Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fringe Renewed for a Final Season

I'm actually very happy FOX decided to stick with Fringe as long as they have, considering the fact that the show is on Friday nights. For the longest time, with the exception of X-Files, Friday night has been considered a death slot, a place where networks can cast of shows that have made episodes that need to be burned off. But a small, dedicated fan base has kept Fringe going, and now it will be able to end on it's own terms. This fall/winter there will be a shortened final season of Fringe with 13 episodes. Now, before you grab your pitchforks and cry for revolution keep a few things in mind. Some of the best shows on television right now run on short seasons:
  1. AMC's The Killing, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead all have less than 20 episode seasons
  2. FX network series Sons of Anarchy, Damages, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Justified and Rescue Me have/had short seasons.
  3. HBO, Starz and Showtime each have shows that only run 10-13 episode seasons: Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, The Tudors, Camelot, Spartacus, Entourage
  4. If Fringe ends it's final season it will have had completed 100 episodes, which is the magic number for syndication.

Even J.J. Abrams' other baby LOST had it's final three seasons shortened to keep the story from going way out of control. I'm hoping the final season will keep true to form with the rest of the series.

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