Fringe, the FOX sci-fi show from Star Trek’s JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, has been renewed for a fourth season. Despite lower ratings and a move to Friday, Fox is still firmly behind the show, giving it a full season order. Plus Orci and Kurtzman’s other TV show had an extended Star Trek reference on it this week. All the details below
Fringe gets a fourth season + Nimoy talks finale
Thursday evening brought great news for fans of Fringe. Word of a fourth season renewal first came from producer Joel Wyman on Twitter. The news was confirmed by Entertainment Weekly, reporting that FOX had ordered a full season of 22 new episodes from JJ Abrams Bad Robot production company.
The 4th season news prompted a tweet from Damon Lindelof (the only Star Trek producer who is not involved in the show) congratulating his friends with: "In an alternate universe, FRINGE was just cancelled. In this one, however, SEASON FOUR, baby! #YAY" Later Roberto Orci sent out a thank you tweet to the fans, saying "Thank you, Fringe fans, for earning us a fourth season. You rock!"
Fringe fans have been getting nervous about the prospects of a fourth season ever since FOX moved the show to Friday (and sci-fi fans remember how that worked out for shows like Enterprise and Firefly). Last week the show (going up against NCAA basketball) hit a series low of just 1.3 in the 18-19 demo, but apparently that didn’t seem to phase FOX. One thing Fringe has going for it, is the show gets a big ratings bump when factoring in DVRs, jumping up to an average of 2.2 with adults 18-29.
Episode 18 ("Bloodline") of the third season of Fringe airs Friday night, which means there are just four more episodes to the season finale featuring Leonard Nimoy, reprising his role as William Bell. The finale, titled “The Way We Died”, airs May 6th. In an interview with the official Star Trek site, Nimoy says of his return:
I can’t say if William Bell will ever be back…I thought the character was finished, but they came up with a wonderful idea.
Nimoy in the Season 2 finale of "Fringe" – coming back for S3 finale
Here is a preview for Friday’s episode "Bloodline".
"Sisko" on H50
In other news related to Orci and Kurtzman’s TV empire, their CBS show Hawaii Five-0, had a Star Trek reference on this week’s episode “Na Me’e Laua Na”. The episode dealt with a murder of a sci-fi fan, sending McGarrett and Danno to sci-fi convention and an encounter with a "Commander Sisko" cosplayer. The episode was written by Roberto Orci’s brother J.R. Orci. You can watch the episode at CBS.com (Skip to the 10:00 minute mark to see "Commander Sisko"…and yes he was wearing a First Contact costume and had captains pips, and yes CBS.com only works in the USA).