Fox had good news and bad news Thursday for fans of a cult series. The good news was that the drama program “Fringe,” from J.J. Abrams, received an order for a 13-episode fifth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed. The bad news, the story reports, is that season five will be the end of the road for “Fringe.”
The additional order means the science-fiction series will end after 100 episodes, reaching a critical number of installments for syndication for the show’s studio, Warner Bros. TV, the piece points out.
"Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve," said Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly.
The renewal comes after "Fringe" hit ratings lows multiple times this season, with total viewers around 3 million, the piece points out. Despite the low ratings, the show has won critical support and awards, as well as developing a devoted fan base, the story adds.