‘Prison’ furlough shrinks

Fox brings back 'Break' in January

Fox is bringing back “Prison Break” a bit sooner than expected.

Skein, which airs its so-called fall finale next week, will go on hiatus for just two months before returning with original episodes on Monday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. A recap episode will air Jan. 22.

A year ago, Fox kept “Prison” off the air until late March. Net had been expected to follow a similar gameplan this season.

Returning “Prison” earlier will give Fox the chance to test out a new show on Mondays come April as the net still plans to air the second batch of nine episodes without repeats.

Fox scheduling guru Preston Beckman had hinted at the strategy shift at last week’s Intl. Radio and Television Society luncheon.

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