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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – August 2016

August is getting a double Thoms up in KM UK’s latest look at the continuing careers of the wider Cold Case cast.

Thom Barry (Will Jeffries in CC) is very much the sleeping giant of this regular feature.  We don’t get to talk about him much as we’d like to in these monthly round-ups.  So, when we do we try to give him top billing.  Thom has been cast in a short film called Casting in the role of ‘Casting Director’.  At 20 minutes it is quite long for a short.  A medium?  The description of the plot is short though: “A young, innocent girl is lured into a dark world.”  With that title and Thom’s character name I think we can assume it is related to the business called show.  You may not want to hide behind the couch for this one as it might be part of the set.  Notably amongst the cast is the Irish pop star Samantha Mumba (The Time Machine).  She’s done a bit of acting before but with her character down as ‘Samantha Mumba’ her Thespian skills may not be required.  The release date is also short: 2017.

July’s update was lacking a key bit of news regarding our other featured star of the month:  Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC).  Tracie’s web series Send Me, which is about people going back in time to witness slavery first hand, has been nominated for an Emmy award.  The organisation has started to recognise works released like this.  The nod is for Tracie herself in the ‘Outstanding Actress In Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series’ category.  Congratulations to her and the rest of the team involved.

Previously we’ve mentioned The Watcher (nee Raven’s Watch), a thriller starring Tracie, and it receiving a festival release in October.  As well as that it will be broadcast by the Lifetime network in the US in the same month, and Netflix in November.  The cast includes Erin Cahill (the 1919 Francis Stone in Cold Case episode ‘Torn’), Obba Babatundé (Dr. Octavius Leroy in CC‘s ‘Shuffle, Ball Change’), John Billingsley (George Marks in CC‘s ‘The Woods’ and ‘Mind Hunters’), and Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

I’m sure this segment has been called ‘brain dead’, especially with all the mentions of the TV show BrainDead in recent months.  Danny Pino in a lead role was the initial excuse for that but the Sunday before last (21st August) saw Tracie in a guest starring role as a private investigator digging up dirt for a senator.  BrainDead is not expected to get a second season so make the most of the final three still to come.

Let’s end with a quick short.  In August 2015’s CCCC-up I mentioned a short film starring Tracie called Injection.  Well, the film was screened at the Oregon Short Film Festival yesterday (30th Aug).  It may have been the première, it is not clear.  What is clear is that the film is up for three awards, though Tracie is not up for Best Actress or Support Actress.  The movie is about a woman receiving a mysterious package and her quest to discover what the contents is.  Julie McNiven (Mad Men) stars with Jim Beaver (Supernatural), and David Blue (SGU Stargate Universe), amongst others.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – April 2016

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The year is going so quickly.  We’ve nearly reached the end of April already.  That means it is time for a look at the on-going careers of the non-Kathryn members of the cast in a Cold Case Cast Catch-up.

Before I get sidetracked let’s get Sidetracked :-)  The webseries by that name starring Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) was released on YouTube earlier this month.  Sidetracked is made up of four episodes covering the intertwining lives of four friends over the course of what appears to be just one morning.  As you go through each of the 10-15 minute long pieces you’ll see elements of what you’ve seen before.  For instance, as two of the friends talk on the phone you will see more of the other half of the conversation later.  Tracie’s Leigh, a make-up artist, is the focus of episode two.  You can find links to all four episodes on the official website here.

If her Instagram posts are anything to go by Tracie has been involved in filming a short film called Pipe with her friend and Raze and Death Proof co-star Zoë Bell.  When Zoë’s involved you know they’ll be fight scenes.  It also looks like Tracie could be in an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project.  Apparently the show is still going on the streaming service Hulu and has recently returned from hiatus.  Who knew?  No, Hulu.

Thom Barry (Will Jeffries on CC) items in these CCCC-ups are like buses.  None for ages then two come around the corner at once.  It was only last month that we had a meaningful update on the movie Mr Church.  Now there are signs of a new film, Phoenix 454, being in the early stages of pre-production.  Written by Melanie Star Scott from her own idea it appears to involve a main female lead and some form of motor racing.  Maybe.  Thom is listed as Frank ‘Primo’ Stallings.  Not sure ‘stallings’ is the best choice for a film with cars featuring strongly in though…

Last month I covered the fact that the new CBS TV series BrainDead, which stars Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC), will be premièring June the 13th.  Since then a couple of promo videos have been released.  You can see brief glimpses on Danny in a very short the video on Twitter here and a bit more in a promo on MSN.com here.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – March 2016

It’s the last day of the month so it must be time for the traditional latest edition of KM UK’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up.  Let us see what the key members of the long running CBS police procedural have been getting up to.

