Prison Break: FOX Cancels TV Show, No Season Five!

prison breakIt doesn’t come as a big surprise considering the ratings of late but FOX has announced that they’re cancelling Prison Break after four seasons. Will there be a conclusion to this high-suspense series?

Prison Break follows Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), a young structural engineer whose brother (Dominic Purcell) has been framed and incarcerated for murder. To save his brother’s life, Michael concocts a detailed plan to have himself sent to prison and then to free both of them. Along the way, they realize they’re involved in a far-reaching conspiracy with dire consequences for all around them. The rest of the show’s large cast has also included Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Wade Williams, Sarah Wayne Callies, William Fichtner, Paul Adelstein, Marshall Allman, Rockmond Dunbar, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Robin Tunney, Stacy Keach, Leon Russom, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Peter Stormare, Muse Watson, and Patricia Wettig.

The FOX drama debuted on August 29, 2005 to solid ratings of over 10.5 million viewers and a healthy number of 18-49 viewers. Prison’s first season finished with an average audience of 12.1 million. The second season declined a bit with an average of 10.1 million viewers. Season three dropped further to 8.2 million and the current season has averaged just 6.1 million viewers.

Based on the year four numbers to date, many have suspected that this season would be the drama’s last. Prison was missing from the midseason schedule and the network said it wouldn’t return until at least Spring. A spin-off had been in the works in 2007 but, with Prison’s declining numbers, those plans were put on hold.

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Today, FOX announced that Prison would be ending after four seasons. FOX president Kevin Reilly said, “Prison Break had a hell of a run, but the run has ended. This will be the last year of the show.” Reilly claims that the decision wasn’t mandated by ratings but rather by the show’s storyline. He said, “The show has just played out. You get to a point creatively where you feel all the stories have been told, and you want to end strong and not gimp out in the end of the season.”

As longtime fans are well aware, Prison has plenty of ongoing and unresolved storylines. In November, the show’s writers pitched the network with the possibility of extending the season by two episodes. The idea was originally envisioned as a way to make up for the abbreviated season three (because of the writers strike). Now, they may be used to wrap things up.

The final six of Prison’s season four episodes are scheduled to kick off on Friday, April 17th. It’ll be taking over the timeslot of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles when that’s finished completing its sophomore year.

Reilly says that the network is contemplating ordering a couple more installments to finish out the show. Of the producers’ story ideas to wrap the series, Reilly said, “They have a really cool ending, actually. I know where they end, and it’s a hell of an idea.”

Apparently, those additional episodes aren’t a done deal yet. Hopefully the network will decide to pay a little extra so that we can actually see the ending that the producers want to do. After four years of watching Linc and Michael run, will viewers be satisfied with how the story ends?

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  1. Abdul Jabar Maroofi says

    Dear Fox responsibles, we are all asking you to strart working on the next season of Prison Break. I finished watching its all 4 season a month ago and now I plan to watach it again. I have fallen in love with prison break. We will appreciate if we see Michael with his family. It is so hard to see that Sara cannot huge Micheal when he is in grave, she just touches his grave and leave him. It makes one to cry.

  2. Dixie says

    Love this show!! I am hooked on it! I am watching it on Netflix and I am sad because it will end. Bring it back. I do not watch FOX but I will for Michael (Wentworth Miller)

  3. Niiki says

    I didnt know about this show before. I found it on netflix and got hooked toit. I
    lovedit. Please bring it back. I would love to see more and so would my friends and family.

  4. dawn says

    There needs to be an other series. The ending was not good. you need to bring him back.
    didnt know about this back in the day but watch it on netflix and love it it is the best show out there. So do the right thing fox and bring it back with the same people.

  5. Mike Jordan says

    Do not write anymore you suck for the ending and I hope people quit watching fox because of it I know I will YOU SUCK FOX!!!!!!!

  6. says

    Im crazy with the stories. Im dying to see the next episode. I finished the series within 4 days.I don’t care if my pay check is less. But i was frustrated of the ending.
    Hope to see the prison break soon.

  7. Sarah says

    I fell in love with this show. I watched all 80 episodes in 5days!
    Now i am starting over! I really want to see a season 5. :(

  8. Abdul Jabar Maroofi says

    There is no one to ensure us that the 5th season of Prison Break comes. Why they chose such an end for Prison Break in Season 4? I tried other seials and film but could not find them as interesting as Prioson Break is.

  9. Stephany says

    OMG im begging you to bring this show back i fell in love with this show and im hoping they bring it back please oh well the viewings drop i bet because of the show being cancelled and more people knowing about it more people are anxious to see the next season so please please please bring back PRISON BREAKKKKK!!!!!

  10. Trae says

    I say they should make a 5th season it would be a big opening and just for the fans becouse it dosn’t give us closure

  11. Abdul Jabar Maroofi says

    I watched all 4 seasons of Prison Break. I was completely attracted by Prison break. still I have not found any other drama or serial to be as much interesting as Prison Break is. I have just finished watching its 4th season and I was completely impressed by the the story. and it is a couple of weeks that I am searching to know if there can be a 5th season. I grantee if Fox prepare and release the 5th season, it will have so much watchers. Millions of people are waiting and searching for the next episodes or seasons of Prison Break. I am asking the writer of Prison Break to please start working on the next 5th and even 6th seasons. It is good that there is a way for returning Michael Schofield, as Sara Tancredi was alive in season 3 so Micheal can also be alive in season 5. We are waiting to see Michael with his family, brother and friends. Ending of the Prison Break and death of Michael Schofield made me to be sad for weeks and months. I have plan to watch again the four seasons. Dear Writer please start working on season 5. I am sure it will be hailed in all over the world. Please

  12. Jenny says

    I’m a big fan! I love the show but hate the ending!!! The ending sucks; it just ruined everything! They went through everything for nothing! I just hope that there really is going to be a season 5 as what I heard n seen on youtube that season 5 is going to come out in 2012! Which it is 2012 now, but it could just all be fake n a lie! So disappointed! =,(

  13. Josh says

    This is bull ****. Could someone please tell me if there will be a fifth season or not? I have seen previews on youtube and have become optomistic. I think it is possible due to the last episode not showing Michael dead. There has to be another season coming and I want to know the date that it airs!

  14. Collin says

    There needs to be a season 5 I mean Michael could come back in season five. Afterall Sarah had died in season 3 and came back in season 4, why not have Michael come back? And you could have Michael, michael’s son have a life story. And what happens to all the other characters. Please I’m begging you please bring more prison break.

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