HIT WEB TV SERIES OLD DOGS & NEW TRICKS
?RETURNS 1/30/13 WITH NEW GUEST STARS
(Greg Louganis, Ian Buchanan, Terri Garber, Michael Kearns, and more!)
The award-winning, laugh-out-loud gay web TV comedy Old Dogs & New Tricks returns for a second season of 10 weekly episodes, beginning Wed., Jan. 30, 2013, at www.OldDogsNewTricksTheSeries.com.
The show, which just wrapped shooting, snared several exciting new guest stars for its sophomore year.? Olympian Greg Louganis, soap stars Ian Buchanan and Terri Garber, and legendary gay actor Michael Kearns, join returning guest stars Thom Bierdz and Bruce Hart.? And Noah?s Arc star Doug Spearman has joined the cast as a recurring regular.
Created by actor Leon Acord, Old Dogs & New Tricks follows the adventures of four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood. Since its season-one debut in July 2011, the series has achieved over 84,000 individual video views on YouTube?a bona fide success story in the crowded world of online entertainment. ?The blogosphere has been raving about the show, its well-defined characters, hilarious and racy interludes, and fun guest-stars. This May, the show was awarded ?Outstanding Dramedy Series? and ?Outstanding Ensemble Cast? honors by the 2012 LA Web Fest.
Acord promises a stronger emphasis on serialized storylines with fewer ?high-concept? episodes than in Season One, though Season Two?s centerpiece is a lavish, two-part gay-wedding episode in which one of the show?s regulars weds the character played by Louganis.
New guest stars led by Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis
Greg 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 the three-meter springboard and the ten-meter platform in consecutive Olympic Games (1984, 1988) ? and is widely 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 continues to work with the Olympics as Vice President of the U.S. Olympian Association and as a mentor for the U.S. Diving Team, 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. He?s also one of the celebrity judges on ABC?s upcoming competition series Celebrity Splash!
?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!?? Louganis appears in several episodes as ?Dirk Evans,? a reformed, notorious ?90s ?circuit boy.?
Ian Buchanan, a familiar face to TV and film audiences, will appear mid-season as an age-appropriate romantic alternative for one of the Old Dogs.? Buchanan has been a regular on the soap operas Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Bold and the Beautiful, was a regular on the prime-time series Twin Peaks, and has guest-starred on scores of television shows, including Alias, Charmed, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, The Nanny, Quantum Leap, The Larry Sanders Show and Columbo. ?I?m excited to be joining the cast of Old Dogs,? said Buchanan. ?It will be another new adventure!?
Thom Bierdz reprises his guest role ?Bobby Burton? from Season 1.? Fan-favorite Bierdz is best known for his role as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless.? He is also an accomplished artist, and the President of the American Arts Awards.? Originally slated for only the first season, strong audience reaction brings him back for several episodes in Season 2.
Terri Garber is perhaps best known for her star-making turn in the ?80s TV miniseries North & South, and its sequel miniseries North & South Book II, opposite Patrick Swayze.? 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, and many others. She plays a rough-love therapist.
Hilarious Bruce Hart returns for several episodes as ?frenemy? Nelson Van Eddy. Hart is best known as the writer and star of the gay feature film Homewrecker.
Finally, acclaimed actor, noted author and gay activist Michael Kearns is a significant figure in the worlds of performing arts and gay politics.? His role in 1974?s The Happy Hustler earned Kearns the title of ?the first openly gay working actor in Hollywood.? ?His long and historic career is detailed in his 2012 autobiography The Truth is Bad Enough. Kearns has appeared in mainstream TV and film while achieving international acclaim as an award-winning solo performer, stage actor, and theatre director and producer.
?Michael is a key figure in the short history of Out Gay Hollywood, so we?re thrilled and honored?it feels appropriate to have him on our show,? says Acord.? Kearns? character is a catalyst for the show?s second-season ?cliffhanger? finale.
The Regular Cast
The entire cast returns, including creator/writer Acord as neurotic talent agent Nathan Adler, stage actor Curt Bonnem as sex-crazed ?80s one-hit wonder Brad King, TV/stage vet David Pevsner as actor/house-husband Ross Stein, and hunky and humorous Jeffrey Patrick OIson as idealistic personal trainer ?Muscles? Carter.? Doug Spearman originates the role of Ross? as yet-unseen workaholic spouse, Neal.
In supporting roles, talented newcomer Ryland Shelton returns as Nathan?s mysterious, young love interest Damian; while cabaret star Amanda Abel continues her role as Nathan?s effervescent ?Girl Friday? Lydia Lasker, who also juggles her own singing career on the side.
(For full biographies, go to http://olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com/cast.html.)
Old Dogs & New Tricks is produced by Larilee Productions in association with Greasy Pig Productions.? ?Acord, Laurence Whiting & Arvin Bautista are Executive Producers, with Stephen Curtis as Producer.? USC grads Bautista, Derek Striker, John Cleland and award-winning Australian filmmaker Max de Bowen shared directing responsibilities of the various episodes.
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