What feels like an increasing part of that tradition seems to be the breaking of news that would fit right in not long after publication.  A few days after the CCCC-up for February it was announced that Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) would be starting a recurring role on the ABC drama series Scandal.  Normally at this time of year talk about additions to show casts would be more likely to be in reference to changes for the new seasons starting in the autumn.  Not this time.  Danny made his Scandal début last Thursday night (March 24th) on episode 15 of the 20+ run as Alejandro ‘Alex’ Vargas.  He’s a campaign manager and brother of an existing recurring character played by Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives).  Alex offered the lead character Olivia (Kerry Washington, Boston Legal) a tit-for-tat-for-tattle deal.  It is not known at this stage how many more episodes Danny/Alex will be in.

Presumably Danny can’t spend too long on Scandal as his new show, this time for the CBS network (Cold Case‘s old home), is in production.  BrainDead, first talked about on KM UK at the end of last year, has had a première date announced.  Those with access to an American television should be in front of it on Monday the 13th of June at 10pm.  BrainDead is a comedy drama set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics where many of the staff and congress members have become zombies thanks to alien visitors.  The 13 episode-long series stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) amongst others.

Tracie is the one we’d normally describe as the workaholic of the group but we can add Jeremy Ratchford (Nick Vera on CC) to the list this month.  Jeremy did a guest starring role on the Comedy Central sitcom Workaholics earlier in March.  The show is about a group of friends that live together and also work together in telemarketing.  This particular episode (number 9 in the 6th season) involved the boys setting up a casino in their house.  Jeremy is listed as ‘Frank’.

Unbelievably it has been the best part of a year since I last made mention of Thom Barry (Will Jeffries on CC).  And this is a return to the topic at hand back then.  The Eddie Murphy-starring movie that was originally known as Cook and then changed to Henry Joseph Church has now become Mr Church.  It is set to be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and heading for a more general release in November.  Eddie is the titular character who becomes the cook for a family.  The planned short term arrangement lasts much, much longer.  Britt Robertson (Under The Dome) and Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show) co-star.

A couple of previously unmentioned projects have cropped up for Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) since the last CCCC-up.  First is Raven’s Watch, a thriller due for a festival showing in October.  There’s not much more to add at the moment other than Erin Cahill (Saving Grace), Denise Crosby (Star Trek: TNG) and Kevin Daniels (Modern Family) star.  Second is a short comedy drama film called Divorce: The Greatest Hits.  It stars Kaili Vernoff (The High Life), Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted), Kevin Daniels (him again? sensing a theme here?), and the voice of Holland Taylor (Two And A Half Men).  I could tell you about the story but why don’t I just show you as the whole film is watchable on Vimeo HERE (a bit NSFW).  Tracie appears about 12 minutes in.  Awkward!

That will do us for this month.  Be sure to check out the showbiz news sites in the next few hours and days because, based on recent form, something major will be announced for one of our favourites 😐

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – June 2015

tracie_thoms_001_430x180Squeaking in at the last minute again it’s June’s CCCC-up, the monthly post where KM UK looks at the continuing work of the Cold Case cast members that aren’t Kathryn.

I try to be a gentleman and always allow ladies to go first, but with the CCCC-up that would mean Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) would be leading the way every month so I try to let each have a turn.  This time we’ll give Tracie her go at the top.  In March I posted about the Fun Size Horror short films done for various websites for Halloween 2014 getting a DVD/VOD release in May.  At the time I mentioned that plans were in hand for a new set of similarly scary fare for this year.  Would you Adam & Eve it, a couple of weeks ago Tracie completed filming on a segment which will no doubt be released at the appropriate time in the autumn.  Before completing that project Tracie was involved in the filming of a new webseries called Dinner At Lola.  People from the ‘business that is show’ discuss the ‘business that is show’ over dinner (without the show).

One of our less frequent stars of the CCCC-ups is the gentle giant that is Mr Thom Barry (Will Jeffries on CC).  Thom recently wrapped on a new movie called Henry Joseph Church, not to be confused with another film Thom is in called Richard Peter Johnson (which seems to be stuck in post-production hell).  HJC, previously known as Cook, stars Eddie Murphy (Bowfinger) and Natascha McElhone (Californication) amongst others.  Eddie is a cook.  A young girl and her mother some how ‘inherit’ said cook.  The director, Bruce Beresford, previously made Driving Miss Daisy, which may give us an idea of the tone.  Thom is credited as ‘Frankie Twiggs’, who sounds like a 50s gangster from the east end of London.  No further info at this time.

Veena Sud is a name that most of you will recognise.  Occasionally I stretch the third ‘C’ in CCCC-up to include a few other key people involved with CC.  Veena was a writer and producer on Cold Case across several seasons and she went on to do the same for the American version of the drama The Killing.  There is no news on the actual project yet, but Veena has, in the last few days, signed a development deal with Fox 21 TV Studios to create new a drama for cable television.

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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