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Who Shot LR?

Cold_Case_S04E24_lilly_195That guy did.  The one with the gun!

It’s not a big mystery.  We are, of course, talking about Stalker the Cold Case season 4 finale in which Ed Marteson draws a gun on the squad in their own building and takes Lilly hostage.  With everything else going on in Lilly’s life (her mother being ill etc.) she needed this situation like she needed a hole in the… err… shoulder.

But why bring this up now?

Joe Reegan the actor who played Ed has done an interview for The Examiner website in which he talks about his role in Cold Case as well has a his work in TV dramas, films and helping to rescue mistreated dogs.

“I did a couple episodes of Cold Case when I first started,” he said. “I ended up doing the season finale with a cliffhanger when I shot Lilly Rush, who was the lead character on the show. The season premiere wasn’t until the next season, so several people came up to me and were like ‘I can’t believe you shot Kathryn Morris!'”

Contrary to expectation it improved his career prospects! :-)

Since taking down Detective Lilly Rush Ed has been in CSI: LV and NY shows, Castle, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, Hawaii Five-0, and Chicago PD.  He will also be in the new Cyber offshoot of the CSI franchise when it starts in March.

Joe is currently promoting a new film Alien Outpost (aka Outpost 37), which is due for a limited release in a few days time.

You can read the full article on The Examiner website HERE.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – January 2015

jeremy_ratchford_001_430x180It’s the first CCCC-up of 2015 and we’re getting off to a slow start looking at the on-going careers of the cast of Cold Case.

If a month went by and there was news about only one of the key CC cast members then you’d put your money on it being Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  If in doubt, Tracie.  I’m sure she’s been very busy since the last CCCC-up, as always, but this month we get to report on just Jeremy.

Almost without me noticing Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) managed to sneak in a guest appearance in the CBS TV drama The Mentalist a couple of weeks ago.  The highly successful show is in the middle of its 7th and final season.  It sees Simon Baker star as Patrick Jane, a con-artist psychic who initially joins forces with the police to catch the killer of his family.  Jeremy’s role in the episode entitled ‘Little Yellow House’ was as a guy called George Holiday.

Short but sweet, I’m sure you’ll agree.

More Cold Case Guest Star Reddit AMAs

Thanks again go to Todd Smitts for keeping an eye out on behalf of the whole Cold Case fan community.

Todd has let me know that a couple more guest stars from the long running CBS drama series will be taking part in Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ chat sessions in the next few days.  So, I’m passing it on to you.

First up is Sam Trammell, who played the 1981 flashback version of Porter Rawley in the Cold Case episode Blood On The Tracks (the 15th of season 4).  More recently Sam has had a major role in True Blood, which came to an end last year.  Sam’s acting credits include a large number of well known shows such as House, Bones (the pilot no less), CSI: NY, Numb3rs, Dexter and Medium.  He’s also been seen on the big screen in the likes of last year’s hit movie The Fault In Our Stars.  Sam’s AMA is due to take place at 5pm (EST) on Tuesday the 20th of January.

The Runner (CC season 1, episode 5) guest star Cory Hardrict is scheduled for a Redditt chatting on Friday (23rd Jan) at the earlier time of 2:30pm (EST).  Cory’s career started a few years before Sam’s and he has an equally illustrious and varied CV.  He can count Chicago Hope, Buffy spin-off Angel, NYPD Blue, ER, Without A Trace, Heroes, and Saving Grace amongst his many roles.  That’s not the half of it, I skipped past many other big name shows in making that short list.  Cory is also in movies and is in the current hot topic film American Sniper.

For further details the Reddit IAmA page is HERE.

I’m always happy to pass on information to the wider community on these pages so if you have something you think fellow Kathryn/Cold Case fans would like to know about please use the Contact form.

Cold Case Guest Star Reddit AMAs

Welcome to 2015.  How has yours been so far?

I thought we’d start the year with something a little different.

‘Todd Smitts’, a very active member of the Cold Case fan community, has let me know about some CC related items he thought others might like to be informed of.  I’m always happy to help out so here we go.

Several guest stars on Cold Case have Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ chat sessions scheduled for the coming week.  Being an old fogey I’m not too familiar with Reddit, but I am sure that you are.  I’m still trying to figure out where the paper goes in this fancy typewriter! :-)

I’ll let him tell you in his own words:

Amber Benson (Julia Hoffman in “Volunteers“, but better known as Tara on “Buffy”) will be doing hers at 3 PM Eastern time on Jan 5.  Johnathon Schaech (Julian Bellowes in “Libertyville“) will be doing his at 4 PM Eastern on Jan 6.

This is great opportunity to ask them about their time working on the show (or anything else you know them from).  Since “Libertyville” happen to be one of my favorite episodes, I’ll definitely be making time for both of those.  I previously got to ask Michael Harney (also from “Volunteers“) and Lindy Booth (the doer from “Wings“) about their guest spots, so I’ll look forward to it.

Looking at the list of the upcoming AMAs I spotted Yara Shahidi who played the 2009 flashback Meesha Sullivan in Cold Case season 7, episode 7, Read Between The Lines.  Yara’s session is scheduled for 5pm (EST) on 7th Jan.

You can find the Reddit IAmA page HERE.

