Fox Sets a Date For 2 Hour ‘Fringe’ Series Finale

The cult series will end in January with its 100th episode as the network paves the way for its midseason schedule.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

November sweeps may be over at the end of this month, but “Fringe” isn’t going away this year!

Fox has officially set Friday, January 18th as an air date for the final two episodes of “Fringe,” which will be broadcast back-to-back. With four of the remaining nine episodes scheduled to air in November, at least three episodes of “Fringe” will air in December and early January leading up to the finale.

Replacing “Fringe” on Friday nights will be the second season of Kiefer Sutherland’s “Touch;” which will again be joined by Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares.” It remains to be seen if “Touch” will fare any better in the timeslot than “Fringe” did.

Meanwhile, Fox’s new genre friendly serial killer show, “The Following” will move into the classic “House” timeslot of 9pm on Monday, January 21. Fox’s biggest hit, “American Idol” returns for its 12th season on Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17. There is still no debut date for the midseason comedy, “The Goodwin Games,” but Fox recently cut its episode order to seven.

With the demise of “Fringe,” it’s not clear when or if Fox will try again with a genre series in the same vein. The network had a breakout success with “The X-Files” years ago, but nothing in the same vein has had the same impact for the network since then.

“Fringe” was a great series and it has a passionate following that it greatly deserves. But no one knows how long it will take for the network to try something like that again.