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Prison Break 4.18: “Vs.”

The “Prison Break” writers are blowing my mind with these episode titles. Last week, the episode was called “The Mother Lode” and focused on Mama Scofield, and this week “Vs.” implies how Lincoln and Michael are pitted against each other with regard to Scylla and taking down the Company. However, the episode title has a double meaning, since the last fifteen minutes were about heading off Victor Sandusky (V.S., get it?) at the airport. Consider your mind blown.

The “B” story this week revolved around Dr. Sara Tancredi’s reaction when she discovers that she’s pregnant. Seriously, this woman is a doctor and she’s surprised that she’s preggers after knocking boots with Michael? The only way that I’d buy her shock would be if we somehow knew that the couple was using birth control, but how do you shoehorn that into an episode of “Prison Break”?

“You’re still on the pill, right?”

Obviously, Sara is going to be reluctant to tell Michael about the pregnancy because he might snap into father mode and try to protect her from everything (and not let her help him). But the truth is that she has someone else to think about now, so she should really be avoiding any situations where a gun is pointed at her or bullets are whizzing around her head. And that means she should abandon her quest to take down the Company.

But back to the Brothers. I find this whole rivalry pretty silly. Lincoln claims that he “just wants his life back,” so he’s willing to turn over Scylla (and all of the incredible world-changing information it contains) over to the General. In effect, he’s throwing away the solution to unlimited, renewable energy (and the climate crisis) so that he, Sofia and LJ can go bowling in peace. (And this assumes that the General would even let Linc go once he has Scylla.) He’s literally putting his own needs ahead of those of the 6.7 billion people that inhabit the planet. That, my friends, is some seriously manufactured conflict.

The writers needed some hook for the last few episodes, and that’s what they decided to go with. No wonder the show’s ratings have fallen off a cliff this season. (Hey, it’s the third most pirated show, so there’s that.)

TV Roundup: Poor ratings for Prison Break, TiVo’s ratings plans and more

– The ratings for the return of “Prison Break” were poor, and TV By The Numbers says that it’s bad news for “Dollhouse.”

– One of my favorite shows, “The Unit,” is on the bubble, but the good news is that producer Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) has been invited by CBS to present ideas for a fifth season.

– The NY Post says that Mary Louise Parker is thinking about leaving “Weeds” after next season.

– FOX’s “Sit Down, Shut Up” didn’t do all that well (ratings-wise) in its debut on Sunday, considering it was sandwich between stalwarts “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” I’m a fan of both of those shows, but I couldn’t make it through a full episode of “Sit Down, Shut Up.”

TiVo is continuing to move into Nielsen’s territory. They’ve been offering national ratings since 2007, but now plan to provide market-by-market ratings as well. It makes sense — the TiVo is essentially a computer that can track what a household watches (if they choose to opt-in).

– Variety compares “Heroes” to “Lost” in that both programs started off really strong before faltering a bit. The question is — will “Heroes” find its way like “Lost” did? (Methinks maybe an end date two or three seasons down the line would do the trick.)

Prison Break 4.17: “The Mother Lode”

Get it? “The Mother Lode”? Because Michael and Lincoln’s mother is trying to take over the Company.

Clever.

Anyhoo, “Prison Break” is back and I truly wonder if anyone cares. As I was watching this episode, my mind wandered a few times. I wasn’t thinking about anything important, mind you, just a few chores that I have to do around the house. Wash the dishes, take out the garbage, find Scylla…oh wait, I’m supposed to be paying attention to “Prison Break.”

From TV.com’s episode list, it appears that we now have seven hours left, and at this point that seems like a lot of time to fill. But let’s recap (and correct me if I’m wrong):

1. Lincoln, Don, T-Bag and Mahone are in Miami trying to track down Scylla. (Full disclosure: I actually forgot Mahone’s name and had to go to IMDB.com to look it up. How long has it been since the show has been on the air?) They are motivated by the Company’s threats on their loved ones.

2. Christina — Lincoln and Michale’s mom — has Scylla hidden somewhere in greater Miami. She’s trying to take over the Company and claims to have altruistic goals. In short, she claims to be a “good guy,” but when she gives the go-ahead for her sniper to take a shot at Linc, it seems that she’s not so good.

3. Michael and Sara are running around the Arizona/New Mexico/Texas desert. I’m not sure how much treatment Michael received or if his health is still an issue, but there weren’t any nosebleeds in this episode. The truck they were riding in was hijacked by a guy who died just after telling them that he didn’t work for the Company (but didn’t tell them who he does work for, though I’m sure we’re supposed to assume that he works for Christina). How convenient that he would die just before revealing this information…

4. Scylla isn’t a weapon, it’s the secret to unlimited renewable energy.

5. Sucre is off doing God knows what. Gretchen is (supposedly) on her way to jail.

Are we caught up? I hope so.

Christina wants Lincoln to back off for two days so that she has time to remove the General and take over the Company, but based on what Don, Mahone and T-Bag found at the church (guns and access cards), they don’t trust her and that’s why Lincoln returned to the plaza. Understandably, they’re worried about what the Company might do to their loved ones if they don’t retrieve Scylla.

I’m not sure where this is all headed, and I guess that’s a good thing.

TV Roundup: “Terminator: TSCC” ratings, “Dollhouse” news and more

– Quality-wise, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” finished really strong, but the ratings stayed even over the course of the season, so the future of the show is definitely in question. The show finished with a nail-biting four- or five-episode run, but the series’ overall slow pace drove away all but the most faithful of viewers. This should have been a 13-episode-per-season series from the start.

– “Dollhouse” ratings from last Friday matched a season low. Not good. More bad news: Fox isn’t going to air the 13th (already shot) episode, though some in Joss Whedon’s camp suggest that the 12th episode (“Omega”) is his original vision for the season finale. (I’m as confused as you are.)

– TNT broke a streak of “successful” shows by canceling “Trust Me.” TNT head of programming Michael Wright said that “it just didn’t find an audience.”

– “Prison Break” returns this Friday with the first of the final eight (?) hours of the series.

Variety ponders the fate of several “bubble shows”

In the world of sports, if a team is on the bubble, it usually means that there is no guarantee that the team will get a postseason berth. The term can be applied to television as well, as networks decide which shows will be returning in the fall (and which ones won’t).

Variety tackled this subject…

Most of broadcast’s comedies and dramas are in the midst of plotting their year-end finales. But for producers who still don’t have a clue about the fate of their shows, that creates a conundrum.

Do you tie up loose ends, and shoot a de facto series finale, just in case it’s all over? Or do you leave the viewers wanting more via a big, messy cliffhanger in hopes that execs will find it more difficult to cut things off midstream?

This year, the producers behind ABC’s “Life on Mars” came up with a third option: Persuade the network to announce the show’s fate right now in order to at least go out with a bang.

“The producers were really pushing for it,” said ABC Entertainment exec VP Jeff Bader. “Based on the ratings the way they are now, it didn’t look like it would be back.

So the producers of “Life on Mars” saw the writing on the wall and pushed for a quick decision. Now they can wrap up the show appropriately.

The whole article is worth a read. It discusses how each network is handling certain shows and how some networks are splitting up shows to air in into either the fall or the spring, but not both. The article mentions “Heroes,” which may only get picked up for 18 to 20 episodes. Few shows can truly stay fresh and entertaining for a traditional, 26-episode season. The shorter the season, the less fat/filler there can be. (Usually.)

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