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Old 10-24-07, 04:45 PM
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Prison Break: Cherry Hill

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox is looking to expand its primetime prison population with a spinoff from "Prison Break."

Tentatively titled "Prison Break: Cherry Hill," the potential new series would be set at a women's prison and center on Molly, a new regular character who will be introduced on "Prison" later this season.

Fox has ordered a script of the possible spinoff, which is being written by "Prison" executive producer Matt Olmstead and co-executive producer Zack Estrin.

A search is under way for an actress to play Molly. "Prison" producers will determine in which episode she will make her first appearance after casting the role. If "Cherry Hill" doesn't go forward, Molly will continue on "Prison" as a regular character.

Molly is an upper-middle-class wife. After suffering a family tragedy at the hands of the Company -- the government conspiracy that framed Michael (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) and put them behind bars -- she seeks them out at the hellish Panamanian prison Sona in her quest to exact vengeance.

"There is an ironic similarity between Molly and Michael -- they're both emotionally banged-up, both have lost loved ones, and both want the people responsible to pay -- so they empathize with each other," Olmstead said. (Michael's love interest Sara, played by Sarah Wayne Callies, was killed earlier this season.)

In "Cherry Hill," which would have the same tone as "Prison," Molly goes to a women's detention facility fully accepting the life sentence for her acts of revenge until she is contacted by the government with information that some of her loved ones are alive.

"In a moment's time, she is transformed from an unapologetic murderer to a motivated woman who would do anything to get out of prison and be with them," said Olmstead, who is executive producing "Cherry Hill" with Estrin and "Prison" executive producer Dawn Parouse.

Olmstead and Parouse had been talking about developing a show set at a women's prison for some time, but had hit a roadblock -- how to set up and launch such a show?

"Concurrent with that, on 'Prison Break' we wanted to introduce a mystery character who brings some clues to the table and with whom Michael and Lincoln work to uncover the big conspiracy," Olmstead said. "The women's prison idea folded into the idea of introducing that character, and once we combined them, it immediately popped for us."

He approached Estrin with the idea, and he came on board right away.

There have been several series set in women's prisons over the years, including the long-running Australian drama "Prisoner: Cell Block H" and Fox's short-lived comedy "Women in Prison."

"Cherry Hill" follows the path of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which spun off Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), a character introduced on the hit medical drama, into her own series, "Private Practice."

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Wow. Maximum suckage. That article essentially spoils some stuff on Prison Break...
Spoiler:
I guess Michael figures out that Sara Tancredi has been killed before he manages to get Whistler busted out of Sona and that they're going to be locked in there a while if this Molly hasn't even been cast yet.
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I'm weary. A bit part of my liking of Prision Break is the Scofield bad ass Jr.Macgyver factor. A upper middleclass wife probably won't have this.
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no hot & steamy lesbian shower orgy prison sex?

fuck that, i'm out.
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Originally Posted by jpoppe
no hot & steamy lesbian shower orgy prison sex?

fuck that, i'm out.
Not at the 8 pm 'family viewing hour'

I do agree that they gave away a lot of what is not going to happen this season, at least initially.

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Sounds interesting, but it's going to be another story whether Olmstead and Estrin will write a good script that FOX will actually like and order.

With the diciness of the WGA situation, they may not have a chance to write this script.
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Women's prison

Possibility of a female version of T-Bag
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damn, that article had alot of spoilers.
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this sounds like pure shit...and I'm actually relieved because the way the season was heading I thought they'd be on the run again very soon...which I thought was a bad idea since the season has been a return to form, I and think that's because the prison dynamic works way better than the 'fugitive on the run' one does...
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Originally Posted by mdc3000
this sounds like pure shit...and I'm actually relieved because the way the season was heading I thought they'd be on the run again very soon...which I thought was a bad idea since the season has been a return to form, I and think that's because the prison dynamic works way better than the 'fugitive on the run' one does...
I second you on this. I've grown extremely bored of Prison Break, even though it was one of my favorite shows at one point. I don't really care if there's going to be a spinoff or not. I didn't even watch this weeks episode, I watched Matters of Life & Dating on Lifetime instead.
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Originally Posted by alphabetsoup
I second you on this. I've grown extremely bored of Prison Break, even though it was one of my favorite shows at one point. I don't really care if there's going to be a spinoff or not. I didn't even watch this weeks episode, I watched Matters of Life & Dating on Lifetime instead.
I've still not watched it either. I'm just a hair away from pulling the plug altogether. If it's true that Lost is moving to Monday's at 8, that just might be what it takes for me to call it quits. I liked season 1, but could barely get through season 2.

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