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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.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – February 2019

A relatively short one this time.  Come on Tracie!  Make three short films and take on five theatrical roles in March to make up for this slacking :-)  February 2019’s round-up of Cold Case cast members that aren’t Kathryn show business news starts….. NOW!

Yesterday (27th Feb) saw the drama series Gone finally received its première in the U.S.  The WGN America network picked up the show for broadcast more than a year after our cousins Down Under got to watch it.  We’ve always focussed on Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) being one of the leads but we must not forget that Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) is also in ten of the 12 episodes.  Chris Noth and Leven Rambin co-star in the show about an FBI team tracking down missing persons, some of them kidnapped.

Speaking of things that happened recently we come to John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  I should have added a quick reminder last month of the pending launch of the new show The Enemy Within.  Episode one hit the NBC airwaves on Monday (25th Feb).  As is often the way with these things it hasn’t been clear whether John would make the final cut in the pilot or if it was a recurring role.  He has not been mentioned by name in any press releases I’ve seen.  A promo video released last week did have a brief glimpse of our man John.  Also, the 2nd half of The Walking Dead season 9 started early this month.  John joining the latest run of the show was amongst the many cast changes it has undergone.  The loss of the main actor (Andrew Lincoln), who was in the very first shot of the pilot episode, has certainly had an impact on the ratings, but the show has been renewed for a 10th season already.  Andrew is said to be returning to the TWD fold by starring in some film versions.

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.

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