Thursday, May 31, 2012


Olympian Greg Louganis Joins Old Dogs & New Tricks as Recurring Special Guest Star

Olympic gold-medal athlete, actor, author and animal & gay rights activist Greg Louganis has joined the cast of the award-winning web sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks for a three-episode arc in its second season, producers have announced. 

Louganis will play “Dirk Evans,” a formerly notorious ‘90s WeHo circuit boy who turns over a new leaf to marry one of the show’s regular characters in mid-season.

Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.  Leon Acord, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Curt Bonnem and David Pevsner star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton co-star. 

Louganis first shot to fame as an Olympic athlete in 1976, winning a Silver medal at age 16, he went on to become the only male to win gold medals on both 3 meter springboard and 10 meter platform in consecutive Olympic Games (1984, 1988) – and is considered the greatest diver in history. In 1995, he stunned the world with his courage when came out as a gay man on both Barbara Walters’ 20/20 and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

He went on to tell his story in the autobiography Breaking the Surface, which was adapted into a TV movie featuring Mario Lopez as Louganis.

He continues to work with the Olympics as Vice President of the U.S. Olympian Association, for animal causes, and as a tireless advocate for diversity, GLBT and HIV issues.  He is also writing a new book about creative learning and peak performance.

As an actor, Louganis has appeared in the films D2: The Mighty Ducks, It’s My Party¸ Dirty Laundry and Touch MeHe most recently played himself in the cult hit comedy series Portlandia starring Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen

“Greg is not only just a gay role model,” says show creator/actor Acord.  “He’s the epitome of the vital, attractive, over-40 gay man that our show is all about!  We are honored that he’s coming aboard!”

Written/created by Acord, and developed for the web by Arvin Bautista, Old Dogs’ first season was honored as “Outstanding Dramedy Program” and “Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Dramedy” at the 2012 LA Web Fest.

Old Dogs & New Tricks begins shooting Season 2 in late summer 2012 and will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.  The show is raising funds via the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo.  To help, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/olddogsnewtricksseason2.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hightlight Hollywood wrote a wonderful feature about Leon Acord and the second season of Old Dogs & New Tricks:

"The series is award-winning for good reason.  Creator Leon Acord has the energy and talent to capture humor and bring such a diverse group of people together in order to create one-of-a-kind hilarious moments, last seen on Norman Lear's series of the 1970s and '80s."

Read the complete article HERE!

Terri Garber Joins Old Dogs & New Tricks in Special Guest Star Role



May 15, 2012 – West Hollywood, CA –Actress Terri Garber is the first special guest star to sign on for the second season of the award-winning web sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks.  She’ll play “Dr. Ashley,” another inept analyst for neurotic “Nathan Adler” (series creator Leon Acord). 
 
Garber is perhaps best known for her star-making turn in the 80s TV miniseries North & South, opposite Patrick Swayze, and the follow-up miniseries North & South Book II.  She’s also a familiar face to soap fans, having played continuing roles on As the World Turns and General Hospital, as well as “Lesley Carrington” on the classic 1980s prime-time serial Dynasty.  She’s also appeared on Law & Order, ER, among many others.


Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.  Acord, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Curt Bonnem and David Pevsner star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton appear in recurring roles.  Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc) is also joining the show in Season 2 as a regular.


Written/created by Acord, and developed for the web and directed by Arvin Bautista, the web series’ first season was recently honored as “Outstanding Dramedy Program” and “Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Dramedy” at the 2012 LA Web Fest.


“I’m thrilled to have Terri on the show,” says Acord.  “Even in her dramatic roles, she always has a twinkle in her eye and a great sense of humor.  I can’t wait for folks to see her in a new light!”


Old Dogs & New Tricks begins shooting Season 2 in late summer 2012 and will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.  The show is raising funds via the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo.  To help, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/olddogsnewtricksseason2.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Leon Acord on Chit for Chat Oral Fix Podcast


Old Dogs & New Tricks creator/actor Leon Acord sat down with Henry M. Diaz of the website Oral Fix Podcast for a fun, hour-plus interview for Chit for Chat.  Click HERE to hear the interview!

Thursday, May 10, 2012



Noah’s Arc’s Doug Spearman Joins Old Dogs & New Tricks

May 10, 2012 – West Hollywood, CA –Actor Doug Spearman, perhaps best known as “Chance” on Logo’s Noah’s Arc and its big-screen sequel, has joined the cast of the award-winning web sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks for its second season. He’ll play “Neal,” the as-yet unseen spouse of “Ross” (David Pevsner).

Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood. Leon Acord, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Curt Bonnem and Pevsner star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton co-star.

