It’s official: Robert Knepper will reprise T-Bag in A&E’s ‘Breakout Kings’, bringing Lost’s Jacob with him
Good news all around! Back in early October Prison Break producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora shared their interest in reviving Prison‘s ultimate villain Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell for their new fugitive-themed drama Breakout Kings. And guess what? Since 20th Century Fox approved the character crossover, actor Robert Knepper has agreed to bring him back. Not only has he agreed, he’s overly excited to do so. In an interview with Give Me My Remote, he shared his elation about working with Olmstead and Santora again. It’s going to be a pretty wild ride. It’s a very trusting thing I have with these guys,” said Knepper. “We spent four years together. All the writers and I, we always wrote back and called each other and said really positive things to each other in those four years. I have tremendous faith in them and I’m not worried at all about what they’re going to do.” He continued, “It may be career suicide, but I loved playing T-Bag. This is a very, very funny, deep, complex character who really scared the sh– out of people and yet people loved him.” If you’re a Prison Break fan, you should read the entire interview; Knepper goes down memory lane reminiscing about how much he loved playing T-Bag, especially in season one which he describes as “sheer gold.” He also says that he might land a part in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming series Alcatraz–now wouldn’t that be something! He says that T-Bag is locked into at least one episode, but if all goes well I’m hoping that the guest role becomes something more substantial.
Lost fan are you now? According to TV Line, the man who played Island protector Jacob–Mark Pellegrino–has been cast as a “trained assassin” and will appear in episode ten of the series. Pellegrino is Virgil Downing, “a notorious international contract killer who always gets the job done…Although he’s suspected in at least-three dozen other killings, his only conviction was for murdering a police commissioner — six years prior to breaking out of his maximum-security cell.”
Breakout Kings is “a new action-packed ensemble drama following an unconventional partnership between the U.S. Marshals’ office and a group of convicts as they work to catch fugitives on the run.” Originally pitched to FOX but later picked up by A&E, the series is set to premiere on Sunday, March 14 at 10PM.