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. ANonymous says

    Give it back! The writers are able to write season 5 but they just don’t want. I really think prison break needs continue, I enjoyed watching this film, and it’ll be cool if all the characters meet again in season 5, especially Michael.

  2. anonymous says

    PLEASE continue with the season 5 episodes of Prison Break. it ended to short and Michael was the main character. i hated seeing him go in the end. You need to tie up all the loose ends and make it more understandable. you don’t have to show it on TV but at least put it on Netflix!(:

  3. ชวัลย์ฤดี สิริคุรุ says

    I’m life Thailand, I’m not speak English, I am very glad to know You bring it back, I will wait no matter how long..
    I love Prison Break and thanks to a very good movie.

  4. kevin smith says

    I agreed with KARINA
    it was best show i ever watch,my sister and my bestfriend watch it too
    why did end like this ?
    it should be happy end like one big family
    i hope bring it back. i have box set i watching it now
    i from ireland so BRING IT BACK

  5. Karina says

    Please just bring it back , I cried at the end . If the season was over why just shiw that he was dieing , I know it was probably to make a dramatic ending but why couldn’t you just make it a happy ending I also know that not everything ends with a happy ending but pleaseeeeeeeeee bring it BACK ! ;(

  6. Karina says

    Why did it end like this ? He was the best character , please bring it back it was a sad ending . Have a little faith that you’lle get your viewers back . Please bring it back m I love this show it just can’t end like this , he broke out of prison for basically not being happy ? Wow , PLEASE BRING IT BACK !

  7. jenny rose says

    Hope there’s another season for Prison Break..the story is very awesome I give you my tomb up for the great show you made,, more season pls… I LOVE to watch this show 100 times….thank you

  8. Christopher Taute says

    There’s no way this can end like this not with one of the main best character’s dieing on the last episode of season 4 there has to be a way where you guys can spit up season 5 there gots to be a way come on do it for us the people who loves pison break it an amazing show never saw anything like

  9. Anonymous says

    Prison Break needs a season 5!!! It was one hell of a show and there is no way it is just over!!!Reconsidering the cancellation and choosing to move forward with the show is the best and only decision to make!!!

  10. Prisca says

    Please please please! we need to watch season 5 im actually waiting for it, really can’t wait it has to be this year.

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