Cold Case Reminder: Pt. 1 This Sunday

by Kathy Davis on May 2, 2009

As we posted back in March, the U.S. TV show “Cold Case” will feature 16  Pearl Jam songs in it’s 2-part season finale. Part 1 is this Sunday, May 3rd at 9:00 p.m, and features five songs from “Ten”.   

A little bit about the episode, from Philly.com:

This Sunday’s episode is the first of a two-part season finale that features the music of Pearl Jam, including five cuts from the recent re-release of the band’s 1991 album “Ten.”

“Kate’s journey is very similar to Rush’s journey, and in a sense, to Pearl Jam’s journey,” Johnson said. “It’s the first time we’ve really told Lilly Rush’s origins story.”

The show often uses music to set the scene for its visits to the past, but it wasn’t immediately clear why Pearl Jam would be used for a story involving the 2005 murder of a female cadet at a fictional military college.

So given the album re-release, was this product placement?

No way, said executive producers Jennifer Johnson and Greg Plageman, who co-wrote the two-parter.

The show had tried in the past to get permission to use one of the band’s songs, but had been denied, Johnson said yesterday, and this is “the first time they’ve opened their whole catalog.”

It might not have hurt that “Cold Case” was interested in using a number of the band’s songs, the way it’s done with other artists, including Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon.

But there’s no multiple-song discount, Plageman said.

“We actually don’t pay less. I wish we did,” he said.

The choice of Pearl Jam, Johnson said, was more a question of attitude than era, since the episodes, which include scenes shot last month in Philadelphia, deal with the parallels between the cadet’s experiences and those of “Cold Case’s” Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris).

Here’s a preview of the finale:

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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