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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – January 2021

tracie_thoms_001_430x180Welcome to the first Cold Case Catch-up post of 2021.  For anyone new here (where have you been?), these monthly articles are where we take a look at the on-going careers of the main actors (and a couple of significant players behind the scenes) in Cold Case that aren’t Kathryn Morris.  Clearly this site is focused on the show’s lead actor, but we recognise that fans of the show are interested in the others as well.  These posts are just brief round-ups, and not an attempt to be comprehensive or up to the minute.

The continuing world wide situation with you-know-what means that production on TV shows and movies is being hit.  Newly enforced lockdowns has halted production on many.  This will inevitably impact the amount of news we can report, but we’ll bring you what we can.

Starting as we expect to go on, we’ll start with Tracie Thoms (Kat Millar on CC), because she is incredibly prolific, is constantly working, and crosses genres.  Tracie reprised her occasional guest role on the Fox TV multi-emergency service drama series 9-1-1.  Her Karen Wilson was back in last Monday’s (25th Jan) episode and will continue in tomorrow’s (1st Feb).  In July of last year we reported that Tracie would be taking a role in a new series called Blood Relative, also due to be on Fox.  It is a crime drama based on a newspaper article about two women combining forensics and genealogy to solve mysteries.  News broke a couple of weeks ago that Tracie would not be taking the role due to conflicts caused by the pandemic.  Dawnn Lewis (Carmen Sandiego) will be replacing her.  Changes in casting like this are very common as the project developers.  As far as I can tell the show is still in the works but may have been rolled over to the next pilot season later this year or early next.  Speaking of rolling over, there is another project that Tracie looks to have been involved in last year that I’ve only just noticed.  Not sure if I missed it (very likely) or it has only recently appeared on IMDb.  Either way, it is a short film called BTSD by Terry Gingles.  The initialisation stands for Black Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The film looks at the effects on the wider black society of violence perpetrated against it.  Assuming the film has been made it will probably be submitted to various short film festivals during this year.

A couple of bits of release news for Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC).  First up, the film Fatale, starring Michael Ealy (The Perfect Guy) and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), in which Danny plays Hilary’s politician husband was briefly in cinemas in December and made available on VOD platform in January.  If you are in America want to get your hands on a physical format the Blu-ray and DVD versions will be available on the 2nd of March 2021.  You can find it HERE on the USA version of Amazon.  Secondly, the film Dear Evan Hansen, based on an award winning Broadway musical which we spoke about a few times last year has had a release date announced.  It is set for a North American première for the 24th of September 2021.  Danny’s role, the husband of Amy Adam’s character, has been created especially for the film and is not in the stage version.

Another possibly example of ‘one that got passed me’ is news of John Finn (John Stillman in CC) in another Irish project.  A few years ago John starred in an Irish TV mini-series called An Bronntanas about a lifeboat crew faced with a dilemma after discovering a stash of drugs on fishing boat.  John must have strong ties to the old country as it looks like he went back last year to star in another TG4 network show.  This one is called Is Olc an Ghaoth and was released as a TV special in early November.  If my research is correct (and feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments) the name means something like ‘it’s a bad wind’.  The project is a 3 part overlapping drama set during the current pandemic, and explores issues around death and how social distancing etc. impact the normal ways of dealing with it.  I am presuming that John’s character of Mairtín is largely seen in flashback form as the first part of the series sees his body brought back from America in a coffin.  The weight of casket and body is a factor.

A quick reminder that Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) is guest starring role in an episode of Everyone Is Doing Great was available on the Hulu plaform from the 13th of January.  The episode is number 6 and is called “What Are You Afraid Of” (no ‘?’ ?).  You can read more about that in the December 2020 CCCC-up.

The mobile-only, short-form video platform Quibi underwent a real roller-coaster ride in 2020.  If that roller-coaster was all down hill after a very short climb.  It could have been brilliant.  It was launched at a time when smartphones with access to high speed networks were becoming ubiquitous.  The less than 10 minute long videos with a strong narrative element was chosen to fit in well with people’s busy lives and short attention spans.  The platform had considerable creative talent and industry heavyweights backing it.  Unfortunately it launched a few weeks into a global pandemic taking hold, when many people had a lot of time at home on their hands, and were willing to binge watch whole series of traditional TV dramas.  In December the towel was thrown in to little fanfare.  It was a brave venture when we all have access to YouTube, amongst other existing options.  The CC writer producer Veena Sud was one of those talents brought in make quality content for the platform.  Her 10 part drama series, The Stranger, is amongst the many pieces of Quibi content that has find a new home on the streaming platform Roku.  The deal done in early January, marks something of a departure for Roku as they don’t currently do much original content.  This expected to change as they attempt to compete with other streamers like Apple TV+ and Disney+.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – December 2020

Today (at time of posting) is the last day of 2020 and I think it is fair to say “good riddance”.  However, before we finally wish a less-than-fond farewell to the year we get to do a traditional annual look-back round-up of the Cold Case Catch-up posts from the past 11 months.

