Numb3rs

American network CBS has gone on the rampage, culling seven shows from its line-up for the next season.

The network has cancelled several big-name shows as it makes room for new projects for the upcoming American summer.

Headlining the list of cancellations is drama series Cold Case, which has faded in the ratings in recent seasons. The show has run for seven seasons in total.

Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle Ghost Whisperer has also been axed despite the show performing well for the network on Friday nights.

Despite rumours it may be saved by ABC, The New Adventure of Old Christine will also finish its run on CBS.

The other shows on the scrap heap are Numb3rs, Gary Unmarried, Miami Medical and Accidentally on Purpose.

But there was good news coming from CBS HQ as well with news that Rules of Engagement and Medium have been renewed by the network for another season.

Source: TV Squad

Thursday 6 May, 10:00pm on Five USA

The sixth season of the crime drama reaches its conclusion. After Don’s gun is stolen from him during a scuffle, it is used as the weapon in a series of vigilante killings that threatens to overshadow Charlie and Amita’s wedding celebrations. As Don makes a routine arrest, his gun is knocked out of his hand and subsequently stolen. Soon afterwards, the LAPD contacts the agents to inform them that two drug dealers have been found dead, courtesy of bullets from Don’s missing weapon. Before long, social networking sites are buzzing with stories of the ‘cop’s gun’, which deals with criminals the police and FBI have failed to apprehend. It seems that the weapon is being passed around town between various angry vigilantes. The agents are eventually able to trace it to a 15-year-old boy whose family are being terrorised by their neighbour. But have they arrived too late to prevent the damaged boy from taking his revenge? Meanwhile, in light of their decision to move to England (see last week’s episode, ‘Growin’ Up’), Charlie and Amita bring forward their wedding and marry in an intimate ceremony. However, the couple take a break from festivities to help solve what might possibly be their last case with the FBI. Elsewhere, Don makes a life-changing decision, Alan resolves to move out of the house, and agent Ian Edgerton (Lou Diamond Phillips, ‘Young Guns’, ‘Stand and Deliver’) returns.

Thursday 29 April, 10:00pm on Five USA

The crime drama continues its sixth season. This week’s episode is directed by Rob Morrow (Don). The team investigates the murder of a successful author who wrote a best-selling book based on a childhood trauma he endured with two friends. Elsewhere, Charlie and Amita accept a job abroad, and David uncovers some surprising facts about Charlie and Colby. A TV reporter named Mary is doing a retrospective news story about three men who suffered a terrible childhood trauma. Sean, Devin and Matt were kidnapped and raped by their school teacher, Andy Winslow, when they were ten years old. The experience defined their lives in different ways. Sean is now a successful litigation attorney and a likely candidate for the mayoral election. Devin is a best-selling self-help author who turned his experiences into a book. The third victim was Mary’s brother, Matt, who recently killed himself after a long battle with depression and drug abuse. Tragedy strikes again when Devin is shot as he arrives for his interview with Mary. As Don and the team take charge of the case, they discover there was a fourth man involved. Mike Nash, whose identity had been hidden, was also a victim of Andy Winslow. It transpires that Mike shot Devin because he exploited their experience to make a film version of the story. However, further investigation reveals an even more shocking secret. When Winslow was released from jail, his four victims ganged up on him and assaulted him in retaliation for his crime. Winslow then tried to blackmail the four men. The convict’s attempts to gain revenge over his former pupils led to a tangled web of secrets, lies and recrimination… Also this week, Charlie and Amita are forced to postpone their wedding when they accept a sixmonth teaching position at Cambridge University. Larry returns to teaching and is offered a job working with Alan at the software company. And David uncovers some personality quirks in Colby and Charlie while updating their service reports.

