PRISON BREAK Recap: The First Step to Freedom

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Michael Scofield denied his brother and refused his name last week, but don’t worry, PRISON BREAK fans, he was just foolin’ us! Of course Michael knows who he is. We can tell you who he’s not, however: Kaniel Outis. But we’ll get back to that soon enough.

We open this week’s PRISON BREAK with a little news tutorial on Abu Ramal — a terrorist who also happens to be in Ogygia prison. Inside the prison we see Michael remove a grate in his cell’s ceiling. He and one of his cellmates, Whip, crawl up through the prison and discuss breaking out of other prisons. Is that what Michael has been up to since we last saw him? We don’t know yet, but we do know that they’re testing the prison’s security system. Unfortunately, their hope that the prison’s lights will go out doesn’t come through. Whip isn’t eager to return back to the cell, however, complaining that “Poseidon” has left them there to die. Fortunately, Michael has another card left to play.

Back at the hotel, C-Note is briefing Link on Outis’ crimes when Linc receives a note from one of Michael’s little messengers. It says “find the sheik of light and I will be free”. Linc thinks that his brother is worried about someone intercepting his messages and C-Note says they need help: Sheba. But Linc needs to convince her that they’re worth helping. Sheba, meanwhile, has her own problems. She’s worried about getting her family out of Yemen and Linc offers her the one thing she needs to do that: money.

Back in the US, Sara is dropping off her son at school when Linc sends her the video of Michael. When she heads to the State Department to see if she can get the government’s help in retrieving Michael she comes across Paul Kellerman. She doesn’t want anything to do with him, but he has information she needs. He shows her that Michael’s identity is being erased and he’s now known as Kaniel Outis. Kellerman also insinuates that Michael is one of the only people capable of changing his identity like this, but Sara is done with him. Later he sends her photos showing that Michael had supposedly assassinated the former Deputy Chief of the CIA. But Sara knows how Lincoln was framed and she doesn’t believe that Michael is a stone cold killer.

As the prisoners hear more explosions from within the prison, Michael is still confident they’re going to escape. One of his cellmates, Sid, who has been imprisoned because of his homosexuality, was responsible for getting the lights turned off and he’s desperate to escape before Ramal gets out of solitary confinement. While waiting for the next step, Michael convinces one of his cellmates, Ja, to let him borrow his cell phone and credit card. He uses them to send a message to Mike and Sara back in Ithaca: “Hide everyone. A storm is coming”.

Outside, Sheba discovers that the “shiek of light” is a man at the Department of Electrical Works (who happens to Sid’s father). Unfortunately, the man they’re looking for has gone into the suburbs — where the civil war is concentrated — to help his daughter. Lincoln and C-Note travel there with Sheba and manage to save both the daughter and father (along with other people trapped inside the suburbs). The sheik tells the boys about the plan to kill the prison lights and Lincoln tells him he needs to see the plan through.

Back inside Ogygia the lights pulse on and off in the signal that the escape is on and Abu Ramal and his men get released from solitary. But while Michael’s cellmate is worried that Ramal will kill him and Michael, Ramal actually embraces Michael like an old friend and Michael tells him they’re getting out. Has Michael become friends with terrorists? Or has he befriended another bad man like T-Bag as a necessary evil?

Don’t miss an all new episode of PRISON BREAK airing on April 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

PRISON BREAK Premiere Recap: The Reports of Michael’s Death Were Greatly Exaggerated

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Michael Scofield is alive. How? Why? PRISON BREAK has failed to provide an answer for those burning questions yet, but they are a big mystery for the new season of the old Fox series.

To its credit, PRISON BREAK didn’t try to fake out fans on the fact that Michael is definitely alive. Word came almost from the beginning that Wentworth Miller would be reprising his role and the show very literally dove right into the that fact in the opening moments of the premiere. As Michael tells us in a voiceover “Freedom has a price. I died seven years ago. Left behind a brother, a wife, a son. But the dead talk, if you listen. They’re there with you, reaching out, trying to tell you something. Because not all deaths are the same. Some are real. Some are a story. The question is, do you believe the story? Was the man who died who you thought he was? The dead talk, if you listen.”

