SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers


Fringe - Season 5 - Kevin Reilly's thoughts on the show's future

"Fringe has been a point of pride. I share the passion for the show that the fans have. It's vastly improved our Friday night. The hesitation in my voice is that it's an expensive show. We lose a lot of money on Fringe, and FOX is not in the business of losing money. Please don't start the letter-writing campaign, I can't take it. It's a decision we're going to have to make down the road, discussions haven't already started."

Source : Hitfix at the TCA.

Would it help if House (a very old, expensive show) was coming to an end this May (the decision was supposed to be made by now, it is not, and Reilly just said that FOX isn't in such a desperate place that they need to keep the show alive in some form when asked about a possible House spinoff) ? Absolutely.

Would Fringe's renewal be made easier if FOX doesn't renew Terra Nova (although Reilly has hinted today that he was pleased by the ratings, "some" of the episodes and the fact that it's a show for the whole family) ? Certainly.

Would it help if neither Alcatraz nor Touch (the two upcoming sci-fi additions to FOX's lineup) are successful ? Definitely.

But if Fringe comes back for a fifth season, it's obvious it is going to be with some serious budgetary cutbacks : less money for special effects, having a shortened season, or even losing a main cast member (or limiting his or her number of episodes) ? Who knows. Chuck went to season 5 but it experienced all that, maybe Fringe will have to experience it as well (the show has been struggling ratings-wise since Fall 2009 and yet season 2, season 3 and season 4 all had 22-23 episodes and we didn't lose any cast members over the years (they even added one this season with Seth Gabel)).

The main issue being money, I for one would gladly pay, like, $30 via a FOX Paypal account for a fifth and final season of Fringe, and if all the fans across both universes are also willing to do that, it would be swell... it's one of my crazy theories as I try to think of alternatives ways for Fringe to get renewed, but I'm sure that if hundreds of thousands of devoted fans from across the globe can do it, then money wouldn't be such a big issue anymore. If you love the show like I do, paying $30 (much less than a DVD boxset) is acceptable. If that's feasable, I don't know why Kevin Reilly wouldn't bring it up in a near future (it doesn't sound unfeasable to me anyway).


My plan for us all to pay for season 5 of Fringe is feasable. First, let's recapitulate the facts :

- There's approximately 3.20-3.30 million viewers watching the show live on Friday nights (that's what the few Nielsen boxes say). With DVR recordings, that number goes up to 5.10-5.20 million viewers.

- Fringe is broadcasted in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, South Africa and in almost all european countries (according to Wikipedia). Even if perhaps many people don't wait for the broadcast of Fringe in their respective country to watch the show, there's still lots of millions of viewers overseas, and a lot of fans in these countries anyhow.

- The fans of Fringe are rabid fans, the best kind (just don't let them bite you).

- A full 22-episode season of Fringe must cost approximately between 60 and 80 million dollars to produce.

Well, if among the 5.20 million american viewers watching the show every week, there's even only 10% of them donating $50 (less than a new DVD boxset) to FOX to keep Fringe alive for another full season, that would mean 26 million dollars in Kevin Reilly's pockets. That's a third of the show's budget for a full season if it costs 78 million dollars to produce ($3.55 million/episode, I actually don't think they spend that much on Fringe).

And I'm talking about only 10% of the US fans watching the show live or DVRing it. If 20% of them are true fans and willing to give, we could double the amount, make it 52 million dollars. Plus, I'm sure there are many americans not watching Fringe live or DVRing it but who watch the show nonetheless and who would also gladly give money. And if we take into account fans from other countries, well, a fifth season would be funded very easily !

If the budget is between 60 and 80 million dollars for 22 episodes (between $2.72 million and 3.64 million/episode), here's an example of how it could go :

500,000 people giving 50$ : 25 million dollars (≏ 31% to 42% of the show's budget for a full season).
1,000,000 people giving 50$ : 50 million dollars (≏ 63% to 84% of the show's budget for a full season).
1,500,000 people giving 50$ : 75 million dollars (≏ 94% to 125% of the show's budget for a full season).

