Even though most networks, in theory, would like to be able to air original programming all year, FOX is probably the best known out of all of the television networks for making the most out of year round programming, thanks to its inability to air a majority of its schedule during September because of the World Series. This year, the network continues their tradition of getting a head start at the fall line-up by premiering a few shows in the late summer months, starting tonight with the two hour presentation of Prison Break.
Prison Break, much like ABC's television phenomenon Lost, is centered around a group of characters isolated from the world, and over time we will witness the trials and tribulations of escaping from whatever imprisons them...only in this case, instead of a deserted island, we're dealing with an actual prison in Illinois.
Within the first act of the first hour, we're introduced to the two main characters: Michael is an engineer who helped design the prison, which serves as the show's setting and is played by the wonderful Wentworth Miller, who has guest starred in such previous TV greats as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Popular, Joan of Arcadia and the pilot episode of this year's Ghost Whisperer; Lincoln is Michael's older brother, who has been given the death sentence despite being innocent of the crime he was accused of. Lincoln is portrayed by Dominic Purcell who had starred in FOX's short-lived series John Doe.
Rounding out the cast of characters is Robin Tunney as Veronica, a lawyer (and Lincoln's ex-girlfriend) who is fighting on their side; Sarah Wayne Callies as Sara Tancredi, the doctor who works in the prison's infirmary and seems to take an immediate liking to Michael; Marshall Allman as LJ, Lincoln's troubled teenage son who seems to be heading towards prison as well; and Amaury Nolasco as Sucre, Michael's cell mate who's desperate to get back to his loving girlfriend (who's played by Camille Guaty) out in the real world. Several other characters seem to appear regularly as well, but these are the characters that make the biggest lasting impression from the first two hours.