We love Fringe, even during the lows we stuck with it and the rewards are endless. It’s a complex, dark, fun and engaging sci-fi drama. At first it felt distinctly like an X-Files clone, but very quickly became a great standalone entity, in no small part thanks to John Noble’s extraordinary performance as Walter Bishop. The central will they/won’t they betwteen Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) is engaging but never to the point it becomes all-encompassing (cough cough Smallville – ed).
Sadly, as is often the case with shows that challenge before they reward, Fringe often skirts with cancellation, and it really felt like season 4 would be it’s swan song. The show pretty much rebooted at the end of season 3 (and kept all the original cast – something that only Fringe can do) and while it was still engaging, rumours of dropping viewers pretty much felt like the final nail in the proverbial coffin (Fringe had less than half the target viewer than the now cancelled Tera Nova had).
However, aintitcool are reporting that Michael Ausiello’s TVLine website has posted some good news for Fringe fans. Ausiello’s site is ‘in the know’ and has upgraded Fringe’s Season 5 prospects from“could go either way” to “a safe bet” for renewal. Aintitcool go on to report that they “gather Ausiello got the scoop from somebody at Fox or Warner Bros or Bad Robot”.
The bad news? Well, apparently the source has also said it would be a much cheaper season than previous seasons, but that’s ok with us. If there’s one thing Fringe is, it’s smart and we reckon writing around budgetary restraints may well work to the advantage of the show. It’s good to know the story will (probably) go on for another year…