Then we’re back at the site of the original prison break: Fox River Penitentiary. T-Bag is being released from prison when he’s handed a strange envelope. In it is a grainy photograph of Michael Scofield — a man that T-Bag believed was dead.

T-Bag can’t keep this news a secret, so he immediately heads old to find his old frenemy Lincoln Burrows (who has gone back to his old, illegal ways in the time since his brother’s death). Lincoln is, of course, disbelieving of the news that Michael could be alive, but T-Bag insists this isn’t a trick. Michael could be alive and in another prison according to this photo.

Armed with this photo Linc visits Sara, who is living in Ithaca, New York with her son, Mike, and new husband, Jacob. Sara doesn’t want to give herself false hope; after all, Michael was terminally ill as far as she knew. Linc later admits to Michael’s gravestone that he’s just desperate to see him again, but holding up the page to the sun reveals a clue in the message at the bottom: Ogygia. Which just so happens to be a prison in Yemen. And when Linc digs up Michael’s grave he’s shocked to find his brother’s beige suit, but not his brother’s body.

Linc soon learns that there are other people who are either interested in finding Michael or interested in keeping his continued existence a secret. One man tries to kill Linc, who just manages to survive a horrific car crash. Meanwhile, others head to kill Sara and Mike. She manages to hide herself and her son thanks to a warning call from Linc, but poor Jacob gets shot (but not killed) while trying to intervene. Jacob heads to the hospital, while Sara and Mike follow. Soon after, Linc arrives to tell his (former?) sister-in-law that he’s going to find out if Michael is alive.

But Yemen is a world away, so Linc turns to someone he knows can help him: C-Note. His former Fox River ally has converted to Islam in the intervening years and has contacts that could be helpful in Yemen, which is on the brink of civil war thanks to ISIL. Plus, there’s the fact that someone is seemingly erasing Michael’s real existence from the internet and replacing him with with the face of another man.

As the men head to Yemen Linc tells Sucre (who has stopped by) he needs to stay behind, despite Sucre’s desire to help his best friend.

As Linc goes on his adventure, T-Bag is contacted by a mysterious man who wants to give him a new high-tech prosthetic hand. The doctor who is gifting him with the hand did this thanks to a mysterious benefactor that only gave him one word: Outis. It’s Greek for “nobody”. Pay attention to that, because it’s going to be important.

The situation in Yemen seems even more dire than C-Note had anticipated. Everyone seems to be escaping via the airport, but C-Note has a contact who might be able to help: Sheba. Unfortunately, the U.S. assassins have already recruited some contacts in Yemen to try and kill the two men. They manage to escape (with some help from Sheba), but it’s clear finding Michael won’t be a cake walk. Later at the hotel, Linc finds a mysterious label sewn inside Michael’s beige suit: Kaniel Outis. Armed with this clue Linc is more determined than ever and he’s willing to give up his American passport in order to arrange a visit inside the prison.

Linc, C-Note and Sheba make their way inside Ogygia, which is about as unpleasant as you’d expect. And Linc learns that the guards are referring to a man resembling his brother as “Kaniel Outis”. Sheba is horrified when she hears that name and C-Note tells Linc that Outis is a big-time terrorist, working with ISIL to take down the government. But Linc doesn’t believe his brother is capable of such things and soon he comes face-to-face with Michael again after so many years, with C-Note filming the reunion.

“We’re going to get you out of here,” Linc says. But Michael turns his back on Lincoln, denying that he knows him. As Michael walks back to his cell we see pain flicker across his face.

Why is Michael turning his back on his brother? How did he end up in Ogygia? You’ll have to wait for the next new episode of PRISON BREAK — airing on April 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox — for some answers.

PRISON BREAK Sneak Peek: The Search for Michael

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The discovery that Michael Scofield is actually alive comes in the first five minutes of PRISON BREAK’s new season and once Lincoln suspects that his brother isn’t dead he immediately sets out to solve this mystery.

But a recent photograph showing Michael in another prison (because where else would he be?) comes from T-Bag, so Linc is a bit suspicious that the criminal might be playing him. T-Bag, however, insists that he’s just acting as the messenger here. Lincoln’s next stop is to see Sara, who is living with her son (Mike) and her new husband, Jacob, in Ithaca, New York. Sara is wary about the possibility that Michael could actually be alive and thinks this might just be a joke, but it’s clear she doesn’t want to hope for something she’s not convinced is not real.

