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Good -- well, great -- news: "Fringe" will return

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For science-fiction fans -- which is to say, for all reasonable human beings -- there's been good, bad and good news.

The good: "Fringe" will be back for a fifth season, after all. The current season -- three more Fridays -- could have been the last. But Fox announced tonight that the show will be back for a final, 13-episode season.

The bad: "Eureka" won't be back. This 14-episode season on Syfy is itslast.

Eureka! We've found (again) a good show


First, please read my previous blog about the stand-up comedy show coming Sunday. I'm hoping someone shows up and even laughs.

And speaking of humor, "Eureka" is finally back tonight (Monday, April 16). This show leaps between droll humor and straight science-fiction action, but usually works well. Its final season starts now; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

Eureka is sort of like any little town.

Sci fi flurry: Monday brings quirky fun


As I mentioned a couple blogs ago, this is a fine time for science-fiction fans. A great show ("Torchwood: Miracle Day") debuts tonight (Friday), a good one ("Alphas") debuts Monday -- the same day that two fun ones ("Eureka" and "Warehouse 13") return.

The new ones are dead-serious -- as is "Outcasts," on Saturdays -- but the returning ones add whimsy and charm. Here's a light story that I sent to papers, about those shows:

By MIKE HUGHES

Sci Fi fans: It's sort of a miracle


This really isn't what we expect in mid-summer.

We expect the TV doldrums -- reruns and reality and throw-away shows. Instead, we get a rich burst of science fiction.

The best news is "Torchwood: Miracle Day," a miracle of show. The first three episodes indicate that this comes close to the quality of "Torchwood: Children of the Earth," the best show of 2009. I'll put my preview story here in a minute.

There's much more sci-fi, all on cable: