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. lili says

    Prison break best show please season 5 I believe michael is alive we didnt see a body maybe the company have him he should be with his family

  2. George says

    Please bring Prison Break back!!! This is by far my favorite show of all time and everyone I know feels the same way! I agree with the others bring Michael back , say he staged his death and started working for the company to save his family…Come on it will be a huge hit just like 24 will be when it comes back this spring.

  3. stacey gregory says

    Pleaseeee bring back Prison Break.

    Do just one more series, it was totally heartbreaking how series 4 ended. After all the struggle and the fight, Sara and Micheal should of lived together happily.

    I really think with the way things ended there is a scope to bring Michael back into the show, after all there was no body. It seems as though the “company” wanted him to look like he died, maybe to save his family.

    God i miss this show!

    PLEASE BRING THIS SHOW BACK! Im in the UK and its a massive hit out here!

  4. Iris says

    I can’t help but notice the ending of season 4, shouldn’t have ended the way it did! The viewers should have been able to see how Sarah and Lincoln lived there lives after her escape. And what happened to sylla and everyone that was working for the government! I wish you guys would make a season 5 instead of these other new shows that makes no sense. Ratings would go up of you added a twist to the show, and bring Michael back some how or have his sons take his place in the show!!

  5. tara says

    we need a season 5 ASAP one seen michael dead …you could pull it of that he staged his death to save his family and starting working for the company …come one we need 5

  6. chell says

    season 5 please so much the write can do he can stage his death and end up back n jail and no one knows just to protect his family and then michael escapes and finds his family i think yesssssss

  7. Shaun says

    Yes! Please bring Prison Break back . I love Wentworth Miller and Dominc Purcell. There were so many awesome actors. BRING PRISON BREAK BACK!!!!!

  8. Lisa says

    Cant believe how it ended very upset. Like what really happened to the general, Sylia etc. Michael needs to come back and be with his son and family. I don’t care if they just make another movie and end it differently or start up the series again. But either or it needs to be available on dvd.

    • Anonymous says

      We want prison break back,,please………………………………………..
      same cast …

      Michael and Sarah and son have to be a family……….may he can solve other problems rather than always running for his life.

      Or bring a new show with these same characters showing the other side of their lives after they stop running

      Do something please…………….


  9. karl smith says

    Prison break is the best series I have ever watched, there are so many great actors in it….please make another series or 2….

  10. chloe says

    Please bring back prison break,everyone loves them,I had my daughter crying last night because he died,and we both want to see more! I think itll be such a good way to end prison break by Michael having an happy life please please please do it for all the fans

  11. Eloisa Tan-Uy says

    Please bring prison break back. we want prison break season 5. please please please. whatever the story would be. we’ll surely appreciate and like it. as long as michael scofield and the rest of the cast are present.

  12. Aut By Thailand says

    We are like Prison Break. Pleas Make Prison Break Season 5 Pleas Pleas Pleas. I Love Fox. Call Me E-mail.

  13. Sally says

    After all the sacrifices…… can you at least give Michael some times to be happy with people he loves without running and turning their heads…………….Bring him back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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