While both shows do alright in overall viewership and have more than enough episodes for syndication, they have become expensive to produce over the years. Their audiences also tend to skew older, an ongoing challenge for the Tiffany network. CBS has been looking to cut back on expenses so both of the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced dramas have been on the bubble for renewal. In seasons past, they’d both be considered pretty safe bets.
Well now, CBS has now renewed Cold Case for season seven. No word as yet if the season order will be for 13 or 22 episodes.
The renewal is commonly seen as bad news for Without a Trace since it was rumored that both shows were vying for the same timeslot on the schedule. However, Without a Trace may still be kept alive with an order for episodes that would be aired midseason, or earlier if one of the network’s new dramas tanks.
CBS will release its 2009-10 schedule on Wednesday at its upfront presentation in New York.
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