First up we need to cover any updates on the on-going careers of the non-Kathryn Cold Case cast from December.

Let us start with Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) and his film work.  In August we talked about the film Fatale, starring Michael Ealy (The Perfect Guy) and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby).  The thriller involves Ealy as a man caught up in a situation with a vengeful police office (Swank) who isn’t going to let things go, Fatal Attraction-style.  Danny plays the politician ex-husband of the cop who she is also making suffer.  There’s lot of opposite stuff going on here.  In The Perfect Guy, Ealy was the stalker.  Hillary is not often cast in the ‘bad guy’ role.  Danny is not the cop (he did play a politician in the wonderful but shortlived BrainDead).  The film received a limited theatrical release in North America on December the 18th, and is expected to go to video on demand services in January.  A trailer for the movie can be seen on YouTube HERE.

Nothing to add for Tracie Thoms (Kat Millar on CC) on the TV/movie front for December.  Tracie has been active in online videos though.  We have her in an Zoom-based spelling bee early in the month on Facebook HERE and a campaign to encourage everyone (eligible) to vote in the upcoming Georgia state Senate run-off election.  A variety of Broadway stars have gathered (virtually) to perform the song ‘Georgia On My Mind’ for the group Fair Fight Action.  Included in the large number of singers involved are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vanessa Williams, Bellamy Young, Josh Gad, Billy Porter, and Rosie Perez.  You can watch a version of the released single on YouTube HERE.

Several years ago One Tree Hill stars James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti set about putting together a comedy drama about two ex-stars of a once hit show trying to find their way back to the same levels of same fame.  This show, Everyone Is Doing Great, has been in the works for a while.  The two stars wrote and directed the series, they also spent a long time trying to get funding to make the show.  In 2018 and 2019 some element (possibly a pilot) was shown at a few festivals.  A few weeks ago it was announced that the streaming service Hulu had picked up the series and would make it available from the 13th of January 2021.  The reason we’re mentioning Everyone Is Doing Great here in the CCCC-up is because Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) is guest starring in an episode, number 6 if the details are correct.  The fact that his character shares a last name with one of the main characters suggests a family relationship (father?) but I don’t have more than that.  Hulu has released a trailer for the show on YouTube HERE.

And now for the look back at 2020 CCCC-ups.

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – November 2020

Some of you will have spotted the obvious mistake I made in the Cold Case Cast Catch-up for October.  There was no CCCC-up for October.  My senility and workload got the better of me and I just plain forgot.  To be honest, I don’t think there was much to talk about.

With that dealt with, let’s take a look at the news about the on-going careers of the non-Kathryn Cold Case cast from the past 2 months in the November 2020 CCCC-up.

The main US network TV shows have started returning to the schedules in the past few weeks.  Most face shortened production runs, with fewer episodes planned due to you-know-what.  Maybe if things improve they can add more.  In general the entertainment industry, realising the current situation could be around for a while yet, have been trying to get back to some sort of normal, within limitations to minimise the risks to all involved.

We so rarely get to talk about Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) that we have to give him top billing when ever we do.  Looks like this might be old news but it is not something I’d noticed before.  I try to keep track but it is possible this got past me.  Back in March Jeremy guest starred in an episode of an Canadian cop show called Hudson & Rex.  A new one on me.  The show is variant on the cop + dog format, as seen in the 1989 Jim Belushi film K-9, and is apparently based on a German show.

One things regulars to these round-ups will know is that it takes more than a global pandemic to stop Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) working.  Mid-November saw Tracie guest star in the second episode of the latest season of NCIS: Los Angeles.  She’s in uniform again, and appeared to be a military prosecutor (a JAG?) in a case about a war crime.  I’ve seen it mentioned that this episode continues a case from the end of the previous season of the show.  This being the trial portion of it.  Wasn’t that what they could have done with NCIS and the show JAG when that was still on?  Tracie appeared in some publicity material for the episode.