Thanks to ‘Todd’ for letting me know about this.  If you have something you think fellow Kathryn/Cold Case fans would like to know about please let me know using the Contact form.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – December 2014

promo_003Instead of a round-up of the news on the non-Kathryn cast of Cold Case, this month we’re doing more of a round-up of the round-ups.  A fairly traditional thing to do this time of year across all sections of the media.

Let’s go alphabetical (by first name as we’re all friends) for a change.

Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) started  the year part way through his 3rd season on the police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  He ends the year in the same position in his fourth.  I don’t watch the show so I can’t really comment on the character or the show but I understand Detective Amaro has featured in a significant story line that ran across the two seasons.  These 20+ episode season, major network shows take-up most of the year to make so there isn’t a lot of time for other projects.  We haven’t seen Danny take any that I know of.  In June Danny was one of the nominees for a Imogen Award, which recognise those promoting Latino culture in the media.  He didn’t win this time.  Check out our friends over at Danny Pino Online for all the latest info on Danny.

Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera in CC) is another that hasn’t stuck his head above the parapet too often in 2014.  A movie called Death Valley that JR filmed in 2013 constantly looked like it might finally surface but, beyond a screening in July, never did.  Jeremy’s role appears to be that of a police officer.  Jersey Boys, a film adaptation of the stage play about the ’60s group The Four Seasons, was released mid-year to some acclaim.  Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) directed and Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can) starred.  Jeremy had a small role in that as… wait for it… a police officer.  More recently we’ve had news on a couple of other roles for JR.  A significant role in a short film called Keep It Together in which a now sober, soon to be father strives to save his uncle (Jeremy) from drinking himself to death.  The other is a small role in a larger film called Give Til It Hurts.  Two brothers seek to recover their inheritance.  Jeremy is cast as ‘Elvis’.  Both are due for release in 2015.

John Finn (Lt. John Stillman in CC) fans were disappointed in January when the Irish drama series An Bronntanas failed to materialise as expected.  Like a small boat full of drugs and a dead body caught in a storm, the show was tossed about a lot.  Would it be a series, edited down to a feature film length, or lost at sea?  Eventually the show found its mooring as originally intended on the TGS TV network as a 5 part series starting in late October.  John played a… wait for it… police officer investigating the life boat crew that found the stash of drugs and the dead woman.  A TV show pilot headed by John Cusack (2012) about Wall Street in which John was due to star in some capacity never made it further.  It could have been in the current 2014/2015 season.  In better news John had guest starring roles in the short lived show Believe early in the year and, more recently, in the new CBS drama Madam Secretary.  At this time there is no signs of future projects for John, but no doubt there is something in the pipeline.

Thom Barry (Will Jeffries in CC) was announced as a recurring guest star in the TNT crime drama Perception, lead by Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That).  The news broke just after the show’s third season started airing in June of this year.  10 episodes later the show went on hiatus until February 2015 with no sign of Thom.  There are due to be 5 episodes to conclude what will be the final season for the show.  Thom is to play an senior FBI agent.  There were reports, no oddly difficult to find, that Thom was to play the father of R&B star Aaliyah in a Lifetime network TV movie about her life.  The show aired a few weeks ago but Thom was not in it.  I’m still not sure what happened there.  Just last month I reported on Thom starring in a short film called Desire.  It was looking for crowdfunding at the time.  Despite not reaching its target it went into production.  The latest is that Desire is in the process of being edited.  Back in May of 2013 I described a film called Richard Peter Johnson as the having a “triple-whammy name” that “says everything, yet tells us nothing”.  Things have been largely quiet since but is still actively seeking buyers to distribute it.  I still don’t think I can go into details on the film here on KM UK though.

Which brings us to our last, and anything but least, subject…

Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  It’s almost impossible to briefly sum up Tracie’s year as she has featured strongly in nearly all our CCCC-ups in 2014.  Is there a word above ‘prolific’?  Tracie came out of her corner punching with the release of women-fighting-for-their-lives movie Raze on some VOD services.  The UK saw the DVD mid-year.  Drama McCanick, in which Tracie had a small role, was similarly available on VOD and DVD in various parts of the world in 2014.  She was in a short film that was broadcast on HBO called A Different Tree.  Not content with being in films Tracie allowed her house to be used as a set for another called 2 Black Dudes.  Then it was off to film another small role in the film The Concessionaires Must Die, which is still pending release.  The new movie version of the classic Annie on the other hand was released a little earlier than intended.  The massive hacking of Sony Pictures lead to the film being leaked online a few weeks before the official launch.  Much of the world has already had the opportunity to sit in a cinema to watch it, with everywhere else seeing releases in the coming month or so.  TV viewers got to see Tracie in guest starring roles in the comedy show Veep and the… what ever it is… MTV show Catfish: The TV Show.  This year saw Tracie back treading the boards in the For The Record: Tarantino show, which show cased various musical numbers from Quentin Tarantino movies, as well as being the co-star in the new play Lost Lake, which came to the end of its run just last week.  As if that wasn’t enough Tracie is to star in a new web series due to go into production next year called Send Me.  And she hosted the Second Annual Hero Awards Gala in September and was in another 24 hour play (that’s 24 hours from initial idea to first performance, not a play that lasts 24 hours).  Got all that?

Phew!

See you next year.

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