Wow! It’s the end of January already. 1/12th of the year has gone. Somehow it simultaneously feels like it’s passed so quickly and yet taken so very long. Has it been long enough to get some new news about the on going careers of the wider Cold Cast cast. Welcome to the first CCCC-up of 2017.
Let’s start the year with some great news.
We don’t often get to headline with Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera on CC) but it wasn’t long ago (November in fact) that we last did so. Then it was do with a guest starring role in the TV series Chicago P.D. This time it is because of the movie Small Town Crime. Previously we mentioned STC last May as Jeremy found himself cast amongst such luminaries as John Hawkes (Deadwood) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures). Early in the new year STC was one of the first films announced to première at the 2017 SXSW (South By Southwest) film festival which takes place in Austin, Texas in March. SXSW is a big event that gets a lot of media attention. STC is thriller involving the murder of a young woman and an alcholic ex-cop (Hawkes).
Jeremy’s movie premiering in a few months has pushed Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) in to second place in our run-down this month. That doesn’t mean she has been anything other than incredibly busy as always though. No sir. But where to start? First up there was promotion for the release of the CD soundtrack of stage musical Falsettos that Tracie has been a part of. The 2 disc set of over 30 songs is not an audio recording of one of the regular performances. They were studio recordings done especially for the CDs. It is available from all good (and probably some not so good) retailers (including outside the US) now. As well as that one of the stage performances was filmed for broadcast at a later date on the American PBS network.
Speaking of stage shows, Tracie did two nights (11th and 14th) of her one woman show in the 54 Below club. I’m sure the crowd loved it. Speaking of love, Tracie also let it be known that production has begun on the second season of the Netflix romdramedy (I just made that up: romance, drama, comedy) Love. The show stars Community alum Gillian Jacobs and Comedy Bang! Bang! star and writer Paul Rust, who also created and wrote Love along with Judd Apatow (so many comedies) and Leslie Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Love season one was released last February and is available on Netflix. The new run lands in early March, just as the SXSW festival starts in fact.
Barely pausing for breath after returning to Los Angeles, and before we saw Love back in her life, Tracie was working on a short film called Top Ramen by Rebecca Hertz. It appears that Tracie plays the mother of two girls. Beyond that we don’t know much.
A film we do know more about is C.R.E.A.M: The American Dream. Tracie will have to spend some time in Florida to make this drama centred around the gangs of the criminal underworld in Miami. The story is said to be based on a housing project specifically built for low-income African-Americans which suffered a drug wars problem in the late 1990s. To answer the question I had as well, it stands for Cash Rules Everything Around Me. The film written by Juan William Jackson and David Haynes is still in the pre-production stages so we’re a way of seeing any release date.
A new promo video for the new CBS legal drama Doubt removes some of the… er… doubt I had about seeing John Finn (John Stillman in CC) in an earlier video. I’m even more convinced it is him but there is still a question mark. John has been listed in the show’s cast for a long time but there have been many changes and delays since then and he has not been mentioned in the official press release which has an extensive set of credits for the guest cast. The new series starring Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy), Elliott Gould (Ocean’s Eleven), Dulé Hill (Psych), Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), and Dreama Walker (The Good Wife), is due to première on the 15th of February (a Wednesday).