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Yet Still More Cold Case Guest Star Reddit AMAs

Up for a bit of Cold Case chat with an actor that guest starred on the show?

Thanks to Todd Smitts, our resident expert in all things Cold Case, I have an update on a couple more of these Ask Me Anything Q&A sessions on the Reddit website.

This was Todd’s latest message to me:

[T]wo more Cold Case actors will be doing AMA’s on reddit this week.  Ksenia Solo (Lena from “Cargo”) will be doing on at 5 PM eastern on June 8, and Ian Anthony Dale (Ray Takahashi from “Family 8108”) at 5 PM eastern on June 9.

Ksenia Solo is a Latvia-born Canadian actress who has starred in the movie Black Swan and the TV series Lost Girl amongst many other things.  You may remember her in Cargo as the girl with curly hair, a look she doesn’t appear to sport these days.  Currently she is busy with shows Orphan Black and TURN: Washington Spies and has a film called Another You out at some point this year.  She’s a busy woman.

By the time Ian Anthony Dale guested in Family 8108 he’d already been a regular on shows like Charmed and Surface.  He’s also guested on a lot of other shows.  Bones, 24, all the CSIs, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, The Event, are just a few from a long list.  Most recently Ian had a recurring role in Hawaii Five-O and a lead role in Murder In The First.  He’s a busy man.

The Reddit IAmA page HERE has all the details etc.

If you have details of something you think fellow Kathryn/Cold Case fans would be interested in then please use the Contact form to let me know and I’ll post about it.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – May 2015

danny_pino_002_430x180It’s late in the month and the picture above is not of Kathryn so that can only mean one thing: it’s the latest CCCC-up, where KM UK keeps track of the on-going careers of the other Cold Case cast members.

I don’t follow Law & Order: SVU so I only happened to stumble on the big news about the show and Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) the other day.  It was a bit of a shock to read.  Apparently Danny will not be returning to the show when the 17th season starts in the autumn.  He’s done 4 years as Detective Nick Amaro, joining the long running drama in 2011, after Cold Case finished.  I get the impression Amaro was not written out in the finale, the decision was probably taken after filming was completed.  They will have to some how explain the character’s absence in the early new episodes though.  It’s still very early days but there is no sign of Danny taking on other projects yet.

Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) is, as always, racking up those star-miles with at least two new projects on the go.  Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp is a short comedy series for Netflix.  8 episodes is short by US sitcoms standards but it is more than many British shows have.  The cast is impressive in both width and depth.  Including a list of even half the ones you’ve definitely heard of could overwhelm this post.  How do Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, and David Hyde Pierce sound?  And there are soooo many more, and most of them seem to be in all the episodes too.  It’s going to have to be a jam-packed 30 minutes.  But what’s it about?  The title certainly makes it sound an American Pie-style comedy about the American institution that is the summer camp.  The addition of the colon punctuation and subtitle to the name also gives away that this is a sequel.  The original, with very much the same cast, was a film from 2001.  The film is due for release in late July.  The second string to Tracie’s bow is a 2016 film called Border Crossing.  Josh Charles (The Goodwife and WHAS:FDOC I’ve just mentioned) and Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum).  It’s about a psychologist who rescues a drowning man he knows from a past criminal case he worked on.  Tracie’s role is not clear at this time.

There’s no new news on new projects for John Finn (John Stillman on CC) but there is some almost-news for a recent project of his.  The TV series/film An Bronntanas; which saw John star as a police office investigating a case involving coast guards, drugs and dead body; received three film nominations in the recent Irish Film & Television Academy Awards.  If you don’t want to know the results before the Irish TV broadcast of the event on Monday look away now.  It didn’t win anything.

Even More Cold Case Guest Star Reddit AMAs

Cold Case-fandom stalwart Todd Smitts has contacted me again regarding some upcoming Reddit chat sessions with guest stars from CC.  I’m cutting it a little fine on the first.  Sorry.

Here is what he had to say about the latest ones:

Tim Griffin, who played the younger version of Coach Walters in the episode “Glory Days” will be doing an AMA tomorrow, May 26 at 12 PM Eastern, while Robert LaSardo, who played Jesus Torres in “Hubris” will be doing one on May 29 at 3:30 PM Eastern.

Thank you for letting us know.

The Reddit IAmA page HERE has all the details etc.

If you have details of something you think fellow Kathryn/Cold Case fans would be interested in then please use the Contact form to let me know and I’ll post about it.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – April 2015

tssol_280Normally the monthly CCCC-up is purely about the other main actors from Cold Case that aren’t Kathryn.  This time I’m making an exception.

Earlier this month saw the passing of the actor James Best (picture above), most famous for playing Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in the long-running TV series The Dukes Of Hazzard.  The show ran for 7 seasons and over 140 episodes, not far of Cold Case‘s figures.  James’ last film work was in The Sweeter Side Of Life starring as the father of Kathryn’s leading role of Desiree Harper.

