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BubbleWatch: CBS' 'Cold Case' and 'The Unit'
SHOW:"Cold Case"/"The Unit" (CBS)
IN THEIR FAVOR: On any other network, "Cold Case" and "The Unit" would get a pass for next season. They've both established veterans with reliable track records and audiences that would probably follow them to different nights or different time slots. Some people have also been saying "Without a Trace" is on the bubble, but unless the costs on that show are through the roof (which they may be) and unless Anthony LaPaglia is desperate to move on (and he may be), I assume that one will be back.
AGAINST THEM: CBS isn't any other network and "Cold Case" and "The Unit" both feel like shows on the downward side of their popularity, particularly "Cold Case." CBS' usual strategy with shows like this is to figure that they may be able to do better, sweeping out the dead-ish wood. This strategy has only worked sporadically in recent seasons, but that's the way CBS works.
OUR GUESS: It somehow boggles the mind that "Cold Case" had been around for six seasons and 134 episodes. That seems like a good life. "The Unit" may be more likely for renewal, simply because it's a bit fresher. Also, keeping President Palmer in primetime is always a good call. It wouldn't surprise us if both came back and it also wouldn't shock us if they were both cancelled.