Can "Prison Break" Last Beyond Season 3?
FOX has released additional stills from the third season premiere episode of "Prison Break" ("Orientacion," airs September 17 at 8/7c). Meanwhile in a conference call with reporters, the show star Wentworth Miller said the show has become so good in its third season, he is sure it can go on for at least two or three more years.
When "Prison Break" premiered in 2005 it was pretty much obvious from the show premise the entire first season would focus on breaking out of the original prison, Fox River Penitentiary. Should the show succeed, the producers logically realized the 2nd season would have to focus on the manhunt, trying to track the escapees down.
For this reason, a third season seemed completely improbable. But then came the ingenious twist in April's second season finale of Michael Scofield (Miller) being incarcerated in a Panamanian hellhole called "Sona" while his brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) was, for a change, a free man on the outside.
The critics who originally like the show in its early first season have, to a great extent, abandoned their praise due to its implausible twists and turns. But the show has been a steady performer for FOX averaging 8-10 million viewers in its Monday night timeslot, so the writers must be doing something right.
Miller says: "I can honestly say that the episodes we just shot are among the best so far. It's just as intense and gritty and claustrophobic as the first season, except this time we don't have to lay out all of the backstory, which means we can hit the ground running."
"The new season finds Michael and Lincoln trying to survive as pawns in a very large and very deadly game of chess," he adds. "As far as this thing continuing on nine or 10 seasons like a Friends or a CSI, I'm not sure we'll go that far," but I do think we have at least another two or three seasons in us."
Personally, I have always found "Prison Break" highly entertaining, even at the moments when it laid out the most ridiculous storylines on television, and - obviously - very easy on the eyes. And if the new episodes really are as good as the cast claim they are, I can certainly imagine staying tuned to FOX Mondays at 8 for quite a while.