Back October, Amazon Prime and Blumhouse Productions teamed up to release a series of original feature films on the online retailer’s streaming service.  Occasional regular on the CCCC-ups, Veena Sud (writer/producer on CC) directed and co-wrote one these films.  It is called The Lie.  You may remember that we first posted about this film in the April of 2018 CCCC-up.  The film stars Marielle Enos and Peter Saarsgard, both of whom lead Veena’s post-CC smash TV series The Killing.  As is generally the case with lies, they are eventually uncovered.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – June 2020

I’ll keep this Cold Case Cast Catch-ups for June 2020 brief.  Partly, I will admit, due me nearly forgetting (blame work and a short month) and doing this at the very last minute, and there being not much to report.

In the last few days Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC), for it is nearly always her, recommended a film to watch, one that had only just come out.  Tracie herself doesn’t appear to be credited in the film but does appear briefly in the trailer.  Go figure.  She certainly has close connections to many of those involved in the project.

One of those people is the reason we’ve dug out the Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) banner for the first time in a while.  Jeremy is credited in Wednesdays (aka aTypical Wednesday (yes, with that odd spelling)) which came out last week.  He named as Detective Parlow.  Typecast again Jeremy?

The film is a comedy described as “a young man embarks on an adventure with another patient at his therapist’s office, who he visits every Wednesday.”  It is by writer/director/star J. Lee (The Orville) and also stars Cooper J. Friedman (Shameless), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Michael Ealy (The Perfect Guy, which Kathryn was in), Seth Green (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Bresha Webb and (Ride Along 2).

I’m beginning to think that IMDb’s credits need majorly updating as they are not only missing significant people like Michael Ealy and Tracie, but also another person we can link to Cold Case, the composer Michael Levine.  Levine did a lot of original music for Cold Case, his work formed the majority of the soundtrack album released from the show.

You can watch a trailer for Wednesdays HERE on YouTube.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – March 2020

tracie_thoms_001_430x180Things around the world are challenging at the moment for everyone.  The situation has already caused the pretty much complete shutdown of Hollywood so TV and film production has ceased.  This will inevitably impact future KM UK CCCC-ups covering the careers of the other Cold Case cast.  So, we will make the most of them when we can.

After last month’s change of pace, starting with one of our less regular customers (Jeremy Ratchford) we’re back to normal service with Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  In February we mentioned Tracie guest starring in a show I knew nothing about: Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For The Bone Collector.  Turns out Tracie donned the FBI badge again in mid-March, reprising her role as Agent Cutter.  I’m confident that Tracie won’t be back again on the show soon, because that second episode was the first of a double that night to mark the end of the season.

News of a guest role like would often be enough for one month, but that’s not the way that Tracie operates.  Oh, no.  Another show I was not aware of is Station 19.  It has been around for a couple of years and is a spin-off from the hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy, this time set in a fire station.  Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), and Miguel Sandoval (Medium) are amongst the stars.  Tracie appeared in the 10th episode of season 3, that aired last Thursday (26th March) on the ABC network.  By the look of it this was not the normal brief appearance.  Tracie was a significant role that meant Tracie was on screen for much of the duration.  She played a psychologist (Dr. Diane Lewis) that came in to talk to the crew after a series of traumatic events.

One thing we would never say to Tracie is “curb your enthusiasm.”  She might say it to us as at the beginning of March she guest starred in an episode of the long running comedy show Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Tracie worked under the moniker of Female Traveller.

And, we’re not finished with Tracie yet.  A few times in recent CCCC-ups we’ve talked about the movie Straight Up.  It came out in the US at the very end of February, but Tracie was doing some publicity into March.  On the 6th she showed up on the KTLA 5 station Morning News show.  You can watch her interview on YouTube HERE.

John Finn (John Stillman in CC) saw is time on the The Walking Dead come to an end.  We reported previously John being in the upcoming 12th episode on the 15th of March.  As it turns out he was also on the show the week before.  However, is was number 12 that saw his dramatic demise.  As we saw on Cold Case, John can do noble characters very well, must be why we often see him in uniform.  In this case whilst helping to protect a group of children John’s Earl character was attacked by some of the titular creatures and did his best to make sure he didn’t harm the children in his altered state.

danny_pino_instagram_001_20200306We don’t have any specific updates to report on new works by Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC), Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC), or Thom Barry (Will Jeffries in CC).

What we do have is a 3-for-1 deal photograph.  Early this month Danny ran into two of his old Cold Case colleagues and posted a picture of them together.  You can see the image in its original setting on Danny’s Instagram HERE (a copy is in the KM UK Gallery too).  I guess Danny didn’t have time to grow a grey beard.  Typical :-)

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