Wednesday 28 April, 11:00pm on Five

The sixth season of the crime drama reaches its conclusion. After Don’s gun is stolen from him during a scuffle, it is used as the weapon in a series of vigilante killings that threatens to overshadow Charlie and Amita’s wedding celebrations. As Don makes a routine arrest, his gun is knocked out of his hand and subsequently stolen. Soon afterwards, the LAPD contacts the agents to inform them that two drug dealers have been found dead, courtesy of bullets from Don’s missing weapon. Before long, social networking sites are buzzing with stories of the ‘cop’s gun’, which deals with criminals the police and FBI have failed to apprehend. It seems that the weapon is being passed around town between various angry vigilantes. The agents are eventually able to trace it to a 15-year-old boy whose family are being terrorised by their neighbour. But have they arrived too late to prevent the damaged boy from taking his revenge? Meanwhile, in light of their decision to move to England (see last week’s episode, ‘Growin’ Up’), Charlie and Amita bring forward their wedding and marry in an intimate ceremony. However, the couple take a break from festivities to help solve what might possibly be their last case with the FBI. Elsewhere, Don makes a life-changing decision, Alan resolves to move out of the house, and agent Ian Edgerton (Lou Diamond Phillips, ‘Young Guns’, ‘Stand and Deliver’) returns.

Wednesday 21 April, 11:00pm on Five

The crime drama continues its sixth season.

This week’s episode is directed by Rob Morrow (Don). The team investigates the murder of a successful author who wrote a best-selling book based on a childhood trauma he endured with two friends. Elsewhere, Charlie and Amita accept a job abroad, and David uncovers some surprising facts about Charlie and Colby.

A TV reporter named Mary is doing a retrospective news story about three men who suffered a terrible childhood trauma. Sean, Devin and Matt were kidnapped and raped by their school teacher, Andy Winslow, when they were ten years old. The experience defined their lives in different ways. Sean is now a successful litigation attorney and a likely candidate for the mayoral election. Devin is a best-selling self-help author who turned his experiences into a book. The third victim was Mary’s brother, Matt, who recently killed himself after a long battle with depression and drug abuse.

Tragedy strikes again when Devin is shot as he arrives for his interview with Mary. As Don and the team take charge of the case, they discover there was a fourth man involved. Mike Nash, whose identity had been hidden, was also a victim of Andy Winslow. It transpires that Mike shot Devin because he exploited their experience to make a film version of the story. However, further investigation reveals an even more shocking secret. When Winslow was released from jail, his four victims ganged up on him and assaulted him in retaliation for his crime. Winslow then tried to blackmail the four men. The convict’s attempts to gain revenge over his former pupils led to a tangled web of secrets, lies and recrimination…

Also this week, Charlie and Amita are forced to postpone their wedding when they accept a sixmonth teaching position at Cambridge University. Larry returns to teaching and is offered a job working with Alan at the software company. And David uncovers some personality quirks in Colby and Charlie while updating their service reports.

Sunday 18 April, 6:00pm on Five USA

Continuing this week is the sixth season of the intriguing crime drama.

In this episode, the agents find out how the other half lives when they investigate a jewellery heist at a movie awards ceremony. Meanwhile, the Eppes brothers discover that they have a secret lodger, and Don behaves strangely when an old adversary dies. After a smoke bomb explodes at a major Hollywood awards ceremony, scores of the celebrity guests emerge from the auditorium reporting that they have had their valuable jewellery snatched in the confusion.

Out of the chaos steps smart English insurance broker Elizabeth Hopkins. She reveals that most of the jewellery at such events is on loan to the celebrities, and her firm is responsible for insuring the valuable pieces. “You’re going to need my help dealing with these people. They’re actors,” she tells a bemused David and Colby. As the agents look on, they observe action movie star Sven Regal chase and threaten to kill a passing photographer, then promptly turn his attentions to wooing Nikki. “Welcome to the circus,” says Elizabeth. After speaking to the ceremony’s director, Colby decides to retrieve the seating plan for the event. “The rule of thumb is, if something reminds me of my tenth grade geometry class then we could probably use it to solve the crime,” he explains.

