Fox Ready To Throw Away
Key To PRISON BREAK??
I am – Hercules!!
Fox seems to be getting ready to stick a fork in “Prison Break” with a possible two-part series finale.
The four-year-old series, from director Brett Ratner (the “Rush Hour” series) and writer Paul Scheuring (the 2003 Vin Diesel vehicle “A Man Apart”), has been teetering on extinction since season one.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Fox might run the bonus material as two additional episodes in the spring, though that is considered unlikely because "Prison" has struggled in the ratings this fall and the remaining six episodes of its original 22-show order weren't on the network's recently released midseason schedule.
Find all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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Nov. 13, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
...precisely because I always expected it to get cancelled before it was resolved. If it gets a proper wrap-up, I might just bother after all.
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST
As long as they wrap it all up I will be happy
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST
Just as originally episode 1x13 would have made a natural conclusion if they show had just been a mini-series, season 4 does seem to be ramping up to a nice natural conclusion of the whole story line. <p> I hope they just make the ending decent, instead of dragging it out long enough for EVERYONE to start hating it.
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST
the story came to a natural end there, but they stupidly decided to push it further and beyond realistic scenarios. I bailed about 6 episodes into season 3 and bringing characters back from the dead in season 4 more or less screams desperation and a lack of any more original ideas. End this!
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST
by Incomplete Gamer
I bailed at almost exactly the same point as you, maybe an episode or two earlier. Either way, I agree completely, the show had an ending with season two. From what I understand it was only supposed to run for two years, but the ratings were good enough. Sigh. The show never was that good, but there wasn't much else on. I can't believe this show is still going.
This show is always in the top three most downloaded shows, so i guess there is still interest abroad.
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST
Funny though, it's one of the most downloaded shows on the internet illegally or legally! Too bad FOX is just that dumb over there. They'll never be at the top of the ratings, with idiots running the company.
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST
Yawn. Does anyone still watch it? Does anyone still watch anything anymore? I get the feeling that the TV boom of the last few years is over.
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST
by Han Cholo
The Nine. Anyone remember that? How many stories and episodes that would have had if it had lasted? It would just be the same idiotic people having breakdowns because they got robbed at the bank. Lame.
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST
...T-Bag had his arm sewn back on by a vet.<p>Awesomely promising first season, degenerated into utter bollocks. Just like 'Lost'.
Nov. 13, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST
and from what I understand, that was the original plan - based loosely on The Great Escape, S1 was the escape and S2 was the chase - ending with them all dead or back in prison by the end of it... <p> S3 was OBVIOUSLY tacked on because it was making money - but there was still suspense enough to keep the momentum - S4 has SERIOUSLY pushed the credibility boundaries. <p> pushed them too far it seems, judging by the falling (non-internet) ratings
Nov. 13, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST
I think some of the ratings drop had to do with moving it later an hour. That time slot on TV has much more competition then the earlier slot. They should have left it where it was.
Nov. 13, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST
...Or embrace how ludicrous it has become, and reveal that Scylla is an interdimensional portal to a space prison they have to break out of in series 5.
Nov. 13, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST
I would watch that! :)
Nov. 13, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST
As the creators/writers originally intended. You could literally see where it went off the rails when they decided to renew it. Fail.
Nov. 13, 2008, 6 a.m. CST
Patricia Witig. Was superb. The standout scene in season one was when that actor who is now in Private Practice, setup Micheals son. That stuff had me on the edge of my seat. I loved the idea of the tattoo of the prison on wentworth millers back and the echoes of the prisoner. but season 2,3,4 and 5 are and were utterly unwatchable. When Wentworth miller went to prison. they should have canncelled the show.
Nov. 13, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST
by the barking dog
I remember reading the horrible advance word about Prison Break before it aired. I tuned in anyway because the premise sounded so darn interesting. I was instantly hooked, and anxiously followed the first season. When they got out of prison, I was excited to see what happened next. Season 2 delivered on the premise nicely - they weren't in prison anymore, but were on the run. You wanted Michael, Linc, and the other good guys to get away from this relentless FBI agent. When the season ended with Michael back *in* prison, it took a turn for the worse. S3 wasn't bad, but it was excessive, and turning all the alliances on their heads doesn't seem natural. This season has been ridiculous. Michael Scofield can do anything. I'm still watching, but it's only one week away from rotting on the DVR. I hate it when things that were once great no longer are. Prison Break became the Rolling Stones, not the Beatles.
