Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Q&A w/Leon Acord re Old Dogs & New Tricks on Real Steve Gray's Blog

"I wanted to do a show where gay men were the leads, where they spoke like gay men, and found themselves in the type of situations that they would talk about with their gay friends. I wanted characters that made mistakes, who didn’t ‘act their age,’ who weren’t always noble, who had sex and didn’t have to pay a price or seek redemption."


Read the complete interview HERE!

Monday, December 5, 2011

He's Back!!! Leon Reprises the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Others in 'gay apparel: Christmas Carol'

Leon as Jacob Marley's Ghost
Leon reprises the Ghost of Jacob Marley (among other roles) in gay apparel:A Christmas Carol through December 18 at Space 916, 916 Formosa Ave., Hollywood 90046.  Reserve tickets at 323-418-2583 or purchase online via www.jasonmoyerpresents.com.


Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.  TTickets are $20 pre-sold and $25 at the Door (cash only, please).


Justin Ross, Samara Bay, Nicholas Harsin, Rachael Meyers, Kenneth Sears and Rick Simone make up the cast.  The show was adapted and directed by Jason Moyer.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Leon Reprises Jacob Marley, Uncle Tim, Fezziwig, et al., in "gay apparel: A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

With production complete on the first four episodes of Old Dogs & New Tricks, Leon returns to the stage (albeit briefly) to reprise the roles of "Jacob Marley's Ghost" & "'Uncle' Tim" in Jason Moyer's adaptation of Dickens' classic, gay apparel:A CHRISTMAS CAROL.


Leon appeared in the show's previous production in 2009.  This year he joins Justin Ross as 'Scrooge' and Samara BayNicholas Harsin, Rachael Meyers, Kenneth Sears and Rick Simone in an ensemble of roles.


The show runs Dec. 2-18, with performances on Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, and on Sun. at 7pm.  Performances are $20 pre-sold and $25 at the Door.  (Buy tickets before Nov. 21 and get $10 off--Code: 'Dickens').


Performances are at Space 916, 916 N. Formosa Ave., LA, CA  90046.  For tickets and information call 323.418.2583 or visit www.jasonmoyerpresents.com.     

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ODNT Screens Wed 10/19 in Wed Series Unplugged @ El Cid

Old Dogs & New Tricks joins successful web series Adventures of Barry Baz, Coxman: The Series, Self Storage, Girl Parts, Stallions de Amor, Matt & Cory Show & My Roommate The... in the line up of Web Series Unplugged at El Cid, Wednesday, October 19.

The cast of ODNT will be in attendance!

The fun begins with dinner and drinks at 8 p.m, followed by the screening beginning at 9pm.  Tickets are $8.  To RSVP or for more info, please go to https://www.facebook.com

Friday, October 7, 2011

Leon Joins Old Dogs Cast on Sheena Metal Experience

Leon joined Old Dogs & New Tricks co-stars Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson & David Pevsner on Oct. 5 for their first joint interview on the Sheena Metal Experience on LA Talk  If you missed the show , click HERE !

Monday, October 3, 2011

ODNT Cast on Sheena Metal Experience, LA Talk Radio, 10/5

The stars of Old Dogs & New Tricks -- Leon Acord, Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson & David Pevsner -- sit down for their first joint on-air interview on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6pm PST on the Sheena Metal Experience on LA Talk Radio.

Thom Bierdz, who joins the cast in a recurring guest role, will also be a guest on the show.

To listen, go to http://www.latalkradio.com/

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WeHo News Q&A w/Leon Acord About Old Dogs & New Tricks' Upcoming Season

Leon was interviewed by internet newspaper WeHo News about Old Dogs & New Tricks' upcoming new season, and special guest stars Patrick Bristow and Thom Bierdz.
"I had Muscles' idealism in my 20s.  I was neurotic like Nathan when I was single.  And now I'm in a long-term relationship like Ross.  (Laughs)  I won't tell you what I have in common with Brad."
Click HERE to read the interview! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Old Dogs & New Tricks Screens at Web Series Unplugged 10/19

The Web Series Unplugged series, which features the top of the web series field, will screen the pilot of Leon's new web series Old Dogs & New Tricks at El Cid in Silverlake on Wednesday, October 19 at the El Cid, it was just confirmed.


