Prison Break: T-Bag Returns on A&E’s Breakout Kings

T-Bag on Breakout KingsPrison Break may have initially revolved around the attempts of engineer Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) to free is wrongly-convicted brother, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), from prison but ruthless killer T-Bag (Robert Knepper) quickly became one of the TV show’s most memorable characters. Prison Break ended nearly two years ago but T-Bag is back for special episode of Breakout Kings on A&E.

Knepper has said that he was happy to revive his most famous character but had one stipulation, that T-Bag not be killed. The actor would like to have the opportunity to possibly play him again someday.

Here’s the press release about tonight’s episode of Breakout Kings:


Premieres Sunday, March 20 at 10PM ET/PT

In “Breakout Kings” The Bag Man premiering Sunday, March 20 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E, “T-Bag” (Robert Knepper, “Prison Break”), a sociopath with a prosthetic hand and a mean streak to go with it, makes a bloody escape from prison and sets out on a path of vengeance. Initially, based on curious items T-Bag has left behind while on the run (such as cologne and a shaving kit) and the fact that he has stolen a women’s ring, the Breakout Kings deduce this infamous criminal is on a mission to see a lost love. But the plot thickens as his post-breakout crimes escalate. The team must figure out who he’s headed to see and stop him before he crosses the border to Canada and reaches his freedom. What is it that is really driving this mad-man and can the Breakout Kings bring this wild ride to an end once and for all?

A&E’s new original drama series “Breakout Kings” follows U.S. Marshals Charlie DuChamp (Laz Alonso Avatar) and Ray Zancanelli (Domenick Lombardozzi “The Wire”) as they form a special task force composed of the three most elusive convicts Ray ever captured: Lloyd Lowery (Jimmi Simpson “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Late Show with David Letterman”), a former child prodigy and behaviorist/psychiatric expert who excels in psychoanalysis; Shea Daniels (Malcolm Goodwin, American Gangster), an ex-gangbanger who knows how to work the system, both in prison and on the street; and Erica Reed (Serinda Swan Tron: Legacy “Smallville”), a sexy expert tracker who learned her trade from her bounty hunter father. Charlie and Ray also employ the services of Julianne Simms (Brooke Nevin The Comebacks, My Suicide), a civilian who acts as the “funnel” for the group 0 all information, tips and data go through her.

With each fugitive they apprehend, the closer the team members get to earning their own freedom. Will the “Breakout Kings” wait that long for their reward, or will they try to score by going on the run themselves?

“Breakout Kings” is a production of Fox 21. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Matt Olmstead (“Prison Break”) and Nick Santora (“Prison Break”). Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) also serve as executive producers.

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What do you think? Will you be tuning in to see T-Bag? INterested in Breakout Kings?

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  1. says

    Prison brake i just recently watched saw it of my mom nd dad watching it awhile back on Netflix ive found every season of prison break and ive just finished the last season. Ive never commented before on any tv show nor movies not really into watching tv shows but prison break was an amazing story kept me just watching! but end was really good but sad too micheal scofield died i hope they come out with a new season nd i hope hes alive and continue with what happens with the world :)

  2. Tricia Orr says

    I am a huge Prison break fan so I tuned in but this show lacks the intense drama and romance that captured my heart. I am not addicted to this series at all. There are no cliffhangers or attachment to the character as the criminals are new every week and it is too far fetched that a team of inmates would be taken out of prison to catch escaped cons. Nice try but just bring back Prison Break since so many people couldnt follow the series on fox because of the inconsistent times they gave up trying to follow the series but check out the numbers on Netflix!!!’

  3. Kat says

    Saw it. It was good. I liked the way it kind of seemed like T-Bag was too big to be kept on this little show and the regular characters all stepped aside for the episode and it seemed more like an episode of “T-Bag: Man on the Run” than “Breakout Kings,” hah. Of course, I found myself missing not seeing more of Brooke Nevin than we did, but if it’s just for an episode, I can live with it. The ending was good, but not quite satisfying… I kind of felt like at the end there he was just playing a parody of the character and not the character himself — but that might just be because he’d been caught at that point and, to follow the formula for shows like this, it was the hero’s time to shine, in this case Jimmie Simpson’s character (the child prodigy, I forget his name).

  4. Cel says

    I’m sure Knepper was only slightly more excited than I was about learning T-Bag would return on the tele. A scum-of-the-universe character yet Knepper made him my favorite on Prison Break. Hell of an actor. I was worried they’d kill T-Bag off, I’m glad Knepper had that condition, I’m hoping T-Bag will return on the show later on.
    Breakout Kings is original, so far so good. I like the cast and enjoy the dymanic between the characters. It doesnt seem like a longterm show to me but I’ll continue to watch.

  5. chuck says

    I really like this new show Breakout Kings & think its cool how they brought Prison Breaks T-bag on their show. Im glad they are not killing him off so he could possibly make another gig as T-bag. I really like what Breakout Kings did. I would like to see them possibly cross over some other shows famous criminals.

  6. Lois says

    I was so hooked on Prison Break, and although T-Bag was an evil person, I am not going to miss tonight’s show.

  7. says

    Interesting premise, good cast, and well-acted and produced. I’m there.

    Knepper is at times chilling as T-bag, believable as this paragon of scum yet softspoken and modest in the interviews I have seen.

    Excellent character actor!

  8. Kat says

    A&E is showing the first two episodes of the series for anyone who wants to get caught up, today at 3pm and 4pm Eastern! If you miss it, they’re both available on A&E’s website, too.

    I haven’t been keeping up with this show, but I sure as heck am going to check out the first three episodes (including tonight’s episode with T-Bag) — if they’re good, I’ll keep watching.

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