David Pevsner will replace actor Jim J. Bullock when web series Old Dogs & New Tricks begins shooting its pilot this week.
Bullock found himself with a scheduling conflict when asked to join a national tour of the Broadway hit Hair Spray, set to begin the same week the pilot shoots.
“We were saddened when Jim J. told us, but we can’t compete with a national touring company!” says executive producer Laurence Whiting. “We hated to see Jim go, but are equally delighted to have Mr. Pevsner's trademark thoughtfulness and comedic sensibilities bring Ross Stein to life. And we congratulate Jim J. and wish him the best on his upcoming tour.”
Old Dogs & New Tricks asks “In Boystown, do gay men grow up, or just grow old?” Los Angeles (in general) and West Hollywood (in particular) add a strong flavor to the comedy. But the focus remains on how different gay men react (or overreact) and adjust (or not) to getting older.
Pevsner assumes the role of “Ross Stein,” a former TV leading man of the 1990s, who finds himself with too much time on his hands as the result of a dormant career and often-absent, increasingly successful husband.
He joins Leon Acord (Carved in Stone, Some Prefer Cake), Curt Bonnem (Lovelace: The Rock Opera, Beastly Bombing) and Jeffrey Patrick Olson (Daddy) as four diverse, successful best friends—each located squarely within middle age.
Originally from Skokie, IL, Pevsner is an entertainment-industry veteran as an actor, singer and writer, with extensive credits on stage (including on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof) & TV (Desperate Housewives; Law & Order LA; Las Vegas). His critically acclaimed one-man musical To Bitter and Back received an LA Weekly nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Old Dogs & New Tricks was written and created by Acord; the show is being directed and developed for the web by Arvin Bautista (My Suicide). Matt Ladensack serves as Line Producer, with Whiting and Acord acting as Executive Producers. The show’s score will be composed by veteran film composer Nic. tenBroek (Dark Angel, Xena: Warrior Princess).
The show’s five-minute pilot shoots May 14-16, and will premiere on line in mid-July, following a gala screening premiere. The producers hope to begin production on the 17-episode series by late-summer/early-fall of this year.