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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – January 2019

tracie_thoms_001_430x180The early new year period is always likely to be a bit quiet on the show business news front, but we’ll find a way to push through.  It’s January 2019 and this is the latest of KM UK’s round-up of news about the Cold Case cast and their on-going careers.

Let’s start the year as we will almost certain continue it: by discussing Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) first of all.  Looks like we have some evidence of a new project Tracie is lined up to be involved in.  It is a film (I think) called 10-13 (the police code for shots fired) and is in pre-production with writer/director David Zayas.  David will be known to many of you for his acting work in things like Dexter (he was cop Angel Batista in the show).  Amazingly, I’ve found an interview from 2012 where David talks about undertaking the daunting task of translating 10-13 to the screen having written it as play for his own theatre company.  It shows how long these things can take.  Confusingly, that interview primarily talks about a film he was called 13, an American remake of a 2005 Georgian movie called 13 Tzameti (which is Georgian for 13).  Tracie is listed as playing ‘Captain Romero’, alongside Richard Kind (Spin City) and Mekhi Phifer (ER).  Despite more than 7 years having passed since this project was first mooted, it is still early days.  One for us to keep an eye as the year progresses.

It’s the first post of a new year and we’re already having to hark back to previous years.  Last January we talked about the drama series Gone, which starred Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) as an FBI agent, getting a release in Germany.  In these days of global simultaneous releases and instant access to whole seasons Gone has… gone… a different route.  Despite being something of a pan-global production release dates were sparse.  Australia got the ball rolling in November 2017.  A première for it’s home country has finally been made known.  Feb 27th on the WGN America network is the date.  9pm is the time.  There are 12 episodes of the NBCUniversal produced series.  Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games) and Chris Noth (The Good Wife) co-star.  Speaking of global releases I’ve just noticed that Mayans M.C., the sort of prequel to hit series Sons Of Anarchy, starts on BBC2 in the UK on Saturday (2nd Feb) night with 2 episodes back-to-back.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – December 2018

A slight change to our normal monthly round-up this time.  As well as a quick update on the latest news, this post will be the traditional end of year recap of the year’s events.  Read on for the December 2018 edition of the KM UK CCCC-up, covering news on the main Cold Case cast other than Kathryn.

First up is Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC).  Back at the end of June KM UK pretty much led the media world in reporting on Danny joining the Netflix sitcom One Day At A Time.  We’ve recently seen photographic evidence of Danny’s involvement from the upcoming 3rd season, which débuts on the 8th of February (it’s an all-on-the-same-day drop of episodes).  Danny is starring as the brother of the main character, played by Justina Machado (Six Feet Under, Cold Case episode ‘The Good Death’), in a recurring role.  Looks like the beautiful India de Beaufort (Kröd Mändoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire, I just wanted to write that!) is also joining the cast for a few episodes as a ‘love interest’.  Not for Danny’s Tito, sadly for Danny.  Cleverly, the lucky man Avery is going to be involved with is a character played by the man lucky enough to be India’s real-life husband.  How did they think of that?  Both Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero from Brooklyn Nine-Nine are also set to guest star, as well as Gloria Estefan.

In March we first reported (as opposed to reported first) that John Finn (John Stillman in CC) had filmed a role in a pilot for a new drama series called The Enemy Within.  The show was picked up to series a couple of months later.  One of the released publicity photos included John.  It has now been announced that NBC has planned the show for a ‘mid-season’ launch in late February.  Based on what happened to Reverie this year on the same network, maybe that should be taken with a pinch of salt.  Of course this year the Winter Olympics is not intruding on the schedules.  We don’t yet know of John will recur beyond the pilot, or even if his character has even remained in what will become the first episode.

Now on to the look back to CCCC-ups in 2018.

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – November 2018

john_finn_001_430x180Some of you got through Thanksgiving (I guess we all survived that).  New traditions Black Friday and Cyber Monday have gone passed to.  Can you deal with November’s CCCC-up?  Let’s see what happening in the careers of the Cold Case cast (and occasionally crew) that aren’t Kathryn.

There is always a concern with these updates that things will be too quiet so there will be nothing to say.  Luckily, with a number of people to talk about, and one of them being Tracie Thoms, there is always something.  Nearly.

John Finn (John Stillman in CC) has featured a more in recent months than is usual.  His joining the hit drama series The Walking Dead in a recurring role was much of it.  Just this week the show ended the first half of season 9.  It will rise from the dead (see what I did there?) with part two in February 2019.

The new news regarding John is a role in a new mini-series about the controversial (I think that’s the way we have to phrase these things) TV mogul Roger Ailes.  He was the, lets say, man behind the, what we’ll call, TV channel Fox News.  He had a clear vision for what the channel should do and how to do it.  He succeeded.  Ailes became headline news himself with allegations about his behaviour towards female staff members, including the on-screen talent such as Gretchen Carlson.  Ailes died in 2017, a year after resigning because of the allegations.  There is currently a movie in the works about Ailes starring John Lithgow, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie.  The project our John is involved in, however, is an 8-part series for the Showtime network called The Loudest Voice In Room.  In this one Russell Crowe (Gladiator) is Ailes and co-star Naomi Watts (King Kong) is Carlson.  John is listed as a ‘Jack Welch’.  It is not clear who that is to me, but the most prominent person, and most likely candidate, is the former CEO of the massive General Electric corporation.  He was at the top of the company for 20 years from 1981 so would definitely have a contemporary of Ailes.  Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) and Sienna Miller (Layer Cake) are also set to co-star.  Release is expected next year sometime.

