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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – November 2019

The senility is really kicking in these days!  That and real life getting in the way.

Time to catch-up with a Cold Case Cast Catch-up as I managed to miss the traditional end of the month post in November.  We can all pretend that instead of being a day short, that November 2019 has 32 days, right?  Great!  Let’s look (a little further back) at the news of the other members of the Cold Case cast.

Waaaay back at the beginning of the (very long month of) November, just after the last episode of the run, it was confirmed that the FX network TV show Mayans M.C., which stars Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) had been renewed for a third season.  Spin-offs don’t often do as well as their originating show; Mayans M.C. is related to the 92-episode, seven season-long hit Sons Of Anarchy; but is this one is going strong.  No news on whether Danny will be involved, but I don’t know of any reason why not at this stage.

John Finn (John Stillman in CC) got himself a guest starring role in one of the biggest TVs in the world at the moment that doesn’t involve dragons.  It does involve royalty though.  A mid-month episode of Netflix’s The Crown saw John as Arthur ‘Bull’ Hancock.  He was racehorse owner/breeder from America, who the Queen (now played by the amazing Olivia Colman) met whilst learning about horse training.

Fittingly enough in the middle of October (but not noticed by me until mid-November) a documentary called Somewhere In The Middle appeared on VOD platforms.  It is about those thousands of artists who don’t become big names (like those we talk about here), but also don’t leave the business known as show altogether.  They keep working at it as a day job, just as the rest of do.  The film focuses on 5 artists (actor, sculptor, painter and 2 musicians) and how they deal with is ‘in the middle existence’.  How Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) fits into this I’m not sure, but I think is likely to be in footage of her working with actress Jasika Nicole on the website Send Me: An Original Web Series.  As we know Tracie’s in everything so may it’s just that :-)  Tracie continues to guest star in the drama series 9-1-1.  The latest episode is this very night, November 32nd (aka December 2nd).  As noted previously, the Apple TV+ drama Truth Be Told is due to ‘drop’ on the 6th of December.  See the previous CCCC-up posts for more details on that.

The next CCCC-up will hopefully be on time and will be a round up of the year’s news.

Kathryn’s Kelly’s Hollywood

poster_001This one seems to have passed us all by, but it is worth a bit of digging to find the story behind it.

Brian Donovan was an actor (still is) looking to make it in Hollywood.  He had many small jobs across a wide range of TV (Wings, In Living Color, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, General Hospital, Beverly Hills 90210) and films (Gia, starring Angelina Jolie in an early role).  He met a lot of different people over this time.

Brian had a younger sister, Kelly, who was born with Down Syndrome.  The two of them were very close and as she grew up Kelly proved herself to be a real character and quite the performer, loving the spotlight.

Kelly’s health began to decline and Brian decided to try and make her Hollywood dreams come true.  To let her star shine.

The 2015 documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, is the film Brian made of their journey through this process and the effects it had on both of them.

Kelly was embraced by Hollywood with all sorts of people contributing to this project.  A red carpet style première was created, where Kelly turned up in a limousine and faced the paparazzi.  Kathryn, Danny Pino and John Finn also welcomed Kelly onto the set of Cold Case to do an interrogation scene with them.  In it Kelly was questioned as a suspect in a case involving her favourite actor Colin Firth (A King’s Speech).  Detectives Rush and Valens grilled her on her involvement.  This whole thing was improvised by them all, not every one could keep a straight face throughout (Kathryn!), and it took some dark turns.  Kathryn was also at the première event.

The documentary premièred in October 2014 and had a Los Angeles screening in the January of 2015.  Kathryn attended that ocassion, and her and Danny were at a live event where Kelly was on stage with her brother.  Danny was one of Kelly’s favourite men and he was great with her.

Sadly, Kelly passed away in 2009 but Brian continues to show the film at festivals around the world as part of campaigns to raise awareness of disabilities and that people should not be defined by them.  Kelly wasn’t going to let hers stop her enjoying life.  Brian continues his acting work, mostly doing voice work in Naruto anime games in films.

Kelly’s Holllywood was shown on the Showcase network and is now available on Amazon Video, free to Prime subscribers, in the UK and US.  I’ve posted a very small selection of not-so-great quality screencaps in the Gallery to give you an idea of Kathryn’s appearance in the film, and a couple of photos related to the première event.  There is a trailer and few videos out there if you want to see them.  Check out the full film if you can.

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – July 2019

john_finn_001_430x180If you are bored of the English weather, just wait a short while and it will change.  We’ve gone from the hottest day on record to rain the likes of which even we don’t see very often.  We try to keep thing hot and pouring in the monthly CCCC-up news round-ups of Cold Case cast members (plus a few significant others) on-going careers.  Here is July 2019.

