Fringe has been renewed for a fifth and final season.
The axe has apparently been hanging over Fox’s sci-fi drama for some time following declining viewing figures. But the cult show, which stars Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson, has now been confirmed to return for one more season, allowing storylines to wrap up.
Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly said in a statement: “Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 [episodes] allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fanbase deserves.
“The amazing work the producers, writers and incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”
The show’s creator JJ Abrams added: “We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox – and our fans – have made the impossible possible. Fringe will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way. All of us at Bad Robot are forever indebted to our viewers and the amazingly supportive Fox network for allowing the adventures of Fringe Division not only to continue, but to resolve in a way that perfectly fits the show.”
Fringe showrunners Jeff Pinkner and JH Wyman also saluted the fans and the network, promising that the show’s final season would be “a conclusive thrill ride”.