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Prison Break's Ending, Fringe Is "A Keeper," & More From Fox

Prison Break's Ending, Fringe Is "A Keeper," & More From Fox

Greetings from the TCA press tour! I'm coming to you live from the Universal Hilton, where Fox is presenting its Winter and Spring shows today. A few minutes ago, the network's entertainment president, Kevin Reilly, took the stage to make some announcements about the network's future plans. Here are some highlights:

  • Prison Break is officially wrapping up this Spring after four seasons; its final batch of episodes (at least four, maybe a few more) will start Friday, April 17. "Prison Break has had a hell of a run and is just at the end of that run," Reilly said. "We'll put that one in the win column, but it just got down to the point where a lot of stories have been told."
  • Is this good news for Dollhouse? Reilly said "we're going to let the show play out for 13 episodes."
  • More on Dollhouse and the decision to put it on Friday: "Joss does a certain kind of show. I think he's right in the zone again on that. It's the kind of show that has a core passionate audience." If the show hadn't been put on Fridays, Reilly said, "there was going to be enormous pressure on it."

To see Reilly's thoughts about Fringe, the future of Fox comedy, and more, just


  • Twice in the session, Reilly said Fringe "is a keeper." He said it's been "a bear creatively because it's been very ambitious," but the writers seem to have figured out the best way to tell their stories now. "If you follow the show week to week, you will not be disappointed in the serialized through-lines," he said, "and yet the stories really do reset themselves week to week." Usually, he said, closed-ended shows do better after American Idol, and while he doesn't expect Fringe to take off after Idol, he does expect it to "tick up."
  • Of Bones jumping all over the schedule, Reilly said the network has faith in the show even if all the moving around is "a strange way of showing the love." He called it the kind of show you build a network with, "these shows that can go in there and do a job for you."
  • The Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show, has "frankly, a sweeter tone than Family Guy" and could be good for a younger audience. A full season of it has been ordered.
  • The network still has a full season of The Moment of Truth in the can for whenever it's needed and is considering doing more Secret Millionaire.
  • Reilly said Fox is in "a rebuilding period" for comedy, and they won't put something on the air just for the sake of having a comedy.
  • But, on that note, the animated Sit Down, Shut Up, which includes a ton of Arrested Development alumni, will premiere Sunday, April 19.

You can follow all my TCA adventures here and on Twitter all week.

Photos courtesy of Fox

lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Me, too, redchick! (Well, I'd seen the random episode here and there, but that same marathon got me hooked.)
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i watched a marathon of bones on tnt while i was hung over on new years day (at least i think it was that day). it was the 1st time i'd ever watched and i got hooked!! now i'm excited to see the new eps!
mels mels 8 years
I was able to stick with Prison Break even through Season 2. But Season 3 and definitely Season 4 just got ridiculous. It's basically turned into a soap opera with the crazy, far-fetched story lines. And it seems like every episode is just the same thing over and over. Adios Scofield and Burrows!
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Prison Break ended a long time ago for me. :rotfl: Wenty will have to find another role that requires steely eyed staring! ;)
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
Phil, that's great news about Mr. Fichtner! Thanks for sharing.
emalove emalove 8 years
I haven't seen Fringe yet, but I really want to.
Phil Phil 8 years
It's about time Prison Break was canceled. The show was over when they broke out of prison the first time. Robert Knepper and William Fichtner can move on to better things. bethiesny--Fichtner is cast as the lead in a TNT drama pilot called Night and Day, which sounds like the perfect gig for him. As for Dollhouse, I've seen clips from the pilot but I'm terribly underwhelmed what I've seen. I don't expect much from the first few episodes, but I'm hoping that Joss Whedon can find a groove with the show and turn it into as good a show as we all know he can create. The big drawback to me is Fran Kranz, and Eliza Dushku who doesn't seem to have the range as an actor to fulfill a leading role.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Good, I am happy about Fringe, my hubby will be too, he loves it!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Love these updates, Buzz. Thanks!
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
I hope that both Dominic Purcell and the amazing William Fitchner find work FAST now that Prison Break is ending. Yeah, it got to be kind of silly after season one, but I've been a steadfast fan just because of the cast.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Why must they keep changing Bones' time? Now it's on the same time as Ugly Betty. I'm really disappointed :( and I don't know which show I'll watch.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I figured it was already obvious. I mean, they've told all the stories they possibly could. Im glad it's ending. Went. just needs to get into movies now.:D
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I still watch Prison Break, but have felt this entire season that it's about to come to an end. It feel like loose ends are being tied up, questions are being answered, and we can realistically see where all of these characters are going to end up. While the show hasn't quite maintained the level of quality it had the first season, I feel it's still enjoyable and is ending at a good time.
steen steen 8 years
I'm glad to hear about Fringe and Bones... and Prison Break. I stuck around as long as I could after the stellar first season... but, while the prison full of hotties was great, the following seasons weren't. Hopefully we'll see some of the guys from the show again!
Celebrity Celebrity 8 years
yay fringe! Poor wentworth. what will he do next?
CYL CYL 8 years
Excited for Dollhouse..and yay for Fringe!
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