Meanwhile, sparks fly between David and Elizabeth when David discovers that some of the individual pieces of jewellery are worth millions of dollars. “You walk round wearing that, you deserve to be robbed,” he says. “Is that the FBI’s official position or a personal insight?” quips Elizabeth. After studying the seating plan, Charlie calculates the position from which each robber would have been able to snatch the maximum number of jewels. It transpires that each of the six seats Charlie pinpoints was occupied by a filler, hired by an independent agency to make the auditorium look full while the celebrity occupants take a break. Nikki retrieves a list from casting agent Paula Watson, and subsequently discovers that the people filling these particular seats had supplied bogus names. However, because smoke from the bombs obstructed every camera in the auditorium, the agents still lack a visual of the suspects. Amita comes up with a complex plan for locating images of the suspects on news footage filmed outside as guests fled the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth reveals that the majority of the stolen jewels were hired from the same jeweller, one Hans Stollbach, suggesting that the thefts may have been planned in order to commit insurance fraud. However, Hans reveals that his bungling nephew had the jewels appraised at less than half their market value. “If I were going to risk going to prison, I wouldn’t do it at a discount,” he argues. But if Hans is innocent, then who orchestrated the heist?

Elsewhere this week, Charlie gets the shock of his life when he finds an unkempt-looking Larry squatting in the family’s garage. Larry reveals that he has been living in the desert, where he has developed a coherent theory for the future of the cosmos. “I’ve spent my entire life staring into the past – so I turned my inner eye 180 degrees to look to the future,” he tells Charlie. Meanwhile, Colby’s suspicions are aroused by Don’s strange behaviour after he learns of the death of a criminal he helped send down.

Wednesday 14 April 2010 at 11.00pm on Five

Continuing this week is the sixth season of the intriguing crime drama. In this episode, the agents find out how the other half lives when they investigate a jewellery heist at a movie awards ceremony. Meanwhile, the Eppes brothers discover that they have a secret lodger, and Don behaves strangely when an old adversary dies.

After a smoke bomb explodes at a major Hollywood awards ceremony, scores of the celebrity guests emerge from the auditorium reporting that they have had their valuable jewellery snatched in the confusion. Out of the chaos steps smart English insurance broker Elizabeth Hopkins. She reveals that most of the jewellery at such events is on loan to the celebrities, and her firm is responsible for insuring the valuable pieces. “You’re going to need my help dealing with these people. They’re actors,” she tells a bemused David and Colby. As the agents look on, they observe action movie star Sven Regal chase and threaten to kill a passing photographer, then promptly turn his attentions to wooing Nikki. “Welcome to the circus,” says Elizabeth.

After speaking to the ceremony’s director, Colby decides to retrieve the seating plan for the event. “The rule of thumb is, if something reminds me of my tenth grade geometry class then we could probably use it to solve the crime,” he explains. Meanwhile, sparks fly between David and Elizabeth when David discovers that some of the individual pieces of jewellery are worth millions of dollars. “You walk round wearing that, you deserve to be robbed,” he says. “Is that the FBI’s official position or a personal insight?” quips Elizabeth.

After studying the seating plan, Charlie calculates the position from which each robber would have been able to snatch the maximum number of jewels. It transpires that each of the six seats Charlie pinpoints was occupied by a filler, hired by an independent agency to make the auditorium look full while the celebrity occupants take a break. Nikki retrieves a list from casting agent Paula Watson, and subsequently discovers that the people filling these particular seats had supplied bogus names. However, because smoke from the bombs obstructed every camera in the auditorium, the agents still lack a visual of the suspects.

Amita comes up with a complex plan for locating images of the suspects on news footage filmed outside as guests fled the ceremony. Meanwhile, Elizabeth reveals that the majority of the stolen jewels were hired from the same jeweller, one Hans Stollbach, suggesting that the thefts may have been planned in order to commit insurance fraud. However, Hans reveals that his bungling nephew had the jewels appraised at less than half their market value. “If I were going to risk going to prison, I wouldn’t do it at a discount,” he argues. But if Hans is innocent, then who orchestrated the heist?

Elsewhere this week, Charlie gets the shock of his life when he finds an unkempt-looking Larry squatting in the family’s garage. Larry reveals that he has been living in the desert, where he has developed a coherent theory for the future of the cosmos. “I’ve spent my entire life staring into the past – so I turned my inner eye 180 degrees to look to the future,” he tells Charlie. Meanwhile, Colby’s suspicions are aroused by Don’s strange behaviour after he learns of the death of a criminal he helped send down.

 

 Sunday 11 April 2010 at 6.00pm on Five USA

Continuing this week is the sixth series of the intriguing crime drama. In this episode, the FBI attempts to track down a murderer targeting men who solicit prostitutes. Initially the agents assume that their culprit fits the typical serial-killer mould, but some surprising DNA evidence forces them to reassess their theories. Meanwhile, Colby and Nikki are involved in a serious car crash.

