As summer nears, high-profile prime-time programming is also coming to an end, at least until fall rolls back around. May, however, also means TV network executives are preparing for the upfronts — a time when new shows get slotted into the fall season and programs that have battled poor ratings get cut.
Counted amongst those programs experiencing a ratings decline is the Jerry Bruckheimer series, ‘Cold Case.’ And, as some industry watchers are predicting, the CBS procedural drama could be calling it quits following Sunday’s back-to-back episodes, featuring the music of The Rolling Stones.
“‘Cold Case’ is an expensive show to produce,” wrote Scott Pierce in the Deseret News. “And the longer a show is on the air, the more expensive it is to produce.”
Pierce notes that the CBS series was nearly canceled last season, but the network opted to end ‘Without a Trace’ instead.
“The novelty has worn off,” claims TV Squad. The site points out that ‘Cold Case’ hasn’t been shooting on location lately, which it believes is a sign that the network isn’t willing to invest anymore money in the program.
With ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and the ‘Criminal Minds’ spin-off looking like sure bets for runs on CBS in the fall, this weekend’s seventh season finale of ‘Cold Case’ could very well be its last, although the network has yet to make anything official.
The two-hour season (and possibly series) finale of ‘Cold Case’ airs tonight at 9 p.m. on CBS.
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