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When the chance to return to the gritty and intense world of “Prison Break” first presented itself to executive producer Paul Scheuring, he admits he wasn’t sure he was up for the huge task.
“It had to be a close-ended story that was original and that was emotionally engaging and just badass. And I honestly didn’t think it was in me,” he told CNN after a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday.
Inspiration eventually struck. Now, the show that aired four seasons (from 2005-09) on Fox is poised for a much-awaited comeback.
This time, the show will tell story over 9 episodes and take place in the Middle East, where protagonist Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is stuck in a prison — and the country. The news of Michael’s predicament comes to a surprise to his family and friends, of course, who believed him to be dead.
Scheuring wasn’t involved with the show when the decision to kill Michael at the end of the series was made, but he saw the character’s resurrection of sorts as a puzzle to solve when it came time to write the new chapter.
Fox Television Group Co-Chairman and CEO Dana Walden, Dominic Purcell, Fox Television Group Co-Chairman and CEO Gary Newman and Wentworth Miller attend the 2017 Winter TCA Tour FOX All-Star Party at Langham Hotel on January 11 in Pasadena.
– Events FOX Winter TCA party – January 11 2017
The Prison Break revival doesn’t debut until April, but ET has details on the project after catching up with stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Wednesday.
“It’s more of the same, but we’re a lot older,” Miller joked with ET’s Leanne Aguilera at the event in Pasadena, California. “That’s the twist.”
Fox is bringing back the popular series for a new nine-episode season with Miller and Purcell reprising their roles as Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows for the latest chapter in the brothers’ saga.
“We are like brothers at this point,” Miller said. “When I see him, there’s a level of comfort and familiarity that is like when I get together with family. I know that he has my back and I have his, and we get each other’s rhythm and style. We have a shorthand on set, so there’s a layer of comfort when I work with Dom.”
While Miller is confident that newcomers will enjoy the show, he noted that there are Easter eggs that will enable fans of the original series to enjoy it on a deeper level.
“They might have to do a little bit of homework,” Miller said of new fans.
You could say the fifth season of Prison Break all started when Heat Wave and Captain Cold met on the set of CW/DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
That’s when Prison Break actors Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller found themselves working together, and kicked around the idea of doing another season of the Fox series again. The conversation carried over to creator Paul T Scheuring who not only took inspiration from Homer’s Odyssey, but was attracted to the idea of doing a limited series, given the current vogue in TV for tight, storytelling. It’s a plus that Scheuring didn’t have during the initial series runs of Prison Break.
“In the old model, I felt like I was flapping my wing and the audience was getting dramatic material between commercial breaks that wasn’t necessary,” says Scheuring.
“All these actors went on to varied careers, but we got them to overlap all at once to shoot things. Fox and their business affairs department puled it off,” added the creator.
Prison Break season 5 is set in Yemen with ISIS and ISA in the mix. While Michael is presumably dead, he really isn’t and he winds up working for an ‘organization.’ He’s thrown in a Yemen jail, realizes he’s been set-up and tries to stage a prison break. Scheuring mentioned that the fifth season was shot simultaneously in Morocco and Vancouver over 13 to 15 weeks.
I have added pictures of Wentworth and Prison Break cast from 2017 Winter TCA Tour – Day 7.
– Events 2017 Winter TCA Tour – Day 7 – January 11 2017
Leonard Snart will soon return in the flesh to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but this is a very different Captain Cold than fans remember.
After sacrificing himself in season 1 to destroy the Time Council and save the Legends, Snart (Wentworth Miller) is slated to join Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) in the Legion of Doom — and not just as a vision in Mick’s (Dominic Purcell) head. How? Well, it is a time travel show, and it sounds like the Legion may be scooping up Snart from an earlier time.
“My sense is that if Snart comes back into the storyline via his present day incarnation, then he’s a straight up villain,” Miller tells EW — the actor was on hand at the Television Critics Association’s press tour Wednesday to promote the return of Prison Break. “He hasn’t gone on that first season Legends of Tomorrow journey yet, so when we meet him again — quote unquote alive in 2017 — I imagine that he’s going to be much like when we first met him the first season on The Flash, which I’m looking forward to, because it means I get to arc to a completely different place.”
