Season 4 of Fringe has been approved/renewed by the Fox Broadcasting Company. J.H. Wyman, the executive producer of the show on the Fox, announced via his Twitter account @JWFringe that the science fiction TV show has been renewed for a full fourth season, 22 episodes.
This is great news. Ever since Fringe was moved to the “death slot” (written about and analyzed here: Fringe: Friday Night Death Slot, Lead In, Audience, Demographic Analysis), fans of the hybrid TV series feared for the longetivity of the series after Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Dollhouse had also been moved to the “death slot” and then unceremoniously canceled.
I believe Fringe was green light for a fourth season for four reasons:
1.) To help dispel the myth of Fox’s Friday Night Death Slot.
2.) To keep J.J. Abrams happy and at the network. They did the same thing with Josh Whedon by green-lighting the second season of Dollhouse.
3.) Because the show is good, very good.
3.) What other good action/sci-fi show does Fox have to fill that Friday 9 p.m. time slot?
For those of you that haven’t heard of Fringe
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The series follows a Federal Bureau of Investigation “Fringe Division” team based in Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses unorthodox “fringe” science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe. The show has been described as a hybrid of The X-Files, Altered States, The Twilight Zone, and Dark Angel.
I know the cast of the show (Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown, Kirk Acevedo, Michael Cerveris, and Kevin Corrigan) is happy, some of whom feared the show would be canceled. What are your feeling of Fringe being renewed for a fourth season?