By Tom Jicha SunSentinel.com
It looks like the end of the line for Three Rivers, the first season medical drama about organ transplant specialists on CBS.
The network has pulled the show from the schedule for all of December, putting it in the nebulous category of "on hiatus."
CBS has a long history of not using the "C" word. Rather than admit failure by announcing a series as canceled, the network just puts them on hiatus; out of sight and out of mind. Come May, when the new fall season is announced, these shows are acknowledged as not returning.
This coming Sunday, Cold Case will move to the 9 p.m. slot, followed by a rerun of NCIS: Los Angeles.
On Dec. 13, a Criminal Minds rerun will follow Cold Case.
On Dec. 27, a rerun of Jesse Stone: Thin Ice will air 8-10 p.m. followed by Cold Case.
CBS has not announced its programming on Dec. 20 but that looks like the likely spot for the climactic episode of Survivor: Samoa and its reunion show.
There are countless reasons why a show fails. A serious issue with Three Rivers was the fact that in most episodes, someone had to die for someone else to live. Characters have to die occasionally for a medical show to have credibility. But every week was probably too much.
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