Thursday, May 10, 2012

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., 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 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. 

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