I'm sure there's a million devoted Fringe fans out there who would be willing to donate a certain amount of money via a FOX Paypal account. I would certainly give 50€ myself (for us in Europe giving 50€ would mean giving $63.50, that's even more interesting - even if donating just the equivalent of $50 (39.35€) would still be much appreciated).

LET'S DO THIS ! It actually doesn't seem impossible to pull this off. If FOX executives hear about an idea like that, it could convince them to try it, to set a minimum amount of money to generate on this Paypal account and we would all contribute... Desperate times call for desperate (crazy ?) measures.

Yes, it sounds very idealistic (some might say unrealistic or stupid), but I'm confident there's a lot of Fringe fans who really love this show and we would give money to keep it on the air, it can be done, I'm sure of that.

Problem Detected - Comments, Video and Images Not Loaded

If you're seeing this it means you're having trouble loading the site.

This is normally caused by an Extension/Addon installed in your Browser such as Adblock, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, Admuncher, AVAST! etc. You should try whitelisting www.spoilertv.com domains to ensure that all content is properly loaded.

See the Troubleshooting Guide Here
We welcome relevant, respectful comments.
Click here to Read our Comment Policy

Print FriendlyFull Screen

About The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel

Every day 100's of items are submitted to us and we don't always have the time to make separate posts for the news and/or there is so much that it would quickly push all other items off the homepage.

So a result we've come up with the idea of the Newsreel, which will feature smaller shows and news items as they happen.

There will be a new Newsreel each day, and as news is added we will update the post and and push it back to the top of the site so that you can see that new items have been added. A tweet of the item will also be sent to our @SpoilerTV account.

New Items will be listed at the top of the article.

This will allow us to provide more news on more shows in a much more timely fashion
About Movie News Roundup

Rather that creating lots of new posts as new info is released and fragmenting the commentary, we thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming major movies to create a single post for each major movies that will collate all the info as it's posted.

New items will be added to the top of the list as well as the post being re-posted back to the top of the homepage when a new item is added. We will additionally send out a fresh tweet alerting you of the new information.

This will allow you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you like. It will also help consolidate all the discussion on this movie in a central place and make it less likely that you'll miss some key information.
SpoilerTV Comment Policy

We pride ourselves here at SpoilerTV with the quality, friendlyness and respectfullness of our community. All comments in English please.

Name-calling, personal attacks, spamming, excessive self-promotion, condescending pomposity, general assiness, racism, sexism, any-other-ism, homophobia, off-topicness, acrophobia, and destructive (versus constructive) criticism will get you BANNED from the party as will creating multiple accounts, actor abuse as well as other trollish behaviour.

If you have a problem with a comment, DO NOT REPLY TO IT.

Instead Click the Dropdown Icon/Arrow to the right of the offending comment and click the Flag link from the dropdown. Our Moderation Team will then deal with any inappropriate comments.

We hope you enjoy your time here at SpoilerTV
ADBlock Detected

It appears that you are running an adblocker such as Adblock, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, Admuncher, AVAST! etc.

Advertisments are our only source of revenue and they help ensure that the site remains free of charge and running.

We kindly ask that you consider whitelisting www.spoilertv.com so you don't hurt our revenue.

See the Guide Here for details about how to whitelist SpoilerTV

You can still use the site with Adblock although this nag screen will display. Whitelisting the site will remove this nag screen message.

Here at SpoilerTV we allow you to personalize your experience by allowing you to customize various items on the site. Close the popup to save your changes

Background Colour Picker
Enter the HEX Code of the colour you would like to use as a background. To get a HEX code goto the colour picker and pick your color then paste in the # number including the # at the front. eg #000000 is black #ffffff is white

Thumbnail Type
Rounded Sharp Circle
Square None Grid3 Grid2 Card
Theme Color
Light (Default)
Dark (Beta)
Unread Indicator
Unread Off (Default)
Unread On

Full or Minimal
Full (Default)
Minimal (Beta)
Banner Selector
All you need to do is to put a link to your banner in the box below and press the Click Button. (For best results your image should be 1090px wide and 200px high.). We have more banners in our Banner Gallery here.

Enter the URL of your Image or pick from one below