Following a successful table reading with Patrick Bristow, Jim J. Bullock, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, among others, Leon's upcoming web series is moving forward to a late summer/fall 2011 shoot for an early 2012 debut on-line.
Old Dogs & New Tricks is the comedic story of four West Hollywood friends trying to stay in the game as the Big 5-0 looms on the horizon -- and explores how gay men react (or over-react) and adjust (or not) to growing older in a youth-obsessed world. Leon stars as talent agent and about-to-turn-50 year old 'Nathan Adler,' who's torn between a mysterious, much-younger "Boy Toy" and a stable, secure older man.
Arvin Bautista (who directed Leon in 2006's Deer Season) serves as Supervising Producer and will direct several episodes. Leon and Levi Damione are producing, with Laurence Whiting serving as Executive Producer. Leon created and wrote the series.
Gordon Thompson (Dynasty, Little Miss Sunshine) will join the cast mid-season as Nathan's age-appropriate love interest. Cabaret star Amanda Abel will co-star as Nathan's flamboyant assistant 'Lydia Lasker'. Casting of the lead roles should be complete by year's end.
"When I wrote the series this past summer, I intentionally made my character 50, so I'd have at least three years to actually get it produced. I'm so surprised by how positively everyone has reacted to the scripts, and how it's taken on a life of it's own as a result. It's happening much faster than I expected, and that's solely because most people who've read it have been very enthusiastic."
More info coming soon!