Nov. 13, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST
Wasn't there rumors about Prison Break's next season being in an all women's prison? Right, cancel a series just as it gets a little potential- HA! Better still- capure all the escapees and ship them to a prison on the far side of the moon- there's a little ratings potential...
Nov. 13, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST
I would watch THAT show.
Nov. 13, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST
Your right...there was supposed to be a female character introduced in Season 3 that was supposed to get her own spinoff
Nov. 13, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST
I agree the show has run its course. I also agree ending at the end of Season 2 would had been fitting. But as far as I know the ratings were good, they probably wanted enough episodes for syndication (is that magic number 52) Like I said the show has run its course and while I find it more and more absurb, I got to admit I'm never bored watching it.
Nov. 13, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
i used to watch this show in Africa in my little hut... and it still didn't have my attention...boring!
Nov. 13, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST
Yeah, season 3 was obviously tacked on and didn't need to be there, but I still enjoyed it. I watched the first few episodes of season 4, but quit once Heroes started because they're on in the same time slot. I'll end up downloading the episodes of S4 that I've missed, so no biggie. I'm also wondering what happened to the all women's prison series. Sounded retarded, but it would have been cool if it were on HBO!
Nov. 13, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST
by Larry Sellers
I got through 1 & 2 and that was it for me. Why are conspiracy plots always dragged out so fucking long? Too many twists and turns make the show really unappealing. I really loved the first and second seasons because they dealt with BREAKing out of PRISON, and then what they did once they BROKE out of PRISON. The rest was lame especially winding up in a different prison in a third world country. Come the fuck on.
Nov. 13, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST
Fox kept dragging the show on.. The people really had to come up with new seasons... I really enjoy season 4.. it's better then 2 & 3 combined.
Nov. 13, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST
the 'main' characters from the original series had been dropped in favour of following William Fichter's Alex Mahone character in the third season. Then maybe they some of them could have showed up again but honestly Michael & Linc's arc ended with the end of season 2. I feel like Fichter and the Company plot are the only thing holding my interest in the show now. It would have been a ballsy choice though, and as such, one Fox that would have NEVER made.
Nov. 13, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST
I stopped watching this year simply because there was stuff on other channels I wanted to see more. (And then Heroes got so bad the show started firing people.)<P> The first year of 'Prison Break' was intriguing and fun because the whole premise was so incredibly ridiculous and yet it somehow kept hooking your interest and attention.<P> It's hard to keep making that trick work.<P> Did this season continue with the "A-Team" imitation stuff?<P> By the time I stopped watching it this season, more than once you had to wonder, "what in the fuck does this have to do with a prison break?"
Nov. 13, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST
Once they escaped, what's the point?
Nov. 13, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST
He's in prison, then escapes, then he's back in prison, then he escapes again. <p>If this was just a mini-series, it would have been legendary. Now, not so much.</p>
Nov. 13, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST
Thank heavens I stopped watching with the last episode of the first season, then. It was the logical conclusion, anyway, and from what I read, it was initially intended to end there. I heard they made it into a half-assed conspiracy "drama" later, and then kept throwing the characters into other convenient prisons for more convenient breaks... wouldn't surprise me at all, if Rattner was indeed involved. Yeah, cancel this crap. <p><p>And while you're at it, do the same to "Dexter", before it deteriorates even further. It's already almost "Dexter's Family Hour" now...
Nov. 13, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST
than others. I am sure there is a reason. though its not clear to me.
Nov. 13, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
The first season was so damned good. Should have strung the actual breakout storyline to two seasons, then let the Fugitive rip-off go for two seasons, then end it. Also, the stupid conspiracy subplot was not necessary. Why did they think a straight prison story wasn't enough to keep viewers' attention? I was frickin addicted to the first season, then stopped after only two or three episodes of the second season.