Related: Catch up with the PRISON BREAK characters and go behind the scenes of the new season

Linc, however, can’t let the situation go. And when he realizes the photo of Michael contains a clue as to his whereabouts he seeks out someone who can help him: C-Note. The former criminal has converted to Islam since the last time we saw him and he believes Michael may be in Ogygia prison in Yemen. But Yemen is unstable right now, with ISIL forces slowly taking over the country, so C-Note agrees to accompany Linc to the Middle East to help him find out if his brother is alive.

PRISON BREAK returns with all new episodes on Tuesday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

PRISON BREAK Teasers: Catch Up With the Characters and Go Behind the Scenes of the New Season

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Almost 12 years ago, Michael Scofield went to prison to save his brother, Lincoln, from execution. PRISON BREAK originally ran four seasons on Fox before an ending which found Michael dead and Lincoln, Sara (Michael’s girlfriend and the mother of his child), and their various friends freed from prison.

But now Michael isn’t as dead as everyone thought he was and when Lincoln learns that his brother might be alive and trapped in a prison in Yemen, he races to the Middle East to try and save him. Fox is reuniting most of the original PRISON BREAK cast for season 5 (a.k.a. PRISON BREAK: The Event Series). But what have the characters been up to since the show went off the air? We’ve got the scoop for you below, along with teasers about what’s to come in the new season.

Michael Scofield. As you can probably guess, Michael isn’t dead and when we see him again he’s inside Ogygia prison in Yemen. How did he end up there? That’s a big part of the new season’s mystery. What we do know is that right now he’s not known as Michael Scofield — he’s being called by another name and he’s suspected of doing very bad things, including having known ties to ISIL. Whether Michael is guilty of the crimes he’s accused of or not, whatever has happened to him in the last five years has changed him. He has a new and deadly set of skills. He also has a new set of tattoos that are pivotal to the story this year.

T-Bag. When we last everyone’s favorite psychopath, he was back in Fox River Prison where he belonged. But he gets out of prison in season 5 and he receives the first clue that shows that Michael is alive. T-Bag goes straight to Lincoln and then finds himself embroiled in the situation, despite thinking he was done with Scofield/Burrows drama.

Lincoln Burrows. Linc has, unfortunately, gone back to his less-than-legal ways since his brother died and he’s running from some bad guys when we first see him again in season 5. He gets information from T-Bag that Michael may be alive and he races to Sara to tell her the news. But she’s not as hopeful as Linc is and she has a son to worry about, so Linc recruits C-Note to head to Yemen. This time it’s up to Lincoln to help Michael break out of prison.

C-Note. The former criminal has gone on a journey to “figure out a way to make himself happy” and that journey has led to him converting to Islam. When Lincoln realizes that he has to head to Ogygia prison in Yemen, he teams up with C-Note, who speaks Arabic and has contacts in the country. It’s C-Note that puts Linc in contact with a woman named Sheba who will be instrumental in helping the brothers and C-Note in Yemen.

Sara Tancredi. Sara and Michael fell in love in the original series and she had a son that she named Michael (a.k.a. “Mike”) after his father’s “death”. Star Sarah Wayne Callies believes that her character has survived the hardship of losing Michael because of her love for their son. Along the way she met and married Jacob Ness, a professor of Game Theory. He’s stepped in to raise a child that isn’t his own, but the possibility that Michael is alive starts to tear apart Sara and Jacob’s relationship. Originally Sara doesn’t believe the man in the photo that Linc brings her is actually Michael. After all, she knew that Michael was terminally ill, but soon she can’t ignore the truth of the situation and she becomes conflicted. But is he still the man that she remembers? Is he deserving of her love and their child?

The Rest of the Original Gang. Sadly, characters like Sucre don’t go to Yemen with Lincoln and C-Note, but you will see Michael’s old BFF in the show. Paul Kellerman also plays a big role back in the United States, particularly crossing paths with both Sara and T-Bag.

