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Fox renews 'Fringe' for a fifth and final season

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The cast of "Fringe," from left to right: Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick, John Noble, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Blair Brown and Seth Gabel.

"Fringe" creator J.J. Abrams is getting his wish: The show "will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way," he said in a statement Thursday. "All of us at (production company) Bad Robot are forever indebted to our viewers and the amazingly supportive Fox network for allowing the adventures of Fringe Division to not only continue, but to resolve in a way that perfectly fits the show.”

Fox announced the renewal of the sci-fi drama for a final, 13-episode season on Thursday afternoon.

The fate of the low-rated show had been in question. The network's entertainment president told reporters in January that the drama, about an FBI division that explores a parallel universe, may be in trouble because it was so expensive. "We lost a lot of money on the show," Kevin Reilly said. "We are not in the business of losing money."

On Thursday, Reilly said in a statement: "'Fringe' is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve. The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”

Until then, check out the season five trailer:


"Fringe's" season four finale will be a two-parter airing on May 4 and 11 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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