Nov. 13, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
When they put together a show, it's designed to go one season, maybe two. Then it stops. Much better storytelling that way. (I just finished the first House of Cards season. Now THAT's a cool political drama!) That's one of the reasons 24 stays fresh, now that I think about it, since each season is a standalone storyline.
Nov. 13, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST
Season 2 was decent. Season 3 was goofy but fun. Season 4 is a turd and I stopped watcing 2 episodes into it.
Nov. 13, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST
This season with it's Ocean's 11 feel was a very welcome change. Season 2 and 3 were week and this year was almost as good as the frist season.
Nov. 13, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST
Season 1: proposteruos fun Season 2: Proposterous but OK Season 3: really boring Season 4: bad bad start but was getting better... Sadly nobody is watching anymore
Nov. 13, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST
tickles me in a way, that if Loretta tickled me in that way, I'd say, Oh yea ... that's nice ... that's the spot.
Nov. 13, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST
by El Cimarron
did you just say that 24 stays fresh? cmon now. thats another show that should have lasted 1 season. i do agree with following the Brits and making shows only a few seasons long. concentrate in storylines and not in ratings. but what do i know?
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST
I too thought this show should've ended long ago but I stuck with it and I have to say this season is my second favorite of the whole series. The only show I know that really keeps me at the edge of my seat, I hope they wrap it up nicely or I'll be pissed.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST
--aside from perhaps the first season. Although the seasons in between have been spotty, it's admirable how willing the producers have been to reinvent the premise every year while basically keeping the characters consistent. I'd hate to see the current plot be cut short, as gripping as it's been.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
by Banzai Rootskibango
Bring back LOST, 24 and Flight of the Conchords!
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST
and then saw in S2 (I think) that apparently they got out of one prison and then were in a Mexican prison??<p>Has it been a Prison Per Season?<p>I wondered what they would do with the show when they got out of the first prison.....<p>It could be a great show for all I know. Robin Tunney was good to see in S1.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST
by Sick Fixx
You fucking suck. Fuck the shut up. Lost sucking fucks.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST
It would have been down in one season. However, that does not explain how the awful My family or two pints of lager. Both have had more then one seasons. weird.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST
by Sick Fixx
We had to see what would happen once they were on the outside. There was the inevitable manhunt and their continued evasion of the law. It was logical to have a season 2. And if it had ended with one season, we never would have had the Mahone character. Season 3 is when things started to get murky and excessive.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST
by Sick Fixx
it still delivered more than Lost EVER will. Fucking cockteases, that's all Cuse and Lindelof are. They constantly introduce GROUPS of new characters while simultaneously killing off old ones, without ever divulging all of said character's backgrounds. Every episode ends with a cryptic, contradictory line followed by that stupid vault closing sound and the LOST logo. And they will never deliver all of the goods they have promised since the show's inception. I promise you that.
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST
I've liked this season. They're not afraid to do anything (like kill Mahone's kid). Hopefully the show will get the chance to wrap things up.
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST
If the networks are going to air these multi-layered serials, then they must FINISH them. I don't mean they can't cancel them if the ratings are poor, but they at least have to let the show creators have a few episodes to wrap the series up to an actual climax and conclusion. Just ending a show with a slapdash series finale is not fair to those who've invested years in a show.
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST
better than heroes....thats for sure. they need to give it a proper send off if they are gonna end it. but man, i love this show. its just goofy fun and perfect escapism.
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST
Watch 3 an a Half Men?...the horror..the horror..
Nov. 13, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST
in that case, I'm all for canceling the dud.
Nov. 13, 2008, 2 p.m. CST
after they escaped from the first prison, and whats-her-name took a bullet to the noggin.
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST
The first season was by far the best. Sure it stretched the bounds of believabilty almost to the point of ridiculousness, but it past that point every year since. I think the universe of Fox River and the single goal of breaking out, added far more focus and tension to the show that was lacking once they broke free. <br><br> Once on the outside, they had to use ludicrious plot devices to have all the characters to continue to intersect. Characters dropped like flies, others were introduced to just kill off, and they had to come up more and more over the top situations to get Michael and company to get into only to resolve them by the next commerical break.<br><br> It was interesting to watch if nothing better was on, but not much more. This year has been better because it does have more focus than last year, but it still is way over-the-top.
