Earlier this year, several TV observers essentially wrote the obituary for "Fringe" when it was moved to the Friday nights; which is traditionally called "The Friday Night Death Slot." And yet "Fringe" is still alive for at least another year.
"Fringe’ executive producer J.H. Wyman broke the news in a post on his twitter account "’Fringe’ was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!"
Fox soon confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the renewal was official and that it will be for a full season of 22 episodes.
Created by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman back in 2008, "Fringe" has served as a modern day "X-Files" by exploring unexplained phenomena, super science and even an alternate universe that seems bent on destroying our own. The series stars Anna Torv as FBI Agent Olivia Dunham, Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop and John Noble as his father, the slightly crazed Dr. Walter Bishop.
The third season began with an intriguing twist that saw Olivia trapped in the alternate universe while her counterpart took over her life in this world and pursued a romantic relationship with Peter. The episodes actually alternated between telling stories in both universes for the first few installments, but the series struggled on Thursday nights prompting Fox to move the show to Fridays.
However, "Fringe" has proven remarkably steady on Friday nights, averaging around 4.1 million viewers. Some reporters and fans of the show were alarmed last week when the series slipped to an all-time low of 3.6 million viewers when pitted up against the NCAA basketball tournament.
"Fringe" is also remarkably popular on DVR and has some of the highest delayed views on television.
The early renewal is a sign of confidence from Fox that should allow "Fringe" fans to enjoy the rest of the season without wondering if the show will end on a cliffhanger and be forever unresolved.