The cast and some of the crew will be in attendance. A cocktail mixer begins at 8pm, with the show commencing at 9pm.  Admission is $8


El Cid is located at 4212 W. Sunset Boulevard, LA  90029 in Silverlake.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Leon Guests on Finding Cupid Tues 9/20 @ 2pm

Leon will guest on the radio talk show 'Finding Cupid' with host David M. Cruz III, as part of a panel discussion on dating and aging.  To listen to the show, go to Global Voice Broadcasting.  

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ODNT Launches Season 1 IndieGoGo Campaign

Old Dogs & New Tricks has just launched its IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for the first four episodes of the web series' first season.  Producers hope to raise $5,000 amongst fans and friends in order to shoot four episodes in November.

The first season will premiere on Sunday, January 8, 2012, with a two-part episode detailing Nathan Adler's disastrous 50th birthday party.  You'll also accompany Brad on a few internet hook-ups, watch Muscles deal with a new boyfriend with whom he has too much in common, and learn the one thing Ross wants more than a career comeback!

For more information, and to contribute to the show's first season, go to www.indiegogo.com/Old-Dogs-New-Tricks-First-4-Episodes

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Old Dogs Pilot Screens Mon 9/13 @ Village Variety Pack


Old Dogs & New Tricks will be part of the line-up on Monday evening, Sept. 12, when Michael Anthony & Dennis Hensley host another evening of The Village Variety Pack at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.

Village Variety Pack is a mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, music, interviews, videos and surprise guests in an old-fashioned variety show format.


Michael & Dennis will screen the pilot as part of the evening's line-up, and several of the show's cast and crew will be in attendance.  


Village Variety Pack begins at 8pm at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center located at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place in Los Angeles, 90038.  Admission is $15; tickets are available at their WEBSITE.

Old Dogs & New Tricks Prepares to Shoot First Season!

Aug. 31,  2011 – West Hollywood, CA – Thanks to the success of the pilot of Old Dogs & New Tricks, the new web series will begin production in November on its first season, which will premiere on a weekly basis on YouTube and at its website in January 2012.

Producers plan to utilize the fundraising site IndieGoGo to help raise funds for the first four episodes.  They previously used the site to great success to raise funds for the pilot.

Old Dogs & New Tricks focuses on four diverse, successful gay best friends—each located squarely within middle age and struggling to stay vital and relevant in youth-obsessed West Hollywood—and how they react (or overreact) and adjust (or not) to getting older

The pilot of the new web series, released July 30, 2011, has scored more than 3,600 YouTube views in less than one month, with a 95% “like” rating, with no other marketing than their Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

“Think The Birdcage meets Sex and the City, and you’ve got an idea of how this fabulously fun show plays,” wrote the website Placevine.com, which covers the web TV industry.

 “The response absolutely exceeded our expectations,” says show’s star/creator Leon Acord, “and we’re very grateful for the positive reaction, and to have the chance to continue with the show!”

Acord (Carved in Stone, Some Prefer Cake), Curt Bonnem (Kowalski; Lovelace: The Rock Opera), Jeffrey Patrick Olson (Daddy) and David Pevsner (Naked Boys Singing, To Bitter and Back) star; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton appear in recurring roles.  Producers promise one or two name guest stars as well, the names of which they will divulge at a later time.

Old Dogs & New Tricks is written/created by Acord, and is developed for the web and directed by Arvin Bautista (My Suicide).  Matt Ladensack, Laurence Whiting and Acord serve as Co-Executive Producers.  The show’s score is composed by veteran film and TV composer Nic. tenBroek (Dark Angel, Xena: Warrior Princess). 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Facebook Accepts, Then Rejects OD&NT Ad as 'Not Suitable'

A Facebook ad for Leon's new web series Old Dogs & New Tricks, depicting a scene from the pilot, was discontinued by the social media site less than 24 hours after it was approved.

Facebook said the ad was "not suitable" but gave no other explanation as to why the ad was pulled after originally being approved.

Do you find the ad objectionable?  Why do you think it was disapproved after being allowed on the site for over 12 hours?

