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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – December 2019

The December Cold Case Cast Catch-up is made up of two parts.  Part number one is the normal monthly latest news on the on-going careers of the CC main actors.  The second section will be a look back at the year of CCCC-ups.

Errr…  Looks like December has been a relatively quiet month on the news front for all our regulars.

Mid-month Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) was back home in Baltimore to take part in a reading of Thorton Wilder’s short one act play The Long Christmas Dinner.  The event was held in the Baltimore Center Stage theatre as part of a fund raising effort to support various programs the venue runs.  Written in the 1930s the 30 minute play covers 90 years worth of Xmas dinners of a particular family.  Tracie played Leonora, the wife of family member Charles.  After the reading there was a discussion/Q&A with the cast and crew.

Earlier in December was the release of the Apple TV+ drama series Truth Be Told.  The first three episodes ‘dropped’ on the 6th.  The remaining seven have been/will be released on a weekly basis across December and January.

Some of the older people amongst you may remember the sitcom Mad About You, starring Paul Reiser (Stranger Things) and Helen Hunt (Twister).  As seems to be the trend these days, the show has been revisited for a new series (crossing fingers for CC).  The original ran for seven seasons and 162 episodes starting in 1992.  It made the two leads into huge stars.  After MAY Paul primarily stayed working in TV whilst Helen mostly shifted to movies.  The new series is a continuation of the show, set all these years later.  Due to its distribution not being on a major network, despite the original being on NBC, the publicity has been relatively low key.  This would be why I managed to miss the fact that Tracie apparently guest starred in the second episode, released on November 20th.  That’s my excuse anyway.

Anyone else want to step forward?  No?

OK, then Let’s move swiftly on to the review of the year’s reviews.

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – October 2019

john_finn_001_430x180Winter is definitely on the way for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  The sun is not setting early on our Cold Case cast members though.  Welcome to October 2019’s CCCC-up where we catch-up with the stars of Cold Case that aren’t Kathryn.

Let’s start with John Finn (John Stillman in CC) as this takes us back to the beginning of the month.  The long-running AMC drama series The Walking Dead returned in early October for its 10th season.  I don’t watch the show myself but it looks from IMDb listings that John has reprised his role as Earl Sutton in the opener and episode 4, which aired a few days ago.  Perhaps he’ll be back for more as the run (zombie shuffle?) continues.

John is a mere hors d’oeuvre to the ever prolific Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  How does she do it all?  On the day John was back with the undead Tracie was with those trying to prevent the deadening in the first place, as she guest starred on ABC’s The Good Doctor.  We referenced this in the September CCCC-up.  Within a week Tracie was back at over on Showtime’s The Affair, which stars Maura Tierney (ER) and Dominic West (The Wire).  On top of those, Tracie managed to squeeze in a couple of episodes of 9-1-1, which is on the Fox network.  Another fortnight and she’ll be back for a third.

That enough Tracie news for one month?  Of course not.  We’re just working up to the big one.  Back in June of 2018 we first reported that Apple, of iPhone fame, had commissioned a new drama for it’s planned streaming service (now called Apple TV+).  That show became Truth Be Told.  Octavia Spencer (The Shape Of Water) is a true-crime podcaster who tries to solve a mystery.  Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lizzy Caplan (New Girl), Elizabeth Perkins (The Flintstones), and Mekhi Phifer (ER) co-star along with Tracie.  A trailer was released for Truth Be Told early in the month.  See it HERE on YouTube.  Tracie appears briefly near the end.  The première date for the show is the 6th of December.

