BREAK TIME: Paul Scheuring
08:10 AM CST on Monday, November 27, 2006
A Q&A with Paul Scheuring, creator and head writer of Prison Break , which is filming its second season in and around Dallas.
Q: Any hints about the fall finale?
A: Hmm ... Episode 13 ... Well, obviously I don't want to reveal too much, but I will say that the paradigm does shift. The characters' aims will change – and that's the good characters and the bad characters. And someone will be mortally wounded. But that's really all I can say.
Q: I've read that you might not be involved beyond Season 2 – has that changed?
A: Yeah, the important thing for me was always to keep the show creatively sound, and if we can figure out a way to keep our vision while expanding it, the chances are good that I'll be around.
Q: You came in with Prison Break at the beginning of the serial drama craze. What are your thoughts about the slew of other shows?
A: I'm not a soothsayer, but at the beginning of the season I felt it was oversaturation. All the networks were jumping on the serial drama craze. People have to be committed to the characters, and I think we've got characters with great charisma.
Q: Is there a certain amount of guilt associated with killing off characters?
A: Well, I certainly never want to deprive someone of a paycheck, but with the people we've had on the show, I've never had a doubt that they would go on to more great jobs in TV and film. And to drive the narrative, the stakes have to be high and there have to be losses when they are necessary.
Q: Has the show opened doors for you? What's next?
A: Yeah, definitely. I'm set to direct my first feature film in April. It's a remake of a German film called Das Experiment.
Q: How has filming in Dallas worked out for the show, in your opinion?
A: Initially I was skeptical, but when we started scouting locations, the range of different geographic possibilities was amazing. And also, the people in Dallas are extremely nice – the decorum is high. Most of the writing and post-production is in L.A., so I'm not in Dallas a lot. I try to visit once or twice a month, though. I'll hit places like Ghostbar with the actors, but I feel like I'm getting a little old for that.
Prison Break's "fall finale" airs tonight at 7 on Channel 4. The show will return on Jan. 22.