James will forever be seen as Rosco but take even a brief look at his filmography and you’ll see he started working at the age of 24 in 1950.  He is credited in more than 180 projects in a career that spanned 64 years.  I’m far from knowledgeable about American TV from that era but even I know that shows like The Lone Ranger, Wagon Train, The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Rawhide, Perry Mason, Bonanza, and Gun Smoke were some of the biggest.  James appeared in all of those, many more and a lot of films too.

1979 and onwards James’ work was dominated by the creation he made his own: Rosco P Coltrane.  The original Dukes TV series saw a cartoon version, a spin-off about Sheriff Coltrane’s deputy Enos, and several TV movies staring James and many of the original cast made.  The family connection of the writing/directing/producing pairing of his daughter Janeen and her husband Michael Damien kept James on the small screen as he starred in several of their TV movie projects.  The Sweeter Side Of Life was one of those.

James Best 1926-2015.

Heading back towards Cold Case we take a brief pitstop to mention the actor who played Lilly Rush’s half-brother Finn, Brett Davern.  Several times over the life of this site I’ve posted (most notably here) about Kathryn’s foray in to motorsport when she took part in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity charity race (which is one of the support categories to the Longbeach GP IndyCar race) back in 2007.  Brett recently competed for the third time at the event.  After winning overall last year he was upgraded to Pro status for 2015, meaning that he no longer benefited from the 30-second head-start the celebs get.  He finished 6th, some way behind Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), who is already is a two-time winner, and therefore also a celeb classed as a pro.

Getting back on track (see what I did there?) I get the pleasure of mentioning one of our less regular regulars Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera on CC).  Just last week Jeremy made a guest-starring appearance in the latest episode of the still-going TV series Bones.  Jeremy played a high-stakes poker player, one of several suspected of killing a fellow gambler to steal his winnings.  ‘ATM’, nicknamed because he’s always paying out money, has a few arguments with Special Agent Seeley ‘Booth’ Booth (David Boreanaz, of Buffy and Angel fame).  Did he do it?

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – March 2015

It is very nearly a new month so it can only mean one thing here on KM UK: another edition of our monthly looks at the on-going careers of the non-Kathryn members of the Cold Case cast.  Your CCCC-up for March 2015 is served.

After a few months of mentioning it and what felt like longer waiting for it Thom Barry (Will Jeffries in CC) finally made his appearance in the now cancelled TNT drama series Perception.  When the news first broke on Thom’s role as an FBI field officer it looked like it would be recurring across a few episodes in the short closing run.  Sadly, Thom did not appear until the very last episode, regardless of what IMDb is saying at the moment.  Worst still it was all too brief.  I can only assume the intention was for it to be greater but it was, for some reason, cut.  How long will it be until we next get to talk about the big man?

Another of our less regular regulars is John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  We have another chance to talk about him today.  John has been cast in a pilot for possible new CBS drama series called Doubt.  No… doubt (see what I did there?) it will be in the running for a slot in the upcoming autumn/fall schedules.  IMDb has it listed a TV movie, which they often do for 1 hour pilot episodes like this.  You’ll remember The Surgeon General which Kathryn had a role in and never made it to series.  It is still characterised as a TV movie despite never airing.  Anyway, Doubt stars KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) as a defence lawyer.  In the pilot she gets ‘romantically involved’ (code for ‘doing it’, which itself is code for…) with her client, a man charged with the murder of a girl some years before.  I can’t imagine that will be happening every week though.  They are throwing the proverbial book at this show with Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust The B—- In Appartment 23), Dulé Hill (Psych), and Teddy Sears (Masters Of Sex) amongst those cast.  All we know about John’s role is it is a character called Don.  It could be a regular character or unique to the pilot.  We don’t know yet.  Since the last CCCC-up John apparently had a two-episode role in the TV series The Blacklist, which stars James Spader (Boston Legal) as a master criminal who, after years of evading the authorities, suddenly turns himself over the FBI and offers to help catch others like him.  ‘Judge Richard Renner’ (John) made his appearances in episodes earlier this month.

We can usually rely on Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) to help fill up a CCCC-up, often all on her own, but this time it was only a late entry that gets her mentioned.  Unbeknownst to me Tracie starred in a horror short last year that received a brief online-only release during Halloween.  It was one of a set of 31 films for the DreadCentral, Collider and BloodyDisgusting websites under the title Fun Size Horror.  Remember kids: fun is not a size.  Tracie played ‘Karen’ in a segment called The Collection.  May will see 21 of the films released via VOD services in what should probably be called an anthology titled Fun Size Horror: Volume One.  Plans are already under way for a new set of short films for Halloween 2015.  Be afraid, very afraid.

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