You could normally create a magazine called ‘What Tracie Did This Month’ or ‘Thoms Monthly’ and rarely be stuck for content.  This month’s edition would be lacking a little in original content so instead you’d run a lengthy feature about the movie of the musical Rent.  It was the film’s 13th anniversary this month and Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) no doubt enjoyed the fans reminders of that.  Apart from the though that it was thirteen years ago!

Stepping up to the plate to help out with some extra count is one of less regular guests and outlier in the whole Cold Case cast theme.  According to a news site called SneakPeek, the Cold Case producer/writer Veena Sud is set to direct a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock movie Suspicion.  Apparently Veena is also adapting the screenplay herself.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – October 2018

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We all know Cold Case as starring Kathryn Morris.  It’s why so many of you are on this site.  However, we can’t forget that Kathryn was part of an ensemble cast that the show couldn’t exist without.  This is the latest in KM UK’s series of monthly posts, known as CCCC-up, looking at the on-going post-Cold Case careers of Tracie, Danny, Jeremy, John, and Thom.  Let’s see what we’ve unearthed in the month of October.

Regular readers will know that Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) features a lot in this posts due her prodigious work rate.  It seems that barely a day goes by when she isn’t performing somewhere.  Another frequent occurrence in these round-ups is a big story breaking soon after going to press.  Two days after September’s CCCC-up news broke that Tracie would be starring in a new film called Straight Up.  James Sweeney writes and stars in this rom-com movie with Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries) about a gay man and his female soul-mate.  Filming is said to have already completed and taken place in LA.  Release date is as yet unknown.

Tracie’s guest-starring role in the Fox TV multi-emergency service-based drama series 9-1-1 has continued this past month with several re-appearances as Karen Wilson.

Back in July’s CCCC-up I predicted (with good reason) that the Hulu network drama called The First would be getting an outing here in the UK on our Channel 4.  In the past couple of weeks adverts have been broadcast for the series about the first manned mission to Mars.  Not sure if it is a clever bit of marketing or not, but the first episode of The First will be shown on the 1st (of November) on the first Channel 4 we have :-)  Sean Penn (Mystic River) and Brit Natascha McElhone (Californication) star.  Tracie is listed as being in four episodes of the 8 total.

I thought I’d missed this news but it looks like in the past couple of week it became known that the release date of the movie Ad Astra has slipped to May 2019.  The Brad Pitt (World War Z) sci-fi film was set to premiere in January but it has been pushed.  John Finn (John Stillman in CC) co-stars with Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games), Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), and Ruth Negga (Preacher).  It looks like the January date was not considered very good anyway and pre-Xmas release was expected to get it in a prime position ahead of the Oscars.  Commonsense has prevailed and late May is seen as a much more appropriate.

John’s new role in the in long-running The Walking Dead series has continued through October.

Way back in September 2016 I first reported on John Finn starring in a film called Finding Steve McQueen.  Filming took place around that time too.  A premiere happened at the Monte Carlo Film Festival in March of 2017.  There is still no signs of a US general release but IMDb lists tomorrow (1st November) as a release in Portugal of all places.

In the same vain, the FX TV series Mayans MC, which is a sort of prequel to Sons Of Anarchy reached episode 9 just last night (30th Oct).  Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) is a regular guest-star.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – September 2018

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Phew!  Nearly missed it.  These 30 day months are tricky little beggars.  With the fall (autumn) TV season having now started in the US things are a little quiet on the news front.  We’ll do what we can to bring you the latest news of the other Cold Case cast members, but it looks like we’ll be largely relying on Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) to help fill this month’s report.

Tracie returned to the Fox emergency service-based series 9-1-1.  The second season opened with a two-parter which started last Sunday (23rd September) and continued in the show’s normal slot on the following night.  It was that latter half that featured Tracie and she is set to continue in episode three tomorrow.  A major change for the new run of the drama is the addition of Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer) to the cast.  It is Jennifer’s first major role since a season in Criminal Minds.  Her character is helping to fill a gap left by Connie Britton (Nashville) who only had a single year deal, which is unusual in this industry.  Apparently Connie could return as a guest in the future though.

I won’t go into detail as they’ve been covered before, but in September Tracie also saw the release of the Hulu series The First and the horror movie The Basement.

In a similar vein I’ll quickly mention that Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) returned to the small screen in Mayans MC earlier in September.

A quick reminder that John Finn (John Stillman in CC) stars in the new season of The Walking Dead which starts next Sunday (7th October).

Although the focus of these posts is the main cast of CC that aren’t Kathryn, we do occasionally stretch our remit a little to include other people connected to the show.  As the creator, writer and executive producer Meredith Stiehm is very much one such person.  After holding similar positions for the US version of The Bridge and early seasons of Homeland, Meredith seems to have taken a step back from the coal face to work within the Writers Guild Of America.  The typewriter is going to be dusted off soon though as it has been announced that Meredith will be adapting Cristina Alger’s 2018 hit book The Banker’s Wife into a drama series as well as exec producing.  The project is being lead by actor Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) who will star and also produce.  Apparently the plot revolves around two women searching for answers in the world of finance after a plane crash raises serious questions.  Things have only recently been started on this so it will likely be a while before we hear more.

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