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Lane Garrison on Going to Jail and Owning Up to His Mistakes on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 18th 2011 5:15PM
Lane Garrison on 'Today'Lane Garrison was a rising star with a regular role on the Fox drama 'Prison Break' in 2006 when he made the decisions that led to his vehicular manslaughter conviction in 2007. A teenager died in a Land Rover Garrison was driving while drunk. Garrison spoke of the incident on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) this morning, including his guilty plea.

Garrison held himself up as an example of the tragedy that can happen when someone drives drunk. He mentioned media coverage that quoted him complaining about jail and said that was not the full message: "The message was really, 'Hey, if you don't want to go through what I just went through and if you don't want a family feeling that pain that they just went through, then don't drink and drive."

Garrison pleaded guilty before being sentenced to 40 months in prison. He was released in 2009. "That was the first time I really became a man," said Garrison, "when I accepted responsibility."

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Robert Knepper Brings 'Prison Break's T-Bag to 'Breakout Kings' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 5:45AM
Robert Knepper, 'Breakout Kings'From 2005-2009, 'Prison Break' entertained audiences on the FOX network. But while it was uneven throughout its run, one thing remained consistently fascinating. The breakout character of the series was Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, played brilliantly by Robert Knepper. It would prove to be the defining role of his career, and thanks to 'Breakout Kings' (Sun., 9PM ET on A&E), he got a chance to return to the character.

The move puts the new series firmly in the same reality as 'Prison Break,' which means there is at least a remote chance of seeing some of that show's other characters.

'Kings' creators Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead were both writers and producers for 'Break' so they had a good handle on the character of Bagwell.

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Robert Knepper Talks 'Breakout Kings' and T-Bag's Big, Bad Return, Plus an EXCLUSIVE Clip

by Jane Murphy, posted Mar 16th 2011 9:00AM
Robert Knepper, 'Breakout Kings'The breakout character of Fox's 'Prison Break' run was one Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, indelibly portrayed by Robert Knepper.

According to Knepper, T-Bag was originally written as a "250 pound guy with a gold tooth." But when the wiry Knepper was cast, he gave the keenly intelligent but shady character thistle-like hair and a deep southern drawl. His lolling tongue deserved separate billing. For those missing their weekly cuppa T, the 'Bag Man' is tunneling out soon.

In A&E's new drama 'Breakout Kings' (reviewed here), Knepper will reprise his role as T-Bag (Sundays, 10PM ET on A&E, Knepper's first episode airs March 20).

Created by 'Prison Break's executive producers Nick Santora and Matt Olmsted, the premise is a winner: a trio of slippery cons (including Jimmi Simpson of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' as the eloquent nerd Lloyd) teams with a pair of U.S. Marshals (played by Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi) to catch prisoners on the lam. T-Bag is one of the first targets of the 'Kings.' Knepper says the month-long arc is a "love letter to T-Bag" and praises the "balls" it took for Santora and Olmsted to "come up with this idea of going into this next chapter."

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Review: 'Breakout Kings' Follows 'Prison Break' Formula With Some Success

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 3rd 2011 5:10PM
'Breakout Kings' (10PM Sunday, A&E) is exactly the show you'd expect from two former 'Prison Break' writer/producers.

The premise of the series -- and it's not especially believable, as these things go -- is that to catch escaped prisoners, the U.S. Marshals put together a task force of prisoners who themselves had escaped at one time or another. "It takes a thief to catch a thief," and all that.

The result isn't a particularly creative drama but, as was the case with 'Prison Break' in its early seasons, 'Breakout Kings' is sustained by a workmanlike momentum. It has its share of clunky characters and predictable moments, but it also has a lot of earnest energy. It's enlivened by a terrific performance from Jimmi Simpson, who plays Lloyd Lowery, the show's all-purpose weirdo.

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News Roundup: James Woods, Paul Giamatti Join HBO's 'Too Big to Fail,' 'Weeds' Creator Tackles Poker Comedy and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2010 6:50PM
Paul GiamattiHBO has added James Woods and Paul Giamatti to its all-star cast of 'Too Big to Fail,' an original film that chronicles the 2008 financial crisis.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Woods will play Dick Fuld, the last chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, and Giamatti will play Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Billy Crudup, Ed Asner, Kathy Baker, Cynthia Nixon, Ayad Akhtar, Topher Grace, Dan Hedaya, Michael O'Keefe, Tony Shalhoub and Joey Slotnick round out the all-star cast.

The Curtis Hanson-helmed project is set to being production this month.

In other TV news ...

A&E's 'Breakout Kings' may bring back a beloved 'Prison Break' villain. Producers are in discussions with Robert Knepper to have the actor portray his 'Prison Break' character T-Bag. [Ausiello Files]

'Eureka' and 'Warehouse 13' are getting into the holiday spirit. The Syfy shows will air holiday specials on Dec. 7. [Zap2It]

Ryan Devlin has been cast on 'Brothers & Sisters.' The 'Cougar Town' actor, who is also appearing on 'Grey's Anatomy,' will be around for at least four episodes as a grad student in Kitty's law class. [Ausiello Files]

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Prison Break Video Game Breaks Loose Next Month

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 22nd 2010 11:07PM
Ever wanted to plot a prison break without having to endure the embarrassment of receiving a felony, disappointing your loved ones or showering with total strangers? Now you can!

A new video game version of Fox's 'Prison Break', developed by Deep Silver and ZootFly Studios, is set to hit the store shelves next month and the official trailer has hit the web. Watch it when the guards aren't looking.

