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. Amy says

    I am a huge fan of PRISON BREAK and have all the seasons plus the FINAL BREAK i was angry at the way they killed Michael off what a rubbish way to end the season and i agree we need a season 5 and bring back Michael. Prison Break is the best series ever so PLEASE PLEASE do a season 5 for all us devoted fans

  2. hello says

    if this is how it really ends, to the writter who wrote it go choke on something . how the **** you make this show soo good with the MOST SUCKIEST endind ever . i swear all that for that ending makes me feel like i wasted my time watching this . he hass to diee in the end? piece of **** go back to writting some dora or barney storys .

  3. CytechX says

    No season 5? Shame on youuu!

    Look at all these people… they want P.B. back!
    And it’s just a small number of fans!… Out there are so much more P.B.-Fans who waits for further season!

  4. Ali says

    سلام خسته نباشید
    سریال فوق العاده زیبا و جذابی بود من تا فصل ۴را در ایران دیدم و بسیار لذت بردم امیدوارم فصل 5 هم مثل بقیش عالی باشه .هنوز نتونستم این فصلا ببینم .
    حدس میزنم که مایکل نمرده و دوباره به ماجراجوییش ادامه میده .
    ممنون

  5. says

    Please please bring prison break season 5 back. I hated who it ended. And bring mikeal back. I started cryin with it ended ;( to please please bring it back. ILoveYouMikealScofield. <3

  6. Matt says

    They cancelled the best show ever…thought they wrapped the story up…and left us here hungry for more…I’m pissed.
    Just bring it back it would make a lot of people happy to see season 5
    Someone should start a petition…..too bad it doesn’t work like that

  7. Lori Williams says

    Please bring Prison Break back with Michael. I just watched all 4 seasons on DVD plus the Final Break movie in the last two weeks and it left me wanting more. It can’t end like that. I’m addicted to the show now and I want more.

    • Anonymous says

      i know right prison break was the most awesome show i mean i have a few ideas on more seasons of prison break like a season 5, a season 6, and a season 7

  8. Lisa says

    Michael can’t be dead. This show was way too good for this. All that was put into this series, it can’t end like that. Bring it back, there are not many good shows on TV these days. No TV series will EVER beat prison break. The cast was PERFECT, the twists and turns that kept the viewers on edge was phenomenal. I have looked for a season 5 since it went off the air. I’m still waiting!

  9. Lisa says

    Prison Break was the best TV series ever made. I wish they would reconsider bringing it back. I have seen them all and I just watched the entire series over again. Great show and was so sad to see it end. There could be so much more added to this. Reconsider and bring it back.

  10. Alex says

    PLEASE MAKE A PRISON BREAK SEASON 5 MIKE COULD COME BACK JUST LIKE SARAH CAME BACK IN 4 AND IT DIDN’T EVEN SHOW HIM DIE THE COPS COULD OF COVERED HIS DEATH AND BE HOLDING HIM SOMEWHERE OR EVEN HIS KID COULD HAVE A LIFE STORY JUST PLEASE MAKE A SEASON 5 EVERYBODY WANTS A SEASON 5 AND IT IS WAY BETTER THAN SOME OF THE SHOWS ON FOX.
    JUST PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I AM BEGGING U PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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