No Alternate Reality: "Fringe" Gets Fourth Season

The bubble series survives once again.


Sometimes terrible ratings and network politics don't matter. And thank goodness for that. Fox has decided to renew cult series Fringe for a fourth season, thus ending weeks of speculation about its fate.

The series -- which moved from Thursdays to Fridays this year, and watched its ratings fall precipitously -- has a small-but-loyal fanbase, one that usually gets the short-shrift from network executives. Not here though -- the fourth season pick-up is for 22 episodes, meaning Fox has made a full-commitment to the J.J. Abrams-produced series in 2012.

Wrote Abrams in an email to Vulture: "Whew! And thanks to Fringe-rs everywhere!!!!" You're welcome.

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