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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) with playing the other half of the love line (it’s not a triangle).  The twist being that Todd is gay.  The film had its premiere 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 – May 2019

tracie_thoms_001_430x180“Previously on…”  April’s CCCC-up was looking like a struggle to find anything to post about.  We did OK though.  That’s nothing compared to this month.  Yes, May 2019’s news round-up from the careers of the other members of the Cold Case cast could well be slim pickings indeed.  Read on.

Much of the news we report on regarding Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) is not about her work in front of the camera, but her work treading the boards.  It has been announced that Tracie will be taking to the stage again at the end of June will star in Working: A Musical.  The show is based on a 1974 book by Louis “Studs” Terkel and looks at every day workers and what that work means to them.  Helen Hunt (Twister) is amongst the cast and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) has contributed two new songs to the updated production.  The New York City Center hosts the musical for 4 days from the 26th of June.  The afternoon performance on the 29th will be followed by a Q&A by the cast and crew.

As mentioned last month Tracie reprised her guest starring role in the Fox network emergency service drama series 9-1-1.  Contrary to some sources the show, as reported on KMUK last time, aired on the 13th of May.  Looks like her character (Karen) and her wife (Aisha Hinds’ Henrietta) had a major family decision to make.

In John Finn (John Stillman in CC) news last month we linked to the first trailer released for the new Showtime series about the late Fox News creator Roger Ailes.  Due for a June 30th start, a second more lengthy trailer has been made available.  No sign of John in this one either.  His role is likely to be quite small, and if the info on IMDb is accurate he may only be in the first episode.  The show has lots of big names in it including Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind), Naomi Watts (Tank Girl), Seth McFarlane (American Dad), and Sienna Miller (Layer Cake).  View the new trailer HERE.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – April 2019

tracie_thoms_001_430x180The April showers have largely stayed away.  Speaking of showers lets take our regular look at the news of the other members of the Cold Case cast in the April 2019 CCCC-up.  Not a particularly busy month but some important updates.

She’s not been our headline act for a few months so we’ll give her top billing for April.  Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) recently finished filming in the Fox TV multi-emergency service drama series 9-1-1.  She will be in the season finale due to be broadcast on the 13th of May.  Two weeks ago Tracie added another notch to her extensive and varied guest starring roles post.  This latest outing is in and episode, ‘Book Club’, of NBCs brand new comedy show Abby’s, which is set in an illegal bar in the titular character’s backyard.  Natalie Morales (Parks And Recreation) and Neil Finn (Scrubs) lead the sitcom.

Back in 2016 Tracie starred in a series called Sidetracked, we covered it on KM UK several times back then.  The actress Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess) has for a number of years now being collecting interviews and posting them under the banner The Mouths Of Babes.  Just added is a compilation of chats with members of the cast of Sidetracked.  Watch it HERE.

Lastly, for Tracie, we have a full movie release available to everyone for free.  OK, it’s only 9 minutes long but it is the whole thing!  The short film Are We Good Parent? has been published on Vimeo by its maker, Bola Ogun.  Tracie and Sean Maguire (The Class) struggle to deal with their teenage daughter’s (Gabrielle Skye Goodman, Speechless) sexuality, but not in the way you might think.  You can view it HERE.

The Showtime network’s take on the late Roger Ailes will première on the 30th of June.  Ailes was the controversial driving force and CEO of Fox News.  He very much set the tone and output of the station.  The series, The Loudest Voice, charts his is rise and fall with playing Russell Crowe (Gladiator) the man himself.  Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), Seth McFarlane (The Orville), and Sienna Miller (American Sniper) also star.  John Finn (John Stillman in CC) will play Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric who appears to be very much in the Ailes mould.  See a trailer for the show HERE.

Not sure when this first became apparent but it looks like John is climbing back into the director’s chair for a short film, having done so previously on a couple of episodes of Cold Case.  Saved Rounds is about an Iraqi war veteran and a final mission they feel compelled to complete.  Doc Farrow (Young Sheldon) is ‘Doc’, the vet in question.  In an ‘it’s a small world’ moment, Doc Farrow stars in a movie project based on Roger Ailes’ life.  John Lithgow, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Alice Eve, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Stephen Root, Allison Janney, Rob Delaney etc. etc. star in that film due for release at the end of the year.  Saved Rounds is being targeted for a release this year, presumably on the festival circuit.

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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