘YES!’ as soon as I read the headline, and in the middle of a seminar…

    • Susan K. Uebel

      I’m so glad this show was renewed. I had almost given up hope that any show I really liked would be renewed since so many have been dropped. However Fringe is very special and has content that actually makes people think about scientific issues and theories that are interesting and at times quite amazing. The show has good drama, diverse and appealing characters, and humor, and some outstanding acting.

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    • RJ

      Same with my wife and I! We were worried that it wouldn’t get picked up but it did. So, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!

    • Casey

      Lol, I was so excited I jumped up and banged my leg! But YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! PRAISE JEBUS!

      • Michaela

        I got into college today, and I started screaming when I saw this. My parents were kinda mad because they though it was more college news, but then they just laughed at me.

      • teehee

        so u were FRINGE-IN excited lol!

    • Sally

      YES YES YESSS!!!!


    • ea

      oh, and mescaline too………

    • Solange

      yes! Me too! I was at work and I just freaked!

    • bobbi

      I predicted back about two-three months ago that Fringe would get renewed. The writing and the actors are superb. I am very happy, excited and telling everyone to watch this show.

  • Angie


  • emmylou

    Woohoo!! Such a deserving show. Couldn’t be happier about the news!

  • TQB

    THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!!! SO excited. Great job to Fox for sticking with a quality show!!!

    Wow, it’s silly how excited this news makes me. Really. I’m a little embarrassed.

  • David

    Fox didn’t want another Firefly on their hands

    Greatest news of the Day!!!

    • Olivya


  • Jackie

    YES! So happy!

  • Brigid


  • Brigid

    WHOOHOO! Super excited about this!

  • commentor

    People better tune in, or I have a feeling next season will be its last.

  • Trixie


  • Mary

    There is a God and we got ourselves a season 4!!!!!!!

  • Johnny


    Thank you FOX! Fringe deserves it.

  • DB

    yayayayay~ i can keep my tv addiction for another year~

  • mack

    Kevin reilly, mr fox prez. I love you. Thank you soo much!!!!!!

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