Fox renews Fringe for a second season

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Fox announced today that it has renewed the sci-fi thriller Fringe for a second season, with a full 22-episode order. Fringe, a mysterious X-Files-esque series featuring plenty of gruesome murders and tons of mythology, is the No. 1 new drama among adults 18-49 this season.

"Fringe proved to be a notable addition to our schedule all season and it really has fans buzzing as it builds to a fantastic season finale," said Fox's president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly. "J.J. and the whole Bad Robot team have been phenomenal partners, and we look forward to years of making great television with them."

Series co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams added: "Fringe continues to gain momentum, creatively and with viewers. We couldn't be more thrilled that Fringe will continue to freak people out for at least another season!"

Along with the early pickup, there's big casting news involving Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy, Fox announced. "Questions will be answered when the first season of Fringe wraps up with two all-new episodes. First, on Tuesday, May 5 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT), Olivia experiences 'awake dreams,' Walter divulges key information about the Z.F.T. manifesto and Peter reveals a secret that yields unexpected results in a disturbing case. In the climactic finale airing Tuesday, May 12 (9:04-10:00 PM ET/PT), discoveries are made, loyalties are tested, otherworldly origins are discovered and guest star Leonard Nimoy debuts as a pivotal person of interest."

Fringe was created by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole.