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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.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – August 2018

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July’s CCCC-up promised little due to the quiet summer months.  Despite that, I think we put together a reasonable amount of information.  August is also slim pickings for looking at the news of the Cold Case cast’s on-going careers.

Last time we mentioned her (almost) last so it is only fair that this month we let her go first… with The FirstJuly’s CCCC-up finished talking about a new drama series coming to the streaming service Hulu.  It is called The First and stars Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking) and Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show) and Melissa George (Hunted), and Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  The 8 episode drama about the first manned (and womaned) mission to Mars is due to for launch all at once on the 14th of September (a Friday, in case you’re interested).  Previously I posted a link to a teaser trailer that had been out a week.  Now we have a proper trailer only a couple of days old.  See it HERE on YouTube.  Tracie features, very briefly, around 55 seconds in.  Expect to see Tracie in two episodes.

On that very same day in September the horror movie The Basement, which also sees Tracie in a small supporting role, gets its limited cinematic release.  There is a trailer but I’m not going to link to it (you don’t need to see it) and Tracie is not in it anyway.

As there is just a few days to go now there has been quite a lot of press activity regarding Mayans MC, the FX network drama spin-off from Sons Of Anarchy.  The new show which stars Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC)  starts next Tuesday, the 4th of September.  We’ve covered Mayans MC here on KM UK quite a lot already for those looking for a bit more info.

Let’s sneak in a quick mention of one of our less frequent fliers (because she sort of doesn’t fit these posts really): Veena Sud (producer & writer on CC).  It was back in April’s CCCC-up that we mentioned Veena was re-uniting with her The Killing star Mireille Enos for a new film called Between Earth And Sky.  It has been renamed to The Lie and has featured in a list of projects recognised for being gender balanced.  Women in Film, the Sundance Institute, and IMDbPro have formed a group called ReFrame to do just that.  Veena wrote and directed The Lie.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – July 2018

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England actually had something that could really be called a summer.  It was seriously hot for a couple of weeks.  It being July, the entertainment industry is relative cool on the news front though, but here is the latest update on the Cold Case cast members that aren’t Kathryn.

John Finn (John Stillman in CC) has been announced has a significant new cast member of the long-running AMC series The Walking Dead.  Season 9 starts in October and is due to see some major changes in the acting line-up.  John will play Earl, a blacksmith, and Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire) will be his wife Tammy Rose.  Minority Report star Samantha Morton also joins the show as the leader of a new faction.

These round-ups are collections of news from the just-ending month.  They are not exactly ‘breaking news’ but we appear to have done just that in the June edition.  A few hours before posting the previous CCCC-up, Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) announced on social media that he would be starring in the 3rd season of the Netflix comedy One Day At A Time.  It was a couple of days before the more traditional news media picked up on the story.  Yeah us!  Later in the month it was confirmed that Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero from Brooklyn Nine-Nine will also guest star, alongside singer Gloria Estefan.  The show returns in 2019.

Just over a month to go until the new FX series Mayans MC debuts and a trailer has been released.  See it HERE on YouTube.  Danny stars in the spin-off of Sons Of Anarchy. It will launch on the 4th of September.

We’ve been mentioning the movie The Basement now since 2016.  The Mischa Barton starring horror/thriller, which includes Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC), has had a tortuous (pun intended!) history but in April it was given a September release date.  We now know it will get a theatrical (as in, in cinemas) outing and be made available on VOD services on the 15th of September.

Back in March Tracie’s episodes in season 3 of UnREAL appeared on the Lifetime channel.  By then it was known that there was only to be one more season of the show and that it had already been filmed.  It is not expected to be broadcast by Lifetime until next year.  However, it was also said that the streaming service Hulu would release the show before then.  Much to many peoples’ surprise that happened a couple of weeks ago.

Speaking of Hulu, they have a new original drama series called The First due to start in mid-September.  The 8 parter is about the first manned mission to the planet Mars.  Channel 4 in the UK are also involved so it is likely to get a release here on that station.  The show is by the House Of Cards creator of Beau Willimon.  Sean Penn (Mystic River) and Natascha McElhone (Designated Survivor) lead a cast which includes Melissa George (Alias).  Tracie is down as being in two episodes.  There is a trailer for the The First HERE on YouTube.

We don’t often get to mention Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) in these CCCC-ups.  This one is no exception but he did get his own special post at the weekend due to an interview he’d done in which he mentioned Kathryn in a couple of his answers.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – June 2018

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It’s that time again when we reach the end of the month and take a look back at recent news about the other cast members of Cold Case.

To begin with we go to Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC).  On several occasions we’ve had reason to mention Mayans MC (motorcycle club).  This is a TV show on the FX channel in America which is a spin-off of the popular Sons Of Anarchy.  Mayans is set in the same ‘universe’ as SOA but is largely separate.  It starts a few years after the end of the original show and apparently makes references to the events that happened at its close.  At the beginning of June a panel of the cast and crew attended the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas.  Danny was there along with the creator Kurt Sutter.  A clip of the new programme was shown, followed by a discussion about the series by those assembled.  Just a couple of days ago it was announced that FX will begin broadcasting Mayans MC on the 4th of September after a debut at the San Diego Comic-Con in late July.  Expect another discussion panel there.  Of note is that Kurt and Danny crossed paths during Danny’s brief stint on The Shield.  Kurt wrote one of the episodes Danny starred in.

Danny appears to have announced is own participation in the Netflix comedy One Day At A Time a few hours ago (at time of publishing).  The power of social media.  ODAAT has so far had two seasons, each of 13 episodes, released in January of this year and last.  The show is about a divorced mother of two sharing a house with her mother.  Justina Machado (Six Feet Under, Cold Case episode ‘The Good Death’) stars as the mother, Rita Moreno (Oz) is the grandmother.  Danny is set to join the cast as the brother of Justina’s character. A multi-generational comedy is hardly a new idea and in this case that is even more true than normal as this is based on a show of the same name from the late-seventies/early eighties.  The original ran for 9 seasons on CBS.  A major change for the update is the shift to it being based around a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles.  Following the normal pattern of release dates for the previous two seasons, expect every episode of season 3 to be available in one go via the streaming service early next in 2019.

Some how we got through the May 2018 CCCC-up without mentioning Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) and we survived!  I’m not sure we could have survived two in a row!  The chance of not discussing the always-working Tracie for so long is of ‘hell freezing over’ proportions.  But we could do with a bit of cooling down here in the UK, with a lengthy period of warm and humid weather making things uncomfortable for many.

After a premiere at the SXSW film festival in March we recently had the release of the trailer for the comedy short film Are We Good Parents? starring Sean Maguire (Once Upon A Time) and Tracie.  You can watch all 40 seconds of the already awarding film trailer HERE on Vimeo.  Tracie and Sean are parents to a teenage girl who they had long believed was gay.

Are we seeing a new trend in titles?  Tracie has joined a stellar cast for a new 10 part drama series for Apple (yes, the iPhone maker) called Are You Sleeping.  I’ve not seen it written anywhere with a question mark so I assume that is the way it is supposed to be.  Check out this cast list:  Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Mekhi Phifer (ER), Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), and Tracie, amongst others.  Reese Witherspoon (Election) is involved on the other side of the camera via her production camera.  Based on a novel by Kathleen Barber looks at the increasing interest in podcasts (from the company that effectively named the medium) about true crime stories, and the impact that has on the justice system.

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