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. Faye says

    I just found Prison Break on netflix, I heard it was a good show but I never watched it while it aired on tv. When I did start watching it, I got hooked. I’m sorry I didn’t see it on tv, but I’m glad I had a chance to catch it on netflix. There are not words to explain how good this show is. It needs to be a season five. This show has my vote. I’m lost now that I have finished all four seasons. Got to find something else to watch.

  2. Anonymous says

    There ABSOLUTELY needs to be a 5th season of Prison Break…Michael and Sara are having a baby, There still is Scylia, and whats’s going to happen with Mahone, Sucre, and T-Bag ( I can’t stand him )?????? THERE HAS TO BE A 5TH SEASON!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

  3. Zee says

    I just found the series on Netflix, I’m sooo glad I did! This show is amazing, I pray they find out how loved this show is and decide to bring it back!

  4. says

    Just finished watching all of the episodes on Netflix, wow it was so addictive. I also cried at the end,surely this can’t be the end of prison break, it surely deserves one last season, bring on season 5.

  5. Mike says

    Please I just finished watching the whole seasons 1 to 4 and it totally made me want some more. Come on, the ending was not clear and obviously not the end. We fans deserve to have a far clearer view of what really happened. Please come up with Prison Break Season 5. Try it with a few episodes. I’m sure it will be a big hit.

  6. Nicole says

    I think Netflix has Prison Break make a comeback. I too recently began watching it on Netflix. I very quickly became addicted to it. I too believe there are many untold stories that can bring the show back. You can’t kill Michael, we all know he’s not dead. What is the deal with Season 5? Is there one?

  7. Sydnie Boudreau says

    I recently started watching Prison Break on Netflix. It has become my favorite show. I actually cried at the end of the show. I bought posters and everything. I am so disapointed that they have not continued the series. My heart is sad that I can’t learn what happened to everyone after the “death” of Michael. To many questions are left. The producers cut the show off at an inappropriate time. BRING BACK PRISON BREAK!!!

    • Shannon says

      I totally agree with you. I was soo into it, as I started watching it from there too. They really need to bring it back!!

  8. Міша says

    Я вас прошу 5 СЕЗОН!!!
    Всі цього хочуть!!
    Кінець має бути хорошим!
    I Love PRISON BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Michelle Rodriguez says

    Please Bring back Season 5 of Prison Break It needs a Happy Ending. Michael cant possible die. Hes the main character. Plus there needs to be some kind of feedback to the last episode in season 4. The way Season 4 Ended it makes it seem as though its only the beginning of a long Story. Michael needs to come back. Needs to be with his Family. I Hope its true hes still alive. They’ve all went through so much for nothing. That’s unfair for all viewers including me. PLEASE BRING BACK SEASON 5. I LOVE PRISON BREAK. ITS MY #1 SHOW OF ALL TIMES. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

  10. Ivan says

    Please bring back Michael…It needs a happy ending, all he’s been through c’mon he can’t be dead! SEASON 5 PLEASE! I did research and I hope it’s true that he’s not dead. PLEASE, IT NEEDS THE RIGHT ENDING. I LOVE PRISON BREAK.

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