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Without a Trace: CBS Cancels FBI Show, No Season Eight

Without a TraceCall the FBI. There’s another victim of the cancellation axe over at CBS. The network has cancelled long-running crime drama Without a Trace.

First airing in 2002, Without a Trace follows an FBI team that’s tasked with finding missing persons. Each episode follows the search of an individual and tracks the time that they’ve been missing. The series stars Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano, Roselyn Sanchez, and Eric Close.

The series averaged 15.09 million viewers in its first year on the air and grew to a high of 18.68 million for season three. The show’s ratings have declined over the years and season seven has fallen to about 12.2 million. Like many shows on CBS, the drama tends to skew older.

As part of cost-cutting efforts, CBS put Without a Trace and Cold Case on the bubble this time around. Both Jerry Bruckheimer series have become expensive over the years and the network insisted on cuts in salaries and production costs. Both have had an upsurge in the ratings lately but CBS was leaning towards renewing Cold Case.

And then, Cold Case was renewed for season seven at the beginning of this week. As of Sunday, it was looking possible that Without a Trace could still return for a midseason run but the network has now decided against it. Costs and an abundance of new and cheaper shows are contributing factors.

Coincidentally, the series finale of Without a Trace airs tonight. The episode is called “Undertow” and revolves around a man who disappears after a late night dive. Oscar winner Martin Landau (Mission Impossible) guest stars as the father of Jack (LaPaglia) and Danny (Murciano) and Elena (Sanchez) take their relationship to another level.

 

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Dawn April 19, 2013 at 1:40 am

I just recently started watching reruns of without a trace,Wow GREAT show how could it go off the air?I really LOVE this show the actors are fantastic. PLEASE bring it back,Give it another try .I will continue to watch reruns until I have seen them all I really am enjoying them GREAT story writing.I don’t get why the good shows go off the air and the stupid ones stay on.

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Prossy O. Dumlao April 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I’ve been an avid/loyal follower of Without a Trace and I’m extremely sad over the decision of CBS to cancel it. Why?

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TINA October 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

WHY DO THEY CANCEL THE GREAT SHOWS AND THE STUPID ONES GO ON FOREVER????
I LOVE THIS SHOW!

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