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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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Gabriel June 9, 2013 at 3:23 am

Ok so the audient dropped a little is normali for the audient to drop but if seazon 5 brings Michael back it will be a blowing bomb, Just think of all the fans who will do anything to get that season with Michael , after the season 4 where he did what everyone think he can do escape , and now to work for the company or better to be the company it will do serios damage ;)

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lavernvince June 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

we want michael scofield back. we misses the show. :’(

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Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

please bring prison break back !!!

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Kc May 23, 2013 at 12:39 am

I just love prison break I wish it never ended its still a hit even if its such an old show. I hope surprisingly there would be another episode or a movie of it .

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cindy May 20, 2013 at 1:05 am

Jusf finished the last episode and I am really sad :( but I do have to say that its the first show I’ve seen where the good guy dies. Not every story has a happy ending… will miss Michael and the gang :(

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Anna May 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm

really av jus watched prison break after some good years and am so pissed off with the way it ended!!as in how could u micheal die and leave Sara alone!!seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the directors would have done so much beta with the ending..so disappointed…aaarrgggghhhhh.
fake just.

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danielle April 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

it sudnt of ended like dat its such a waste. they sud have a happy ending please bring season 5 out.

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Anna May 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

really av jus watched prison break after some good years and am so pissed off with the way it ended!!!!seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the directors would have done so much beta with the ending..so disappointed…aaarrgggghhhhh.
fake just.

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Brenda May 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I cannot believe Wentworth had to die.. such a shit ending.

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scarllet May 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

please please make prison break season 5 …. Don’t kill Micheal …:[

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NGUYEN LE HUYEN May 2, 2013 at 3:19 am

If FOX do not release the fifth season of Prison Break, that will be the biggest mistake. I think millions of people in the world, including me, are expecting to happy ending for Scofield and Sara. We love PB. Pleassssssssssssssssssssssssssssse take it back. FOX made me crazy with this.

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liz April 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I’m so obsessed with prison break! I watched all of the seasons on netflix and when Ifound out that the show was cancelled I balled my eyes out.:( . Fox should really take into consideration in to making a fifth season. My cousin got me hooked on this show after seeing the first episode. I just got season one on dvd and I finished it in a day. Not to mention I have a very bad obsession with Wentworth Miller. ?Making a fifth season would make my life……………….along with millions of others. Sure some people said that it was just ongoing and repeating itself but was it everybodys opinion? Well my opinion is NO. Just add in more characters and MAKE SURE THAT WENTWORTH COMES BACK TOO!!!! Please take this into consideration. Thank you!

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liz April 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I’m so obsessed with prison break! I watched all of the seasons on netflix and when Ifound out that the show was cancelled I balled my eyes out.:( . Fox should really take into consideration in to making a fifth season. My cousin got me hooked on this show after seeing the first episode. I just got season one on dvd and I finished it in a day. Not to mention I have a very bad obsession with Wentworth Miller. Fox can make a fifth season if they say that Michael faked his death and he couldn’t come back to his family because people were watching him. But then his son gets into some trouble and he has to save him.It would make my life if fox makes a fifth season of prison break……..and millions of other peoples . Sure some people said that it was just ongoing and repeating itself but was it everybodys opinion? Well my opinion is NO. Just add in more characters and MAKE SURE THAT WENTWORTH COMES BACK TOO!!!! Please take this into consideration. Thank you!

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billy April 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Best series ever bring it back wtf are u people thinking

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Sam April 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Bring it back I neeeed this show in my life again ASAP!! It was to good of a show to end in the first place!!

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Sarah April 25, 2013 at 6:20 am

You don’t understand how obsessed I am with Prison Break! I am 15 years old and I watched all 4 seasons at least 4 times. It is the best show I have ever watched in my life. Plus I’m like in love with Wentworth<3 I talked about the show so much that my friends would get mad at me, Until they started watching it. (; But, Like I was saying this show is like an on going movie. It is so intense! And me watching the season 5 previews It just gets better. A lot of people wanna see season 5, Including me. So please bring it back!

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