Thursday, September 29, 2011

Old Dogs Launches Fan Art Contest!


Send us your drawing, sketch or painting of our four dogs, Nathan, Ross, Brad & Muscles.  It can be traditional portrait, caricature, interpretative, post-modern, stick-fingers, you name it!

All entries will be posted on our website,, and the winning entry will be the one earning the most votes.


Send your art no later than 10/15/2011 to  

Old Dogs & New Tricks Hits Over 5,000 in Less Than 2 Months

At 10:20pm on 9/29, less than 2 months after our pilot's debut, we hit 5,001 views on YouTube!  Thank you everyone who's watched so far!  Please tell all your friends.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WeHo News Q&A w/Leon Acord About ODNT's Upcoming Season

Old Dogs perform new tricks for second season
Vol. 7 Issue 9   09/28/2011
WeHo webisodes by Elliot Latta, West Hollywood, CA

The West Hollywood-based web series Old Dogs & New Tricks returns for a second season with guest stars Thom Bierdz and Patrick Bristow.

The West Hollywood-based web series Old Dogs & New Tricks cast.
After working in what he describes as “spectacular obscurity” for almost 20 years, actor/writer Leon Acord seems on the precipice of Hollywood success, thanks to a “one-two punch.”

First, his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in SF and LA productions of playwright Jeffrey Hartgraves’ Carved in Stone earned Acord raves of which actors only dream.

Now, his web series pilot Old Dogs & New Tricks, in which Acord stars, (having also created, written and co-produced), has been so well received that four new episodes will be shot in November, with the big name talent mentioned above in returning guest-starring roles.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Web Series Unplugged Screens ODNT Wed 10/19 at El Cid

The Web Series Unplugged series, which features the top of the web series field, will screen the pilot of 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

Young & the Restless' Thom Bierdz Joins ODNT in Recurring Guest Role

Young & the Restless Thom Bierdz will go from Genoa City to WeHo this fall, joining the cast of the web sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks as a recurring special guest star.

Bierdz will play “Bobby Burton,” a FOX Sports anchor and potential love interest for Muscles (Jeffrey Patrick Olson). 

Well-known to soap fans, Bierdz portrayed teenage heir “Phillip Chancellor III” in the mid-1980s on Y&R, until his character was killed off in an automobile accident.  In 2009, Bierdz returned to the show, where his character explained he’d faked his death to protect his family from discovering his homosexuality – making Chancellor the first major gay character in Young & the Restless’ long history, and earning Bierdz the historic honor of being the first openly gay actor hired for a contract role on a soap opera. 

His other acting credits include St. Elmo’s Fire, and television’s Melrose Place, Murder She Wrote, Matlock and Highway to Heaven

Bierdz is also an accomplished author and painter.  His memoir Forgiving Troy has won many awards, including “Best Indie Autobiography” from USA Books News and a nomination for a Lambda Literary Award.  He is the 2006 recipient of the “Key to the Light” award from Thalians/Cedars Sinai.  His paintings have raised over $100,000 for charities across the country, and earned him the title “Best Emerging Artist Los Angeles” from Out Magazine in 2005.  The Belsito-Roche Gallery ( in Long Beach hosts a show of his artwork November 19.  Learn more at his website at

"I'm so excited to work with Thom!,” says actor Olson. “He’s won such respect building an honorable life as an artist, being true to himself …. It will be so surreal working together as I've been a fan since his initial run on Y&R (my only soap) in my late teens on study breaks from Organic Chemistry.”

Old Dogs & New Tricks begins shooting in November, and will premiere Jan. 8, 2012 with a two-part episode.  The show is raising funds for its first season via the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo.  To help, please visit

Monday, September 12, 2011

Patrick Bristow Joins ODNT In Guest Role

Patrick Bristow will guest star on Old Dogs & New Tricks first season, in what producers hope will become a recurring role. 

Patrick Bristow
Bristow, who’s familiar to audiences from numerous TV and film appearances, will play Dr. Keebler, psychiatrist to the show’s lead character, talent agent Nathan Adler (Leon Acord). 

Bristow’s complete TV and film credits are too numerous to list, but include recurring guest appearances on CSI, Malcolm in the Middle, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld and Mad About You.  He was a regular on Ellen during DeGeneres’ historic coming out, appeared frequently on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and co-starred in Showgirls and the original Austin Powers.  He’s also well known in LA’s improv community as a teacher and performer with Improvatorium.    

Writer/producer Acord hopes it’s just the first appearance of many!  “I’m a huge fan of Patrick’s!  I’d love it if he came back again and again!  God knows Nathan needs a good shrink,” he jokes.

Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.  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 as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton appear in recurring roles. 

The web series is written/created by Acord, and is developed for the web and directed by Arvin Bautista (Archie’s Last Project).  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). 

Old Dogs & New Tricks begins shooting its first season in November, to premiere on line on Jan. 8, 2012 with a two-part episode.  The show is currently raising funds for its first season via the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo.  To help, please visit

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ODNT Pilot Screens @ Village Variety Pack Mon. 9/12

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.

Villiage 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 evneing's line-up, and many of the show's cast and crew will be in attendance as well.

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.