‘Prison Break’ Event Series with Original Cast & Producers Officially Greenlit at Fox

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Prison Break” is officially returning to TV with an event series on Fox. Original stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell will reprise their roles as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows, though no premiere date has been set.

The “Prison Break” revival was announced Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., by co-chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

Based on the 2005 series, which ran four seasons, the original producing team Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead will return as exec producers with Scheuring writing and serving as showrunner.

No plot details have been released at this point, but last summer at TCA, Walden and Newman spoke of plans for the revival with Walden calling it a “bit of a sequel.” She also said it “picks up a few years after” the original series finale and “addresses questions that were set up during the series,” adding that there is a “logical and believable explanation in the world of ‘Prison Break’” for how the story will continue. Both Miller and Purcell also star in The CW’s midseason superhero series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” which debuts Jan. 21. With Fox not announcing any premiere date for the “Prison Break” event series, it’s safe to assume scheduling conflicts are being worked out.

The original “Prison Break” centered on a young man (Miller) determined to prove his convicted brother’s (Purcell) innocence and save him from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape from prison.

Heading into the 2016-17 season, Fox is bulking up its slate with revival series. Following this month’s “X-Files” event series, the “Prison Break” news comes the same day as the network confirmed the pilot pickup for a “24” reboot.

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  1. Arlene Veal says:

    My husband & I just finished the complete series on Netflex. We have watched many series &
    thought this was one of the best series we have every watched. Every actor done an outstanding performance. Never a dull moment. We are looking forward to seeing more seasons this year.

  2. haley says:

    Ah! Hope its true. I actully loved this show! They ended it to where he could actually be alive if they really wanted to go that route. Because they never showed a body or showed the officers finding him . Never actually showed him die. They did show a tombstone for him in the last season one episode before the last but that was it. I doubt they will do anything like that yes lol but its tv anything can happen. But ethier way i hope this is set in stone and cant wait to see it!

  3. Rena Moretti says:

    What a joke.

    A low-rated show then, how is bringing it back as an “event series” going to do any better (especially that the 24 and Heroes fiascos show audiences aren’t biting)..?

    Of course the 24 fiasco caused Newman and Walden (who knew the two head honchos could be twice as awful as one?) to order a pilot for a spinoff…

    How low can Hollywod sink?

  4. Big Al says:

    good for the original cast…but I would like to JOHN DOE series back with Dominic Purcell and the original cast too!!!

    What say you to that… Fox Network??

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Loved John Doe (there was a time when FOX made good shows?!!!?!) too, but doubtful it’d be any good if they brought it back.

      It certainly was superior creatively to 99% of what followed on FOX.

  5. Stan Trew says:

    Well the main character Michael Scofield had an inoperable brain tumor & died…how are they going to explain that?

  6. patricnasty says:

    If I remember correctly, the series finale’of “Prison Break” ended with Lincoln Burrows a free man and Michael Scofield died…

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