CBS closes in on bubble series

'Cold Case' renewed; 'Rules of Engagement' pending

CBS on Sunday renewed bubble drama "Cold Case" with the renewal of reliable midseason replacement "Rules of Engagement" pending, possibly again for midseason.

Over the past few months, "Case" has been in a horse race with fellow Warner Bros./Jerry Bruckheimer-produced veteran CBS crime drama "Without a Trace" for a spot on next season's schedule.

Both series posted ratings upticks during the May sweep, "Cold Case" with its Pearl Jam stint.

As of Sunday, the prospects of "Trace" didn't look good, though the series was still in consideration for a possible midseason order.

Also not looking good to return as of Sunday was veteran CBS drama "The Unit."

Meanwhile, it's shaping to be another strong pilot pickup season for Bruckheimer.

After one of his two pilots, "The Forgotten," was picked up to series at ABC, the other, CBS' medical drama "Miami Trauma," was given the green light by the network to begin staffing.

The move, considered a precursor to a series order, follows approvals for CBS' drama pilots "Three Rivers," "The Good Wife," the "NCIS" spinoff and "U.S. Attorney."

If all five are picked up to series, CBS would have two medical dramas ("Trauma" and "Rivers") and two legal dramas ("Wife" and "Attorney") on the schedule next season.