FOX Planning "Prison Break" Spin-Off
FOX is not giving up on its sweaty drama "Prison Break" which may be getting a sister series titled "Prison Break: Cherry Hill" set at a woman's prison and centered around Molly, a new regular character to be introduced on the original show later this season as Michael's (Wentworth Miller) new love interest. The producers are searching for an actress to play Molly.
"Prison Break" exec producer Matt Olmstead is penning the new script which is expected to have the same tone as the parent series.
Is FOX simply counting on the show's predominantly young male demos to enjoy watching women battle it out behind bars or is this a strategy to keep the "Prison Break" franchise alive when the original male-centered show is fading in the ratings?
Except for "Break" and the also fading "24," FOX has struggled to develop scripted hits for years and if "American Idol" wasn't a blockbuster of ridiculous magnitude, the network would compete with NBC for a third place in the ratings.
According to Hollywood press, "Cherry Hill" centers around an upper-middle-class wife who suffers a family tragedy at the hands of the Company and seeks out brothers Scofield/Burrows in her quest to exact vengeance.
Molly may also be Michael's new love interest who relates to his pain of losing Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) who was killed off this season, as she has also suffered a personal loss.
Molly goes to a women's detention facility fully accepting the life sentence for her acts of revenge until she is contacted by the government with information that some of her loved ones are alive.
She then undergoes transformation from a vengeful murderer to a motivated woman who would do anything to get out of prison and be with her loved ones.
As one of the people who is enjoying the current season of "Prison Break," but secretly wishes the show had bid a graceful farewell after two years, I'm really not sure if "Cherry Hill" can turn into a "Private Practice" type of success.
"Prison Break" inched up in the ratings this week scoring over 7.5 million viewers. These numbers are however still about 20% down from its great season 1.
If "Cherry Hill" is not picked up to series, Molly will stay on "Prison Break." If FOX does shoot the pilot, we may even get to see it after "Prison Break" returns from its December-April hiatus or next September at the latest.
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