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  • PRISON BREAK - Season 2

    A very cool show just got even better!

    'Prison' time for thesp
    William Fichtner breaks into Fox's hit skein
    By Michael Schneider
    June 19, 2006


    "Invasion" star William Fichtner will join the cast of Fox's hit drama
    "Prison Break" next season.

    Fichtner joins the series as it refocuses from the actual break to its lead characters' experiences as they go on the lam. Thesp will play the federal agent who's assigned to track down escaped prisoners Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield (played by Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller).

    Shooting for the second season is set for Dallas, which the producers believe will be able to pass for several parts of the country (the show was shot in an abandoned Chicago-area prison last year).

    Fichtner's credits also include "Crash," "The Longest Yard," "Black Hawk Down" and the upcoming "Blades of Glory."
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: PRISON BREAK - Season 2

    June 22, 2006
    The Hollywood Reporter

    'Prison' breaks out of Fox gate on Aug. 21

    Fox Broadcasting Co. unveiled its fall primetime premiere airdates Wednesday, the first of the Big Four to give a glimpse of its schedule. As it has in previous seasons, Fox will start before the traditional September launch period in order to give exposure to its series before postseason baseball begins. The Monday pairing of "Prison Break" and the new drama "Vanished" will premiere Aug. 21, followed by "Bones" and the new drama "Justice" on Aug. 30. (Andrew Wallenstein)
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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      Fox Front
      On its first day of presentations at the summer TV press tour, the network talks about improving its pre-''Idol'' schedule, touts its new series, and more by Adam B. Vary


      Escape plans Prison Break's felons are now fugitives, and, first things first, we'll get to see Wentworth Miller actually smile! Just don't expect to see much of Stacy Keach's Warden Pope — production's moved from the Joliet, Ill., penitentiary to the wide open spaces of Dallas (which can double for the many different locations needed for the second season). The inmates will be spreading out too, as they enter what creator Paul T. Scheuring called their ''respective endgames'' —though Scheuring later said he started the show thinking it would be a 44-episode limited series, he now sees the first two seasons as the first chapter of a trilogy. If that makes any sense. In other news, brothers Lincoln and Michael will now be pursued by dogged alien sheriff Tom Underlay, uh, I mean, a dogged U.S. Marshall played by Invasion's William Fichtner. (Though maybe someone should take a closer look at heartthrob Miller; perfect diction, calm demeanor, and Inside the Actor's Studio-esque answers aside, the guy kept breaking into a truly freaky, wide-eyed stare. Is that how the guy always looks, or did the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom somehow resemble a prison yard?),6115,1218621_3_0_,00.html
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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        Re: PRISON BREAK - Season 2

        Going to check this one out....Thanks!
        Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
        it's what they are like in their HEART!

        - Wolfette


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          Re: PRISON BREAK - Season 2

          First Out of the Box: Fox

          Its successful breakout gives "Prison" a new start.
          By Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
          August 20, 2006

          The fall TV season officially begins on Sept. 18, but Fox kicks off its new line-up Monday at 8 p.m. with the sophomore return of "Prison Break" and what the network hopes will be another action-adventure, thrill-a-minute-mystery, "Vanished," at 9 p.m. ("24" returns in January.)

          SOPHOMORE year is typically easier in television — the characters and stories are established, the actors and crew have grown accustomed to one another, the writers have become familiar with the nuances of the actors, and the fans are hungry for more.

          Not on Fox's "Prison Break." The first season introduced viewers to Michael (Wentworth Miller), who robbed a bank so he would be incarcerated with his brother, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), who had been framed for the murder of the brother of the vice president of the United States and was awaiting execution. Michael enlisted the help of seven other prisoners in carrying out his plan to break out of Fox River State Penitentiary to save his brother's life. As the season unfolded, viewers learned of the elaborate political conspiracy that set up Lincoln to take the fall for a murder that never even took place. The vice president's brother, it turned out, was alive and well and hiding in Montana.

          In its May finale, the Fox River Eight finally broke out, and while that was good for the convicts, it posed an unusual conundrum for the writers and producers. Instead of basking in first-season hit glow, "Prison Break" is remaking itself. No longer set in the former Joliet Correctional Center in Illinois, which served as Fox River State Penitentiary, the second season is filmed in and around Dallas but set Everywhere and Anywhere because the eight escapees have different promises to keep and different scores to settle, from Connecticut to Panama to Sardinia. In other words, "Prison Break" is practically a brand new show.

