Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Cold Case": No More Trips to Philadelphia

You can't take the Philly out of Cold Case, CBS's long-running series about cops from Our Town solving old-time mysteries. But you can take Cold Case out of Philly. And, because of budget cutbacks, that's just what Warner Bros., which produces the show, is going to do. The show used to visit four times a year, then twice, and now, not at all.

"Cold Case": No More Trips to Philadelphia

Jeremy Ratchford plays Nick Vera in "Cold Case."
Jeremy Ratchford plays Nick Vera in "Cold Case."

You can't  take the Philly out of Cold Case, CBS's long-running series about cops from Our Town solving old-time mysteries. But you can take Cold Case out of Philly. And, because of budget cutbacks, that's just what Warner Bros., which produces the show, is going to do. The show used to visit four times a year, then twice, and now, not at all.

"It's a big mistake," says John Finn, who plays bossman John Stillman on the show. "Philadelphia was our heart and soul. Love Park and Fishtown and all those places, you cannot recreate that anywhere."

"There's something you can get in Philadelphia that you cannot get in Los Angeles," says Jeremy Ratchford, who plays Det. Nick Vera. "Like that Italian Market where the guys says, 'Howmany, howmany, howmany bananas?' Every major city in the States has a flavor. Our flavor is Philadelphia, and it's a shame we're not going back.

"When we went to Philadelphia, we'd all go out to dinner, and you'd walk 10 blocks to a restaurant, and you'd see probably 1,000 other people out walking their dog, walking to a movie, walking to a restaurant, walking, walking, walking, walking, walking.

"You’re out in that street, and you're breathing that air, whereas in Los Angeles, you get in your car and you drive to the gym, and then you walk on a machine."

"When we go there, the people love us, and it shows," says Finn. "It gives us an energy. It makes us feel different when were performoing with all those people there."

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My So-Called Life, Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Survivor, I’ll Fly Away, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The X-Files, Northern Exposure, Roseanne, Gilmore Girls, NYPD Blue, Frasier, Ally McBeal, and, in the much-too-overlooked category, American Dreams, The Riches, Flight of the Conchords and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

TV has given us wondrous fare over the last 20 years, and Philadelphia Inquirer TV critic Jonathan Storm has been paid to watch it. He has also been forced to watch five cycles of presidential debates, Fear Factor, The Swan and Bill O’Reilly. There is no free lunch in life.

He’s still watching and talking to the folks who make TV, from mega-producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David E. Kelley to the little kids in Medium. And now he’s blogging about it, with insights and info that you won’t find anywhere else. Reach Jonathan at jstorm@phillynews.com.

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