We'd love to hear what you think!  Please comment below or on our Facebook or Twitter!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

OD&NT Gets Over 2500 Views in First Week

Aug. 8,  2011 – West Hollywood, CA – The pilot of the new web series Old Dogs & New Tricks has scored more than 2,500 YouTube views in its first week online with a 95% “like” rating, with no marketing other than their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Old Dogs & New Tricks focuses on four diverse, successful gay best friends—each located squarely within middle age—and how they react (or overreact) and adjust (or not) to getting older in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.

“Think The Birdcage meets Sex and the City, and you’ve got an idea of how this fabulously fun show plays,” wrote the website Placevine.com, which covers the web TV industry.

Leon Acord (Carved in Stone, Some Prefer Cake), Curt Bonnem (Lovelace: The Rock Opera, Beastly Bombing), Jeffrey Patrick Olson (Daddy) and David Pevsner (Naked Boys Singing, To Bitter and Back) star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton appear in recurring roles. 

Old Dogs & New Tricks was written and created by Acord, and is directed and developed for the web by Arvin Bautista (My Suicide).  Matt Ladensack serves as Line Producer, with Laurence Whiting and Acord acting as Executive Producers.  The show’s score is composed by veteran film composer Nic. tenBroek (Dark Angel, Xena: Warrior Princess). 

“The response has absolutely exceeded our expectations,” says show’s star/creator Acord, “and we’re very grateful for all the wonderful comments and subscribers we’ve received so far.”

The producers plan to shoot a new two-part episode, then use it and the pilot to raise funds for an eight-episode first season series.For info: www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com.

Who Says You Can’t Teach ‘Old Dogs New Tricks’?

by Lance Trachtenberg on August 3, 2011

Just because a person reaches a certain age, that doesn’t necessarily equate with and “ending of an era”, so to speak. With our society’s overly age conscious viewpoint on all things from pop culture to an unending amount of elixirs and remedies stocking the drug store shelves that claim a guarantee to push our biological clocks back to the golden ages of porcelain smooth skin and Adonis toned bodies, we as a nation are constantly bombarded with a continuous message-being old is bad. This ageism inspired message seems to carry little or no weight with the characters of the funny middle ager set web show ’Old Dogs-New Tricks’. And if it does bother them, they don’t let it show.

"Think 'The Birdcage’ meets ’Sex and the City’, and you’ve got an idea of how this fabulously fun show plays."   


The show follows the life of recently turned fifty talent agent Nathan Adler (Leon Acord) and his exploits in the Hollywood scene, as well as the ups and downs of his off the clock life. When Leon’s not working hard just to maintain some modicum of sanity while engaged in his super speed job environment, he’s busy trying to meet all the relation ship expectations put upon him by his partner Brad King (Curt Bonnem), an ex 80’s pop star who defines the description of high maintenance. When he’s not portraying the series lead, Leon Acord doubles as series creator, and he’s put together an interesting clip series focusing on a group of friends trying to get by in the wilds of West Hollywood. Think ’The Birdcage’ meets ’Sex and the City’, and you’ve got an idea of how this fabulously fun show plays.

Pull up some desk chair and follow along with Nathan and his pals as this web series carves its way through its first season web show fans. It should prove to be a fun ride.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Old Dogs & New Tricks Spotlighted in WeHo News Feature Article

It was the final day of filming for the pilot of the new web series Old Dogs & New Tricks, and the production was shooting its last scheduled scene.


West Hollywood bakery Plaisir had been transformed into a gay dance club, and director Arvin Bautista was creating the pilot’s complicated opening shot, in which the camera strolls through a group of gorgeous twenty-somethings before coming to rest on forty-something actor Leon Acord.

“Look at this old guy over here,” Arvin directed the extras, gesturing towards Acord. “He’s old! What’s he doing here? He’s taking up your space! He shouldn’t be here. He shouldn’t even exist!”

Acord pulled a face.

As the show’s creator, writer and co-executive producer as well as its star, he was concerned about the tone of the scene.

“I don’t want Nathan to seem pathetic,” he said to his director.


