Apparently, even fringe science is science enough to be on a channel called Science.
The Discovery-owned cable channel has acquired the non-exclusive rights to rebroadcast episodes of the Fox cult hit series "Fringe," which will begin its final season in the fall.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it's highly unlikely that "Fringe" broke $1 million per episode in the buy, based on its ratings history in the past, according to Variety. By comparison, the CBS series "Hawaii Five-0" earned $2 million per episode for syndicated reruns on TNT last year.
Science decided to move forward with the series from Warner Bros. Television after the success of another property, the NBC Universal-owned "Firefly," another Fox series that suffered poor ratings, but had a huge cult following (thanks, in part, to the involvement of "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon). Airing those episodes on Science apparently pulled in some strong ratings for the cable channel, and that was enough to convince Discovery to take another chance with something a bit more expensive in the form of "Fringe."
But Science won't be the only place "Fringe" could end up. It appears Amazon is looking to compete more with streaming content distributors Netflix and Hulu Plus by trying to grab those rights away. Amazon has stayed out of the streaming business for the most part, but the success of Netflix and Hulu seems to have encouraged that company to move forward more aggressively to pick up titles.
"Fringe" already is planning its final season, which will consist of a shortened 13 episodes. As expected, however, the show will move forward with one of its stars from last season. Seth Gabel, who played Agent Lincoln Lee, will not return as a regular. His alternate universe character was killed off, and the Lee from the main universe (itself different from the main universe seen in past seasons) decided to stay in the alternate universe after the bridge between the two worlds was closed.
There is a chance that Lee will be seen again, however. Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner suggested to Digital Spy that Gabel could come back and make some guest appearances in the final episodes.
"Seth is spectacular and awesome," Pinkner said. "But as for his standing going forward ... to say anything about that would be also to reveal things that are coming ahead."
"Fringe" stars Anna Torv, John Noble, Joshua Jackson and Lance Reddick.
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