In what could be a reversal of the first season, in which Mick wasn’t pleased with Snart’s heroic leanings, Cold seeing his former partner in crime working alongside a group of heroes should provide some tension between the pair. “I think he’d be disappointed,” Miller says. “I also think some of that disappointment would steam from being triggered by watching his former buddy, a hard criminal, show a softer, more heroic side, because that might mean to Snart that he, too, is capable of showing a softer, more heroic side. I’m looking forward to their interaction for sure.”
But Snart didn’t just leave Heat Wave behind when he died. In the moments before his sacrifice, Cold and Sara (Caity Lotz) shared a smooch. “I’m also looking forward very much to whatever the writers have in store as far as Snart as White Canary,” Miller says. “There was a kiss, remembered by White Canary, but not Snart.”
As for the Legion of Doom, Miller admits he doesn’t know much about the villainous quartet, but doesn’t believe Snart will work well with others since Cold has always been a leader type. “What I can tell you is that Snart is not used to taking orders,” Miller says. “He’s not a team player. That was certainly his story the first season on Legends, so I expect fireworks. I look forward to it.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
“Prison Break” ended in 2009 with Wentworth Miller’s lead character Michael Scofield apparently dead. Eight years later, the show’s fifth season is set to premiere. The revival may not have happened if not for “The Flash.”
Miller and co-lead Dominic Purcell, who play brothers on “Prison Break,” were reunited in 2014 when they were cast as villainous duo Captain Cold and Heatwave on the first season of the CW superhero drama.
“That is where Dom and I had our reunion,” Miller said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Wednesday. “Suddenly we were back on set, discussing old times. And out of that conversation came the possibility of revisiting ‘Prison Break.’”
Creator and executive producer Paul T. Scheuring said that the idea for reviving the series then advanced after he and Miller met.
“Wentworth and Dominic talked, and then Wentworth and I had a sit down and reconvened after all the years,” Scheuring said. “We went to a North Hollywood cafe on a busy street and we kind of talked about what it might look like.” Then, according to Scheuring, as they left the restaurant, a car stopped in the middle of the street and several men jumped out. They recognized Miller as “the guy from ‘Prison Break’” and wanted photos.
“That’s the kind of hunger that there is internationally for this show,” he added.
The original order for “Prison Break” season five was 10 episodes. That was later cut to nine. Scheuring said that decision was made due to scheduling limitations.
“We had 15 weeks, 16 weeks to shoot the whole thing,” Scheuring said. “At the end of the day, we just didn’t have enough time for 10 hours. So we conflated two of those episodes into one.”
Having that short a run wouldn’t have been possible when the show premiered a decade ago, Scheuring added.
“The current model for television is really, I think, to the viewer’s benefit,” he said. “You don’t have episode 16 in a 22-episode season where you’re trying to find filler, particularly for a serialized show.”
“Prison Break” season five will premiere April 4.
Michael Scofield lives!
On Fox’s upcoming Prison Break revival, Michael (Wentworth Miller) is inexplicably alive, sporting a new set of tattoos and once again behind bars. But this time, the former Fox River inmate finds himself in a Yemeni prison, and the Odyssey-inspired tale sees him desperate to get home to his family.
Whereas past seasons of Prison Break took their time busting Michael and his brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) out of jail, the return will be all killer, no filler. “This is very tight, close-ended story, and it’s just constant thriller cliffhanger revelation one after another,” executive producer Paul T. Scheuring said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Wednesday. “It just feels very dense, and [it’s] a story that’s not disingenuous. Sometimes in the old model… you felt I’m flapping my wings a little bit here.”
Get more details about the revival here, and check out a first look at Michael’s tattoos here. Watch the new trailer above.
Prison Break will return April 4 on Fox.
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