Without A Trace

2002, TV Show


Fall TV: CBS Adds Eight New Series, Makes Big (and Medium!) Changes

Johnny Galecki, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Haysbert

CBS announced eight brand-new series for the 2009-10 TV season, including ones starring Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Julianna Margulies and Alex O'Loughlin, and swooped in and picked up NBC's castoff Medium.

The Eye ordered a full 22-episode season of Medium, slotting it after Ghost Whisperer on Fridays. As CBS entertainment boss Nina Tassler says, "If Ghost Whisperer and Numbers had an offspring, Medium would be it."

CBS also has tinkered with its Monday lineup in unexpected ways. How I Met Your Mother will now ... read more

Save These Shows: Eight Endangered Series We Hope Will Survive


No less than 45 scripted shows await word on renewal as the networks prepare to reveal their plans for the 2009-10 season. Many of those shows are safe — would NBC really pull Law & Order? — but others may be endangered by low ratings, high production costs, or just being on the Peacock network, where Jay Leno takes over five hours of prime time in the fall.

The senior editors of TVGuide.com hope the following shows will live. We chose them because we consider them the best of the shows that are in the worst danger. Make the jump to review our picks, then follow TV Guide on Twitter for updates on saved shows. read more

Roselyn Sanchez: It'd Be "Ridiculous" for CBS to Cancel Trace

Roselyn Sanchez

CBS would be crazy to go without its Trace next fall, says Roselyn Sanchez, addressing talk that Without a Trace might get clipped after seven seasons.

"The show is still doing amazing when it comes to ratings," Sanchez points out to the New York Daily News. In its last outing, Trace topped its Tuesdays-at-10 time slot with 12 million viewers. "I'm sure everybody is a little scared," adds the actress, "but it would be ... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List for Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars
9 pm/ET ABC
The first results show of Season 8 features a new element for the series: a dance-off between the bottom two couples facing elimination. But before someone makes the season's inaugural exit, there will be songs from injured contestant Jewel ("Somewhere over the Rainbow") and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ("Calloway Boogie"). Also: Choreographer Michel Rooney takes on the season's first "Stars of Dance" performance with a Busby Berkeley-inspired number.

Read on for previews of The Mentalist, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Real Housewives of New York City and Without a Trace. read more

Mega Buzz on Lost, ER, CSI: NY, Smallville and More!

Lost's Emilie de Ravin, ER's Julianna Margulies and Smallville's Erica DuranceDurance

Senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions. Drop us a line at mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Please tell me that Emilie de Ravin isn't done on Lost. — Jason
MATT: Allow me to be crystal Claire, as it were — we will see MIAaron's mom again, and not just by means of a time-jump à la the birthing moment Sawyer witnessed anew. As the Aussie actress shared in this video, she is just taking "a little break" this season, and multiple sources assure me the plan is still for her to return for the series-ending Season 6. Speaking of finales during this sad, Lost-less week, I'm hearing that there will be just one more "hiccup" — a late-April clip show — detouring our road to this year's undoubtedly big finish. 

Where are my favorite ER supporting cast members, like Haleh and Jerry? Will they be back before the finale? — Timothy
MICKEY: Does anyone else remember the sexy desk clerk that SVU's Mariska Hargitay played? Well, she ... read more

Mega Buzz on NCIS, CSI: NY, Fringe, Bones, ER and More!

Mark Harmon (NCIS), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe)

Senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions. Drop us a line at mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Give us something good about NCIS, pretty please? — Gina
MATT: Remember how last week's Mega Minute scooped the imminent return of Trent Kort, the spook to whom Gibbs owes a solid? That same episode will guest-star Christian Clemenson (of Boston Legal fame) as the accountant for a criminal the team is chasing. Also on the horizon: vampire bites! (I thought Alex O. was doing Criminal Minds?) 

Everybody is talking about CSI: NY's Lindsay/Danny, but is there any thing about Stella/Mac? — Hilla  
TIM: I'm going to pass this off to executive producer Peter Lenkov, who says the last four episodes of the season are ... read more

Mega Buzz on 24, Heroes, SVU, Without a Trace and More

24, Heroes, Law & Order: SVU

Senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions. Speaking of questions, we invite you to drop us a line at mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

24 is totally back on track, but the one downside is Sean. I don't know whether it's the actor or the writing, but I do know I want that guy gone. Anything coming up that would make me a happy camper? — Mike
MATT: I suppose it would depend on whether Sean (aka he who has since been revealed as Moley McMoleberg) is truly traitorous or a red herring a la Season 6's Nadia. My own moles (none of whom are played by Rhys Coiro, mind you) tell me that Agent Hillinger's fate may be cinched during the game-changing back-to-back episodes airing March 2. 

Please tell this Heroes fan that somehow Hiro or Peter will get the power to travel through time again so that they can go back and save Daphne. — Ashley
TIM: Good concept, but Heroes has promised us ... read more

Mega Buzz on Grey's, Housewives, CSI: NY, 24 and More!

Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Carmine Giovinazzo (CSI: NY)

Senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions every Wednesday. Please, feel free to drop us a line at mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Grey's Anatomy's Derek has got his mother's ring. Now what? — Gayle
MATT: Dude needs to unload it and quick, I'd say! Instead (sigh), he will hold onto it long enough for virtually every Seattle Gracer — Meredith excluded, of course — to learn of the bauble's being and in turn offer their two cents on when and how he should pop the Q. Will Der stick to his original plan? And if so, does it involve a meticulously crafted arrangement of candles?

I love Tom Scavo on Desperate Housewives this season. Any scoop? — Marcia
MICKEY: Well, remember how it was Tom's dream to open an Italian restaurant, and how begrudgingly Lynette went along with the idea? Well, apparently now he has a different dream ... read more

Ratings: NCIS, Mentalist and Trace Cop Impressive Highs

Santa brought NCIS a big, fat audience.

This Tuesday, as Fox and the CW broke for the holidays early....

8 pm/ET
NCIS capitalized on House's "missed appointment" by surging 1.3 mil and securing its biggest audience ever — 19.86 million total viewers. It was Biggest Loser, however, that placed No. 1 in the demos. The reality series' cycle-ender averaged 11.65 mil over its two-hour run, up 26 percent week-to-week.

9 pm
Oh, how you love that Mentalist! The freshman drama gained 560K from its previous fresh outing/series high, hitting 19.33 million viewers. Placing fourth (behind Loser and a Fringe repeat), ABC's According to Jim two-pack (4.8 mil) dropped 400 thou week-to-week.

10 pm
Buoyed by its commanding lead-ins, Without a Trace scored a season-high 14.47 million viewers, up 19 percent from its previous new eppy. NBC's Momma's Boys debuted to 6.07 mil, while Eli Stone inched up the tiniest hair, to 4.98 mil.

All told, it was CBS' best Tuesday night since ... 1995.


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Mega Minute Scoop on Lost, Trace and The Closer 2

Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute vodcast:

Lost's Jorge Garcia previews the (very complicated) "return" of the Oceanic 6.

Without a Trace focuses an episode on someone who is not Jack or Sam.

• Which familiar face might appear on both The Closer and its spin-off?

Watch this week's video after the jump! read more

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Premise: An FBI Missing Persons Unit in Manhattan races the clock to crack cases by learning as much as possible about people who may have been kidnapped or killed, taken their own lives or simply wanted to disappear. A photo of an actual missing individual is shown at the end of each episode with instructions for viewers to contact a local FBI office with information on the person's whereabouts. Solidly written and performed, the series successfully challenged the Thursday-night dominance of 'ER.'


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