Is "Prison Break" the Breakout Role for Wentworth Miller?
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FOX's "Prison Break" debuted to a strong showing monday night with 10.5 million viewers with a couple of hot guys, Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, and may just be one of the top three best new dramas of the fall season.
Wentworth, who'll you'll recognize from his sauve role as satan's bitch last spring in "joan of arcadia," plays michael scofield, a pretty but heavily-tattooed engineer (is there any other kind?) who breaks into prison in order to help his brother lincoln burrows (played by dominic purcell from "john doe") escape. Lincoln is on death row for the murder of the vice president's brother and, natch, Michael believes he is innocent.
The first obstacle to the new "Oz" lite show is that Michael must get into prison by passing through some rather enormous plot holes. We are asked to believe that Michael is sent to the same prison where his brother is on death row, and that none of the prison officials know they are brothers (yeah, uh-huh), and that Michael is an educated structural engineer who used to work for the architectural firm that just happened to built the prison. Hmmm, and just what is inked on Michael's body in those tattooes?
Sure, the plot has a few snarkage problems, and that haircut makes Wentworth kinda resemble Adam "hornio" from amazing race 6 (let's not go there), and the lack of male nudity is mildly disturbing for female
voyeurs viewers - but FOX isn't hbo so decency standards must be kept. sigh. but it's worth tuning in for the hottness of Wentworth and Dominic.
, "It's a funny response people have when you mention it's called Prison Break," Wentworth told an interviewer about the premise of the show. "They imagine a couple of guys jumping over a wall, and they think, 'How long can that go?' But series creator Paul Scheuring is a very clever man who has the entire universe and story arc planned until the end of the second season. So we have myriad cellblocks and characters, all of whom will get their fair shake. And you'd be amazed how they can string this out and still be compelling."
If other characters get that much screen time than it sounds like another "Oz" (one of the best prison shows ever!), but actually may end up more like a mesh of "Lost," "24" and "Shawshank Redemption". If you missed it, you can catch the two-hour pilot when FOX repeats it at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 1. More "Prison Break" photos at thefutoncritic.com
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