We’ll start a little further afield than normal for this, the September 2013 edition of KM UK’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up. In each CCCC-up we take look at the on-going careers of the other key players from the long running show.
I’ve got good news and bad news (you probably know both already though). Which do you want to hear first? “Bad” you say? OK.
The AMC television network in the USA has cancelled The Killing. Based on a Danish drama series of the same name (but in Danish as Forbrydelsen) the show was Veena Sud’s project after Cold Case. Veena was a writer, producer and executive producer on CC and continued in those roles on The Killing. I know you will correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t believe that the US version was a direct remake in the way that some are. The American audience figures for the localised season one started strongly but viewers reacted badly to the way it ended. The second season largely redeemed itself but the show only just escaped cancellation. It sounds like season 3 was something of a disappointment. Lead actress Mireille Enos had small roles in many TV shows, Cold Case being one of the few she missed out, but The Killing really brought her to the fore. Enos went on to star in the Brad Pitt movie World War Z (she played his wife and only a select few have had that honour) and has several other film projects in the pipeline. Unless another US network or online streaming service like NetFlix steps up and saves The Killing it will be one of the more easily solvable cases.
Now on to the good news. Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm’s next project was Homeland which she co-produced at various levels and also wrote several episodes. Homeland is about to start its 3rd season in the US of A this coming Sunday (29th September) with the UK debut the following week (6th October). But that is not the good news we’re reporting today. Meredith’s more recent show is The Bridge. This is another of the wave of Scandanavian dramas being shown and/or remade around the world. The Bridge is actually a literal cross-border project in its original form as it is a Swedish and Danish co-production set around a crime in both countries. A body is found lying on the boundary between the two countries, with the added twist the name suggests that that line is in the middle of a bridge joining the two nations. Cops from both sides have to co-operate to solve the case. The US remake takes the same idea but transposes it to the US-Mexico border. German actress Diane Kruger (National Treasure) takes a lead role. None of which is good news either. In the last couple of days, just before the penultimate episode of season one was due to air, the FX channel that carries The Bridge announced it had been renewed for a second run.
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We’re cutting it a bit fine this month!
A week after our CCCC-up for April 2013 the US TV network NBC announced that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit would be renewed for a 15th season. Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in Cold Case) will be continuing in his post-Cold Case role of Det. Nick Amaro. The order is a for a full 22 episode season. Last year the same thing happened and two more episodes were added later. The pick-up for L&O:SVU‘s 14th season was much in doubt with lead actress Mariska Hargitay and the studio playing chicken in a chicken-and-egg situation to see who jumped first. Without Mariska’s signature would the network agree to a new season? But unless there was the promise of a new season why would Mariska sign? That was sorted out but this time things were different. The show was renewed while negotiations continued with Mariska. On Monday (27th May 2013) it was announced that she would be returning. Good news for all her and the show’s many fans.
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The boss is back.
Another update on the careers of the members of the Cold Cast cast that aren’t Kathryn.
John Finn (Lt. Stillman in Cold Case) was a guest star in the most recently broadcast episode (number 7 of season 2) of the hit US drama series Homeland. At the moment we can’t comment on the exact nature of John’s role because it won’t be broadcast in the UK until Sunday (18th November 2012). Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm wrote this one, which may help explain John’s appearance. As in many walks of life, in Hollywood it’s who you know. Let’s hope that that extends to Kathryn sometime soon. John’s other recent project, Cold Case writer/producer Liz Garcia‘s movie The Lifeguard starring Kristen Bell, is in post-production and due for release next year. Stretching the scope of the CCCC-up to beyond breaking-point KM UK offers congratulations to Kristen Bell (she was the star of our first April Fool, that’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it ) on her recently announced pregnancy.
Speaking, as we were, of Meredith Stiehm and again stepping outside of the normal CCCC-up bounds, Meredith’s adaptation of the Scandinavian drama series The Bridge continues apace. Ted Levine (Monk) and Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo) have joined Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) in the cast. It is currently described on IMDb as a TV movie, so that probably means a feature length pilot has been ordered. If it goes well then a series could be commissioned.
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It’s September 2012’s round-up of news regarding the other cast-members of Cold Case.
Kicking off with the ever loopy, I mean lovely, Tracie Thoms. Well, I say “loopy” because her latest film role is due to hit the big screens at the end of this month across most of the world. The film is called Looper and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception and 3rd Rock From The Sun), Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, which Tracie had small role in). Beyond what we’ve seen in the photo above, other similar ones and a handful of frames in a trailer, the extent of Tracie’s role as Beatrix is not known. Looper received it’s world première at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. Still no news on the release date for the kidnapped-women-forced-to-fight-each-other movie Raze that Tracie made earlier this year. And no doubt Tracie has been involved in a dozen other events and projects since our last update. She’s a very busy lady!
In the previous CCCC-up we extended the scope a little to include Veena Sud and Liz Garcia. Both women had significant behind-the-cameras positions on Cold Case and there was news of major projects for both them. Well, this time we can mention Liz’s new film The Lifeguard again as, according to IMDb, John Finn has joined the cast as “Big Jason”. Make of that what you will. It’s set for release sometime next year and stars Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars fame.
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Another quick round-up of what is going on in the careers of the non-Kathryn members of the Cold Case cast since our last one of these in May.
Let’s start with Jeremy Ratchford (aka Nick Vera in Cold Case) for a change. In that last update we noted that Mr Ratchford had made a very brief appearance in a promo video for the new TNT show Perception, starring Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie And The Pussycats and She’s All That) and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace). At the time it was not clear whether Jeremy would be a show regular or a one-off guest star. It could have gone either way. The first episode involved FBI Agent Kate Moretti (Rachael) coming back to the city she spent much of her life in and she picked up a case of a certain Detective Hammond’s, Jeremy in a very Vera-like role. The show could easily have been about Kate and Daniel (Eric) doing the same thing with Hammond on a regular basis but, as far as I am aware, it hasn’t happened again. Det. Hammond has not reappeared in any episodes since. Though having established a character like that in the show’s “universe” it could happen. As an aside, the most recent episode of Perception used the building exterior Cold Case used for the Philadelphia Police Department as a Chicago hospital. It was once a bank in an episode of Castle. I presume that is is actually in LA somewhere.
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