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The Reports of Jamie Bamber in LA are Not Greatly Exaggerated
In recent weeks, there have been tweets from Jamie’s fellow BSG cast members about reunions in LA (although, my favorite tweet may be from a fan who started off with, "Jamie Bamber and James Callis walk into a bar..."). Jamie and Kerry seen on the set of the film Filly Brown, shooting in LA. And Jamie attended the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this past Friday. I’ve being reading speculation as to what it all means. So, to the best of my ability, I’m going to try and clarify what has happened and what is happening.

Jamie and his family currently reside in LA. The plan is to stay in LA. What does that mean for his involvement with Law & Order: UK? Jamie had a contract for three series of thirteen episodes. ITV later opted to split the three series into six. With his contract nearing it’s end, he asked to be released a bit early. My speculation is this has to do with ‘pilot season’ currently underway in Hollywood. Jamie remains a cast member for series 3 (or series 5 & 6) and production should be wrapping up in the not too distant future. As is the custom with most television series, episodes are filmed out of order and I know Jamie was recently back in the UK to work on an episode.

ITV, if they stay true to form with previous schedules, should air half the new episodes in the fall of this year and the rest in the winter/spring of 2012. ITV has not yet announced they will be commissioning the show for another thirteen episodes. That’s a long period of time for an actor to be uncertain as to what his next job will be, especially with a family to support. And while Law & Order: UK is an excellent series, one that has served to increase Jamie’s profile as an actor since Battlestar Galactica ended, there are more opportunities to be explored in LA, as well as economic incentives. Generally, U.S. television series have larger episode orders and, if successful, can run for a very long time (See: Law & Order ;).

I know there will be mixed feelings about this news. I was torn myself, but I believe Jamie is making some good decisions in regards to his future and I’m confidant we will have some casting news soon.

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callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: February 8th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm really excited!! I like LOUK but he can do so much more! He needs more chewy drama.
scifishipper From: scifishipper Date: February 8th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I am also excited for Jamie to have more roles and opportunities. Admittedly, I am anxious about the insecurity of the decision, but I trust it will all work out. I'm happy to hear that he's back in the states for a while.

And thank you for sussing out the situation. There was much twitter buzz this morning about Jamie being still in the US while shooting LOUK was underway.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Ahh I'm sad. I really love the Matt/Ronnie partnership. Hope he finds something else interesting but it will be very sad to see him go.
pinkylilie From: pinkylilie Date: February 8th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I think it's a really good decision from Jamie,he'll have good opportunities in LA, I bet on it! Anyway, I'll follow his carreer whenever he will be!
buckeye94 From: buckeye94 Date: February 8th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
This is great news!

As a mom I think of his young girls and having stability for their education.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 8th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
*sigh* Well. Where to start? I guess with the positive aspect which is that there are a lot of interesting television projects in development right now, several of which I will freely admit to having read a blurb on and thought "Wow, Jamie might be great for that." Never mind a lot of terrific shows already on the air for which he could land a significant guest arc. (*cough* DEXTER JUSTIFIED FRINGE WHITE COLLAR ;) ) I completely understand the urge to make oneself available for those kind of opportunities.

That said... say, if this came about after just one series of L&O:UK I'd probably not be so torn. As it stands, though, I'm now IN LOVE with that cast, and those characters, and with Jamie & Bradley's on-screen rapport in particular, so in that sense it's somewhat gutting. (A type of gutting that I think I knew in the back of my mind I should prepare for eventually, but still...didn't want to think about it. :( ). Completely hesitant to speculate because Series 4 hasn't even aired in the UK yet!, but without going into detail... Emilia & Co. handled Ben Daniels' exit well, and based on that and their tenure as a writing team, I trust their judgment.

Now, I'm gonna go over here and finish my lunch and be mildly sulky, yet curiously optimistic.
rdave1 From: rdave1 Date: February 8th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm excited for Jamie! He is a smart man and as a fan I look forward to seeing him in a different type of role.

Good luck to him! Hopefully, he will on my tv very soon with something new and exciting.
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: February 8th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Awww, it's Ronnie I feel bad for.

