Last March, Breakout Kings debuted to an A&E record-breaker — a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.8 million viewers overall. The numbers had come down quite a bit by the finale (0.8 in the demo with 2.01 million) but the season’s performance was still good enough for A&E to give Breakout Kings a second season.
Starring Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi as a pair of United States Marshals who make deals with prisoners to catch escaped convicts (including Prison Break’s T-Bag), the second season of Breakout Kings is now set to return on Sunday, March 4th. The first season had 13 installments but there are only 10 episodes this time around.
Here’s the press release from A&E:
A&E’S HIT ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES ‘Breakout Kings’ RETURNS FOR ITS SECOND SEASON SUNDAY, MARCH 4 AT 10PM ET/PT
THIS SEASON, A KING WILL FALL
NEW YORK, NY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012 – A&E Network’s original scripted drama series, “Breakout Kings,” returns for an action-packed second season with ten all-new episodes, premiering on Sunday, March 4 at 10PM ET/PT. From Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, writers/producers of the hit series “Prison Break,” “Breakout Kings” follows an unconventional partnership between the U.S. Marshals’ office and a group of convicts as they work to catch fugitives on the run.
In “Breakout Kings,” veteran U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp (Laz Alonso, Avatar, Fast and the Furious 4: Fast & Furious) and Ray Zancanelli (Domenick Lombardozzi, “The Wire,” “Entourage”) decide to reject protocol and take an unorthodox approach to their work: using former criminals to catch current ones. 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,”), a former child prodigy and behaviorist/psychiatric expert who excels in psychoanalysis; Shea Daniels (Malcolm Goodwin, American Gangster), an ex-gang banger 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, “Worst Week”), a civilian who acts as the “funnel” for the group – all information, tips and data go through her.
In the season premiere, entitled “An Unjust Death,” the “Breakout Kings” are back on the job and in pursuit of Damien (guest-star Jason Behr, “Roswell”), a particularly ruthless and vicious serial killer. Lloyd was the doctor on the case that put Damien away eight years prior and the bad blood between them runs deep. In the midst of the investigation, the group learns that Charlie has been offered a promotion, leaving them uncertain about their future and the fate of the entire program. But as the pursuit of Damien intensifies, tragedy strikes and one of the Kings pays the ultimate price, forcing the remaining members of the close-knit team to cope with an unimaginable loss.
“Breakout Kings” premiered as the most-watched original drama series in A&E’s history among Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.
“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.
About A&E Network
A&E is “Real Life. Drama.” Now reaching more than 99 million homes, A&E is television that you can’t turn away from; where unscripted shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including “The Glades” and “Breakout Kings,” to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning “Intervention,” “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Hoarders,” “Beyond Scared Straight” and “Storage Wars,” and the most successful justice shows on cable, including “The First 48.” The A&E website is located at www.aetv.com.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the second season of Breakout Kings?
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Why I can find no news about 3rd season? Everything is about 2nd season – that’s over now. Would you help me?
Ligia Duarte » Because it hasn’t been cancelled or renewed yet. We’ll report the news when either happens.
A&E are doing all these crappy reality shows, like everyone. Please give us a season 3 or I am done with A&E!!!!!!!!
I really like this show. It is one of the only shows i look forward to watching thats not on a prime network. It is getting a little old and needs to be shook up a little though. I would like to see more about the storys of the characters and not just who they are chasing.
prison break season bring it back instead….
I agree-Charlie was the “glue” of the show. The show is now less beleivable. This is a show about characters who were trying to get their lives back by giving something back . Charlie was the only character that had something that all the characters lacked, =leadership, integrity, understanding, courage, and pretty much the character role model/strength for the other characters, Its like taking the only pillar out of a monument holding a heavy bridge… the character dynamic has taken a tumble and its only downhill from here..I would suggest the writers find a new link fast because the chain… Read more »
I too am shocked that A&E was stupid enough to kill off the main glue in this show. Ray can’t carry this show. Very sad. Did love the show but going to join the boycott to bring Charlie back. I was positive this week that it would be a dream sequence. So Sad.
BRING BACK CHARLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m with Dianne…why did you kill Charlie off the show? The show will surely take a turn for the worst now.
I set my reording to take all episodes so in case I has not home I wouldn’t miss it. Just watched it a few minutes ago to find out that Charlie has been killed and taken off the show.
Why??? This is just crazy. Well he drew me to the show…..I won’t be watching it anymore.