Speaking of streaming services, we are on the verge of another one joining the fray.  April 2020 is the planned launch date for Quibi, a mobile streaming platform for short form videos.  Longer projects will be released in 10 minute segments, aimed at being consumed in “quick bites” suitable for those on the go.  There are some big backers of this company.  The likes of Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks SKG), Meg Whitman (Hewlett-Packard), Steven Spielberg (many films), and even existing large media companies like Disney and Sony Pictures.  They have raised $1 billion in investment.  A partnership with the T-Mobile communications organisation has recently been announced.  But why are we mentioning it in a CCCC-up?  That’s because Cold Case producer/writer Veena Sud (The Killing) is making a drama series called The Stranger for Quibi.  She is writing, producing and directing this one.  The Stranger involves an Uber-style driver (Claire) caught up with a sociopath in a 12 hour long fight for survival.  Interestingly, there will be ten 10-minute episodes, each made available 1 hour later than the previous one.  Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence) are the stars.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – June 2019

danny_pino_002_430x180.jpgThings are heating up in the UK and they haven’t exactly gone cold in the showbiz news front either.  KM UK’s CCCC-up for June 2019 is a busy one for members of the Cold Case cast that aren’t Kathryn.

Mayans M.C. is coming back.  The spin-off from Sons Of Anarchy returns to the FX network airways on September the 3rd (a Tuesday), which is now less than 10 weeks away.  Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC) is set to reprise his role of Miguel Galindo.  Those attending the San Diego Comic-Con in a month’s time will be able to see a sneak peak of season two on the Sunday (21st July) afternoon.

Earlier this year Danny did a guest starring appearance (covered in December’s CCCC-up) in a couple of episodes of the Netflix show One Day At A Time.  Not long after that the series cancellation was announced.  The events were unrelated I’m sure.  In what is being described as the first case ever of a show leaving a streaming service and moving to cable television, ODAAT has been picked up by Pop TV.  The cable network has ordered a fourth season to air next year.  Netflix will still host seasons 1 to 3 but Pop will also be able to broadcast them.  In an interesting twist Pop TV is owned by the large CBS network.  This means that ODAAT season 4 will likely get a network TV showing later next year.  At this stage there is no news on whether Danny’s Tito will make a return.  We’ll take it one day at…

July 2017.  Remember then?  That was when the CCCC-up first made mention of Ad Astra.  No not a car commercial (I must have made that “joke” before!), but a sci-fi movie starring Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black), Liv Tyler (Armageddon), Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games), Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and John Finn (John Stillman in CC).  The wheels of Hollywood often turn slowly.  Two trailers for the film have been released this past month see them on YouTube HERE and HERE.  John features in both.  He’s the first voice you hear in the second clip.

Speaking of voices, the Roger Ailes bio-series The Loudest Voice is due to start today (30th June) on the Showtime network.  If the info is correct John features in the first episode.

We’ve got this far without mentioning Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC).  That ends now.

In movie news Tracie is starring in a new rom-com called Back To Lyla.  The plot involves a young man setting out to find his old friends after receiving a terminal diagnosis.  As Tracie’s character is titled Dr Nolan I’m tempted to say her role is relatively small and in the first part of the film.  Hey, I can put 2 and 2 together and come up with approximately 4.  Emma Kenney (Shameless) and Hassie Harrison (Tacoma FD) star in the director America Young (Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures) directed and Guillermo Noriega (Confetti) written movie.  The project only finished filming a few weeks ago so we have no news yet on a release date.

KM UK first referenced Straight Up back in October of last year.  It’s a movie in which Tracie dons the stethoscope and white coat again, this time as Dr Larson.  James Sweeney gets all selfish by writing, directing and starring in this rom-com with Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries) playing the other half of the love line (it’s not a triangle).  The twist being that Todd is gay.  The film had its première last week at the Frameline Festival, which is an LGBTQ+ film festival, held in San Francisco.  It will be out Outfest in July.  No signs of a wider release date at this time.

Just occasionally we step outside the usual additional cast to look at some other key people connect with Cold Case.  One of them is Veena Sud, producer and writer on the show, who went on to do the same things on The Killing.  Veena has joined something called Quibi, a mobile video service backed by Jeff Katzenberg (DreamWorks co-founder), that has already signed-up such talents as Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Donal Logue (Gotham), Chrissy Teigen (Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation), Don Cheadle (House Of Lies), Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns), and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) to make on projects.

Cold Case Cast Catch-up – December 2018

A slight change to our normal monthly round-up this time.  As well as a quick update on the latest news, this post will be the traditional end of year recap of the year’s events.  Read on for the December 2018 edition of the KM UK CCCC-up, covering news on the main Cold Case cast other than Kathryn.