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Fox, ABC Stock Up on Pilots

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 25th 2010 10:15AM
It's a good thing Michael, Lincoln and T-Bag got out while they had the chance, because after years of celebrating criminal escapees on 'Prison Break,' Fox is about to back a different horse: the correctional system.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given the greenlight to 'Breakout Kings,' which is described as "a closed-ended procedural about a team of marshals and ex-cons who work together to apprehend criminals who break out of prison." If you'll pardon the pun, the pilot, which is being produced by 'Prison Break' execs Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora and directed by 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine''s Gavin Hood (pictured), would seem to be the perfect vehicle to bring back some of that show's breakout characters; no word yet, though, on whether Wenthworth Miller or Dominic Purcell will be on hand to reprise their roles on the side of the law.

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Posters give a minimalist spin to your favorite TV show

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2009 2:02PM
Two and a Half Men posterHow would you like to buy some modern, minimalist posters for your favorite TV shows? Now you can, from Blanka.

Some of them work beautifully, some don't (the Heroes and Mad Men posters are a bit disappointing). Besides this very, very clever Two and a Half Men poster, I've picked a couple of my favorites and they're after the jump.

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'Prison Break' Stars Join 'True Blood'

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 1st 2009 1:14PM
Marshall AllmanMaybe someone is headed to prison on the upcoming third season of 'True Blood.' Why else would the show cast two alumnus from 'Prison Break?'

First up is Marshall Allman, who didn't always have as much to do as we would have liked in the role of Lincoln Burrows' son, L.J. On a show known for over-the-top characters and plot lines, Allman's take as L.J. always felt authentic with emotion and conviction.

Sounds like a perfect fit for the world of vampires and other things that go bump in the night. Allman is on tap to play shape-shifter Sam's younger sibling Tommy, according to the Ausiello Files.

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When Good Shows Go Bad (AKA the 'Heroes' Hall of Shame)

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 20th 2009 5:00PM
Recently, we were inspired by 'Parks and Recreation' to write a feature listing TV shows that overcame a rocky launch. Sadly, the reverse seems more common: shows that start strong but finish weak.

Our latest inspiration is the ongoing death spiral of 'Heroes.' (This week: Mohinder does something stupid! People's powers go awry at inopportune moments! Adrian Pasdar, pictured, looks like he'd rather be anywhere else!) Here's a once-inspired show that seems to be going down in flames after having run out of ideas.

Other times, shows peter out because of casting changes, bad writing or bizarre creative decisions. In each case, however, the audience feels betrayed and often deserts the show, leading to ratings death and what-went-wrong autopsies. Here's what went wrong on nine other good shows gone bad.

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Amaury Nolasco on Leaving 'Prison Break' and the Possibility of a Reunion

by Nicholas White, posted Nov 18th 2009 7:02PM
Sometimes it's easy to see when a TV show has jumped the shark.

Amaury Nolasco, star of Fox's highly budgeted 'Prison Break,' says he thinks his show ended at the right time, after its series finale this past May.

"I think it just ran its course," Nolasco told Inside TV at Monday's 'Star Trek' DVD and Blu-Ray premiere party in Hollywood. "I mean, how many more prisons can we actually break from? I think we got out on a high, before it became, 'Oh, really?'"

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Not wasting enough time watching TV? Try these upcoming TV games

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 12:03PM
Prison Break, the video game
Is television taking up too much of your time? Do you find yourself spending night after night on the couch, spending hours of quality time clutching your remote in the hopes it will lead you down the primrose path of perfect entertainment? Have you wasted entire days of your life decreasing the firmness of the coils in your couch with your ever increasing ass planted firmly in front of the idiot box?

If so, maybe a more physical activity would perk up your droll and dull life. Why not put down that remote, throw that TV Guide in the trash compactor and pick up that video game controller for a few hours of TV-related interactive entertainment? Because exercise is for people with no creative thought for self-entertainment.

Here is just a sample of some TV show game spinoffs headed to an XBox, Playstation or coffee table near you.

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What TV show are you addicted to the most?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2009 3:00PM
24I'm not sure what "addicted to" really means. If I love a show and never miss an episode, does that mean I'm "addicted?" Or do I have to have some sort of sadness/emotional withdrawal if I miss an episode, or some sort of chemical reaction in my body that forces me to watch the show every week?

I'm not sure, but according to a survey of 3000 TV fans by LOVEFiLM, the most addictive show is 24.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 6:01PM
SpongeBob SquarePantsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I don't care how much controversy there is, why would anyone want to buy the Jon & Kate Plus 8 DVDs? Would you really want to sit around a year or two or five from now and watch the episodes again? Why?

There's a new Route 66 DVD set out, Season 3, Volume 1, but if you got the Season 3 collector's set from Best Buy or Critic's Choice, they've issued a recall.

  • Charlie's Angels - Season 4
  • The Donna Reed Show - Season 2
  • Hotel - Season 1
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 - Season 4, Vol. 2
  • The Lucy Show - Season 1

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Wentworth Miller goes from Prison Break to Law & Order: SVU

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 3rd 2009 10:32AM
wentworth_miller_prison_breakMore good news out of NBC's top drama. Wentworth Miller is guesting on Law and Order: SVU, and this time he's not going to be behind bars. The Prison Break actor will star in the September 23 premiere of Law and Order: SVU, which is kicking off its 11th season on the NBC.

Wentworth Miller's casting comes on the heels of NBC re-signing of Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni to two-year extensions as the show's mainstays, Detectives Benson and Stabler, as well as the return of Stephanie March as Alex Cabot and a four-show arc for Christine Lahti. I'd say that the powers-that-be are stacking the deck with prime talent to make sure Law and Order: SVU maintains its top quality status.

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