L&O: UK, and Ronnie and Matt in particular, had really grown on me, but nothing lasts forever and I suspect you're right about pilot season, to stay in the UK till Spring/Summer means he'd have missed another year and hey, if it doesn't work out he can always come back and be on Eastenders! Or maybe not. ;)
angelicalangie From: angelicalangie Date: February 8th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I am both a little gutted, since I have developed a real love for Matty on LOUK, but I think it is probably the best decision. LOUK has been a hit in the states I know a lot of my friends in the US have tweeted about watching it on BBCA - I hope that they continue to watch it.

I don't think I helped much this morning, since I was the one that found an article in the local paper that announced they had started filming in peoples houses this week - and that this was season 5.

However as a career choice for Jamie this is probably the best one. He has a raised profile fo being able to do long stints on television shows. That he has been part of two fairly high profile shows, proves to networks that this guy is bankable. I don't think that this move hasn't been without a lot of consideration. I also think, if you look at his interviews, that he has been telling us that this show was never a permanent move back to London. I think that so long as the script is good he can come back, but that he needs more roles and also more work.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 9th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Don't feel bad! There's been a lot of chatter and speculation the past couple weeks and, with ITV not making a official announcement, I finally decided to ask if it was OK to say something before the rumor mill took over.

As much as I'll miss Matt, I really do think this is the right decision by Jamie. I understood why he chose to do L&O:UK, he's done some excellent work on the show, and it's only helped raise his profile in both the US and UK. But he's hinted at wanting to play a variety of roles and not be tied down for too long to one project. As much as he loved his time on BSG, if that series had run as long as, lets say, The X-Files, I'm sure Apollo would not have made it to earth. ;)
eden1013 From: eden1013 Date: February 8th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Mixed feels about this. I love the show and will be sad to see him go. But I also love Bradley Walsh and will continue to watch while he's still in it.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 9th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yeah, I'll miss Jamie on the show, but I won't stop watching just because he's moved on.
aurora_0811 From: aurora_0811 Date: February 8th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
This is great news for him. I hope his switch back to LA is because he has some exciting opportunities on the horizon. I love him in LOUK and I think the exposure and range he's been able to get from it has been a great benefit. Also, many characters on the American version of L&O came and went, depending on how Matt's exit goes it's not a stretch to think that he could go back and make appearances in the future.

Yay for Jamie, Kerry and their family. I wish them the best of luck!
lemurling From: lemurling Date: February 8th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
With filming still going on Series 5/6, that seems to imply it would be a big gap before filming would start again on any 7/8 shows. Would it be safe to hope that if he doesn't get snapped up by an American show, and ITV does decide to do a Series 7/8, that he at least might still end up back on L&O|UK?

I have found myself becoming addicted to UK TV, but the short seasons are murderous for viewers. I understand why it is like that, but it's really torture. If I like a show, I want more than 7 episodes of it at a time!
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 9th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't think he would say never to going back to British TV, but I got the impression from the people I exchanged emails with that he was pretty set on remaining in the U.S. I'm sure that decision is, in part, dictated by his girls being school age now and wanting to pick a place to live and provide stability. He even mentioned this being a consideration of he and Kerry's a few years ago. My hope is he lands the lead in a new series, but, even if that's not in his immediate future, I'm sure there are enough guest starring roles and TV movies to keep him busy.
nicole_anell From: nicole_anell Date: February 9th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I am, predictably, stuck on the part where Jamie and James were hanging out together in a bar. THIS CAST.

Thanks for the news! I hope this brings good things for his career, more auditions and roles in American TV. (Not to knock stuff like L&O of course.)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 9th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm SO SHOCKED you're stuck on that part. ;D And that's how I learned James was also in LA. I guess everyone is in town for pilot season. :)

Edited at 2011-02-09 12:58 am (UTC)
ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: February 9th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Hmmm I am torn about this news.

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sarmoti From: sarmoti Date: February 9th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm excited for him. Admittedly, L&O:UK is not my cuppa, though I do watch and am happy to have Jamie on a show! But I'd also like to see him back on American TV, selfishly for myself, but also because there is opportunity for him to have big success here, hopefully on a quality show that has wider appeal than BSG did. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up next!
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