After becoming one of the top freshman series this season, Fox sci-fi procedural Fringe is set to freak people out for another season as the network orders a full 22-episode second run.
"Fringe proved to be a notable addition to our schedule all season, and it really has fans buzzing as it builds to a fantastic season finale," said Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at Fox. "[Creator] J.J. and the whole Bad Robot team have been phenomenal partners, and we look forward to years of making great television with them."
For his part, series co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams said that Fringe "continues to gain momentum, creatively and with viewers. We couldn't be more thrilled that Fringe will continue to freak people out for at least another season!"
The hit procedural is the top-rated new series in the adults 18-49 demographic this season. Fringe
's strong showing was due in part to a stable lead-in courtesy of medical dramedy House
in the fall and absolute ratings juggernaut American Idol
. As it concludes its freshman series on May 12, it remains to be one of the season's few success stories, averaging around 10 million viewers per episode and a 4.1 rating in the all-important 18-49 demo.
As for the show's sophomore season, there have been talks about a potential romantic plot between Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson). Its May 12 finale, meanwhile, will reportedly feature Star Trek
's Leonard Nimoy as William Bell, the mysterious founder of Massive Dynamic.Fringe
follows a team that investigates bizarre scientific occurrences that seem to follow a certain Pattern. Tonight, they investigate the case of a woman who appears to have spontaneously combusted, while Olivia continues to experience "awake dreams" and decides to explore her visions. - Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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