Tonight marks the start of one of the most anticipated new shows this season with the two hour premiere of Prison Break on FOX. It follows the story of Michael Scofield, who robs a bank in order to get caught and be sent to the same prison where his brother is an inmate on death row. But Michael isn’t looking to simply spend some quality time with his brother making license plates, lifting weights, and avoiding gang rape in the showers. Michael is an engineer and he has the plans to the prison’s layout, and he is going to use his knowledge to help his brother, who has, of course, been framed for a murder he did not commit. Not only that, he was framed so he can be murdered within prison, which almost guarantees that nobody on the outside will notice.
There has been a lot of critical praise for Prison Break, and a friend of mine inside FOX says that the pilot has tested better than anything in recent memory. Does any of that translate into a good program over the course of a full season? Was my friend simply trying to make light conversation after not calling or e-mailing in over a year? Was I not paying attention as I perused the produce section of Rock and Roll Ralph’s in search of mushrooms? The answers to these questions may never be known, but we still think that Prison Break will be Tivo-worthy, and suggest you check it out. One answer we can give is that TVgasm will, in fact, be covering the show this season.
And look for the TVgasm Fall Preview Spectacular later this week. It may not actually be spectacular, but I thought the phrase had a certain ring to it, and I wanted to see if anybody was paying attention by adding a non-sequitur. Whatever, Prison Break airs tonight for two hours on FOX at 8PM Eastern and Pacific, then nestles into the Mondays at 9PM time slot thereafter.