Cold Case

VIBE – Monday – Thursday from 22 October, 8.30pm

As Cold Case goes back in time so too does Vibe, taking a journey from the very beginning of this compelling drama and travelling right to the end. Detective Lilly Rush works on “cold cases” for the Philadelphia Police Department, reopening dormant, unsolved homicides that occurred years or even decades ago. As the show moves through vignettes from the history of the twentieth century, Rush makes it her business to ensure that no victim is ever forgotten.

VIBE – Saturdays from 2 July, 8.30pm (encores Mondays, 10.30pm)

Headstrong and resourceful detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris) heads up the squad that works on “cold cases” for the Philadelphia Police Department, known for their ability to close cases once thought unsolvable. With her uncanny knack for eliciting confessions from the most recalcitrant witnesses, Rush crusades for long-voiceless victims. This season, the series gets back to its roots with more investigative work for these tough Philly cops, and a bit more humour as Rush finds – or fights – feelings for narcotics cop Eddie Saccardo (recurring guest star Bobby Cannavale, Third Watch). Plus, a case from Rush’s past will be brought up that she was never able to solve. Will she finally find the evidence she needs to close this cold case?

An Idiot Abroad trailer

The first trailer for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s new series An Idiot Abroad has been released, which centres on collaborator Karl Pilkington’s hilarious adventures in foreign lands.

More Billy Joel music to feature on Glee

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Miller for The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries has signed Simon Miller to appear in the drama’s second season to play a character called George.  Miller, whose previous TV credits include Gossip Girl and CSI: Miami, will make his debut on the show’s fourth episode in a flashback scene.

Brothers & Sisters casts Soto

Actor Bobby Soto has been cast in Brothers & Sisters for the show’s upcoming season. Soto, who has appeared previously in the likes of Cold Case and The Closer, will play a character called Mateo.

9:30pm Sunday, May 23 on TV One

The executive producers of the hit shows Without A Trace and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, along with Meredith Stiehm (ER and NYPD Blue), explore an equally absorbing facet of law enforcement in the returning drama series Cold Case.

The headstrong and resourceful detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris Resurrecting The Champ) returns this season to work on ‘cold cases’ for the Philadelphia Police Department, re-opening dormant, unsolved homicides that occurred years or even decades ago. She makes use of today’s science and finds fresh clues to crimes once thought to be unsolvable.

Talking to the LA Times, Morris says of her character, “Lilly has evolved from being this little beat cop, to this hungry cold case detective, to a person who has expanded her sole capacity. Not just with the suspects, or the victims. She has really evolved into a person that is as real to me as a relative of mine. It’s a pretty cool thing to have for this many years.”

Asked if she is interested in moving out of television she says, “I’m in talks for a couple of great independent films concurrent with Cold Case, but the show is having its best season ever if you ask me. To me when actors get restless on series, I find them to be a little on the lazy side. I’m still looking to be a better actor, and I’m grateful every day.”

Asked if she has a favourite time period the show has explored, Morris replies, “I actually prefer cases that are a little bit more recent. But I do like the ’80s because of the music. In our two-part season finale it was exclusively Pearl Jam. That was just the coolest.”

In tonight’s Cold Case, suspects abound in the 1974 murder case of a private investigator after his body is found in a demolished building’s cement foundation. The team finds the victim uncovered unfavourable things for, and about, his last few clients. Former NFL player Matthew Willig, guest stars as Chuck ‘French’ Jaworski, an associate of the P.I. who was brought along for added muscle during his final investigation. Plus, recurring guest star Daniel Baldwin,(Mulholland Falls) appears as Moe Kitchener.

Missed an episode – full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.

American network CBS has gone on a spring cleaning rampage, culling seven shows for the upcoming season.

The network has cancelled several big-name shows which appear in primetime slots in New Zealand as it makes room for new projects for the upcoming American summer.

Headlining the list of cancellations is drama series Cold Case, which has faded in the ratings in recent seasons according to the network. The show has run for seven seasons in total.

Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle Ghost Whisperer has also been axed despite the show performing relatively well overseas.

Despite rumours it may be saved by fellow network ABC, The New Adventure of Old Christine will also finish its run.

The other shows on the scrap heap are Numb3rs, Gary Unmarried, Miami Medical and Accidentally on Purpose.

But there was good news coming from CBS HQ as well with news that Rules of Engagement and Medium have been renewed by the network for another season.

Also, CBS has just announced a new series involving William Shatner which will centre on a real life Twitter page featuring the ramblings of a retired doctor.

Source: TV Squad

Olivia Wilde to leave House

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New villian for Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives has secured a new villain for the next season in Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams. The actress, best known for her role as Wilhelmina, will move to Wisteria Lane as of next season with producers looking to fill the gap left by departed housewife Nicollette Sheridan.

CBS cancels seven shows

American network CBS has gone on a rampage, cancelling seven shows from its line-up to make way for new ones. Among those to be culled are Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The New Adventures of Old Christine (which may be saved by ABC), Gary Unmarried and Numb3rs. However the network has decided to renew Medium for another season.

