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JAMES MASTERS JOINS CBS HIT DRAMA WITHOUT A TRACE

James has been cast in a recurring/guest star role on the hit CBS one hour drama Without A Trace. He will portray ‘Detective Mars’, who is described as: mid 30s to 40. Attractive in a real way, a bright, full-of-life personality, charming, possibly from around the Washington DC area, so could have a slight southern accent. Mars is a Police Detective who has started to investigate what seems to be a ring of Human Trafficking. He has information our FBI team is interested in and comes to New York to speak to Vivian about what he knows. Eventually he will become part of a task force to deal with Human Trafficking. GUEST STAR, RECURRING ROLE.

The role films in both New York and Los Angeles.

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From tvguide.com

Scoop! Without a Trace Locates Spike!

Now this is what I call a bloody brilliant piece of casting.

James Marsters is joining Without a Trace as a character named — get this — Detective Mars. I kid you not. Marsters himself confirms it on his website.

As I revealed in this week's Ask Ausiello, Det. Mars will be brought in to investigate a human-trafficking ring. The role is recurring, but I hear there's definite series-regular potential.

Pretty fraktastic, eh?

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Without a Trace Pregnancy a Mystery In and Of Itself

It's official: Poppy Montgomery's pregnancy will be written into the upcoming season of Without a Trace. Montgomery announced in June that she and boyfriend Adam Kaufman were expecting their first child in December. On a visit to a Trace location shoot in New York City earlier this week, TV Guide confirmed that Montgomery's character, FBI agent Sam Spade, will also be expecting. But who is Sam's babydaddy? Sam has had affairs with both boss Jack Malone and fellow agent Martin Fitzgerald, but could the father be someone else?

Montgomery knows the answer, but won't give it away. "I have to bite my tongue because I'm busting to tell everybody," she says. "There are a number of people in the mix. I think it'll be quite surprising."

Montgomery does reveal that Sam struggles with her choice of profession because she's carrying a child. "Every time she goes to work, she's potentially at risk for being killed. It's a hard decision to make."

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'Without a Trace' was a costly bet for TNT

TNT's slogan is "We Know Drama," but maybe the cable channel doesn't know drama as well as it thinks it does. On Wednesday, TNT parent Time Warner disclosed in its fourth-quarter report that TNT had to write down more than $100-million on its purchase of repeat rights to the old CBS crime show "Without a Trace."

The channel, which has had big success with its steady diet of "Law & Order" reruns, was not so lucky with "Without a Trace," a drama about the FBI's Missing Person Unit, that ran on CBS from 2002 through last year. TNT bought the reruns for the show, which starred Anthony LaPaglia, in 2003 for about $1.4 million per episode. The write-down was for $104 million.

While "Without a Trace" had some strong years on CBS, by the time the show made its rerun debut on TNT in 2004, it had already started to fade.

There is always a risk in buying reruns. Although some shows, such as "Law & Order," live on for years (or decades), others have a much shorter lifespan. In buying the rerun rights to "Without a Trace" so soon after it had premiered on CBS, TNT was betting that it too would have staying power.

TNT bought the show from its sister company Warner Bros., which no doubt bet right in selling reruns so soon after its network debut. When to sell a show is also complicated. CBS has already sold rerun rights to "NCIS Los Angeles" to USA for more than $2 million, even though the show is only in its first season.

Of course, sometimes it is better to wait. A&E got a big bargain by buying rights to the CBS hit "Criminal Minds" for less than $1 million per episode before that drama became the massive hit it is today.

-- Joe Flint

http://latimesblogs....et-for-tnt.html

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