Just as fans were recovering from the particularly graphic and grisly end to Dr. Sara Tancredi (played by Sarah Wayne Callies), there’s even more drastic news that’s just been announced regarding the third season of Prison Break. The show is going on an extended hiatus.

Fox has confirmed the earlier rumblings that the show will be taking a break starting in December, and won’t return until 2008.

The show is having what’s called a “fall finale” on December 17. After a four month break, the first episode after the hiatus is slated to air on April 24. Once the late spring season starts up again, all the remaining episodes will run until early June.

When the show has its fall finale, there will have been about 12 to 13 episodes run in the fall season. How many episodes will ultimately run in the spring season remains to be seen.

In the interim, Fox will air The Sarah Connor Chronicles, now renamed Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, in Prison Break‘s usual timeslot. This new drama is based on the stories featured in the Terminator movie series, and will definitely benefit from its new timeslot with 24.

Some Prison Break fans are alarmed by this development, worrying that the hiatus might have a more ominous meaning behind it. Several fans sites post messages from the Prison Break faithful in which they worry if the show will actually make it back from hiatus at all.

However, other fans have noted that due to the international success of the show, it’s highly unlikely that Fox would not bring back the show to at least finish out the season. The show is – unlike many other dramas – to have an ultimate story arc, and so at some point, the Prison Break gang will have to stop running when the show comes to its natural conclusion. For now, at least, Fox is saying this four month break is definitely not the end.

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– Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: PrisonBreakBuff.com
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