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Fox renews 'Fringe' for a third season

March 8, 2010 | 10:15 am

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After "Lost" and its sideways flashes are long gone, TV fans will still have one parallel universe to obsess over.

Fox gave a surprise early renewal to "Fringe" on Monday, despite the fact that the series took a dip in its ratings since it was moved to Thursday nights to face off against "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Grey's Anatomy."

The move to Thursdays, however, allowed Fox to gain a foothold in TV's most competitive night, improving the network's performance in the 9 p.m. time slot by 11% among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, a Fox press release said.

The second season resumes with eight original and uninterrupted episodes on April 1. The kick-off centers on Walter (John Noble) flashing back to 1985 and explaining Peter’s (Joshua Jackson) otherworldly origins to Olivia (Anna Torv). Also, viewers will meet Peter's mother (Orla Brady).

— Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Photo: Anna Torv, John Noble and Joshua Jackson in "Fringe." Credit: Fox.

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