First up is Danny Pino (Scotty Valens in CC).  Back at the end of June KM UK pretty much led the media world in reporting on Danny joining the Netflix sitcom One Day At A Time.  We’ve recently seen photographic evidence of Danny’s involvement from the upcoming 3rd season, which débuts on the 8th of February (it’s an all-on-the-same-day drop of episodes).  Danny is starring as the brother of the main character, played by Justina Machado (Six Feet Under, Cold Case episode ‘The Good Death’), in a recurring role.  Looks like the beautiful India de Beaufort (Kröd Mändoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire, I just wanted to write that!) is also joining the cast for a few episodes as a ‘love interest’.  Not for Danny’s Tito, sadly for Danny.  Cleverly, the lucky man Avery is going to be involved with is a character played by the man lucky enough to be India’s real-life husband.  How did they think of that?  Both Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero from Brooklyn Nine-Nine are also set to guest star, as well as Gloria Estefan.

In March we first reported (as opposed to reported first) that John Finn (John Stillman in CC) had filmed a role in a pilot for a new drama series called The Enemy Within.  The show was picked up to series a couple of months later.  One of the released publicity photos included John.  It has now been announced that NBC has planned the show for a ‘mid-season’ launch in late February.  Based on what happened to Reverie this year on the same network, maybe that should be taken with a pinch of salt.  Of course this year the Winter Olympics is not intruding on the schedules.  We don’t yet know of John will recur beyond the pilot, or even if his character has even remained in what will become the first episode.

Now on to the look back to CCCC-ups in 2018.

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – November 2018

john_finn_001_430x180Some of you got through Thanksgiving (I guess we all survived that).  New traditions Black Friday and Cyber Monday have gone passed to.  Can you deal with November’s CCCC-up?  Let’s see what happening in the careers of the Cold Case cast (and occasionally crew) that aren’t Kathryn.

There is always a concern with these updates that things will be too quiet so there will be nothing to say.  Luckily, with a number of people to talk about, and one of them being Tracie Thoms, there is always something.  Nearly.

John Finn (John Stillman in CC) has featured a more in recent months than is usual.  His joining the hit drama series The Walking Dead in a recurring role was much of it.  Just this week the show ended the first half of season 9.  It will rise from the dead (see what I did there?) with part two in February 2019.

The new news regarding John is a role in a new mini-series about the controversial (I think that’s the way we have to phrase these things) TV mogul Roger Ailes.  He was the, lets say, man behind the, what we’ll call, TV channel Fox News.  He had a clear vision for what the channel should do and how to do it.  He succeeded.  Ailes became headline news himself with allegations about his behaviour towards female staff members, including the on-screen talent such as Gretchen Carlson.  Ailes died in 2017, a year after resigning because of the allegations.  There is currently a movie in the works about Ailes starring John Lithgow, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie.  The project our John is involved in, however, is an 8-part series for the Showtime network called The Loudest Voice In Room.  In this one Russell Crowe (Gladiator) is Ailes and co-star Naomi Watts (King Kong) is Carlson.  John is listed as a ‘Jack Welch’.  It is not clear who that is to me, but the most prominent person, and most likely candidate, is the former CEO of the massive General Electric corporation.  He was at the top of the company for 20 years from 1981 so would definitely have a contemporary of Ailes.  Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) and Sienna Miller (Layer Cake) are also set to co-star.  Release is expected next year sometime.

You could normally create a magazine called ‘What Tracie Did This Month’ or ‘Thoms Monthly’ and rarely be stuck for content.  This month’s edition would be lacking a little in original content so instead you’d run a lengthy feature about the movie of the musical Rent.  It was the film’s 13th anniversary this month and Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) no doubt enjoyed the fans reminders of that.  Apart from the though that it was thirteen years ago!

Stepping up to the plate to help out with some extra count is one of less regular guests and outlier in the whole Cold Case cast theme.  According to a news site called SneakPeek, the Cold Case producer/writer Veena Sud is set to direct a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock movie Suspicion.  Apparently Veena is also adapting the screenplay herself.

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