The Newbies. A lot of the prominent new characters are Michael’s fellow prisoners — men he has befriended in prison to help him get out, much like he befriended the other prisoners in Fox River. Whip is Michael’s new right-hand man and he’s very loyal. Ja has some tools that Michael needs to get out and Sid is somewhat suspicious of who Michael really is. Sheba, meanwhile, is trying to help Yemen as it falls prey to ISIL forces and at first she’s a reluctant ally of C-Note and Lincoln, but she’s soon drawn deeply into the situation.

The biggest mystery throughout the new season is what has Michael been up to since he disappeared? Why hasn’t he contacted Lincoln and Sara? Is he the same man he used to be? Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

PRISON BREAK returns on April 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

PRISON BREAK: Watch the First 5 Minutes of the New Season

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PRISON BREAK is almost back for a new season (or an event series, if you prefer to think of it like that) and Fox has released the first five minutes of the premiere episode.

Wentworth Miller reprises his role as Michael Scofield and acts as our narrator, bringing fans up to speed on the fact that his character isn’t actually dead (which is how the original series ended). The how and why of the fact that Michael isn’t as dead as his loved ones believed is a big part of the mystery of this new season. But before we uncover all of those secrets we’re back at Fox River, where T-Bag is being released. He’s handed a strange letter among his personal effects and he’s shocked by what he sees.

Enter Lincoln, who has gotten himself mixed up with some shady characters (again). He manages to escape the men chasing him down, but T-Bag is waiting for him when he gets home with some shocking news: Linc’s brother may be alive.

PRISON BREAK returns with all new episodes on Tuesday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

LUCIFER Preview: Is That….God?

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Is God finally coming to LUCIFER? It looks like he is. A new preview that debuted at WonderCon this weekend set up the return of the show, which will happen in about a month.

According to the trailer below Lucifer is concocting a plan — one that will bring the angels back to Heaven. As for his mother, he plans to shut her out. As Linda rightly points out, bringing Charlotte close to Heaven could draw the attention of God, her husband. But Lucifer has a plan for that too — he wants both of his parents to get exactly what they deserve.

The preview also shows Tim Omundson (GALAVANT, SUPERNATURAL) appearing as….well, probably God. Is Daddy coming to Earth to deal with his family?

Elsewhere in the spring premiere, it’s two weeks after Chloe’s near death and Lucifer returns to L.A. just in time to help solve an up-and-coming guitarist’s murder and introduces the department to a ditzy stripper named Candy, a mysterious new woman in his life. But since his disappearance Chloe isn’t so eager to forgive and forget and he needs to prove to her that he should be let back on the team.

LUCIFER returns with all new episodes on Monday, May 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Series Finale Recap: How Did It All End?

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After 12 seasons on the air and 246 episodes, BONES finally came to an end this week. The penultimate episode ended with a literal bang as the Jeffersonian was blown up by Kovac, a man seeking to destroy Booth and Brennan. The pair of them, along with Angela and Hodgins, were still trapped in the building when it exploded.

The good news, as we quickly learned in the series finale, is that all members of this crucial group of characters did survive the explosion. But the bad news came soon enough.

And that’s where the series finale picked up…

We panned over the destroyed remains of the show’s signature location, as well as the unconscious bodies of our squints and heroes. Hodgins, Angela and Booth all quickly realized each other was alive and Booth started screaming out for his wife.

Outside the Jeffersonian, Aubrey and the rest of the FBI tried to get in touch with Booth. When that didn’t work he headed over to the explosion site and was reunited with Cam and Arastoo.

Brennan was soon found, but she was very injured. Once she was conscious, however, she was desperate to remember what she had been looking at before the explosion. And then Brennan announced that something was wrong with her…something very serious and relevant to her brain.

Panicked, Booth tried to find a way to get all of them out of there, but the rescue crews arrived in the nick of time. Outside, an on-site test by a neurologist revealed that Brennan’s fears were real and her ability to process complex information had been compromised by the explosion. Still, Brennan wanted to get back to work inside the bone room.

As the squints headed back inside the lab, Booth went back to the FBI to try and catch Kovac. Some photos from Cam’s wedding actually led them to a possible accomplice.

When Brennan headed to the FBI and told Booth she was afraid of who she was if she didn’t have her intelligence, he assured her that she was so much more than just her forensic knowledge — she was the woman he loved and an incredible person to boot.