In addition to Noah’s Arc, Spearman’s numerous TV credits include Star Trek: Voyager, Drew Carey Show, Charmed, The Hughleys, Gideon’s Crossing, MAD TV and Girlfriends. On the big screen, he appeared with Jet Li in the feature Cradle 2 the Grave, and in 2012’s Any Day Now, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Stage credits include The Ice Pick, Men’s Room, Moscow, Bullpen Boys, Few Good Men and the world premiere of Howard Corder’s The Hollow Lands at South Coast Rep.

He’s worked behind the scenes, as writer/producer/director at ABC, CBS, NBC, LOGO and E! His production company, Ogden Group Entertainment, produced 2006’s documentary “Aretha,” about the Queen of Soul. Spearman is a recipient of a Leadership Award by the Human Rights Campaign for his tireless work in the LGBT community. His social commentary has appeared in Frontiers, Advocate, on ABC Radio and blogs.

“We needed a powerhouse actor to go head to head with David Pevsner, so I’m thrilled Doug is on board,” says show creator/actor Acord. “The fact that he is so well known and respected in our community is just icing on the cake!”

Written/created by Acord, and developed for the web by Arvin Bautista, Old Dogs’ first season was honored as “Outstanding Dramedy Program” and “Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Dramedy” at the 2012 LA Web Fest.

Old Dogs & New Tricks begins shooting Season 2 in late summer 2012 and will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The show is raising funds via the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo. To help, please visit www.indiegogo.com/olddogsnewtricksseason2. For info: www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com.
Thom Bierdz Returns to Old Dogs & New Tricks for Second Season

 May 9, 2012 – West Hollywood, CA – It’s official!  Due to popular demand, Young & the Restless Thom Bierdz will rejoin the cast of the web sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks for its upcoming second season, shooting this summer.

Bierdz plays “Bobby Burton,” a FOX Sports anchor and boyfriend to Muscles (Jeffrey Patrick Olson).  He appeared in 3 episodes of the show’s first season, and fan response was so enthusiastic (especially after photos from a love scene with Olson hit the blogosphere), that producers persuaded Bierdz to return. 

“The character of Bobby was originally written out after the beginning of the second season,” explains Old Dogs’ creator/actor Leon Acord.  “But when Thom came on board, he gave the show such an incredible boost.  His fans have been adamant about him returning long-term.  We’d be stupid not to listen to that!  And he’s great to work with.  So we’ve re-written the storyline, and Thom will appear in at least eight of our ten new episodes.” 

However, Acord promises Bobby and Muscles’ road to love will be far from smooth.  

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 (www.belsitorochegallery.com) in Long Beach recently hosted a show of his artwork.  Learn more at his website at www.thombierdz.com. 

Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.  Acord, Olson, Curt Bonnem and David Pevsner star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton co-star.   

Written/created by Acord, the web series is developed for the web by Arvin Bautista.  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. 

Producers promise a few new exciting guest stars in the second season, and will be announcing them soon. 

Old Dogs & New Tricks’ second season will premiere Jan. 2, 2013.  The show is raising funds via the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo. Please visit www.indiegogo.com/olddogsnewtricksseason2.

Actors & creative team are available for interviews. For info: www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com.

Old Dogs & New Tricks Plans Second Season

Award-Winning Hit Web Series Utilizing IndieGoGo for Fundraising Campaign

May 7, 2012 – West Hollywood, CA – Following a five-episode first season that garnered over 53,000 total views, a YouTube viewer approval rating of 98%, and Outstanding Dramedy Program and Outstanding Ensemble Cast honors at the 2012 LA Web Fest, the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks is preparing a 10-episode second season, and has launched a fundraising campaign on the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo.

 Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.  Leon Acord, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Curt Bonnem and David Pevsner star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton co-star.  Thom Bierdz and Bruce L. Hart will reprise their recurring guest roles from Season 1.  Producers promise more guest stars in Season 2 who are familiar to both gay audiences and soap fans.  They’ll reveal their identities during the coming weeks.   

The show has earned rave reviews and broad support from bloggers, straight and gay, during Season 1.  PlaceVine.com, a blog covering the web series industry, wrote “Think The Birdcage meets Sex and the City, and you’ve got an idea of how this fabulously fun show plays” and later ranked Acord #3 on its list of Top Ten Emerging Web Series Stars of 2012.  Mingle Media TV calls the show “a good comedy romp” while MatureGuyz.com posted “a team of actors who know what they’re doing.”   Deep Dish Blog declared it “a web show worth watching.” The show has developed a solid and loyal worldwide fan base on social media sites, and has been mentioned in several publications, including New York City’s Next magazine’s recap of “Gay Moments in Soap History.”  The cast has appeared on numerous radio talk shows and blogcasts.

Written/created by Acord, and developed for the web and directed by Arvin Bautista, Old Dogs’ first season also utilized IndieGoGo to raise $9,000 for production costs of the first five episodes.  They hope to raise $30,000 for the 10 episodes in Season 2.