Old Dogs & New Tricks on AfterElton Web Site


The popular gay news and entertainment web site AfterElton.com yesterday featured the pilot of Leon's new web TV series Old Dogs & New Dogs on its site.

Click HERE for more! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

OD&NT Featured on Greg in Hollywood Blog:

See premiere episode of “Old Dogs & New Tricks”
By Greg Hernandez on Aug 2, 2011 12:02 am


"I’ll be posting upcoming episodes of this new web series as they become available. Love seeing shows featuring local out actors." Go to GregInHollywood.com

Thanks Greg!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Listen to Leon's recent Finding Cupid Appearance!


Click HERE to listen to Leon Acord' recent appearance on David Cruz's Finding Cupid radio show on Global Voice Broadcasting to discuss his new web series Old Dogs & New Tricks playing at www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Old Dogs & New Tricks Debuts to Enthusiastic Response

Old Dogs & New Tricks, the new web series written & created by Leon Acord and developed for the web and directed by Arvin Bautista, premiered July 30 to an enthusiastic audience in West Hollywood, as well as online with incredible feedback!



Cast, crew and friends gathered at Plaisir, the West Hollywood French bakery which doubled as a nightclub in the pilot's opening scene, to watch the pilot.  The overwhelming reaction?  "We want more!"  

Meanwhile, over 375 viewers have watched the pilot since it simultaneously debuted on YouTube and our website.  Read their comments HERE

Please rate, comment and subscribe on our YouTube Channel.  Our upcoming first season depends on how many & how quickly viewers watch and respond.  Producers hope to use the pilot to raise funds for a 10-episode first season in time to shoot before the end of the year. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Leon to Appear on The John Miller Program @ FCC Free Radio

Leon will be a guest on the John Miller Program on Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 p.m., broadcast on San Francisco-based FCC Free Radio, to discuss his new web series Old Dogs & New Tricks

You can hear the interview at www.fccfreeradio.com.  

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Leon on David Cruz's 'Finding Cupid' Radio Show July 26

Leon will appear on David Cruz's web radio show Finding Cupid on Tuesday, July 26 at 2pm to talk about Leon's upcoming web series Old Dogs & New Tricks.

Finding Cupid is a talk show for "hopeful romantics and wayward lovers alike." Host David Cruz is "on a mission to remind people how to love again”.  Leon will talk about OD&NT's characters' search for love in middle age.

 
The radio show is broadcast by Global Voice Broadcasting on its website at gvbradio.com. The show will repeat that evening at 7pm and will also be available as a free podcast via iTunes.

Old Dogs & New Tricks debuts Saturday, July 30th at 8 p.m. at www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com

Sunday, July 10, 2011

First Peek at Old Dogs & New Tricks!

Old Dogs & New Tricks premieres its pilot episode on Saturday, July 30 on its website (www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com).  Until then, here are a few film stills from the pilot that are, more or less, spoiler free!

Nathan and Brad's friendship has curious origins...
Brad King ( Curt Bonnem) today.

Brad King's one & only big hit: 1988's 'Bite Me
'
Lydia Lasker (Amanda Abel), Nathan's loyal & efficient Girl Friday.
Max, a crime-solving dog with a high IQ and even higher TVQ -- Ross' co-star on 'Max & Me.'
Our four boys, together again for the first time!
Talent agent Nathan Adler (Leon Acord) faces his 50th birthday.
Is it hot in here, or is it just them?
'Muscles' Carter (Jeffrey Patrick Olson), personal trainer to the stars and to a certain under-developed talent agent.
Nathan & Ross meet the press.
Do we grow up or just grow old?
Ross Stein (David Pevsner)-- playing second banana to a dog .




Thursday, June 9, 2011

Old Dogs & New Tricks Pilot Debuts Online July 30

Old Dogs & New Tricks, the new web series created and co-produced by Leon about four gay friends stumbling through middle age in West Hollywood, will premiere online Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m.


Leon, Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson & David Pevsner star as the four friends; Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton play supporting roles.  Zay Roque and Anthony Rockwell appear in guest star roles in the pilot.

Developed for the web and directed by Arvin Bautista, the show is a fast-paced, serialized comedy that pokes fun at the issues of aging, especially in a youth-obsessed environment such as Los Angeles.
 
