Both of my shows got renewed: Chuck and Fringe.
Here's the scoop on Chuck. It will come back next season for it's fifth season, for 13 episodes and then it's gone. Hopefully with only 13 episodes they won't screw it up with a lot of time wasted on Devin or Jeff & Lester. So yea for Chuck.
Now for Fringe. This EW interview explains Fringe will be back next fall for a fourth season. Brian Dukes has a season review of Fringe which concludes:
I've been very patient with "Fringe," knowing full well that the show has a definite shelf life. After all, when your big conflict and plot point revolves around two warring universes, and you've built a doomsday machine, it's only so long before one side or the other has to win and the machine gets used, and then the series becomes about what?
"Fringe" is pretty much over now without any central mythology to continue to build on or resolve, at best the show can be about the weird monster/villain of the week. But now that the two universe thing has played out, what's left? The whole reason weird stuff was happening was because of the breaking down of the laws of physics due to the two universes' simultaneous destruction at the atomic level.
Sure, next season may start with Walternate being a jerk and still holding a grudge, but even a jerk has to realize that both universes can be saved now, thanks to ... who was it? ... that guy who stepped into the machine? You know, the guy whose FACE IS DRAWN ALL OVER THESE INSTRUCTIONS!?
It's a sad end, I feel, to a once-great show.
I agree with all of his points -- I didn't include the ones that spoil it if you still haven't seen the finale. And they go to why I didn't care for the season finale. And I wish I could have put it that way. Brian Dukes wrote the summary, THE summary, of the season and the finale.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"