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST
When they first introduced T-Bag, he was a bad ass villian who was a real foil to Michael. Now he is a charicacture of himself and somewhat of a baffoon (more more than they made Belleck after Fox River though).
Nov. 13, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST
this season has been a vast improvement over last year, but I didn't see it lasting for a full 22 without significant filler. I just hope they don't leave us hanging for months before they air the ending.
Nov. 13, 2008, 4 p.m. CST
I still dig this show a lot. It was never at '24', 'The Sopranos' or 'The Shield' level for me...but it's good fun. I hear a lot of the same complaints I read here..."why is it called Prison Break if they aren't in prison?". C'mon, if you haven't watched it then you can't complain. I've always described this show as "pulp TV"; it's very over-the-top and unbelievable, but that's the point. The writers aren't failing, they're exceeding the original outrageous premise! But I will admit that without the amazing William Fitchner, the show would not have been as good. "Mahone" is an awesome character, and Fitch has delivered his usual excellence throughout his run on the show. I'm okay with the show ending and wrapping up after this season.
Nov. 13, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST
Put all of the surviving characters (and the dead ones too if you want) into the Cube. Have most of them killed by the booby traps in it. Then when they get to the exit room, show that the whole thing is on an alien planet or something like that.
Nov. 13, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST
Yeah it was a really cool show on S1 and a good one S2, all downhill from there
Nov. 13, 2008, 7 p.m. CST
Season 2 started out great especially with the Mahone character who was an intellectual equal to Michael who was hunting down and killing the other escapees. But around the episode where they found the money it seemed to lose steam and nothing was happening that moved the story forward.<p> Also you could tell they never had any plan for what was on the recording that incriminated the president. Incest? Really? Fucking Incest? I guess thats what killed the show for me, all the build up for that. I watched the rest of season 2 and the first episode of season 3 and nothing since then. Great show for about 30 or so episodes, but I believe lack of any real plan to resolve killed it.
Nov. 13, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST
PB Writer #2: Meh. We'll make it up as we go along.
Nov. 13, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST
No other show completely reinvented itself year after year and still has success... but with the death of the company this season, its time to end. Cudos FOX.
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST
All good things must come to an end.
Nov. 14, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST
by Ka Dargo
As long as Dr Sara gets another show!!! The sexy dark hair blue eyed chick is hot too!!
Nov. 14, 2008, 12:40 a.m. CST
but as one poster said here "all good things must come to an end" ......and the inevitable end of the company should be the end of the series....especially since it was the company that framed lincoln in the first place, giving michael the motivation to break him out and start this whole ball rolling.....this IS the BEST SHOW on TV...despite the ratings....im glad the show will get to end on its own terms......good job FOX!!
Nov. 14, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST
... she's not that cute. Whenever she appears, the pace of the series goes to hell. They should go out with a bang, season 1-3 were quite good, but this is the last one, I'm sure.
Nov. 14, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST
I'll miss this show if it goes :-(
Nov. 14, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST
Back in Season 1, when everyone figured it could only be a one season show, the writers basically said that they knew what to do for season 2, but that was it. Now that they're on season 4, the fact that they didn't know where to go with the show stretches credibility. The show is just treading water in season 4, for its own sake. The whole Scylla thing is just a plot device to give the characters something to do. The guy playing Agent Self couldn't possibly be a more wooden actor. T-Bag was the most interesting character seasons 1-3 and yet they've got him doing almost nothing this year. In any case, I'd say season 1 = A, season 2=A-, season 3 = C+, season 4 so far = D-. Time to end this before it becomes a complete travesty.
Nov. 14, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST
by My Pretty Pony
I'll be okay w/ the show ending this season. It seems like that's where they're headed, anyway. I'm aware of the fact that PB isn't exactly the most brilliant show on TV, but it's still fun to watch. I don't know why some people believe it should have ended after season 1. Because it's called "Prison Break" & they broke out at the end of the 1st season? There was still more story to tell. Why would FOX have spent all that money on a show that was only meant to last one season & then cancel it when it was successful? Season 1 was about Mike breaking Linc out of jail. Season 2 was about all the escapees trying to get to Mexico & avoid being caught. Season 3 was about Linc trying to get Mike out of jail. All the while they were trying to figure out the conspiracy w/ The Company & now they're actually close to taking The Company down. If this is the last season, they should end it w/ the team in fact taking down The Company & getting some recognition from the government, then being set free to live their lives.
