Exclusive: 'Without a Trace,' 'Privileged,' canceled, 'Gossip' spin-off DOA

Several major upfront-week developments to report:

* CBS has canceled Without A Trace and renewed Numb3rs. I’m told Eye execs had one slot left, and they went with Numb3rs because it’s less expensive to produce. CBS has also dropped Eleventh Hour and renewed How I Met Your Mother, Gary Unmarried, Rules of Engagement, and Old Christine.

* The CW will not be renewing Privileged for a second season. There was talk of a possible midseason berth for the much-loved dramedy, but, ultimately, the show was a casualty of the network’s strong development. "It’s truly heartbreaking," series creator Rina Mimoun said via e-mail. "I’m so grateful to everyone out there
who supported our little show and fell in love with Megan Smith. She
was the most delightful character I’ve ever had the pleasure to write
and watching JoAnna Garcia bring her to life every day was a gift I
will never forget. I’m incredibly proud of the work we did and forever
indebted to all the fans, critics and to Warner Bros. for being so
wonderful and supportive. I will miss this more than you know." Class act, that one.

*Among new shows, The CW has picked up Melrose Place 2.0, Beautiful Life, and Vampire Diaries. Oh, and the Gossip Girl spin-off is officially dead.

My Fall TV Cheat Sheet has been updated to reflect all of these developments. 

For up-to-the-minute renewal-cancellation-pickup scuttlebutt throughout
upfront week, stay close to both my blog (the one you’re reading now!)
and Twitter feed. And to see the networks’ complete fall schedules, head to the Hollywood Insider blog.

More TV Scoop:
ABC cancels Samantha Who?
CBS cancels The Unit, NBC axes Earl
Lost‘s Juliet mystery solved?
ABC renews Castle, Better Off Ted
Burning Prison Break finale Qs answered

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  • Dave

    Yay for Numb3rs getting renewed for a 6th season. Thank you very much indeed CBS, awesome news!

    • Annie

      Yes, but at the expense of Without a Trace which was a much better show!!

      • dorothy

        I can NOT believe Without A Trace was cancelled. The networks leave on *** such as the stupid reality shows and cancel and much better show, such as WOAT. I am more aware of my surroundings and watch the kids closer because of this show. No —- they leave on shows that truly on boring.

    • Linda Farmer

      I loved Without A Trace until they put a spanish woman on there who you couldn’t understand and then went to an english show to spanish speaking translated to english………BAD MOVE… I quit watching

  • Franko

    WOW CW… Just WOW…Beautiful Life with Mischa Barton is IN, but they canceled the beautiful Privileged? WOW… I hope Beautiful Life sucks.

  • Yay

    YAY the GG spinoff is dead! I can’t believe they wasted 75% of one episode of GG trying to set it up. What a waste of airtime.

  • Aushole

    Well, with Charlie involved – I guess the Numb3rs added up to keep this great show.

  • K

    Wonder why the GG spinoff wasn’t picked up…

  • Lorie

    It was time for WOAT to go.

  • Don J

    Not surprised about WAT. Once Cold Case got renewed, I know things were looking bad since there probably wasn’t room for both and both shows are produced by Warner Bros and not CBS.

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      • Marcia

        I also cannot believe they canceled Without A Trace…
        I watch all the reuns and really miss it this year….
        The cast was great….

      • ashley judd

        I am very upset they have taken so
        many good and great shows off!!!!!!!!!!

    • D.

      I absolutely loved WAT . . . it was a great show and will really miss watching it every week:(

      • lld

        my husband and I both miss Without a Trace and the Unit, only time we sit to watch together, now it’s Castle and the Mentalist…please don’t take off, love the family in there and the humor, also NCIS humor too…so much violence and junk on, not that there is’nt in these, but minimal..thanks

  • jj

    Let me just start it. Oh no not Privelged and Without a Trace I’m never watching the CW or CBS again. Seriously though thank god they decided against the GG spinoff that was gonna be stupid.

  • CheekyMonkey

    You know what CBS? SCREW YOU!!!! Take away my favorite TV show, you are a bunch of ungrateful maggots. Without a Trace saved the Tuesday 10pm death-slot and this is how you repay the fans, the cast and the crew? This betrayal will not be forgotten. Rot in hell.
    CBS, you deserve to have your asses kicked by FOX. Spin it however you like, but FOX has beaten you this year and will do it again next year. Crowing about your “improved ratings” is a complete farce and makes you look like fools. FOX wins the demos, FOX wins the race. End of story.
    You reap what you sow, CBS and now we all know what you stand for: Complete Bull-Sh!t.

    • bigswede

      hear,hear!!! My feelings exactly!!
      I like numbers……but I loved WOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Jack was my kinda’ guy!!!!

    • CKahn

      Thank you!! WOAT AND THE UNIT??!! WTH? Two quality shows for what? The Good Wife and some other BS? Only new show I’m excited for is NCIS: Los Angeles!

    • mary

      I so agree I looked forward to WAT every wk for the last couple yrs Wish they asked the people what they wanted Thank God Cold Case just slipped in I heard You need someone new making your decisions as to what should stay and what should go!

    • Texan

      I am in shock!!!! I cannot believe they cancelled “Without A Trace”!!!!!!!!! It was my favorite!

    • Holly Cloern

      Totally agree!!! I LOVE WOAT! F-U CBS!

  • Glen

    What is this one slot left news. What other CBS shows have been cancelled?

  • hello

    CheekyMonkey, the networks doesn’t exist to serve you no matter what, they are a buisness and have to make decision from a buisness perspective. It serves no purpose renewing a show that looses them money

    • Annie

      As the article shared, they selected Numbers over WAT due to cost of cost alone. WAT was more expensive to make because it is a much better show. Numnbers is fine as long as Charlie stays involved otherwise you can chalk that drama up to another lonely guy sleepoing with all the women he works with while trying to come to terms with his demonsn (how many times do we need to see that concept)!??!?!

  • Megs

    Judge me all you want, but the fact that Kelly Rutherford obviously doesn’t have blue eyes really REALLY bothered me.
    And as much as I love the 80’s… okay, that’s a lie. I’ve never loved the 80’s. Which is why I refuse to hop on the neon bandwagon. Good riddance GG spin off!

  • FarleyC

    I’m stunned that Without A Trace has been cancelled. I’ve watched it from the very beginning. I never miss it. HUGE bummer. I’ve watched MAYBE 10 Cold Case episodes over the years. heavy sigh….

    • Marion Bauman

      I’m very disappointed to hear that Without a trace has been cancelled. Perhaps if CBS hadn’t kept shifting the time around people would continue watching it.

    • Betty Jo MorgaN

      I cannot believe you have cancelled the Unit and Without a Trace and renewed garbage like 2 1/2 Men, Big Bang Theory, Gary Unmarried and How I Met Your Mother. What a joke. You have no class and no appreciation for good acting and plots with substance.

  • cameron

    i really hate cbs. the only good shows they have left are the csi’s. they keep killing all the good ones. FOX IS WAY BETTER!!!

  • Adrienne

    I think it’s disgusting how CBS has treated Without a Trace the last few years. No wonder it hasn’t survived because people can’t find it. Although after reading the chatter I knew it’s fate was inevitable I just wish they could have given it at least 13 episodes to finish off any storylines. Let’s hope tonight’s finale will be a good one. RIP :(

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