          "In Season 1, we put all of our characters in the same crucible and turned up the heat beneath them and saw how they all have different reactions to the pressure," said creator and show runner Paul T. Scheuring. "They're not just going to travel the country together in this big scrum. They have different agendas. "

          Meaning, the eight former prisoners — Michael and Lincoln, Sucre, C-Note, T-Bag, Abruzzi, Haywire and Tweener — are wearing civilian clothes, running through woods, jumping on moving trains and traveling the country's highways. It's all part of Scheuring's plan; his original pitch for the show included a two-season story arc that took the men to their respective corners.

          "We're just following the characters and what their end games are and what their emotional issues are," Scheuring said. "We always knew where we were going to be in Season 2 in terms of story."

          In its new Texas setting, "Prison Break" has lost its intimate, claustrophobic feeling. The prisoners are on the run, the country's vastness is at the disposal of the actors, and they say they are having the most fun they've had on the job. Just ask Purcell if he misses solitary confinement: "It's a depressing, dank, miserable place. I hated it. But it certainly helped my performance come out. Season 2, I am stoked about."

          "It feels like a radically altered show," Miller said, "and the experience for me has been completely reinvigorating. We are no longer in the prison, which we were lucky to have access to but which took its toll emotionally and psychologically working in that environment day after day, month after month. It got to you. It now feels like a completely different universe."

          So where is everybody going with prison guard Capt. Brad Bellick (Wade Williams), the corrupt Secret Service and FBI agent Mahone (a new character played by William Fichtner) at their heels? Well, as Scheuring tells it, Michael and Lincoln have several stops to make on their way to Panama; Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) wants to get to New York to stop his pregnant girlfriend from marrying his cousin; mob boss Abruzzi (Peter Stormare) is trying to flee the country; C-Note (Rockmund Dunbar) needs to get back to Chicago to his wife and daughter and quickly realizes he cannot stay there; Tweener (Lane Garrison) takes a cross-country journey; T-Bag, the murdering rapist, has unresolved romantic business, but his first priority is getting his hand reattached (Abruzzi cut it off in the season finale). And Haywire (Silas Weir Mitchell), the schizophrenic, has such grandiose escape plans that Scheuring declined to discuss them.

          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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            'Prison Break' gives chase

            By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
            August 20, 2006

            A new season of Fox's hit Prison Break kicks off Monday at 8 ET/PT with an intense opening chase sequence.

            Eight convicts went over the wall at Joliet Prison at the end of last season, though several went their own ways: "Tweener" (Lane Garrison), in a horse trailer on his way to St. Louis; "Haywire" (Silas Weir Mitchell), headed off on a bicycle; "T-Bag" (Robert Knepper), seeking a way to reattach his severed hand.

            And a core group — Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare), Benjamin "C-Note" Franklin (Rockmond Dunbar) and Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) — are chased by prison guards and the FBI.

            They emerge from woods in the outskirts of Chicago to hear a train coming. Storyboards were the starting point for plotting the season-opening stunt, filmed in Dallas in late June.

            "One of my main creative mandates for Season 2 is that it feel very real," says creator Paul Scheuring. He wanted to do a real stunt with the actors. "It's like Butch and Sundance will jump off a cliff to get away. What will our guys do?"

            "It's like something out of James Bond," Miller says. "The train was actually speeding — or as far as I'm concerned speeding, going about 12 mph — and I had to run alongside and at one point jump up onto one of the train cars, and it all went off beautifully. I was scared and nervous, and it was awkward and exciting. It was a great day."
            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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              'Prison' keeps you guessing

              Posted 10/22/2006 9:00 PM ET

              Keep digging: We'll learn more about William Fichtner's FBI agent on Prison Break.

              By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

              Fox's over-the-top convicts-vs.-cops drama Prison Break returns tonight (8 ET/PT) to a world where just about every authority figure is a bad guy:

              •The federal agent (William Fichtner) chasing the escaped prisoners, led by Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), pops pills and has already shot one of the escapees in cold blood.
              •The prison guard (Wade Williams) who was once in charge of the convicts was fired for being on the take and is now a bounty hunter also on their trail.
              •A Secret Service agent (Paul Adelstein) also tracking the convicts is apparently an assassin under the implicit command of the president of the United States — who is not only corrupt herself, but may also have had a hand in the murder of the previous president and a state governor as part of some larger conspiracy.

              "It's upside down," says executive producer Matt Olmstead. "You're rooting for the convicts. You're rooting against the law."

              Rebelling against authority has always been a popular concept of fiction. And suspicion of corruption at the highest levels is part of our history dating back to Richard Nixon, if not earlier. That distrust was echoed in last season's 24, where the president was at the root of a terrorist act.