Nov. 14, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST
I caught the first episode this season, 20 minutes in, and discovered:<p><p> - Sarah wasn't dead -- the beheading was faked for some reason<p><p> - they all got sprung by some crack secret government agency and are now the Mission Impossible team, pulling heists of some kind or another in the US <p><p> - all of Michael's tattoos got removed by lasers<p><p> - peoples' kids got killed, the bad chick with the ENORMOUS scowling head somehow became a good guy or something<p><p> - T-bag is ... well, I'm not sure exactly but whenever I've stumbled across the show he's impersonating a motivational speaker or something, which is about 500 shades removed from his psycho, hyper creepy prison boss story line<p><p> - that I really couldn't give a shit anymore
Nov. 14, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST
Another vote for going back in time and ending the show after season 2. Season 3 was soooo hanging by a thread and everything was handled so hamfistedly, going on only because so much of the original cast has charisma. And then they hang themselves... killing Sarah almost made me stop watching the show right there. I think I should have actually.<BR> Funny enough... even season 4 of prison break is better than all but the first season of 24. <BR> *THAT* was a show that ran way way way past when it should have been euthanized
Nov. 15, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST
by Sick Fixx
Making Bellick a martyr all of a sudden is very much out of left field and nonsensical. It's not remotely in standing with his character, a simpering, sleazy mama's boy who only cares about himself. This guy implied before the Fox River riot in season one that T-Bag was inbred, yet T-Bag paid homage to him during the corporate conference. He kidnapped Maricruz and locked her up with a limited supply of air to string Sucre along, yet Sucre is acting like he lost a brother. Bellick held Michael and Lincoln at gunpoint at the beginning of season two, and they're arguing with Self about his body going home to his mother.
Nov. 15, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST
by Sick Fixx
To watch normal people outsmarting, thwarting and destroying the government on a weekly basis. I wish there were people as brilliant and ballsy as Scofield in real life. God knows 'The Company' really exists.
Nov. 15, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST
the producers were sure of where the show was going since season one...and had a plan...the company conspiracy that put lincoln in jail and on death row was mentioned several times in season one. season 2 was being on the run....season 3 again was company related, being that the company intentionally imprisoned michael in sona to break out someone the company needed...season 4 is all about the govt finally believing in the company and the conspiracy and taking action to bring it down once and for all...sounds like a plan from day one to me....and as for "the guy" that plays agent self...michael rappaport is a veteran and awesome actor and great in the role...... prison break will be missed....at least it got to end on its own terms
Nov. 15, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST
more than can be said for some of the crap on tv right now
Nov. 15, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST
...so he's been there from the beginning. S3 is pretty downhill, but still really fun. I'll buy whatever remaining episodes/seasons when they hit DVD. I didn't realize this show suffered in rating. Its 1st 2 seasons are pretty kick-ass. Worth picking up if you haven't yet.
Nov. 15, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST
He used T-bag as a way to intimidate other inmates, which I'm sure T-bag appreciated in his own sick way.<p>I seem to remember Bellick never really did kidnap MariCruz. He just told Sucre that. Otherwise, wouldn't she have died when they were in Sona?<p>As for Michael and Lincoln, all the stuff they've been through, I guess being held at gunpoint is a forgivable offense.
Nov. 15, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST
by I Hope You Die
But at least the first and second seasons sucked in a campy, entertaining way. Now it sucks AND it's boring.
Nov. 16, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST
HOW DARE THEY!!! Oh wait America just voted Democrat, Fox is going to screw over everything good they had now. See if you voted republican they probably would have brought back Firefly.
Nov. 16, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST
Becoming the most popular star of the show now? Getting one of the leading roles in one of the hottest and best franchises around?
Nov. 16, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST
They should wrap it up properly. When networks just kill shows, especially after 4 seasons, it makes me less likely to bother watching the next show they put on.
Nov. 17, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST
...during the first break in Season 1. Time for the cast to call their agents.
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