After weeks of rumours floating around (some of which had fans in quite a tizzy), FOX has pulled through and renewed Fringe for a fourth season. The news came four days ago, delievered by Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. It’s all the more a relief now that the show was moved to the Friday night slot of death.
I guess Fringe really is about imagining the impossibilities… Has the Friday night slot of death curse been lifted? In any case, this early pickup will probably greatly enhance the quality of Season 3’s last couple of episodes, as uncertainty about the future of a show can seriously jeapardise the best-laid plots and mythologies (here’s looking at you, Chris Carter).
The newly-released ratings numbers are also quite encouraging; since the show moved to to Fridays in January, Fringe has established itself as Friday’s number one series in the core adult demographic. Too bad we don’t have numbers about actual viewers; something tells me that loyatly to this show is quite high.
One can only wonder where Season 4 is going to take us; speculation is rampant amongst fans. Season 1 was about our universe, Season 2 was about the Other Side, and the current, third season is about the two universes colliding. Short of introducing a third universe (just thinking about it is making my head spin), it looks like the Fringe production team is going to have to delve deeper into the mythology. This is a good thing, as there are many, many questions that have yet to be answered, so many, in fact, that hiatus’ are starting to feel welcome.
Now if only I could get over my disgust of cockroaches to finish reviewing Season 3’s thirteenth episode, “Immortality”, sometime soon… Preferably before Season 4 begins…
Fringe airs Friday evenings on FOX.