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Fox Orders a Full 22-Episode Third Season of 'Fringe'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 8th 2010 5:28PM
fringe foxFox's recent decision to renew 'Fringe' for a third season came as a surprise to some, but it probably wasn't a shock to most fans. The Thursday night sci-fi show isn't exactly a ratings blockbuster, but there are other factors keeping 'Fringe' in play, including its devoted fan base and its excellent pedigree (the show is produced by the in-demand J.J. Abrams and supergeeks of the moment Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman).

Despite delivering some truly thrilling episodes this season, 'Fringe' continues to slip in the ratings. Surprisingly, Fox doesn't seem too concerned about the show's low Nielsen rankings. According to TVbytheNumbers.com, Fox has picked up 'Fringe' for a full 22-episodes. Not 9, not 13, but a full 22!

That's quite a show of faith from the network known for greenlighting great sci-fi shows ('Firefly,' 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles') only to strangle them with inept scheduling before laying them out on the chopping block.

So what's next for 'Fringe'? Judging by the previews for its return in April, the show will explore its intriguing mythology with more episodes about Walter's past and the warring universes plot.

I guess we're done with the standalone case-of-the-week eps this season. I enjoy the case-of-the-week plots, but I'm hoping season three will deliver more arc-based storytelling and offer more eps that relate to the grand scheme of the show.

'Fringe' heads back to Fox on April 1st with an ep titled "Peter," in which Walter reveals Peter's alternate universe origins to Olivia.

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LAR

This is the only show I record on dvr...can't wait for more.

April 16 2010 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela

I LOVE this show! Yes! Excellent news!

March 09 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Picviewer

Soooo how's a show that's been off for a few weeks now continue to slip in the ratings until it returns in April??

March 09 2010 at 2:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LRM

Awesome. Hopefully, they've got a great plot to run through next season.

March 08 2010 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerryofNorVA

And the nine remaining fans rejoiced.

March 08 2010 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eprep

Awesome news. I can't wait for the final two episodes.

March 08 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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