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Benjamin Bratt Joins 'Private Practice,' Dominic Purcell Heads to 'Castle' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 21st 2011 11:00AM
Benjamin BrattBenjamin Bratt is returning to TV with a role on ABC's 'Private Practice.' The 'Law & Order' veteran will be a series regular on the medical drama.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bratt will appear in the season 4 finale before joining the cast as a regular in season 5. Details about Bratt's role are being kept under tight wraps.

Bratt is just the latest cast change to the 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff. Audra McDonald will leave the show after this season and Brian Benben and Caterina Scorsone were upped to series regulars.

In other casting news ...

Heather Locklear has joined the cast of CBS's pilot 'The Assistants.' Locklear will play one part of a celebrity couple who has a crack team of assistants to look out for their every whim. [Entertainment Weekly]

Michelle Trachtenberg will star in CBS's untitled comedy pilot about a venture capital firm. The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' veteran will play a mail room clerk who gets promoted to junior associate. [EW]

Dominic Purcell is heading to 'Castle.' The 'Prison Break' veteran will play a Hollywood businessman who may have a connection to a murder. [TVLine]

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Dominic Purcell in the Running for 'Spartacus,' Michael McDonald Joins 'Cougar Town' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 13th 2011 12:00PM
Dominic PurcellCould Dominic Purcell be the new Spartacus? The 'Prison Break' star has reportedly tested for the lead role in Starz's 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, Purcell has been vacationing in Australia and taped a test and sent it along to the producers the same day Starz chief Chris Albrecht spoke to reporters at TCA.

Besides Purcell, Australian actor Liam McIntyre is still in the running for the role previously held by Andy Whitfield. Purcell's 'Prison Break' costar Wentworth Miller has also expressed interest in the role.

In other casting news ...

Nick Stahl has joined the cast of 'Locke & Key.' The Fox pilot, based on Joe Hill's comic book, follows Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children after they move to her deceased husband's family home. Stahl will play Duncan, Nina's art teacher brother-in-law. [Deadline Hollywood]

Tilky Montgomery Jones has joined the cast of 'Pretty Little Liars.' Jones will play Logan Reed in the first season finale. [Zap2It]

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Prison Break: Rate of Exchange / Killing Your Number (series finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 15th 2009 10:00PM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) dreams of a happily-ever-after with Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, L) in the PRISON BREAK series finale.
(S04E21/S04E22) "I don't want to run anymore." - Michael

I'm happy that Prison Break is over. I've been a fan since the beginning, and even though it tested your threshold for absurd and ridiculous TV moments on more than one occasion, Prison Break was still one helluva ride. While part of me wishes that it had gone out on a creative high after maybe a season or two, I still appreciate what Paul Scheuring, Matt Olmstead, and Co. tried to do in season three and on some level, I even respect what went down here in the final season - arguably the drama's worst. That being said, tonight's two-hour finale offered some solid closure while wrapping up most everyone's story in ways that actually felt believable.

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Prison Break: Cowboys and Indians

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 9th 2009 1:05PM

As time runs out, Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) and Lincoln (Dominic Purcell, L) are left with few options to save themselves and Scylla.

(S04E20) "What kind of loser gets set up for two high profile assassinations within five years?" - Lincoln

That's a question I've been asking myself for some time now, except that my query was a bit more broad - what kind of loser gets messed up in this many conspiracies period? Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield (Quick sidebar: different last names. Obviously they weren't brothers.) haven't exactly had it easy, but it's finally starting to look like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel ... at least for Michael anyway.

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Who will bite the dust next on Prison Break?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 4th 2009 1:33PM
Prison BreakIt's no secret, Prison Break is one of those shows that is not afraid to kill characters along the way, even major ones.

Therefore, it will be no surprise to you to learn that more deaths are coming in the final episodes of the series. But did you know that there is one that will be so major that the show's Powers That Be needed to meet face-to-face with the network to get approval?

Curious as to who may bite the dust by series' end? Want to speculate on how it will happen?

Extreme spoilers follow! You've been warned.

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Prison Break: S.O.B.

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 2nd 2009 2:20PM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Christina (Kathleen Quinlan, R) have an uneasy reunion.

(S04E19) "Maybe I can meet my grandson one day." - Cristina

With only three original hours left in Prison Break's run (not counting the two hour telepic that may or may not air), it's about time we got some solid answers. Despite her plea saying otherwise, I feel pretty confident now in believing that Cristina ain't one of the good guys. While General Krantz isn't much better, he's starting to look like a saint compared to Michael and Lincoln's mother.

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Prison Break: Vs.

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 25th 2009 10:33AM

Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller
(S04E18) "I warned you not to come Michael." - Lincoln

Eighteen episodes into Prison Break's final season and we finally got some solid explanation as to what exactly The Company has been up to all this time. Answers are a good thing - except when they create more questions. After learning about Scylla's true contents (at least some of it anyway), I'm more confused than ever.

