Fringe Season 4 Isn’t Profitable: Can the Show Survive?
Fringefans are no strangers to renewal anxiety, and after the Television Critics Association press tour, there's still plenty to be worried about.
While Fox president Kevin Reilly called Fringe's continued existence a "point of pride" for him — four seasons is a lot of leeway from the network that killed the now-classic Firefly after fourteen episodes — he also pointed out that the show is expensive, isn't yielding a profit, “and we’re not in the business of losing money." Read: A miracle could still happen, but don't hold your breath for Season 5.
There's one silver lining to Fringe's continued struggles: the writers know the Season 4 finale might also be the series finale, and they're committed to making it satisfying to the fans. "We know what the end of this season is going to be, and it can function as a series finale," executive producer Jeff Pinkner assured TV Line.
And, as the Fringe higher ups have always said, the show's end on Fox doesn't have to mean the end of the story. From comic books to webisodes, there are plenty of ideas about how to keep Fringe alive in every universe, and executive producer J.J. Abrams told TV Line he's hopeful the show will go on — "if not on Fox, maybe somewhere else."