Help us solve Fox's 'Prison Break' problem

162052__pb_lIf you were horrified by PopWatch’s item yesterday about Fox putting the riveting Prison Break (starring Wentworth Miller, left) on hiatus from Nov. 28 until sometime in May, there’s still hope of new episodes winning an early release, according to a story by Lynette Rice that will appear in Friday’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.

”Insiders say Fox may reconsider [the plan], either by moving Break up to 8 p.m. on Mondays this winter — which could mean shuffling House and perhaps Bones from their intended slots in January — or waiting until early spring to give it a new day and time,” Rice reports. But we like our colleague’s suggestion to the network even better: ”Keep the show on the air and move it to the viewer graveyard formerly known as Friday, where another addictive Fox drama, The X-Files, once gained quite a cult following,” Rice argues.

Sounds like a plan, as long as Fox goes with the 8 p.m. slot, thus avoiding a faceoff with my other guilty TV pleasure, CBS’ Threshold.

Would that work for you? Or is there a better way to tinker with Fox’s schedule?


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  • EP Sato

    Since the X Files, Fox has tried to replicate Friday night success, first with Millennium, then with Firefly. While both shows were loved by your average Friday night tv viewer (aka sci fi geeks like me), both failed to garner a mainstream audience.
    But then again, when Fox first aired the X files, there was no real competition from the Sci Fi Channel (Did they even have original programming then?). There was no Battlestar Galactica and no Stargate.
    The X Files did gain a cult following from the geek scene (we’re busy watching sci fi channel Friday nights nowadays thankyouverymuch), but Fox had more luck when they moved the series to Sunday evenings.
    Final Analysis: Friday night is for cable outlets UPN or the WB, who’d consider 1 million viewers to be good numbers. But for a mainstream, expensive show like Prison Break, Friday night would be foolish.

  • Marcus

    I don’t like the Friday idea because I don’t like being forced into staying at home. Friends, don’t make me choose between you and Prison Break, because you just can’t win.
    American Idol screws everything up. And after Carrie’s single “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, consider me an ex-watcher.

  • Sarah

    I don’t care what time slot they put Prison Break in, as long as they keep it on the air. I will follow it anywhere, no matter what it’s up against. That’s what Tivo and DVR’s are for. C’mon Fox; don’t make us wait 6 months to find out what happens to our boys!

  • Christina

    Friday’s would be just as horrible for the show as a May hiatus. My solution: cancel Killer Instinct, move American Dad and Family Guy to Friday and place Prison Break Sunday’s at 9:00. There are many other possibilities too,most of which involve shuffling their floundering comedies around. I’ll take almost anything (except Friday’s) rather than sending Prison Break to the summer graveyard.

  • Jack

    That could seriously be one of Fox’s worst ideas ever. I mean their schedule is full of some of the crappiest shows on tv, and yet when they finally make a show worth watching, they take it off air for the entire winter? What else are they going to show? American Idol? well, yeah, probobly but it is definatley a better show than bones or house

  • paul k

    I think they should shuffle things around and air Prison Break and 24 consecutively. Or they could keep PB on the air and finish the eps and then run a super concentrated season of 24 which would delight fans who hate having to wait a week to see the next hour.

  • Ned

    Sorry, can’t help, I decided not to watch this show as soon as I heard that hackmeister Brett Ratner was so heavily involved.

  • Jessica

    Whatever night it airs, FOX just needs to bring “Prison Break” back a whole heck of a lot sooner than May. By letting so much time pass, they not only risk viewers, but the momentum in the show itself. For a show that already has so much promise and fans for that matter, I find it disconcerting that FOX is handling it without much care.

  • Karen

    The latest in a string of programming blunders that prove the powers that be at Fox secretly hate TV and the audiences good shows draw. Pulling Prison Break for six months is the kiss of death. Any momentum it’s building by word of mouth will be gone. Fox – the network where good shows go to die and the crap keeps coming. Pathetic. Someone should lose their job for making decisions like this.

  • Daryl

    Network television has become nothing but a scavenger hunt for those of us who enjoy good shows. You never know when your favorite programs will be on and when they do show some new shows, it is immediately followed by twice as many repeats. When a good show comes along, such as “Prison Break”, a network should reward their dedicated viewers with new programming….not a game of “find the tv show”. I’m so sick of networks rearranging and shuffling shows. When you have a hit tv program, don’t tempt fate. 6 months is a long time in today’s attention deficit society, and we may lose interest by May. Wake up Fox and give us Prison Break now, while its on a hot streak!

  • Tim Lade

    Well the opposite argument is that a delay can build an increased desire for it. It works very well for 24 which runs only in the winter/spring as of last year and this year. You do go 8 months without an episode but it saved Alias last year. People were so excited for Alias to return last year that it saw an increased number of viewers. Let’s not assume the show is going to be dead if it goes on hiatus for 6 months.

  • Sean

    i agree with the earlier comments – Lost and Invasion are great pairs on wednesday nights, and Prison Break and 24 would be great pairs as well – put them back to back on monday nights

  • klo

    put it on friday or saturday -thats what TIVO is for people!!! or put episodic Bones on hiatus — PB, House, OC shoudnt go anywhere… AI is played out.

  • Margen

    The folks over at Television Without Pity have been clamoring for a PB/24 double whammy since September. We thought the worst case scenario would be FOX moving Prison Break to Fridays, but they outdid even our worst nightmares with this decision to push new episodes back to May. I agree with EP Sato that Fridays would not work for a show like this on a network like Fox. Mondays at 8 is the best option, followed by 24 at 9. Either House or Bones could go on either Tuesdays following American Idol or on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 9 (since it’s only a matter of time before Reunion gets axed).

  • ShaneXtopher

    I was very skeptical about PB when I first heard about it. I am not in the least a Brett Ratner fan, and I have never been a fan of the prison drama, but I was hungry for new TV, and PB’s early start allowed me to get hooked. I now considerate it the best new show of the season, and for me it ranks right up there with Lost and Desperate Housewives.
    And now FOX wants to yank it until May? This show needs to be allowed to snowball. The suspense and tension have been building from week to week, and the audience (and the show) deserves the chance to ride the wave to its conclusion, without interruption.
    I absolutely love the idea of a PB/24 block on Monday nights. But please, FOX. Do not yank this show for six months. If Monday isn’t an option, give PB Reunion’s slot on Thursday night, and bring Reunion back in May.

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