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Prison Break: The Mother Lode

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 18th 2009 1:23PM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, R) learn the dangers of hitchhiking as they make their way to Miami.
(S04E17) "She used to bake cookies when we came home from school." - Michael

For some reason all I could about during this episode was Cartman whining, "But Mooooommmm." Life sucks when your mother tries to kill you, huh? Prison Break's return saw a lot of action, but like most episodes, a lot of it was filler. It's still unclear as to what the precise end game for Scylla is going to be, but one thing is certain - the addition of Kathleen Quinlan as Lincoln and Michael's mother Christine has added a new layer of tension to the show that had been sorely lacking for the first leg of the final season.

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Prison Break's final two hours might not air on FOX

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 15th 2009 1:01PM

Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller
As if we haven't heard enough bad news about this show. Turns out that the final two hours of everyone's favorite guilty pleasure, Prison Break, might not even air on FOX. The over-the-top drama, which was recently canceled, returns this Friday ("The Mother Lode", 9PM ET on FOX) to air the first of its final six episodes. All of those episodes will air on FOX.

Confused? Keep reading.

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Is the Prison Break spinoff still in the works?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 13th 2009 2:22PM
Prison BreakBack in October 2007, we learned that FOX was looking into making a Prison Break spin off set in a prison for women. The plan was to introduce the new series as an episode of Prison Break. This way of testing the waters before officially launching a spinoff has been used to introduce series such as NCIS and Private Practice and will be used this spring to launch the planned Gossip Girl and NCIS's spinoffs.

The Prison Break spinoff idea was put on the back burner and most of us thought it would never happen after all. However, a casting call for PB's episode 4.23 makes me think that FOX is going forward with the spinoff set in a prison for women, especially now that Prison Break has been cancelled. Or they at least want to test the idea before making their final decision.

Spoilers for episode 4.23 and potential Prison Break spinoff coming up!

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Goodbye Prison Break

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 13th 2009 2:29PM
Prison BreakFOX has canceled Prison Break.

Now, I think that even for hardcore fans this doesn't really come as a shock. I remember when the show premiered, the first question on everyone's mind was, how are they going to make an entire season of a TV show about a prison break? And as the first season went on the questions became, what happens if and when they get out of prison? Will the show end? Will they have to change the name of the show? That last one was actually toyed with but then abandoned.

FOX's Kevin Reilly says that the show has simply "run its course," and this is probably one of the few times that TV fans will agree with a network executive. The remaining episodes will start airing on April 17, but there's no word on how many episodes will be shown, the ones that are already done or if more will be filmed.

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Prison Break: Mid-season analysis

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 23rd 2008 3:21PM
Prison BreakFour years ago, many of us thought that Prison Break would last only one season because once the guys break out, it's not "Prison Break" anymore. However, due to the show's success, FOX renewed it over and over again. This lead to the gang being on the run during season two, stuck in Sona and trying to break out again during season three and, this year, working together to gather Scylla, bring The Company down and get their freedom.

Now that the OMG!WTF? mid-season finale aired, it's time to analyze the product we've been offered so far and make our predictions as to what will happen next.

If you haven't watched the mid-season finale, step away from this post right now as I'll dish the reveals after the jump... then again, if you've seen the way too spoilerish mid-season finale promos that aired on TV, you are pretty much in the know.

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Who'll die in Monday's episode of Prison Break?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 2nd 2008 2:02PM
Prison BreakCome on! You think that I just spoiled the entire November 3rd episode of Prison Break by saying that someone will die? I don't think so as it is a given at least one person will die during Sweeps time when Prison Break is concerned and, in case you didn't know, November Sweeps started last Thursday.

However, before the jump I'll leave it to that: someone dies. I won't tell you who, I won't tell you how, I won't tell you why before the jump since I know how to spoil shows. But anything goes after the jump.

Oh and in case you don't want to know exactly who dies this week, I don't know either. But I'm making my predictions in this post based on official descriptions from the network and spoilers. So let's see if you come up with the same conclusions as I am.

Spoilers follow!

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Prison Break: Eagles and Angels

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 16th 2008 9:03AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Lincoln (Dominic Purcell, C) come face to face with T-Bag (Robert Knepper, R) for the first time since escaping from Sona.
(S04E04) "I was thinking about maybe getting me a career in pictures." - T-Bag

Here we go - get ready for it. The hunt for the remaining Scylla cards continues! Boooooring. I don't feel like there's any challenge to obtaining these cards at this point when Roland's device makes it so simple. Stand next to someone holding the card for two minutes and you're done. Don Self could do this...himself. He doesn't need Scofield and Burrows. As was the case last week, the Scylla plot paled in comparison to what T-Bag is up to. It's the only solid mystery Prison Break has right now.

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Prison Break: Shut Down

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 9th 2008 8:01AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) relies on Roland (James Hiroyuki Liao, L) and his computer skills.
(S04E03) "Not every geek with a Commodore 64 can hack into NASA." - Roland

I think we're already starting to see how much of this season of Prison Break is going to play out. A constant struggle for Scofield and his team to deliver while pressure from Don and his Homeland Security buddies continues to weigh them down. I doubt very much that this is the last time the threat of being shut down will be used. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a mention of it every week - we are talking about their freedom after all. With that in mind, get ready to hear something that I imagine I'll probably be typing a lot as I review this season: the hunt for the remaining Scylla cards continues!

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