"I can't believe, less than a year after I wrote it, we have the pilot shot and almost ready to share.  The entire experience -- pre-production, shooting -- has been an absolute blast.   We have a great team," says Leon.

Producers will use the pilot to raise funds for the series, which they hope to begin shooting before the end of the year.  

You can watch the pilot at the show's official site (www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com) or on it's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/OldDogsTheSeries)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Teaser from Old Dogs & New Tricks Pilot

Thanks to a fantastic cast and crew and everyone's generous donations to Indiegogo, we had an incredible shoot for our pilot, so much so that the director just HAD to throw a little teaser together as soon as he got home.

Share, subscribe, and comment, and we'll see you in a few weeks for the debut of the pilot!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Leon Wraps 'Old Dogs & New Tricks' Pilot

Leon Acord just completed shooting the pilot of Old Dogs & New Tricks, the upcoming web series he wrote and created, May 14-16 at locations in West Hollywood, Hollywood, West Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks.

OD&NT stars Acord, Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson & David Pevsner as four middle-aged gay best friends in youth-obsessed West Hollywood, and is directed & developed by Arvin Bautista.  The pilot will premiere in mid-July on the show's website, www.olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Birthing a Litter of Old Dogs

Actor’s Inspirations for Upcoming Web Sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks

by Leon Acord
The first seed of what would become Old Dogs & New Tricks was planted a couple of years ago, when I learned an actor friend was “second runner up” for the part on Modern Family that Eric Stonestreet was making famous.

I found it odd, because the two actors were wildly different in type:  My friend is muscular and sexual and gay; Eric Overstreet is overweight and clownish and straight.   It made me wonder if they picked Eric because (in addition to being a great actor) he would make the gay marriage on Modern Family seem non-sexual and therefore safe to audiences.

TV has come a long way since I was a kid, and gay characters now abound.  But there’s still a chunk of most gay TV character’s lives that we never see.  I wanted to create a show that exposed those things; a show about gay men who talk about things many gay men talk about, in an honest way you’d never hear on any network.  I wanted to explore gay sexuality in a straight-forward, comical and non-judgmental way.  I wanted to show gay friends forming their own family.  

And because I wanted to act in the thing, I wanted them to be a group of otherwise successful, middle-aged gay men – a wildly under-represented though usually affluent (go figure!) segment of the population­ – and plop them into youth-obsessed West Hollywood and see what happens.

Flash forward to Summer 2010:  During a two-month sabbatical from LA at my parents’ Indiana home, I found myself with my laptop and no internet connection, no cell reception, no air conditioning, not even a TV in my room.  There were no other excuses—it was time to create what I originally entitled Silver Foxes.  (Ugh.)

The characters appeared instantly to me.  Neurotic agent Nathan Adler, who’s traded passion for fashion; washed-up rocker Brad Stone, a borderline sex-addict; idealistic Muscles Carter, who’s still holding out for Mr. Right; and conservative Ross Stein, who found Mr. Right twenty years ago but now wonders ‘what’s next?’.  There are parts of me in each character, but more than that I won’t say!

I truly grew to love these guys – I couldn’t wait, each night, to sit at my laptop and share time with my four newfound friends.  I believe my parents think I lost my mind.

Stories came quickly – some inspired by real events, some total figments of my imagination – so quickly in fact that at the end of my two month’s stay, I had scripts for 30 five-minute episodes (we’ve put the last 14 on the shelf for now).  

I thought I’d hire a joke writer at some point to punch up the scripts, but Canadian playwright Glen Rockwell, the only other person I shared the scripts with at this point, said he thought the scripts were plenty funny as is.  

I wrote Nathan as newly 50 because, at 47, I thought it would take at least two years to get this thing produced.  But after returning to LA, I sent the scripts to a few industry associates, and the response was immediate and enthusiastic.  The show took on a life and urgency of its own – like a snowball, picking up staffers and crew members as it rolled, unstoppable, down the production hill.  There was a general consensus to strike while the iron is hot.  

