Earlier this month, FOX president Kevin Reilly put the potato in Warner Bros’ court when he told reporters that the show is losing the network money. While this may have sounded like an early cancellation notice to the show’s fans, it was also a message to the studio, Warner Bros.
It’s thought that if Warner Bros. can drastically reduce the show’s license fee (the amount they charge the network for each episode), then FOX would be happy to renew the show for another season.
Warner Bros. boss Peter Roth responded to Reilly’s message by putting out the good vibes, saying they have “no plans to give viewers closure this season, we expect the series to continue,” while the show’s co-creator JJ. Abrams said he was “hopeful” that a 5th season would emerge from negotiations.
Now, it seems, those discussions are underway, with TV Line‘s sources claiming that both sides are currently trying to hash out a deal, while Abrams remains “hopeful that Fringe will be able to continue.”
For WB’s part, getting Fringe to a fifth season would put the show in or around the fabled 100 episodes milestone that would improve the show’s syndication prospects.
Whether or not the show gets a fifth season wont impact on this season’s endgame, which, according to the show’s exec producer Jeff Pinkner, can work both as a season or series ender:
“Worst case scenario, if this were the last aired season of Fringe — and as we’ve said before, there are other outlets where we could continue our stories, be they graphic novels or webisodes — we know what the end of this season is going to be, and it can function as a series finale.”
While it’s good that discussions are taking place, it’s only actually good if those discussions lead somewhere positive. The two sides have to talk about the show’s future at some point, so we’ll see what comes out of the oven and keep you updated on any developments.
Source: TV Line