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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – September 2013

jeremy_ratchford_death_valley_001_430x180We’ll start a little further afield than normal for this, the September 2013 edition of KM UK’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up.  In each CCCC-up we take look at the on-going careers of the other key players from the long running show.

I’ve got good news and bad news (you probably know both already though).  Which do you want to hear first?  “Bad” you say?  OK.

The AMC television network in the USA has cancelled The Killing.  Based on a Danish drama series of the same name (but in Danish as Forbrydelsen) the show was Veena Sud’s project after Cold Case.  Veena was a writer, producer and executive producer on CC and continued in those roles on The Killing.  I know you will correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t believe that the US version was a direct remake in the way that some are.  The American audience figures for the localised season one started strongly but viewers reacted badly to the way it ended.  The second season largely redeemed itself but the show only just escaped cancellation.  It sounds like season 3 was something of a disappointment.  Lead actress Mireille Enos had small roles in many TV shows, Cold Case being one of the few she missed out, but The Killing really brought her to the fore.  Enos went on to star in the Brad Pitt movie World War Z (she played his wife and only a select few have had that honour) and has several other film projects in the pipeline.  Unless another US network or online streaming service like NetFlix steps up and saves The Killing it will be one of the more easily solvable cases.

Now on to the good news.  Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm’s next project was Homeland which she co-produced at various levels and also wrote several episodes.  Homeland is about to start its 3rd season in the US of A this coming Sunday (29th September) with the UK debut the following week (6th October).  But that is not the good news we’re reporting today.  Meredith’s more recent show is The Bridge.  This is another of the wave of Scandanavian dramas being shown and/or remade around the world.  The Bridge is actually a literal cross-border project in its original form as it is a Swedish and Danish co-production set around a crime in both countries.  A body is found lying on the boundary between the two countries, with the added twist the name suggests that that line is in the middle of a bridge joining the two nations.  Cops from both sides have to co-operate to solve the case.  The US remake takes the same idea but transposes it to the US-Mexico border.  German actress Diane Kruger (National Treasure) takes a lead role.  None of which is good news either.  In the last couple of days, just before the penultimate episode of season one was due to air, the FX channel that carries The Bridge announced it had been renewed for a second run.

OK, you probably knew all that but the photo above may well have you intrigued.  Previously we’ve reported on a film project starring our Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera on CC) called Death Valley.  The photo is a recently released image from the project.  As we noted in April, and IMDb still agrees, Jeremy’s character is called Lucas Shore.  This is somewhat contradicted in the uncropped version of the banner image which shows a name badge with “Kerns” written on it.  What it does show is Jeremy is back to playing a police officer, albeit in uniform this time.  In CC he was in plain clothes, as he was in his brief role in the pilot episode of the TV show Perception.  The difference in the names does bring up the possibility that all is not as it appears though.  No word on a release date yet either.  The same goes for Jeremy’s other film project Lost On Purpose, which premièred at the Palm Beach Film Festival back in April.

Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) returned to small screen across America last night as the first two episodes of new season of Law & Order: SVU were aired.  Filming continues on the series.  I don’t watch the show so I can’t comment on the events in the opening salvo but it looks like there were some dramatic happenings.  There should be, it is a drama after all!  Feel free to leave your thoughts below.

Of all the CC alumi Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) seems to be the busiest as there is always a constant stream of different events she is taking part in.  She is clearly very good at what she does and loves doing it.  Sadly it all came to a bit of a halt this week for her.  Tracie was due to take part in a reading of August Wilson’s Gem Of The Ocean on Tuesday (24th September) but was unable to attend because of a stomach virus.  Her place was taken by Joniece Abbott Pratt.  I think she is feeling a little better now but we wish her all the best.

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