James Franco returns to TV

James Franco will return to TV next month when he reprises his role as Franco on long-running American soap General Hospital. The actor appeared on the show late last year and has agreed to return for a stint in which his character, a murderous artist with an obsessive vendetta, returns to terrorise the people of Port Charles.

Law & Order not dead yet?

Recently axed drama series Law & Order may be revived with its creator desperately trying to bring the series back for a record-breaking 21st season. Dick Wolf has vowed to save the show which was cancelled by NBC last week to make way for a spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. If successful, it would not be the first show to be brought back to life with the likes of Scrubs and Friday Night Lights resurrected after being canned by their respective networks.

Linda Hamilton joins Weeds

Actress Linda Hamilton, known for her role as Sarah Connor in James Cameron’s Terminator movies, is joining the cast of Weeds. Hamilton will appear on several episodes of the series, playing an eco-conscious marijuana grower who helps out Nancy.

Heroes sued by comic creator

Heroes is being sued by a comic creator over a storyline that the artist claims was copied from one of his books. Jason Barnes is claiming the show used a travelling carnival that was almost identical to that created by him as well as utilising very similar dialogue as in the scene. He is attempting to pull $60m in compensation from the show.

Steven Spielberg’s new series

Steven Spielberg’s next big-budget TV series has been given the green light in the US by Fox. Terra Nova, a dinosaur drama which focuses on a family 100 years in the future who travels 150 million years back in the past, will have the services of 24’s writers when it goes into production and it’s expected to comprise of stand-alone episodes.

8:30pm Tuesday, January 26 on TV One

Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris) returns to take on often forgotten evidence, witnesses with buried memories, uncover fresh clues, dig into old wounds and pursue the truth on the seventh season of Cold Case (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

Rush is a smart, driven, enigmatic and highly effective detective on the Philadelphia Homicide Squad. Her instinctive understanding of the criminal mind, and her passion for uncovering the truth, makes her the perfect fit for investigating ‘cold cases’ – crimes that have never been solved. She reopens dormant, unsolved murders that occurred months, years or even decades ago.

Rush and her team use their wits to take on aging evidence and witnesses with buried secrets, discovering new evidence and doggedly pursuing the truth.

Joining Rush on her mission are a team of talented detectives: Scotty Valens (Danny Pino), Rush’s confident and strong-willed partner; Nick Vera (Jeremy Ratchford), rough around the edges, but a tough cop, considered the go-to guy for getting a confession; Will Jeffries (Thom Barry), an experienced veteran who’s been around the block and serves as a link to the past; Kat Miller (Tracie Thoms), a streetwise, no-nonsense and resourceful investigator; and lieutenant John Stillman (John Finn), Rush’s respected mentor and sometime father figure.

With their assistance, Rush is able to take on the toughest cases, giving voice to victims unable to speak for themselves. In the season opener, Rush and the team re-open the 1966 case of a young woman who it was assumed committed suicide off the SS Americana making its final round-trip voyage across the Atlantic. However, when her body is discovered is the bowels of the ship, it is evident she was murdered. Guest star Michael Nader (Dynasty)appears as Tucker ‘Duke’ Benton, a dashing man with whom the victim shared a shipboard romance.

Meanwhile, the trial against the military academy official who tried to harm Rush in last season’s finale begins. Recurring guest stars Jonathan LaPaglia (The District) returns as Assistant District Attorney Curtis Bell and Daniel Baldwin (Homicide: Life On The Street) returns as Major Moe Kitchener, who is on trial for running Rush’s car off a bridge during a previous investigation.

Created by the executive producers of the hit shows Without A Trace and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, along with Meredith Stiehm (ER and NYPD Blue).

VIBE – Saturdays from 11 July, 9.30pm

Hope lives because the evidence never dies.

Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris) and the Philadelphia homicide squad are back for a fourth season, working on “cold cases” – crimes that have never been solved – by reopening dormant murders that occurred years or even decades ago.

Music plays a pivotal part in COLD CASE as the flashback scenes that establish the year of the crime typically employ popular music contemporary to the era. This season includes special episodes that contain music solely from one artist/group, including Tim McGraw, U2 and Bob Dylan.

VIBE – Saturdays from 23 August, 9.30pm

The Philadelphia homicide squad continues thier work on crimes that have never been solved in a new season of VIBE’s hit crime drama. Smart, driven Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris) reopens dormant, unsolved homicides that occurred years or even decades ago. Previously, Rush had used her instinctive understanding of the criminal mind to crack current murder cases. Now, this experienced detective is intrigued by new challenges, such as interrogating witnesses to old crimes whose lives and circumstances have since changed, making use of today’s new science and finding fresh clues to cases once thought unsolvable.

In the landmark 100th episode of Cold Case, the team investigate the murder of a woman who made headlines for vanishing on the night of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of The War Of The Worlds.

The case is reopened when the woman’s remains are discovered in a well. While Lilly and the team members work on solving the woman’s murder, they learn that her family was trying to outrun the ‘aliens’. Bellamy Young (Private Practice) appears as Audrey Metz, two-time Emmy Award nominee Ralph Waite (Carnivàle) plays Felton Metz and recurring guest star Sonja Sohn (The Wire) appears as Nick’s former girlfriend.

Wednesday 12 March, 8.30pm on TV1