Without a Trace: Preview of Finale "Undertow"
Without a Trace: Preview of Finale "Undertow"
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
As Without a Trace remains to tinker dangerously on the brink of cancellation, its season 7 finale - "Undertow" - will air tonight on CBS (Entertainment Weekly says the drama is "unlikely" to return for an eighth season).  On "Undertow," the team searches for a man who disappears after a late night dive.  The finale will also feature Oscar winner Martin Landau reprising his role as Jack's (Anthony LaPaglia) father Frank. Poppy Montgomery's real-life boyfriend Adam Kaufman will also be back as the father of Samantha's (Montgomery) son, Finn.  Elsewhere on the finale, Danny (Enrique Murciano) and Elena (Roselyn Sanchez) take their relationship to another level.

There's still no word on whether Without a Trace will be back, as it was involved in a tight race with fellow crime drama Cold Case, and CBS reportedly leaned towards Case, in light of the show's major ratings upsurge for its finale.  Without a Trace, for its part, didn't do shabbily, as it also enjoyed ratings upturn on its last episode.  When the smoke cleared, Cold Case was renewed Sunday, but Without a Trace is still in consideration perhaps for a midseason pickup.

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CBS announced in February that Without a Trace may be canceled if it cannot cut salaries and episode-production costs.  Over seven seasons, the series saw a decline in the ratings, from a high of an average 18.68 million per episode in the third run to 12.2 mil this season.  Steven Weber joined the cast for the first five episodes of this season as Special Agent Clark Medina, Jack's temporary replacement as unit supervisor.  As a result, the episodes focused almost as much on missing persons cases as Medina's war against Jack, after he revealed that he was also sent to convince Jack to leave the bureau.

Without a Trace also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Vivian Johnson and Eric Close as Martin Fitzgerald.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Reuters, CBS
(Image courtesy of CBS)

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