“At first, we didn’t want to go back to IndieGoGo. We’ve had two successful campaigns and felt we’d be jerks if we asked for even more.  But the show now has thousands of new viewers and fans it didn’t have before Season 1,” says Acord.  “And we want to raise the budget a little bit for Season 2, but it will all show up on the screen.”   

Old Dogs & New Tricks is scheduled to begin shooting Season 2 in late summer 2012 and will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. 

For more information, or to contributeo, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/olddogsnewtricksseason2.  Visit our website: www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jeffrey Patrick Olson ('Muscles') Live Chat Fri May 11 at 8 pm pst

Old Dogs & New Tricks hosts their fourth Live Chat on Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. PST -- this time, featuring actor Jeffrey Patrick Olson ('Muscles Carter').

Leon Acord & executive producer Matt Ladensack will also be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming second season.

To participate, go to Old DogsUstream channel (www.ustream.tv/channel/old-dogs-new-tricks), sign up, log on and start sending us your questions!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

LA Web Fest Awards ODNT Outstanding Dramedy, Ensemble Awards


The gay comedic web series Old Dogs & New Tricks received citations as Outstanding Dramedy and Outstanding Ensemble in a Dramedy at the 2012 LAWeb Fest Awards on Sunday, April 8.

The third annual festival screened over 175 web series from around the world over three days at the LAX Radisson, as well as presented numerous workshops and discussion panels.  Show creator/actor Leon Acord participated on two of the panels.

“I’m particularly thrilled for the Outstanding Ensemble Award,” says show creator Leon Acord, who also acts in the show.  “This show is all about this strong, wonderful ensemble of talented actors.  And Outstanding Dramedy?  Well, we owe that one to director Arvin Bautista, editor Derek Stricker, our talented cinematographers Jon Salmon and Kiko Suura, and composer Nic tenBroek.”

Photos from LA Web Fest 2012 Awards Ceremony

Recipients of Outstanding Ensemble

Leon Acord picks up the Outstanding Ensemble Award for the ODNT Cast

Producers of the Recipients of Outstanding Drama, Dramedy, Soap Opera or Translated Drama

Leon Acord and his Outstanding Dramedy Award

Leon Acord and Robin Shelby (Far from the Tree)

Max De Bowen (Flat Whites) Leon Acord (Old Dogs & New Tricks) and Michael Caruso (DeVanity The Series)

Leon Acord and Max De Bowen

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Leon Acord to Speak in 2 Panels at LA Web Fest April 7 & 8

Old Dogs & New Tricks creator/actor Leon Acord will participate in two panel discussions this weekend at the LA Web Fest in West Los Angeles.

The first, "How We Made Our Web Series...Without Asking Permission" will take place on Sat., April 7 at 11 a.m.

On Sun., Apr. 8, Leon joins the panel discussion on "Diversity in Web Series--How Web Series Is Outpacing TV & Film" beginning at 2 p.m.

The festival will also screen the first two episodes of Old Dogs & New Tricks.

All events take place at the LAX Radisson in West Los Angeles.  For tickets and information, please visit http://www.lawebfest.com/

Monday, April 2, 2012

Curt Bonnem ('Brad') Live Chat Tues 4/10 8 pm pst

Old Dogs & New Tricks hosts their third Live Chat on Tues., April 10 at 8 p.m. PST -- this time featuring actor Curt Bonnem ('Brad King').

Leon Acord & executive producer Matt Ladensack will also be on hand to answer questions.

To participate, go to Old Dogs' Ustream channel (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/old-dogs-new-tricks), sign up, log on and start sending us your questions!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Q&A w/Leon Acord and PopConLA (ITV Fest)

PopConLA, the official partner of the upcoming ITV Fest, recently interviewed Leon Acord about Old Dogs & New Tricks:

"Fifty can be fun, friends can be family, and a "gay show" can find an audience if its well done."

Clicke HERE to read the full interview

Photos from HollyWeb Fest 2012!

Members of the cast & crew (Leon Acord, Curt Bonnem, Ryland Shelton, Amanda Abel, Arvin Bautista, Matt Ladensack) gathered at the 2012 HollyWeb Web Series Festival oin March 31, 2012 in Hollywood, CA, to celebrate the burgeoning web TV industry.














Friday, March 23, 2012

Leon Acord & Ryland Shelton on Sheena Metal Experience 3/23

Leon Acord & Ryland Shelton (Nathan & Damian) appeared on the Sheena Metal Experience on LA Talk Radio to discuss the evolution of "Damian Johns" and what's coming up in Season 2.  Click HERE to hear the interview--they come on in the second half! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

David Pevsner ('Ross') Live Chat on Thurs. March 15 at 7:30 pm pst

Old Dogs & New Tricks hosts their second Live Chat on Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. PST -- this time, featuring actor David Pevsner.
 