              "You're invoking the highest level of power in the country," says Olmstead. "That goes toward people's deep-rooted suspicion of politicians."

              And when Prison Break (which is averaging 9.2 million viewers an episode so far for Season 2) returns tonight after its baseball-playoffs break, viewers will learn more about what drives FBI agent Alexander Mahone, played by Fichtner — who also played a sheriff gone bad in last year's sci-fi/government conspiracy drama Invasion.

              Fichtner says, "Never once from the beginning, never once did I ever think Mahone was a bad guy. I've played some rough characters. But I think he's got a lot of demons driving him. In the month of November you are going to see that Mahone doesn't do everything he does because he wants to do it. He's not OK about it. It's going to start to come out."
              One of the tricks writers use on Prison Break, Olmstead says, is to constantly shift the sympathetic characters. "A white-hat character can be kind of boring," he says.

              This season also is exploring the motivations of Secret Service agent Paul Kellerman (Adelstein). He's wrestling with how far he'll go to do the dirty work, even in the name of freedom and democracy.

              "My job is to figure out what makes this guy the most sincere, and that's that he believes in what he's doing," says Adelstein. "I think he's going to come up against some of that soon. He will start learning about aspects of what he's been serving that he didn't know about. That's when somebody like this could have a crisis of conscience."

              Adelstein says the beauty of Prison Break is the underdog factor.

              "Talk about insurmountable odds for your heroes: They're up against the biggest, baddest fighting machine in the world — the U.S. government," he says. "I guess since Watergate, people love a government conspiracy because it plays on their worst fears about what goes on. Even if it's pushed to a fantastical level, it makes for a great villain."

              Adelstein says it's fun to think about whether the government really could be organized and devious enough to be behind an evil conspiracy of such magnitude. "You start to think: 'Are they actually capable of doing this? It'd be impressive.' "
              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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                Happy Birthday to William Fichtner!

                What to watch Monday
                Updated 11/27/2006 9:50 AM ET

                • Expect to be dangled over a number of cliffs tonight, as Prison Break (Fox, 8 ET/PT) takes its own fall break. Will Michael and Lincoln make it back to prison? Will some new ally arise? You'll have to wait for the answers, but not as long as you did last season: The show is scheduled to return in January.
                "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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                  Re: PRISON BREAK - Season 2

                  January - that's good. I had feared a February return (for the soft-sweeps ratings that month). I also have mixed feelings about the length of the show - limiting themselves to two seasons would have created a really tight story (they would already know that T. Steadman was still alive, I bet, and be going after the conspirators already), but I'm also psyched for another season or four!

                  - Johnny
                  Last edited by JohnnyQuest; 11-27-2006, 11:59 AM. Reason: Improper pronoun.
                  "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." - BB


                  • #10
                    Re: PRISON BREAK - Season 2

                    The show and on-the-run-fun returns on January 22, 2007!

                    Custody Battle

                    On ''Prison Break,'' Mahone and Kellerman battle over who gets to shoot the brothers; plus, Sara and Sucre go underground, and Bellick partners with an old friend by Kate Sullivan

                    BORDERLINE CRAZY
                    Mahone was losing it before the border patrol showed up

                    Nothing says ''Happy birthday, William Fichtner'' quite like having Agent Kellerman shoot his character, Mahone, in the gut. (Yes, that's right, William Fichtner turned 50 on Nov. 27, 2006.)

                    In the opening scene, we were denied a good Michael speech when the border patrol quickly took him and Lincoln out of Mahone's soon-to-be-dead hands. (He is dead, right?) Exceptionally speedy reporting had the Fox River prison guards, Bill Kim, the other feds, Kellerman, and T-Bag all hearing the news of Michael and Linc's arrest just moments after the brothers were in custody. Kellerman was eating a piece of fruit off a knife when he heard, which showed that he was a tough guy working out a secret plan. (I used to try to eat apples like that as a kid, and my mom always yelled at me to stop. This is why I don't have secret plans now.)
                    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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                      THE MONITOR
                      'Break' brothers are back

                      Now that they're out of prison, where do they go for thrills? The pair need to give Fox sibling '24' a run for its money.

                      By Jon Caramanica
                      Special to The Los Angeles Times
                      January 21, 2006

                      Monday (Fox, 8 p.m
                      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


                      • #12
                        Re: PRISON BREAK - Season 2

                        i cant wait i taped the recap they had last week. I got season one for chirstmas. Wentworth Miller is a HOTTIE!!!!!!!!!!


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