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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – September 2013

jeremy_ratchford_death_valley_001_430x180We’ll start a little further afield than normal for this, the September 2013 edition of KM UK’s Cold Case Cast Catch-up.  In each CCCC-up we take look at the on-going careers of the other key players from the long running show.

I’ve got good news and bad news (you probably know both already though).  Which do you want to hear first?  “Bad” you say?  OK.

The AMC television network in the USA has cancelled The Killing.  Based on a Danish drama series of the same name (but in Danish as Forbrydelsen) the show was Veena Sud’s project after Cold Case.  Veena was a writer, producer and executive producer on CC and continued in those roles on The Killing.  I know you will correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t believe that the US version was a direct remake in the way that some are.  The American audience figures for the localised season one started strongly but viewers reacted badly to the way it ended.  The second season largely redeemed itself but the show only just escaped cancellation.  It sounds like season 3 was something of a disappointment.  Lead actress Mireille Enos had small roles in many TV shows, Cold Case being one of the few she missed out, but The Killing really brought her to the fore.  Enos went on to star in the Brad Pitt movie World War Z (she played his wife and only a select few have had that honour) and has several other film projects in the pipeline.  Unless another US network or online streaming service like NetFlix steps up and saves The Killing it will be one of the more easily solvable cases.

Now on to the good news.  Cold Case creator Meredith Stiehm’s next project was Homeland which she co-produced at various levels and also wrote several episodes.  Homeland is about to start its 3rd season in the US of A this coming Sunday (29th September) with the UK debut the following week (6th October).  But that is not the good news we’re reporting today.  Meredith’s more recent show is The Bridge.  This is another of the wave of Scandanavian dramas being shown and/or remade around the world.  The Bridge is actually a literal cross-border project in its original form as it is a Swedish and Danish co-production set around a crime in both countries.  A body is found lying on the boundary between the two countries, with the added twist the name suggests that that line is in the middle of a bridge joining the two nations.  Cops from both sides have to co-operate to solve the case.  The US remake takes the same idea but transposes it to the US-Mexico border.  German actress Diane Kruger (National Treasure) takes a lead role.  None of which is good news either.  In the last couple of days, just before the penultimate episode of season one was due to air, the FX channel that carries The Bridge announced it had been renewed for a second run.

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – July 2013

tracie_thoms_001_430x180Since starting these regular CCCC-up updates it is clear that one person tends to dominate them: Tracie.  The sheer number of differing projects she takes on, especially compared to her fellow Cold Case alumni, makes it unavoidable.

Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in Cold Case), or as we’re going to call her this month, the Award Winning Tracie (AW… T :-) ) has been a busy girl again.  She started the July with a trip to Aruba in the Caribbean.  It’s a tough life.  She was there with actress and stunt performer Zoë Bell (Alias and Django Unchained) promote the Raze movie that seems to have been around for so long now without an actual release.  Zoe will be known to some of you, even if you don’t realise it, as Xena: Warrior Princess.  Zoë was the stunt double for Lucy Lawless.  This means that Zoë worked with Kathryn during her two episodes as Najara.  Zoë and AWT spent an evening on a beach in Aruba giving stunt lessons to festival attendees.  A chance to get their own back at some film critics me thinks :-)

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Cold Case Cast Catch-up – August 2012 – Update

jeremy_ratchford_perception_001_430x180Another quick round-up of what is going on in the careers of the non-Kathryn members of the Cold Case cast since our last one of these in May.

Let’s start with Jeremy Ratchford (aka Nick Vera in Cold Case) for a change.  In that last update we noted that Mr Ratchford had made a very brief appearance in a promo video for the new TNT show Perception, starring Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie And The Pussycats and She’s All That) and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace).  At the time it was not clear whether Jeremy would be a show regular or a one-off guest star.  It could have gone either way.  The first episode involved FBI Agent Kate Moretti (Rachael) coming back to the city she spent much of her life in and she picked up a case of a certain Detective Hammond’s, Jeremy in a very Vera-like role.  The show could easily have been about Kate and Daniel (Eric) doing the same thing with Hammond on a regular basis but, as far as I am aware, it hasn’t happened again.  Det. Hammond has not reappeared in any episodes since.  Though having established a character like that in the show’s “universe” it could happen.  As an aside, the most recent episode of Perception used the building exterior Cold Case used for the Philadelphia Police Department as a Chicago hospital.  It was once a bank in an episode of Castle.  I presume that is is actually in LA somewhere.

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Deadline Interviews Veena Sud

Something a little different to start the week.

Veena Sud; writer, producer and executive producer on Cold Case; has found new success with AMC’s The Killing.  Veena is executive producing the show which is based on a Danish drama series.  Recently it was announced that a second season had been commissioned.

In an interview with Deadline‘s Diane Haithman, Veena talks about The Killing, comparisons with Cold Case and Lilly Rush, being a female showrunner and her own interest in being a homicide detective.

the character of Lilly Rush was very different from what we had seen before; she certainly didn’t show up in miniskirts, she dressed like a cop in a suit and pants.

You can read the interview in full on the Deadline.com website HERE.

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