After lots of development work with wonderful director Arvin Bautista; hard work from executive producer Laurence Whiting and line producer Matt Ladensack; meeting actors practically begging to play a part with producer/casting associate Levi Damione; and a successful IndieGoGo campaign, here we are:  shooting the pilot in May 2011, with a great cast and incredible crew, less than a year after I first created the show.

And the pilot will be online before the summer is done.  You gotta love the internet!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Patrick Dawn's 'Allegiance' Premiere Screening Saturday, April 9

Patrick Dawn's short film Allegiance premieres Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, 283 N. Cypress Street, in Orange, California.

Depicting a modern-day America in which the Nazis have won World War II, Allegiance follows Joseph Abbot (Timothy Guest), a middle school teacher who risks all to teach his son and students the truth when textbooks erase all mention of the "Final Solution". In doing so the children learn of freedom and individuality, but most importantly, what it means to fight for what you believe in.
Leon appears in a small but pivotal role in the film's shocking last scene.  He last worked with director Dawn on the short film aWake, playing a man, dying of AIDS, who throws his own wake.

Please click HERE for more information.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Old Dogs & New Tricks Teaser Now Online @ IndieGoGo

The Old Dogs & New Tricks teaser is now online at IndieGoGo.  See it at Old Dogs & New Tricks' IndieGoGo Page.  And please help support the production of our pilot -- and pick up some nice prizes in the process!


Adapted from a scene in a later episode written by Leon Acord, the teaser briefly introduces both our four leads (Acord, Jim J. Bullock, Curt Bonnem & Jeffrey Patrick Olson) and the particular predicaments they each find themselves in as middle-aged men in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.

"I'm very pleased with the trailer," executive producer Laurence Whiting says.  "We shot this for, literally, zero dollars.  If this is what we can do with no money, imagine how great the series will look and sound when we actually have a budget!"

The pilot, directed by Arvin Bautista, is scheduled to shoot in mid-May 2011.  The series will begin production in early fall 2011.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

'Old Dogs & New Tricks' Teaser/Trailer Premieres Online Mon, Apr 4

The teaser/trailer for New Dogs & Old Tricks, the new upcoming web series starring Leon Acord, Jim J. Bullock, Curt Bonnem & Jeffrey Patrick Olson as best friends stumbling through middle age in West Hollywood, makes its online premiere Monday, April 4, following its unveiling Apr. 3 at the Carved in Stone: Unplugged performance at Theatre Aslyum.

The teaser/trailer, directed by Arvin Bautista and written by show creator Acord, will be used as part of an on-line campaign to raise funds for the series' pilot.

Check back soon for more information!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

First Look at "Old Dogs & New Tricks" Cast!

Jeffrey Patrick Olson ('Muscles'), Leon Acord ('Nathan'), Jim J. Bullock ('Ross') & Curt Bonnem ('Brad') while shooting a teaser for the upcoming web series Old Dogs & New Tricks on March 12, 2011. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cast Set for Upcoming "Old Dogs & New Tricks"

Jim J. Bullock, Curt Bonnem & Jeffrey Patrick Olson Join Leon for Comedy Series 

Casting is now complete for the pilot of Old Dogs & New Tricks, Leon's new comedy web series which he also created and wrote.

Curt Bonnem and Jeffrey Patrick Olson will join Jim J. Bullock (already cast) and Leon as four best friends located squarely in middle age in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.  Ryland Shelton will play a mysterious 25 year old actor/model. 
clockwise: Leon Acord, Jim J. Bullock, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Curt Bonnem
Production on the pilot episode begins in May, with the series shooting in late summer/early fall. Arvin Bautista, who's developed the show for the web, will produce and direct the pilot as well as at least some of the series' episodes.  Laurence Whiting is executive producing; Leon and Levi Damione are producing; Matt Ladensack is line producing. 

Ryland Shelton

Meanwhile, the show's official site is now on line at www.olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com.

Check back soon for more info!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Carved in Stone Reunion Performance Confirmed!


The original cast of Jeffrey Hartgraves' 2009's stage comedy hit Carved in Stone will reunite on Sunday, April 3 at Theatre Asylum for a special reunion performance, to raise funds for the pilot of Leon's new web series Old Dogs and New Tricks.  Check back soon for more info!