Will the numerous petitions help revive popular science fiction series, ‘Fringe’ for season 6?
The fiction television series, ‘Fringe‘, mainly revolved around Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and Walter Bishop (John Noble). It began with Dunham’s FBI job landing her with a case that science could not explain. She then sought the help of the confined Dr Walter and his son. Together they formed the ‘Fringe’ division, that investigated unexplainable phenomenons through alternate worlds, timelines, human test subjects, and supernatural powers.
- Has ‘Fringe’ been renewed for season 6?
- Reboot or season 6 revival?
- Where is the cast of ‘Fringe’ now?
Has ‘Fringe’ been renewed for season 6?
The five seasons of ‘Fringe’ earned great praise from the audience and critical acclaim as well. Despite its popularity, ‘Fringe’ was not renewed for season 6. The reason behind the cancellation of season 6 was the decreasing ratings and a steep production budget. The first season of ‘Fringe’ earned high ratings but later started decreasing. Till the time ‘Fringe’ reached its third season, the ratings had decreased by half. However, it did not mean that ‘Fringe’s’ popularity had gone down. During the time of its airing, the majority of its viewers watched the episodes of ‘Fringe’ on a DVR or recorded it for later viewing. Streaming and on-demand was still an unknown concept, and live viewership remained the key factor.
During an interview with “Collider”, Fox’s then-president, Kevin Reilly spoke about how ‘Fringe’ had been encountering a significant loss.
“It is an expensive show. We lose a lot of money on the show. At that rating, on that night, it is almost impossible for us to make money on it. That has been the case now, over the last season. We are not in the business of losing money. So, we really do have to sit down with that entity as well, and figure out if there is a number at which it makes sense, or will this be it? I do not want to drop the ball, in the end, and let the fans down”.
The creative team of ‘Fringe’ were often talking about concerns for the show getting an abrupt ending. Much to people’s delight, ‘Fringe’ was renewed for a fifth season that provided a fitting ending to the show. It was possible only because ‘Fringe’s’ rating had reached a consistent viewership. With a renewal for thirteen more episodes, ‘Fringe’ Season 5 also crossed the hundred-episode mark. It benefitted Fox, as it reruns of the show in the future.
A ‘Fringe’ reboot or a season 6 revival?
In an interview with “Collider”, the executive producer of ‘Fringe’, Akiva Goldsman talked about a ‘Fringe’ reboot or a season 6 revival with co-creator J.J. Abrams, and executive producer Jeff Pinknerin in the future. However, he mentioned that they also talked with Warner Bros., but did not find a way through it. Goldman also added that a ‘Fringe’ reboot would only be possible with Pinkner, as the former showrunner is the heart of the series. He further praised him for his writing capabilities. Pinkner was involved with ‘Fringe’ from season 2 to season 4.
It is definitely a season of reboots. Hence, a possible reboot of ‘Fringe’ will surely make fans more than happy. Also, keep in mind that the cast of ‘Fringe’ has moved forward in their respective careers since its season 5 ending.
Where is the cast of ‘Fringe’ now?
After her role as special agent Olivia Dunham, Anna Torv was part of two miniseries. She has also been part of Netflix‘s popular series, ‘Mindhunter‘. Torv played the role of Dr Wendy Carr, who is a psychology professor at Boston University. She later became a member of FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Olivia’s complicated counterpart, Peter Bishop, played by actor Joshua Jackson ended up starring in the Golden Globe-winning series, ‘The Affair‘. The show revolved around the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. He was also seen in the role of Bill Richardson on the acclaimed drama miniseries, ‘Little Fires Everywhere‘.
Josh Noble’s role as the mad scientist Dr Walter Bishop earned him the role of Henry Parrish aka Jeremy Crane in ‘Sleepy Hollow’. He has also starred in shows like ‘Rake’ and ‘Devil’s Playground’. While his loyal assistant, Astrid appeared in hit shows like ‘Scandal’, ‘Underground’, ‘The Good Doctor‘, and ‘Major Crimes‘.