At an upmarket LA hotel, a man’s body is found, dressed in women’s underwear and make-up. The agents quickly establish that the death of their victim, Edward Zurlanski, appears to be the fifth at the hands of a serial killer murdering men who frequent prostitutes.

The agents pull in Siouxsie Dark, the call girl seen with Zurlanski before he died. Siouxsie tells David that she saw only one person on her way to Zurlanski’s hotel room, but all she can describe are his cheap, brown loafers. “OK, a nondescript guy who’s basically invisible to women,” says an exasperated Charlie. “Sounds like every other serial killer in history besides Ted Bundy,” Colby replies.

The team’s next move is to speak to Jack Steves, a social worker who runs an organisation providing advocacy and health advice to prostitutes. The agents are suspicious when he cannot provide an alibi. Steves tells Colby that he spends most of his evenings on the move, dishing out advice to the girls. “Prostitutes are like rabbits dodging hawks – I know, I used to be one,” he explains to the agent.

Steves has a number of clear motives for killing and humiliating the men, but the agents are forced to change the angle of their investigation when forensic evidence from Zurlanski’s body indicates that a female was involved in the murder. Aware that few women could single-handedly overpower the male victims, the agents suspect that they should be hunting a pair of killers.

Just as another victim is discovered, Charlie’s colleague Professor Lazlo (Tony Hale, ‘Arrested Development’) makes a breakthrough with the female killer’s DNA, establishing that she is a haemophiliac. While there is no perfect match on the FBI database, there is a close family match to Jenny Bailey, a prostitute who was murdered seven months ago – exactly the same time as a bulk order of the underwear used to dress the dead men was placed.

At the home of Jenny’s sister Melanie, Colby and Nikki find a shrine to the dead woman. Tracing her car to a nearby hotel, the agents suspect that Melanie is about to strike again. They locate her in the hotel bar, but she remains unrepentant and refuses to reveal the identity of her accomplice. “We have DNA evidence – it’s all over,” David tells her. “No, it’s not over,” says an amused Melanie, glancing at the clock. “It’s happening right now…”

Elsewhere this week, Colby and Nikki are involved in a horrifying high-speed car crash. Colby drags an unconscious Nikki from the wreckage seconds before the vehicle explodes, but as soon as she comes round, Nikki is determined to get back to work. “We were in striking distance of a serial killer last night – and I want him,” she says from her hospital bed. “I can’t be sidelined by some bruised ribs.” Meanwhile, Colby attempts to shrug off the flashbacks he has suffered since the incident.

 

Sunday 4 April 2010 at 6.00pm on Five USA

Continuing this week is the sixth series of the intriguing crime drama. In this episode, the FBI searches for a missing batch of guns with a dangerous design fault that makes them more deadly than normal. As the body count rises, Charlie fails to translate his theories into reality, and David struggles to comprehend the killings. Meanwhile, the Eppes brothers have trouble with their romantic commitments.

An innocent man is killed when a stray bullet passes through the outer wall of his home. The FBI establishes that the gun was fired from a warehouse several blocks away, and the fingerprints match those of one Arvin Lindell. As the agents search the warehouse, their suspect pulls up in a truck and opens fire with an incredibly powerful weapon. The agents duck behind their vehicle, but the bullets pass straight through the car. “What the hell is that thing?” asks a bewildered Colby.

After escaping back to base, the agents rush to identify the weapon. “You should have seen the way he came at us,” Liz tells Don. “He was standing in the street like he was invincible!” “With that much firepower in his hand, he pretty much was,” adds David. The team discovers that the gun is one of 5,000 new weapons that were due to be shipped to Saudi Arabia. However, the entire shipment mysteriously vanished.

David and Colby visit local arms dealer Randall Priest, who was named on the original weapons order. David is riled when Randall, who clearly knows who is hiding the guns, refuses to co-operate unless he can strike a deal with the agents. Randall remains cool when David questions the ethics of his profession. “Killing is human nature,” he says. “That’s why we keep on getting better and better at it.”

