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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.

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.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – February 2015

tracie_thoms_001_430x180Things are still relatively quiet on the news front regarding the other members of the cast of Cold Case.  Like the month itself February 2015’s CCCC-up will be short and cold… I mean sweet.

Luckily for us Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller on CC) is always busy.  Back in the October 2014 CCCC-up we brought you news of a web series that Tracie was due to start working on.  At the time Send Me was seeking funding via Indiegogo.  Over a couple of weeks at the beginning of this month principal photography (that’s filming to you and me) took place on the project about Gwen (Tracie) who has the power to send people back in time.  Gwen uses this ability to teach individuals about slavery in the US by transporting them to the 1800s to witness it first-hand.  As well as Ms. Thoms the show has a starry cast:  Gabrielle Carteris (90210), Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Ahmed Best (Dexter), Kevin Daniels (Sirens), and Steve Harper (Chico & Rita) are amongst them.  Steve also wrote and produced Send Me.  The crew will be deep into post-production now.  Hopefully, in the next CCCC-up, due at the end of March, we’ll know more about the release plans.

Over a couple of CCCC-ups last year (starting in June) I covered the news that big Thom Barry was signed to guest star in the TNT drama series Perception, led by Eric McCormack (Trust Me) and Rachael Leigh Cook (Antitrust).  Thom was said to be appearing as an FBI field office boss.  Subsequent CCCC-ups noted Thoms absence as the season progressed.  Having just returned from the mid-run hiatus there are now only 4 episodes left of the entire series.  Fingers crossed.  On a related note:  congratulations to Rachael and her husband on the news they are expecting their second child later this year.

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?


See you next year.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – November 2014

As it was Thanksgiving yesterday in the US of A I realise that many of you will be struggling to maintain consciousness after gorging on turkey.  With that in mind I’ll keep this November 2014 update on the careers of the main Cold Case actors that are not Kathryn fairly brief.  Mainly because there isn’t too much to report  😉

It’s a Thoms-on twins only month.

Let’s start with Mr Thom Barry (Will Jeffries in CC) or as we will be calling him from now on ‘The Dude’.  Short isn’t a word you’d associate with Thom but he recently finished filming a short film called Desire in which he plays a character called ‘The Dude’.  It’s suits him better than ‘short’.  Desire is written by, directed by, produced by, and stars Sherina Mikasa (Californication) as the main character.  Desire (not Desiré/Desirée/Desireé/Desiree) is an aspiring actress suffering the knock-backs that go with the territory, that is until a particular encounter causes her to react rather strongly.  Although the filming completed a couple of weeks ago the projects Indiegogo money raising campaign continues for another week or so.  The page contains more details on the project.  We don’t often get to report on Thom’s post-CC work and we’ll start off by not doing so.  Sort of.  Back in August the long-running saga of a Lifetime (the US TV network) bio-pic about the R&B singer Aaliyah seemed to be coming to an end.  The TV movie was finally going to be made and Thom was to be playing the star’s father.  Earlier this month the film aired with no Thom to be seen and he’s not in the IMDb version of the cast list or referred on Lifetime’s website.  Another actor is shown as the father.  Checking back for news stories of his casting showed almost nothing.  Did I imagine it or has the evidence been removed?  Does 3 months count as a cold case?  For what it’s worth the broadcast got good ratings but wasn’t a critical success.

Speaking of Indiegogo it brings us neatly back Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  We couldn’t do a CCCC-up without her.  It was only last month that I mentioned Tracie was involved in a web series called Send Me about a university lecturer (Tracie) that has the power to send people back in time to look at slavery.  The Indiegogo-based fund raiser for Send Me closed a few days ago with nearly $38,000 pledged.  It was some way short of its target but because it was categorised as a ‘Flexible Funding’ project they will receive all that money.  Most projects have to reach a target amount or the cash is not taken.  Filming on Send Me is due to start next year.  After being performed on more than one occasion to an audience Tracie’s latest stage production Lost Lake opened back on November 11th.  Speaking of plays… Tracie took part in another of those 24 hour plays a couple of weeks ago.  They happen all over the world throughout the year in aid of local charities.  Being based in New York for Lost Lake Tracie was in the latest create/write/rehearse/perform-a-play-in-a-day on Broadway.  Speaking of.. no, I can’t make it work.  Since the last update it looks like the Annie movie may have been brought forward for launch in the UK.  Tracie has a small role as Annie’s “Mom”, the “air-quotes” mean “something”.  It could be released on the 20th of December or maybe the 26th.  Or maybe in January as previously said.  Check local press for details.

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