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Cold Case Is 13 (and 1/365th)

CC_Titles_16To quote someone I gather is making headlines again:  Ooops, I’ve done it again  😯

For the second year running I’m a day late with this.  You really must point out these mistakes to me or I’ll never learn :-)

Yes, it was 13 years ago yesterday (28th September 2016) that Cold Case first hit the television screens of our American cousins.  The CBS ‘procedural’ started on that Sunday night with the episode “Look Again” and was followed by 155 more across seven seasons.

TV has moved on, the super heroes have made a come back for a start, and the stars of Cold Case have moved on.  More on that tomorrow.

We miss you.

Pick Free Cold Case In UK

CC_Titles_16Starting next Monday (11th Jan) the UK television channel Pick (previously known as Sky 3) will begin broadcasting Cold Case from the première episode Look Again.

Each weekday (Mon-Fri) morning at 9am, with a repeat at 5pm, the Pick station, which is freely available on all of the UK’s broadcast platforms (Freeview, Freesat, Sky satellite, and Virgin Media cable), will be showing an episode of the police procedural drama starring Kathryn, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford, and Thom Barry.  Danny Pino didn’t join the cast until episode 6, replacing Justin Chambers.  Tracie Thoms’ Kat Miller didn’t appear until season 3.

In a slight twist in the first week there are actually six episodes across the five days.  I presume that the content of Our Boy Is Back (ep 3) means that they can’t show it at 9am and have pulled it forward to 1am.  Episode 4 (Churchgoing People) follows at 9am.  This may happen again later in the series.  If it works as it is designed to be used then the ‘series link’ feature of most PVRs should record them all for you.

This is only the second proper post of the year on KM UK and both have been about Kathryn’s work appearing on the small screen in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  I make no apologies for that.  This is KM UK after all :-)  Hopefully it gives those of you elsewhere in the world a bit of inspiration to seek out things like Cold Case.

Cold Case Is 12 (and 1/365th)

CC_Titles_16Ooops.

My timing isn’t what it could be  :-)

Yesterday (28th September 2015) marked the 12th anniversary of Cold Case starting.

Sunday, the 28th September 2003 saw Cold Case première with, oddly enough, the first episode :-)

That first show was one of the highest rated débuts ever on the CBS network and it went on to 156 episodes over 7 seasons.  It started with “Look Again” and ended on May 2nd, 2010 with “Shattered”.

Cold Case Turns 11

CC_Titles_16Opening scene:  A new birth at the CBS TV network

Caption:  Sunday, 28th September 2003

It was Sunday then, it’s a Sunday now (unless you are looking at this at a time when it isn’t of course :-) ).  Yes, Cold Case first appeared on screens 11 years ago today.  Happy birthday.

If Cold Case had continued it would have started it’s 12th season last week.  Though I fear that if it’s trajectory of timeslots continued it would have been on at 4am, assuming the late weather forecast didn’t over run, and, with around 250 cases solved by now, there would have been very few boxes left in the file room.  I’m not sure we would have wanted to watch the squad solve the 1982 case of little Timmy’s hamster.  Did it die of natural causes as it ran in it’s wheel or did the cat scare it to death?  Does a just-surfaced mobilephone voice mail message which just happened to catch the family budgerigar squawking “naughty Tiddles” implicate the doer?  We will never know now  :-)

Actually, I really want to see that episode 😀  Just imagine the final scene as Lilly sees the ghostly figure of ‘Hammy’ giving a grateful wink and hopping back into his wheel for one last spin  :-(

Lilly and co. spearheaded the Sunday night female-led dramas, now exemplified by The Good Wife and CBS’s new 8pm starter Madam Secretary.  Téa Leoni (Bad Boys) is an academic thrust into the role of Secretary Of State, the position currently held in ‘real life’ by John Kerry.  It is a job that several women have had since the late 90s by Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and, most recently, Hilary Clinton.

Happy 11th Cold Case.  We miss you.

It Was 10 Of Our British Years Ago Today

CC_Titles_16Today (12 Feb 2014) marks the 10th anniversary of Cold Case‘s first broadcast in the UK.

According to my calendar that date was a Thursday, which surprises me because I have it in mind the show went out on a Monday or Tuesday.  That probably explains why I missed the first episode despite knowing it was on and having planned to watch it.  I even managed to miss the first half of the second episode, Gleen, too.  I was better organised from then on but it was quite a long time before I finally got to see Look Again.

Back then (2004) starting the broadcast of new US TV shows in January or February was common.  It was bad from the point of view of having to wait months from the US première of a new season, but it did mean that we had a continuous run through with none of the breaks you get in America.  No gaps for Thanksgiving (we don’t do that), Xmas, New Year, and whatever random reason the networks have for taking a show off-air for weeks at a time in the early months of the year.

Since then the gap has reduced between the US and UK showings, in some cases to as little as a day.  The rise of the Internet and the free flow of information (and more) about the latest episodes has forced the UK channels to follow the US timing more closely.   The finale of Lost was actually simultaneously shown in the UK at some unholy hour during the night, and repeated for normal people at the normal time later that day.  Now we get the gaps.

The UK satellite channel Sky One, part of Rupert Murdoch’s empire (think Fox), broadcast all but the last of Cold Case‘s 7 seasons.  The Universal Channel took it over and premièred the final season, and has been showing multiple repeat episodes from across all 156 episodes almost daily ever since.

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