Fox reups 'Prison Break'
Drama returns for fourth season
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER
Fox has extended "Prison Break's" sentence by another season.
Having seen its third season cut short by the writers strike, "Prison Break" will now be back for a fourth go-round. Fox has ordered as many as 23 episodes from 20th Century Fox TV, insiders said.
Fox aired 12 segs of "Prison Break" this season, averaging 8.2 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/9 share among adults 18-49.
Third season of "Prison Break" revolved around the show's main characters breaking out of a Panama prison. The show's exec producers had crafted a mid-year cliffhanger at the end of the show's 12th episode; that ended up serving as a de facto series finale.
Now, season four will pick up with the characters having escaped prison, and Michael (Wentworth Miller) seeking revenge against the people who killed his love interest. Domic Purcell stars as Miller's brother, Lincoln Burrows.
Paul T. Scheuring created "Prison Break" and exec produces with Matt Olmstead, Marty Adelstein, Dawn Parouse, Neal H. Moritz, Kevin Hooks and Brett Ratner. Adelson-Parouse Prods. produces with 20th.
Also Monday, CBS announced a handful of sked changes, including the return of "Shark," which will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting April 29 (with four more episodes) and "The Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular," which will air as four primetime specials on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. beginning April 30.