Meanwhile, thanks to some work by Cam and Hodgins, the team realized that Jeannine Kovac wasn’t Kovac’s wife — she was his sister. Soon after, a raid at an abandoned house led to Brennan recovering her complex thought processes and Booth shooting and killing Kovac, thus ending his vendetta against Booth and Brennan.

Back at the Jeffersonian re-construction had already begun and Brennan happily told Cam, Angela and Hodgins that she would be fine.

At the FBI, Aubrey announced that he was going to get the same promotion but remain in Washington, D.C. And while Aubrey’s most recent girlfriend had broken up with him, it seemed like there might be other romantic possibilities for him in the future…perhaps with Leslie Green.

A nice montage of various lab artifacts led to a lot of memories for BONES fans, but there was some big changes to come, even as the group reminisced about the past.

Hodgins and Angela revealed that they were working on a children’s book with characters based on people from the lab. Cam, meanwhile, announced that she was adopting three young boys with Arastoo, which is why she was going on an extended leave. Finally, Hodgins was told he would become the interim Director of the lab (a.k.a. the ultimate King of the Lab).

The final moments of the series finale found Booth and Brennan outside the Jeffersonian where Booth assured his wife that she would return to the lab soon enough.

Thus BONES came to an end, with a few changes for some characters and a future for all of them. And long-time BONES fans got one last nod — Brennan showed Booth a clock from her office that had stopped at the time of the explosion: 4:47.

MAKING HISTORY: Meet the Characters

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What if you went back in time and did something that prevented the American Revolution from ever beginning? That’s the question at the start of MAKING HISTORY, the new Fox comedy series from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the brains behind 21 JUMP STREET and THE LEGO MOVIE).

Get to know the show’s main characters below.

Dan Chambers. Dan is a schlub working as a facilities manager at a small Massachusetts college. While he spends his days in the present as a loser, his use of a time machine to travel back to the 1770s means that he finally has a chance to be cool. In fact, he has a beautiful girlfriend, Deborah, and is friends with John Hancock and Samuel Adams. But his romance with Deborah means that her father, Paul Revere, is distracted and doesn’t do his familar ride through town to tell people that “the British are coming”. When Dan realizes he messed up he recruits history professor Chris to go back in time and jump-start the rebellion.

Chris Parrish. Chris is a mild-mannered history professor and he’s not what one could call an adventurous person. But when Dan convinces him to travel back to the 1770s he is thrilled to have access to a time machine. Unfortunately, he doesn’t fit in there, at least until he takes some advice from Dan and uses his knowledge of the future to look “cool”. By the end of the pilot episode Chris volunteers to stay behind to help jump-start the American Revolution.

Deborah. Deborah Revere is a woman ahead of her time — she’s strong and self-assured and doesn’t belong in colonial times. She’s also desperately in love with Dan and eager to travel to the present where she has far more freedom to be an alpha woman.

John Hancock & Samuel Adams. These two founding fathers are quintessential jokers, engaging in crude humor as they haze Chris in the past.

MAKING HISTORY premieres tonight (March 5) at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Fox Renews STAR for a Second Season

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The news of Fox’s renewals is building, with the announcements that THE MICK and LETHAL WEAPON have both gotten second season orders. This afternoon the network also announced that STAR has been renewed for season 2.

“Lee Daniels is a true visionary and he and Tom Donaghy have delivered a series with a unique and meaningful point of view,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Our incredible cast, led by Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt, instantly infused their characters with tremendous depth and passion, and the show has proved to be both powerful and really entertaining. We are thrilled that this STAR will continue to shine for a second season.”

STAR airs Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. The season 1 finale is set to air on March 15.

Fox Renews LETHAL WEAPON For Season 2

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Yesterday Fox announced that it had renewed the freshman comedy series THE MICK for a second season. Today the network had renewed the freshman drama series LETHAL WEAPON for season 2.

“LETHAL WEAPON continues to fire on all cylinders,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Every week, it delivers a big, fun rollercoaster ride, but also remains touchingly human and genuinely emotional, and that’s due to the chemistry that’s developed not only between Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, but the entire cast. We want to thank our producing partners, Warner Bros., as well as Matt Miller,McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz, who have done a fantastic job in crafting a series for which a second-season order is well deserved.”

LETHAL WEAPON airs on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.