Let’s start with a bit of news/not news/maybe news.  I could have completely missed this previously but John Finn (John Stillman in CC) is being listed as a cast member of a TV movie called Republic Of Sarah.  It is quite common for pilots of possible TV shows to be listed as TV movies prior to the switch to series.  Occasionally the not picked up to series pilots are actually released as stand-alone TV movies.  The arc of this news appears to be a pilot for a new CBS series announced in March, various cast members ‘attached’ over the coming weeks, and filming taking place late March/early April.  Fast forward a month to mid-May and the announcement the network will not be moving forward.  Now I’m seeing some updates being made to the IMDb page this month.  We should probably assume that Republic Of Sarah is not going any further but it was worth noting it’s brief existence.  For completeness the show was about a town in New Hampshire discovering it has a valuable resource in its midst and declaring itself an independent nation as a result.  Jeffrey Paul King, writer/producer on Elementary, wrote Republic Of Sarah.  Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) was the lead, the titular Sarah Cooper.  James Lesure (Las Vegas), Kirsten Nelson (Psych), and Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted, any excuse to mention that show).  John is listed but doesn’t have a character name.  I’m tempted to suggest it was likely to be as Sarah’s father.

In definite John news, we have another trailer, the 3rd by my count but the 2nd to others, for the space epic Ad Astra.  Brad Pitt continues to star as the astronaut looking for his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones).  We get to briefly see and hear John in this one.  The Moon features a few times too, possibly as a nod to the recent anniversary of the first Moon landings.  Watch the latest trailer HERE on YouTube.

In ‘I dunno’ news, the same Comic-Con I haven’t referred to yet in this piece, saw a trailer shown for season 10 of The Walking Dead.  John starred in the previous run.  I don’t know if John’s character will return or even if he survived season 9.  There were some big casting upheavals for the show before the previous season, which will have had an impact on the audience figures, so they may have made further changes to try and get things back on track.  However, I don’t watch the show so am far from well placed to comment.  Feel free to educate me in the comments below.

As reported here last month, the second season of FX network’s Sons Of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C. is due to première on the 3rd of September.  At the recent Comic-Con in San Diego attendees were able to watch a sneak peak.  Just before that a promo trailer was released which shows Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) returning as Miguel Galindo.  He’s looking very sharp with his facial hair and suit.  Some may prefer he donned the biking leathers.  Each to their own.  You can see the trailer on YouTube HERE.

The September 2018 CCCC-up first mentioned that Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm was writing the small screen adaptation of Cristina Alger’s book The Banker’s Wife.  It was ‘optioned’ (meaning a contract was in place to turn it into a TV show or film) before the book was even published!  Impressive.  Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike was said to be starring and exec producing.  Also impressive.  In the past few days it has been announced the 8-part series has been ordered for production by Amazon Studios for it’s Prime Video service.  Rosamund is no longer involved, she has another Amazon show instead, but Homeland director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter will be directing all eight episodes.  This is a reunion of sorts as Meredith was, of course, a writer and producer on Homeland.  No word yet on Rosamund’s replacement as the star or the taker of the role as the other of two women search for answers after a plane crash.  Could the people behind Cold Case and Homeland think of two great female actors to lead such a project…?

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – June 2019

danny_pino_002_430x180.jpgThings are heating up in the UK and they haven’t exactly gone cold in the showbiz news front either.  KM UK’s CCCC-up for June 2019 is a busy one for members of the Cold Case cast that aren’t Kathryn.

Mayans M.C. is coming back.  The spin-off from Sons Of Anarchy returns to the FX network airways on September the 3rd (a Tuesday), which is now less than 10 weeks away.  Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) is set to reprise his role of Miguel Galindo.  Those attending the San Diego Comic-Con in a month’s time will be able to see a sneak peak of season two on the Sunday (21st July) afternoon.

Earlier this year Danny did a guest starring appearance (covered in December’s CCCC-up) in a couple of episodes of the Netflix show One Day At A Time.  Not long after that the series cancellation was announced.  The events were unrelated I’m sure.  In what is being described as the first case ever of a show leaving a streaming service and moving to cable television, ODAAT has been picked up by Pop TV.  The cable network has ordered a fourth season to air next year.  Netflix will still host seasons 1 to 3 but Pop will also be able to broadcast them.  In an interesting twist Pop TV is owned by the large CBS network.  This means that ODAAT season 4 will likely get a network TV showing later next year.  At this stage there is no news on whether Danny’s Tito will make a return.  We’ll take it one day at…

July 2017.  Remember then?  That was when the CCCC-up first made mention of Ad Astra.  No not a car commercial (I must have made that “joke” before!), but a sci-fi movie starring Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black), Liv Tyler (Armageddon), Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games), Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  The wheels of Hollywood often turn slowly.  Two trailers for the film have been released this past month see them on YouTube HERE and HERE.  John features in both.  He’s the first voice you hear in the second clip.

Speaking of voices, the Roger Ailes bio-series The Loudest Voice is due to start today (30th June) on the Showtime network.  If the info is correct John features in the first episode.

We’ve got this far without mentioning Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  That ends now.

In movie news Tracie is starring in a new rom-com called Back To Lyla.  The plot involves a young man setting out to find his old friends after receiving a terminal diagnosis.  As Tracie’s character is titled Dr Nolan I’m tempted to say her role is relatively small and in the first part of the film.  Hey, I can put 2 and 2 together and come up with approximately 4.  Emma Kenney (Shameless) and Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) star in the director America Young (Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures) directed and Guillermo Noriega (Confetti) written movie.  The project only finished filming a few weeks ago so we have no news yet on a release date.

KM UK first referenced Straight Up back in October of last year.  It’s a movie in which Tracie dons the stethoscope and white coat again, this time as Dr Larson.  James Sweeney gets all selfish by writing, directing and starring in this rom-com with Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries) playing the other half of the love line (it’s not a triangle).  The twist being that Todd is gay.  The film had its première last week at the Frameline Festival, which is an LGBTQ+ film festival, held in San Francisco.  It will be out Outfest in July.  No signs of a wider release date at this time.

Just occasionally we step outside the usual additional cast to look at some other key people connect with Cold Case.  One of them is Veena Sud, producer and writer on the show, who went on to do the same things on The Killing.  Veena has joined something called Quibi, a mobile video service backed by Jeff Katzenberg (DreamWorks co-founder), that has already signed-up such talents as Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Donal Logue (Gotham), Chrissy Teigen (Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation), Don Cheadle (House Of Lies), Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns), and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) to make on projects.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – March 2019

john_finn_001_430x180The year is marching on at quite a pace.  So let’s follow suit and do the March 2019 Cold Case Cast Catch-up.  In these regular posts we look at the on-going careers of the other members of the Cold Case cast.

Who should be start with today…?  How about John Finn (John Stillman in CC). The picture above rather gave things away, didn’t it?  Evidence that despite the breakneck pace of media these days, the gears can grind extremely slowly in Hollywood.  Waaaaaaay back in September of 2016 we first reported that the film Finding Steve McQueen had begun filming.  It was the culmination of over 5 years of work at that point.  Here we are in early 2019 and the film finally had a release a couple of weeks ago in the US of A.  The film is based on the true story of a group of thieves that plot to steal $30m of an alleged secret stash of illegal funds owned by the President Richard Nixon.  Travis Fimmel (Vikings), William Fichtner (Mom), Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland) co-star.  John plays Mark Felt, an Associate Director of the FBI who gave information anonymously about the Watergate scandal to the reports Woodward and Bernstein under the pseudonym ‘Deep Throat’.  That secret wasn’t revealed for 30 years.  The iconic actor Steve McQueen mention in the title is a reference to one of the thieves idolising him.  The recent season of The Walking Dead, which saw John join the cast, recently came to an end, and it appears that John was only in the pilot of The Enemy Within.

Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) will not be able to reprise his guest starring role in the Netflix sitcom One Day At A Time.  It has just been announced that show will not be returning three seasons.  Danny has been busy recently promoting the WGN America’s series Gone.  It took a long time to get an airing at home but seems to have been well received so the cast have been out there pressing the flesh.  We get a two-for-one with Gone as Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) is also features quite prominently across the 12 episode season.

One of the big entertainment news story this past week involves Tracie.  Apple has officially announced its subscription streaming service.  It struck me as not really news as Apple has had the streaming service for years and back in June last year we first mentioned Tracie signing up for a new drama series for Apple.  Many other shows have been know about for a long time too.  The show that Tracie is in was, up until recently, known (without a ?) as Are You Sleeping.  Now it has been renamed to Truth Be Told and is about Octavia Spencer’s (Hidden Figures) reporter investigating an old case through her podcast.  See what Apple have done there?  Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Mekhi Phifer (ER) co-star.

To round things off, last week Tracie was kind enough to post a couple of photos from a little Cold Case reunion with Kathryn.  See HERE.  It looks like the two of them were involved in some publicity work for the Start TV network, which is broadcasting Cold Case twice a day at the moment.

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