His demands met, Randall reveals that Arvin is a former docks worker with a sideline in hiding illegal arms imports. Charlie hopes to locate the shipping containers in which the guns are hidden by identifying their pattern of movement through the port. However, things change when Charlie’s colleague Otto spots a diagram of the gun on the wall and tells them it could never function properly in real life. Liz and Charlie initially dismiss his claim, but when Arvin is found dead from injuries consistent with his weapon exploding, the agents begin to give Otto’s theory credence. Otto reveals that the barrel wall is so thin that the gun would inevitably explode after firing more than one magazine. As the hunt for the deadly weapons intensifies, it transpires that Charlie’s method for finding the guns has failed.

Meanwhile, a drive-by shooting in downtown LA kills and injures scores of innocent bystanders. The agents realise that the weapon they are hunting is involved when it transpires that most of the victims were hurt or killed on blocks surrounding the target house. “The round came right through this house, slicing through the whole damn neighbourhood,” David says. Pushed to the limits by the latest incident, the agents seek to make Randall – their only potential source of help – see the error of his ways and lead them to the deadly weapons. Elsewhere this week, Charlie and Amita find that even mathematical equations cannot help them fix a suitable wedding date. Meanwhile, Don is forced to re-evaluate his relationship with Robin after she turns down his marriage proposal.

 

Wednesday 7 April 2010 at 11.00pm on Five

Continuing this week is the sixth series of the intriguing crime drama. In this episode, the FBI attempts to track down a murderer targeting men who solicit prostitutes. Initially the agents assume that their culprit fits the typical serial-killer mould, but some surprising DNA evidence forces them to reassess their theories. Meanwhile, Colby and Nikki are involved in a serious car crash.

At an upmarket LA hotel, a man’s body is found, dressed in women’s underwear and make-up. The agents quickly establish that the death of their victim, Edward Zurlanski, appears to be the fifth at the hands of a serial killer murdering men who frequent prostitutes.

The agents pull in Siouxsie Dark, the call girl seen with Zurlanski before he died. Siouxsie tells David that she saw only one person on her way to Zurlanski’s hotel room, but all she can describe are his cheap, brown loafers. “OK, a nondescript guy who’s basically invisible to women,” says an exasperated Charlie. “Sounds like every other serial killer in history besides Ted Bundy,” Colby replies.

The team’s next move is to speak to Jack Steves, a social worker who runs an organisation providing advocacy and health advice to prostitutes. The agents are suspicious when he cannot provide an alibi. Steves tells Colby that he spends most of his evenings on the move, dishing out advice to the girls. “Prostitutes are like rabbits dodging hawks – I know, I used to be one,” he explains to the agent.

Steves has a number of clear motives for killing and humiliating the men, but the agents are forced to change the angle of their investigation when forensic evidence from Zurlanski’s body indicates that a female was involved in the murder. Aware that few women could single-handedly overpower the male victims, the agents suspect that they should be hunting a pair of killers.

Just as another victim is discovered, Charlie’s colleague Professor Lazlo (Tony Hale, ‘Arrested Development’) makes a breakthrough with the female killer’s DNA, establishing that she is a haemophiliac. While there is no perfect match on the FBI database, there is a close family match to Jenny Bailey, a prostitute who was murdered seven months ago – exactly the same time as a bulk order of the underwear used to dress the dead men was placed.

At the home of Jenny’s sister Melanie, Colby and Nikki find a shrine to the dead woman. Tracing her car to a nearby hotel, the agents suspect that Melanie is about to strike again. They locate her in the hotel bar, but she remains unrepentant and refuses to reveal the identity of her accomplice. “We have DNA evidence – it’s all over,” David tells her. “No, it’s not over,” says an amused Melanie, glancing at the clock. “It’s happening right now…”

Elsewhere this week, Colby and Nikki are involved in a horrifying high-speed car crash. Colby drags an unconscious Nikki from the wreckage seconds before the vehicle explodes, but as soon as she comes round, Nikki is determined to get back to work. “We were in striking distance of a serial killer last night – and I want him,” she says from her hospital bed. “I can’t be sidelined by some bruised ribs.” Meanwhile, Colby attempts to shrug off the flashbacks he has suffered since the incident.

 

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1