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Old April 27 2012, 12:30 AM   #1
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Fox renews Fringe!

Fringe renewed.

Low ratings be damned — cult favorite Fringe will finish its multi-universe journey with a 13-episode final season. As expected, Fox has closed a deal to renew the sci-fi drama for a fifth season.
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Old April 27 2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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*Does a happy dance* I'm a big Fringe fan so this makes me very happy.
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Old April 27 2012, 12:36 AM   #3
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Beat me to it (not all that hard to do)!

My inner geek is psyched!
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Old April 27 2012, 12:40 AM   #4
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SQUEE!

Thank GOD! Now maybe we get back to future-verse and figure out what the HELL is going on!
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Old April 27 2012, 12:42 AM   #5
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The best thing about this news?

Alcatraz is definitely cancelled!
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Old April 27 2012, 12:43 AM   #6
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I'll miss her curves...
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Old April 27 2012, 12:43 AM   #7
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Surprise but happy.
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Old April 27 2012, 12:44 AM   #8
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Expected, even though entirely inexplicable by every alleged business principle. Everyone remember this the next time somebody says it's all about the ratings.

Any rational theories as to why this ratings bomb was renewed?

Haven't most people noticed the show is yet another example of how the open-ended serial form fails?

Dare I suggest that's why the show has lost enough audience to suggest that it is being generous to call it a cult favorite, since cult does imply enough people to make a congregation? The show's ratings have dropped enough that the Fringe cult is rather less popular than Scientology, relatively speaking. It's more in the Aetherian Society range.
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Old April 27 2012, 12:45 AM   #9
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It's like a reverse Firefly, maybe Fox doesn't hate sci-fi after all.
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Old April 27 2012, 12:46 AM   #10
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The little show that could...
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Old April 27 2012, 12:56 AM   #11
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Excellent news! I'm glad that the 11th's finale isn't the end of it all.


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Old April 27 2012, 12:58 AM   #12
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Great news. They get to craft an ending. Now, can I get season 4 on Black Friday for $12 or will I have to wait till next year. I haven't paid more than $15 for any season to date.

So Alcatraz didn't make it nor did Terra Nova.

Fringe was kinda the new Chuck there for a bit.
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Old April 27 2012, 01:00 AM   #13
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It's never only about the ratings. There are lots of factors that go into the renewal decision, many of which we never hear about. How much confidence the networks have in their new pilots each year plays a big role in cancellation plans. We don't see those new pilots until months after the decision has already been made.

And even then, who knows whether we agree with it? Fox wasn't going to pick up Alcatraz until JJ Abrams convinced them that he had a great storyline to unfold. He must be an incredible salesman, because I watched the whole season and didn't see anything approaching a great storyline. He should have sold Fox the Golden Gate Bridge while he was at it.

Take the weirdly common notion that foreign ratings "don't count." I'm sure they do, in cases where networks are profiting from those ratings. Why would any business ignore any revenue source? But has anyone seen a good listing of foreign ratings, especially one that comprehensively includes all global markets? I sure can't find one. So it's impossible to guess how much they count.

In this case, Warners and Bad Robot lowered the license fee, and that did the trick. I'm sure the fact that Fringe is warming the Friday night deathslot was a factor. What is Fox going to put in the deathslot instead? And their pilots pickups have been light this year, considering how many shows they've cancelled or are bound to cancel.
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Old April 27 2012, 01:04 AM   #14
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Sweet!

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Old April 27 2012, 01:08 AM   #15
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I know a lot of the articles I was reading were saying that a fifth season would make it easier to sell into syndication, so that probably had something to do with the renewal.
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