Leon Acord & executive producer Matt Ladensack will also be on hand to answer questions.
To participate, go to Old Dogs' Ustream channel (www.ustream.tv/channel/old-dogs-new-tricks), sign up, log on and start sending us your questions!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Old Dogs' Leon Acord Makes List as 'Top Ten Emerging Web Series Stars of 2012'

Online web series journal Placevine named Old Dogs & New Tricks' creator/star Leon Acord as one of the "Top Ten Emerging Web Series Stars of 2012!" (No. 3 to be precise!) Click HERE to read the article!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Old Dogs & New Tricks Screens at LA WebFest Apr. 6-8

Old Dogs & New Tricks is an Official Selection of the 2012 LA Web Series Festival ("LA WebFest"), April 6-8 at the LAX Radisson Hotel in West Los Angeles.
The Festival will screen two ODNT episodes: the Pilot and "It's My Party..."
Screening Scheduled announced March 20--check back soon for more info. Click HERE for the Festival Website!

UPDATE: Old Dogs & New Tricks/Hollyweb Festival 3/31

Old Dogs & New Tricks will screen as an Official Selection of the 2012 Hollyweb Festival in Hollywood.

The Fest will screen the ODNT season finale during the 3-4 p.m. block of shows on Sat., March 31. Series from around the world will screen from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. An awards ceremony and reception follows at 8 p.m.

All festivities take place at Dim Mak Studios (formerly Cinespace) at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard. Click HERE for tickets and more information!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Leon Acord Co-Hosts On the Set with Jasper Cole

Leon Acord ("Nathan Adler") was a recent guest co-shot of On the Set with Jasper Cole on Global Voice Broadcasting.  Click HERE to listen to the show!

OD&NT Selected for 2012 Hollyweb Festival

Old Dogs & New Tricks will join other popular web TV series such as DeVanityPRETTY, and Gossip Boy on the screening schedule of the 2012 Hollyweb Festival in Hollywood.

The screening and awards will take place March 31 at Dim Mak Studios (formerly Cinespace) at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard.  Click HERE for tickets and more information!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Old Dogs & New Tricks in Next Magazine's Piece on Gay Moments in Soap History!

New York's Next Magazine asked Indie Soap Award noms and presenters about gay moments in soap history, both daytime and online:

“Stuck in a Jam” 
Old Dogs and New Tricks (via olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com), 2011
“Since it’s the Indie Soap Awards I’m gonna show some love for the indie shows. In a phone conversation while stuck in traffic, Muscles expresses to Nathan that he is totally upset because the new guy he’s dating is [a] bottom. Nathan isn’t sure why this is such a problem and Muscles exclaims, ‘He’s too hung to be a bottom!’.” —Sebastian La Cause, Indie Soap Award nominee for Best Actor in a Drama Series for Hustling

Watch Old Dogs' First Live Chat!

If you missed Leon Acord ('Nathan') and Co-Exec. Producer Matthew Ladensack in our first live chat, you can watch a rerun right HERE!


Check back soon for our next Live Chat, featuring David Pevsner ('Ross).

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day from Old Dogs & New Tricks

Download, print or share with the Valentines on your list!

WeHo News Covers Old Dogs & New Tricks' First Season

"And the blogosphere has been raving about the show, its well-defined characters, hilarious and racy interludes, and fun guest star turns."
Click HERE to read the full article...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ODNT Web Site Launches Gift Shop



To celebrate the 10,000th view of its Pilot episode, Old Dogs & New Tricks has launched a new gift shop featuring t-shirts, mugs, magnets and water bottles bearing the Old Dogs cast and logo.


All proceeds from the shop will be used to finance the show's Second Season.


New merchandise will be added periodically, including the show's Season 1 DVD this Spring, and other surprises coming soon!


Visit the shop HERE!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Join Old Dogs Creator Leon Acord for Live Chat on Tues. Feb 14!


Leon Acord, writer/creator and one of the stars of Old Dogs & New Tricks, will participate in a Live Chat on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14, at 8p.m. PST.

Viewers will be able to send their questions via the chat.

To participate in the chat, go to UStream at create an account or log on!

"It's been a great first season," Acord says, "and our audience has been so supportive.  I'm looking forward to talking to everyone and thanking them for their support!"

Monday, February 6, 2012

Vote ODNT for Favorite Indie Soap of the Week at WeLoveSoaps.net!

Please help us end our first season near the top!


Vote for the Season Finale of Old Dogs & New Tricks for your Favorite Indie Soap of the Week on WeLoveSoaps.net!  Also, please write in your favorite couple -- Muscles & Bobby? Nathan & Damian? Or even, god forbid, Brad & Blindfold Guy!

Click HERE to Vote!  Poll closes TUES FEB & at 9 am EST