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. Dilenny says

    PLEASE BRING BACK PRISON BREAK!!! its the BEST show ever and for you to cancell it is devistating. Everyone knows that Michael Scofield did not die because it would have showed his body for proof. Michael is a genus and he was young in the show but for him to die already is impossible. This show is a classic and other new shows coming out now a days are fake reality shows that make no scence. I guess that what i am trying to say is that there are so many useless shows that have no point to them, and this show is just full of drama and it is so romantic! I cryed for days because it was over. JUST PLEASE BRING PRISON BREAK BACK!!!

  2. Kaz says

    please bring back Prison Break, I know Micheal doesnt die, as people think his dead, but it would be hell of a story line to bring back season 5 to have micheal survive the blast as the show never showed him dead, also micheal is a genius, so he would survive th blast so please FOX bring Prison Break back we fans cant wait… please FOX make Season 5 only for the fans…. thanks

  3. Sabrina says

    Please bring back Prison Break!! Please do a season 5 with Michael Scofield!! He was the best and this can’t be the end :(

  4. Jamie says

    Please bring prison break back with a happy ending. What a horrible ending season four had. Are the writers trying to torture us?? How can you kill Michael after everything he did and everyone he saved and everything he went through?

  5. says

    please bring back Prison Break. I want a Season 5 to happen. You have to bring back Micheal, he cant die. Please all us fans of Prison Break want Season 5. Please please us fans want Prison Break back, you got to think of all the fans!!

  6. Cristina says

    Please have a season 5!!! I want Michael to be alive. I’m patiently waiting for a continuation to this series or at least a movie with a better ending, again; Michael being alive (of course keeping the same actors/actresses- specially Wentworth Earl Miller III and Dominic Purcell). PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE :)

  7. katy says

    please bring prison break back its a great show and i know that you have to have more cause yall ahve made the show to intreating just to leave it at micheal dies! you have to have more its an amazing show jut finish it.. make a whole lot more let micheal live then bring in a whole nothe stoy pertaing to them you could come up with anyhing it al goin to be great amaing actors and amaizng suspence dram romance action crime and mystery.. plea bring it back if i had money by all means i would give it to yall just to finh it but unfortantly im 15 and aint got no money! lol

  8. joel says

    eu vi todas temporadas em pouco mais de uma semana e acho que tem muita historia para contar não só para uma 5ª temporada com para mais alguma espero voltar a ver PRISON BREAK em breve.

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