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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – December 2015

What better way to end the year than a quick round-up of new in the careers of the main Cold Case cast from December.  Here on KM UK we call it the CCCC-up.  For obvious reasons Kathryn is excluded.

Not for the first time news has broken on one of our CC alumni just after a CCCC-up was posted.  Sure enough within hours of our November item it was announced that Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) will be returning to the CBS network, after a four season stint on NBC for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  The creators of the hit series The Good Wife have a comedy thriller in the works called BrainDead and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Returned).  It is set in the political world Washington, D.C.  Intriguingly, apparently it includes a zombie and aliens element.  Congressmen and other staff have had their brains eaten by aliens.  Brainless politicians…  Surely the jokes pretty much write themselves at this point?  Danny will be Mary’s brother, a Senator from Maryland.  BrainDead is due to air next summer.

A CCCC-up is not complete without a mention of Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  She always gives us something to post about.  Back in the summer (it seems so long ago now) we reported on a movie Tracie was starring in called Equity.  It has been scheduled to have its world première at the Sundance Film Festival which takes place towards the end of January.  Following on from August’s update about the Tracie-led web series Send Me there is news.  The plan is for the series to be premièred in February, which is Black History Month.  Send Me is about a woman (Tracie) who has the power to transport people back in time to the era of slavery in America.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – November 2015

It feels like a worryingly short time since the last Cold Case Cast Catch-up at the end October.  We’ll keep it brief this time with just a couple of pieces of news about the on-going careers of key members of the cast of the long running drama series.

In the middle of November Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) took part in another 24 Hour Plays event.  Multiple small groups of actors, writers, producers, and musicians get together to each create a new stage production in just, you guessed it, 24 hours.  These happen several times a year in various places.  This one was on Broadway in New York and was the 15th time they’ve held it there.  Tracie worked with Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump), and Kevin Daniels (Sirens TV series).  A lot of other actors took part.  Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Diane Neal (recurs within the NCIS family of shows), Jason Biggs (Orange Is The New Black), Rachel Dratch (30 Rock), Kathy Najimy (Veronica’s Closet), Julia Stiles (Blue), John Krasinski (the US version of The Office), Molly Ringwald (Pretty In Pink), Phylicia Rashad (Psych), and Geoffrey Arend (Body Of Proof) were amongst the stars present.  The shows were performed in aid of the Urban Arts Partnership which helps students in under privileged areas by funding arts projects.

November saw Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) continue his run of guest starring roles in prime time US TV shows.   Since Cold Case ended Jeremy has appeared Shameless, Hawaii Five-O, Perception, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.  Just this year he’s also turned up in The Mentalist, Bones, and Longmire.  The latest work is as another police officer in an episode of NCIS.  Jeremy was an old colleague of Michael Weatherly’s character Anthony DiNozzo who used to be a detective in Baltimore.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – October 2015

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I know we are on the eve of Halloween but don’t be afraid this is just our CCCC-up (Cold Case Cast Catch-up) round up for October 2015.  If there is significant news about the on-going career of the major players in the TV that was lead by Kathryn we bring it to you each month.

Let’s go by police rank in descending order this month.

John Finn (John Stillman on CC) is down to appear in a movie due for release next year.  It is called Gifted and is about a man bringing up his young niece after her mother (his sister) dies.  The substitute father is in a custody battle over the girl with his mother.  It is not clear at this stage how John’s character fits in.  Aubrey Highsmith does not share a surname with any of the main characters so perhaps we are looking at a neighbour or someone in the legal team dealing with the custody.  Chris Evans (the star of Captain America, not the soon-to-be Top Gear host), Lindsay Duncan (The Honourable Woman), Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Jenny Slate (Married) are among the stars.

The long running process of production and release of the film Death Valley is something we’ve covered several times here on a CCCC-up.  It looks like it was finally became available to the public last week.  Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) has a small role (I think) as a police office as I showed all the way back in September 2013!  Katrina Law (Arrow), Lochlyn Munro (True Justice), Victoria Pratt (Mutant X), Kelly Hu (Arrow) all star in the tale of a group of people, strangers apparently, travelling across the eponymous desert in California when they hit someone with their car.  Hilarity ensues, or maybe not.

As usual Ms Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) has decided to out-do everyone else.  She’s filmed something called The California No.  Not sure what it is at this time, it could be a TV show or web series, but the name is a reference to a method that Californians have of avoiding awkward questions.  Rather than just saying ‘no’ they do nothing.  As well that Tracie’s set to star in a movie presumably due out in a year’s time.  I presume that because it is called A New York Christmas, is said to be currently in post-production, and has a date of 2016.  It’s hardly likely to be a big draw in the summer so we’ll assume next autum/fall at the earliest.  The film is a multi-stranded story set in a hotel just because Xmas.  Jaime Ray Newman (Eureka), Ross McCall (White Collar), Jamie Bamber (NCIS), and Linda Park (Star Trek: Enterprise) star.  Also, Tracie returned to singing for the first time in a while at a charity event for the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – September 2015

Nearly the end of the month so it’s time to roll out another CCCC-up, KM UK’s look at the on-going careers of the significant cast of Cold Case that aren’t Kathryn.

Ha, ha.  Fooled you.  I’ve put a picture of Jeremy above but I’m going to start with Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) :-)  We’ll come to Jeremy next.  A whole year ago, in the September 2014 CCCC-up, I mentioned that Tracie was involved in filming a webseries called Sidetracked.  The status of the project is still not clear all this time later but earlier this month Writer/director E.D. Brown released a set of promo videos.  There are four short clips, each covering a different episode in the series about the lives of various people whose lives haven’t quite gone to plan.  Who can say theirs has?  Tracie stars in the video for episode two titled “We Live On Land”.  You can watch it here on YouTube.  From there you easily find the others.  The series stars Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess), Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I-III) and Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami), and E.D. Brown herself, amongst others.  A more recent work is No Touching which sees Tracie re-teaming with her Raze co-star Zoë Bell.  It’s a short story described as being about “a shady haunted house attraction where the performers are assaulting female patrons”.  As Zoë stars with fellow stunt performer Heidi Moneymaker (Scarlett Johansson’s stunt double in Avengers: Age Of Ultron), and her role in Raze, I think you can guess what’s going to happen when these two ladies visit the spooky amusement.  Filming apparently started on the 20th.  Tracie posted on social media that she’d finished filming on the 21st.  Well, it is a short film.  How Tracie fits in is not clear.  She’s presumably not one of the guys doing the groping.  More details on the project can be found on their Kickstarter page here.

Now on to Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC).  Since Cold Case ended Jeremy has mainly been seen in guest starring roles in shows such as Hawaii Five-O, The Mentalist and Bones.  Three weeks ago he made appearance in the drama series Longmire.  It may be set in modern day Wyoming but Longmire, based on the novels of Craig Johnson, clearly has a sensibility harking back to the classic westerns.  Robert Taylor (Ballykissangel) stars as a sheriff still dealing with the loss of his wife.  Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) is his deputy.  Together they keep the peace and solve crimes.  Jeremy guested in the second episode, “War Eagle”, of the fourth season.  Originally the show was broadcast by the A&E network in the US but they dropped it after three years.  Netflix, as it does, picked it up and released all 10 episodes of the fourth run at once on September 10th.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – August 2015

It’s time for the latest CCCC-up, our end-of-month look at the on-going careers of the cast of Cold Case.

In July I made some bold statements about Danny Pino‘s (Scotty Valance in CC) future regarding the Imagen Awards.  I’m pleased to say that I have been proved correct once again (it doesn’t often happen, note the date!).  Yes, a month ago I claimed the awards that recognise the work of those from the Latino community in the media would be happening on the 21st of August.  Also, I asserted that Danny was nominated for an award.  And, lo, it came to pass that KM UK was shown to be a teller of truth.  A truth peddler be I!  Enough!  The awards happened and Danny won in his category of Best Supporting Actor: Television.  The show he was in, Law & Order: SVU, won the gong for Best Primetime Television Series: Drama.  Congratulations to Danny and all those involved in SVU.

Thinking it had been lost in the desert I’d pretty much given up on Death Valley, a drama film starring Katrina Law (Arrow), Lochlyn Munro (True Justice), Victoria Pratt (Mutant X), Kelly Hu (Arrow) and Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC).  Over the past couple of years I’ve been vaguely tracking the movie.  There have a few festival showings and… well… that was about it.  In the past week or so things have turned around significantly.  The film, about four friends who find themselves in a spot of bother in the aptly named area in eastern California, will now receiving a more general release in US cinemas on October 23rd.  It may not be in every multiplex but it should possible to track down a showing in your area of America (assuming you have an area that is).

Each month Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) manages to inject something into the CCCC-up.  The lady is just soooo busy.  This time out it’s called Injection.  A drama short about a family dealing with cancer and the appearance at the door of a possible cure.  Not sure of Tracie’s role in the piece yet other than her character’s name: Sarah Wenscombe.  Tracie doesn’t seem like a Wenscombe to me, but she’s a good actress so I’m sure she’ll pull it off.  We can be a little more certain about Tracie and the webseries Send Me.  The drama is about an academic, Gwen (Tracie), with ability to send other African Americans back to the times of slavery in the US, and much of the world.  Earlier this month a couple of trailers for the project were released.  Follow through from the official website HERE to YouTube and you can find a load of behind the scenes videos.  I’ve not seen a specific date mentioned for the series release yet.

Back in the March CCCC-up I reported on John Finn (John Stillman in CC) had a role in a new drama series pilot called Doubt.  Since then, to say the least there has been a lot of doubt about Doubt.  The pilot clearly didn’t float the boat of those in the position to make the decision so a series was not commissioned from it.  However, the project was kept alive and there has been a lot of re-writing and re-casting going on the past few months.  KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) was to be the lead but she has been replaced by Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy).  Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) steps in for Masters Of Sex star Teddy Sears, who has moved to The Flash.  Others, such as Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), Dulé Hill (Psych), and Dreama Walker (Gossip Girl) are said to still be involved.  Whether John is or not we’ll just have to wait and see.

A few hours after posting last month‘s CCCC-up the news broke that American wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away.  We’d only just mentioned the death of author Ann Rule.  Roddy, appropriately enough, starred in the season 7 wrestling-themed Cold Case episode One Fall.  A week later the actor Terrence Evans, he was the present day/older Lester Hughes in Daniella from season two, also died.  Our condolences to their families and friends.

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