‘Prison Break’ Remake On Fox To Star Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell Again?

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Fox Wants To Bring Back ‘The X-Files’.

The fourth-place network’s co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman told TV reporters at Saturday’s press tour that they’re in early talks to bring back “The X-Files” and they’d resurrect “Prison Break” “in a heartbeat.” “It’s been reported and it’s true that we’ve had some conversations on the ‘The X-Files,’” Newman said about the Chris Carter-created sci-fi drama that capped off a nine-season run in 2002.Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman today confirmed that the network is in very early talks for a new installment of Chris Carter’s iconic cult drama that ran from 1993 to 2002.The network has had two big successes – Gotham and Empire, both renewed for new seasons, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine – and several failures, including Gracepoint, Red Band Society, Mulaney and reality disaster Utopia.Besides placing high hopes on a new show from “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, network executives told TV writers at the TCA press tour Saturday they are talking with Simon Cowell and the creators of past Fox hits “24” and “X-Files.” Newman acknowledged that Fox has been “ratings-challenged” the last couple of years, and admitted it would take “hard work” to overtake CBS, ABC and NBC.

DePaul University alum Gillian Anderson (“Crisis,” “The Fall”) and David Duchovny (“Californication”) starred as FBI special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. The possibility of a limited series, similar to Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, was raised during a Q&A at Fox’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, according to Variety. Though the film hasn’t come into fruition, the limited return of the series in 2014 drew scores of viewers and reignited rumors that movie or a return of the series was coming soon. After years of leading among young adults, thanks mainly to the now-flagging American Idol, it now ranks fourth in that measure and among all viewers, down 8% in both categories.

In general, Walden said, they would like to tweak the network’s image to include more family-friendly reality shows like “American Idol” and “MasterChef Junior.” But Fox also wants “a balance,” she said, and as if to emphasize that point, she and Newman announced renewals for three very different kinds of programs: the big music-business drama “Empire,” the “Batman” origin story “Gotham” and the sitcom “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” Walden expressed optimism about working out contracts for another season of “Bones,” and said “we’re waiting a bit” on deciding whether to bring “Sleepy Hollow” back. “We’re making some creative adjustments (on ‘Sleepy Hollow’),” said Walden. “We think it may have become a little too serialized, so we’re going to give it more procedural content. Newman added that after the success of the “24” reboot, there was interest in bringing back several other past hits, such as “Prison Break” and “The X-Files.” He said nothing had been arranged yet, but there were discussions in the works.

The show is a tricky balance.” The new co-bosses, who took over in a shakeup five months ago, said they are “incredibly excited” about their star-scripted show this summer, “Wayward Pines.” Michele was announced as a “Scream Queens” star Saturday, along with Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer. David, who played Mulder, has an upcoming NBC event series, Aquarius, while Gillian, as Scully, has a recurring role on NBC’s Hannibal and both would have to fulfill those contracts before committing to anything else. ‘I need to wrap my brain around what that would entail,’ she said. ‘I live in London. Part of that mission including rebooting former hits: They confirmed interest in rekindling The X-Files, one of the show’s early hits, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, though early talks with producer Chris Carter have been more logistical than practical, with no story or schedule set. But there are ongoing conversations happening.” Meanwhile, ahead of Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell’s reunion on Tuesday’s episode of The Flash, Newman said Fox is open to discussions about bringing back Prison Break, on which Miller and Purcell starred as brothers wrapped up in a conspiracy. They’ve also been pitched a new limited 24 series for 2016, though Kiefer Sutherland, who starred as Jack Bauer, may not be part of the equation this time around.

However, he admitted that news of the rumored in-the-works return, which some news outlets reported this week, was “slightly news to us.” But Newman said, “We’ve made it clear over the years that we’d bring Prison Break back in a heartbeat … It’d be the perfect event series.” The only wrinkle, of course, is that the return would likely have to be a prequel. (Five-year-old spoiler alert: Miller’s Michael Scofield dies in the 2009 conclusion of the series.) Do you agree? Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.” Anderson, who played Agent Scully on the show, recently sparked fervor after expressing her desire for a series reboot during a Nerdist Podcast interview.

Later, comedies Weird Loners and Last Man on Earth, starring Will Forte, arrives, followed by summer thriller Wayward Pines, a Twin Peaks-style mystery starring Matt Dillon. Among current series, Walden says she’s hopeful Bones will return, pending renegotiation of stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel’s contracts, which expire in May, and promised a “recalibration” of Sleepy Hollow, a promising 2013 newcomer that hit a sophomore slump last fall thanks to an overly serialized, sometimes confusing show. “We’re trying to return the fun to it a little bit,” says Walden, adding later that the show, if renewed, will likely shift production to Atlanta from Wilmington, N.C., after North Carolina tax breaks expired. Walden brushed aside a question about whether Terence Howard’s well-publicized off-air behavior issues had been a factor for Fox when he was cast in both “Empire” and “Wayward Pines.” While the X-Files talks are in the very early stages, perhaps the negotiators will be inspired by the recent resurgence of another cult ’90s series, Twin Peaks, which was recently picked up by Showtime for a third season in 2016, 25 years after its 1991 cancellation. She says New Girl is “very” likely to come back, though the fate of The Mindy Project will rest on the show’s performance in this season’s back half, and pilot vying to replace it.

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