February is a tricky one. Always shorter than any other month and at the time of year when a lot of stuff isn’t happening besides award shows. But I think we can put together a reasonable a few bits of news for this, the lstest look at the careers of the Cold Cast cast that aren’t Kathryn.
For what’s seemed like years I’ve been posting about John Finn (John Stillman in CC) being in the new CBS legal drama Doubt. Major changes to cast and crew but the whole thing in, well, doubt. John’s continued appearance in cast list looked, well, doubtful. Especially as he wasn’t included in press releases for the first couple of episodes. Finally Doubt hit the small screens in America early this month. John was definitely in the première episode. No doubt. He played the father of a man with mental health issues on trial for murder. I’m not sure John actually spoke a word in any of his very brief appearances, primarily in the background in court. This is legal drama after all. Anyway, the whole show has been thrown in, well, doubt now as after broadcasting just two episodes (of the 13 filmed) it has been pulled from the schedules. The ratings did not live up to expectations. The unbroadcast episodes could see the light of day over the quieter summer months or be consigned to the shelf forever. A second season is, to say the least, doubtful. Sorry.
The big news for our small band of castmates is Danny Pino (Scotty Valens on CC) getting a new gig on an co-production between NBCUniversal International Studios, RTL in Germany, and France’s TF1. Gone is a 12 part drama about a woman who was abducted as a child and joins her FBI rescuer Frank Booth in a team investigating similar cases. Danny goes from Kat to Kit as he is Agent John Bishop working along side Kit Lannigan (Leven Rambin, True Detective). Chris Noth (Mr Big in Sex And The City) is Frank Booth. I don’t know what the international production element means for the series as it seems to be US set. It is based on a book called One Kick by Chelsea Cain. Kit is known as Kick. Expect a release in the 2017-18 winter.
We can’t seem to go through one of these with out mentioning Tracie Thoms (Kat Miller in CC) so I’ll just drop in that the Netflix TV series Love is due to return next week and has already been given a third season.
This one took a lot less time than the previous one I mentioned just last week.
Within a couple of days of the news breaking that Kathryn would be joining the cast of the new NBC network pilot Reverie, IMDb’s page for the show has been updated accordingly.
I always say that it seems like a small thing but it feels like it makes it true.
As I added yesterday Johnny Messner (Kathryn’s partner and father of her twin boys) made his congratulations public so I think we can really take it as fact. An actual fact. Based on verifiable facts. You know: a fact.
Information I’ve been able to find suggests the pilot is due to start filming in mid-March and is likely to happen in the great US state of Vancouver… Or Canada. Most American TV shows film in Los Angeles, even those ostensibly set in other parts of the country. Bones is set in Washington, D.C. L&O:SVU in New York. Castle was also in New York. What was that other cop show set in Philadelphia? All filmed in LA with a few exteriors done on site. With a pilot they don’t tend to go to the expense of building the commonly used interiors as sets, which may never be used again, and go to locations instead. The Surgeon General pilot was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, another place regularly used for filming these days.
Looks like Kathryn will be spending a few days in Vancouver in a few weeks.
You can find Reverie‘s page on IMDb HERE.
Actual news news!!!
The business known as show news website Deadline is reporting that Kathryn has signed up to take a role in a new NBC network pilot called Reverie.
Reverie is a vehicle for Sarah Shahi (Person Of Interest) and is centred around the topical idea of virtual reality software. Apparently the software is causing significant issues for users and Sarah’s Mara behavioural expert and ex-detective is brought in to investigate.
Kathryn’s role is as a Department Of Defense official called Monica Shaw. Not surprisingly the military are very interested in such technology, especially if it is having psychological effects on those that have experienced it. If it can be weaponised, they’ll do it.
At present this is just a pilot, an initial episode that is used to showcase the project to the network heads to make a decision of whether to turn it into a series. As such it is currently classified on IMDb as a TV movie. We saw the same with the Surgeon General show that Kathryn was involved in a few years ago. That one didn’t get past the pilot stage.
This early part of the year is very much ‘pilot season’. Projects have got through the selection process and a few are being put into production as a first episode test. Those lucky few that become series, likely to start broadcasting in the autumn, would start filming in the summer. The pilot could be shown as episode 1, or it could be re-worked/filmed if changes are made.
Dennis Haysbert (24), Jessica Lu (Awkward.), and Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) have already joined the cast. Amblin Television, owned by Steven Spielberg who Kathryn worked with in A.I. and Minority Report, is producing the show created by Mickey Fisher (Extent).
More news on Reverie when we hear it.
Update (25 Feb 2017): Johnny Messner (Kathryn’s partner) has posted his congratulations to Kathryn in his own inimitable style on Instagram and Twitter. It goes thusly:
Congrats my honnneeee !!! You just took the whole show up 10000 notches !! You are by far one of the most talented actors I know and a even better momma !!! 😍😍😍😍 I love you for that – link
It’s a little thing but it makes a big difference.
Nearly a year ago, almost in passing, it was announced that Kathryn was due to have a role in the upcoming teen-thriller You Get Me. It’s a vehicle for young stars Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!), Halston Sage (Bad Neighbours), and Nash Grier (The Deleted). The plot sounds a bit Fatal Attraction, set in high school.
Kathryn’s name was dropped into reports of the cast expanding alongside the recent NCIS addition Jennifer Esposito. Subsequent reports didn’t mention Kathryn and it felt increasingly likely that her part had suffered at the hands of the editing process, never to see the light of day.
Now we have the small but important piece of evidence that we may yet see what ever character Kathryn is playing in this movie (at the time of writing we don’t yet have a character name or any description of the role). Kathryn has been added to the listed cast of You Get Me on the Internet Movie Database website (IMDb). It may not seem much but it carries some weight. The film’s page is HERE.
The other piece of news evident from the information on the IMDb page is that You Get Me is now a Netflix movie, suggesting the film will be released exclusively on the streaming platform. Still no signs of a release date though.