Off-net 'Trace' renewed


Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has renewed the weekly off-net drama series "Without a Trace" for two more years in broadcast syndication.

"Trace" has been renewed for a second cycle of two additional seasons on the CBS Television Stations, taking it through the 2009-10 season. Among the 18 stations renewing the show, which is just completing its first off-net season, are WCBS New York, KCBS Los Angeles, WBBM Chicago, WPSG/KYW Philadelphia, KBCW/KPIX San Francisco, KTXA/KTVT Dallas, WSBK/WBZ Boston, WUPA Atlanta and WKBD/WWJ Detroit.

"In its first season in syndication, 'Without a Trace' has boosted stations to double-digit time period growth in key women and adult demos," said WBDTD executive vp and general sales manager Rick Meril, who made the announcement on behalf of his company with president Ken Werner. "Based on that strong performance, we and our station partners decided to extend our deal for an additional two years."

Added CBS Television Stations president and CEO Tom Kane: "We are very pleased that 'Without a Trace' has been such a great contributor to our success, both at the network level, where it gives us a strong lead-in to our late news, and also on our owned stations in off-network syndication."