“Old Dogs & New Tricks”
Aging But Very Much Alive
Let’s face it—we all get older and let me tell you—we still have sex drives and like to have fun even after we turn 50. Somehow, ageism has crept into the LGBT community and we are certainly aware of the gap between the youngsters (or twinks) and the oldsters (or trolls)/ (By the way these are not the names I have given them but they are very popularly used). Looking at this very situation, “Old Dogs & New Tricks”, a new mini-series looks at Nathan, Brad, Muscles & Ross as they “stumble through middle-age in an alternate universe called West Hollywood”.
Unlike what many youngsters believe when a person has a certain birthday, he is not dead or not fuctional. Society puts a great deal of pressure on us to believe that youth is best and that anyone over, say, 45, is a geriatric. Advesrtisements reminds us that young is better and we see how entrenched ageism is in the world today. The characters in this series pay no mind to their biological clocks and LIVE everyday.
The show follows Nathan Adler (Leon Accord) a fifty year old talent agent as he maneuvers the Hollywood scene. When he is not at work, he spends his time looking for ways to fulfill the wishes of his patner, Brad King (Curt Bonnem) who had once been a pop star but now he requires some expert maintenance. Leon wrote a new series of which he is the lead actor. He works at putting different clips about a group of friends together.
The DVD consists of the first five episodes in which we meet all of the characters as well as the West Hollywood scene. Here are the episode descriptions as they appear on the series’ website:
|Episode 1 Pilot West Hollywood talent agent Nathan Adler (Leon Acord) recalls how he first met 80′s rocker Brad King (Curt Bonnem), personal trainer Al ‘Muscles’ Carter (Jeffrey Patrick Olson) & actor Ross Stein (David Pevsner) as he begrudgingly prepares for his 50th birthday party. Lydia: Amanda Abel. Damian Johns: Ryland Shelton Sexy Sauna Guy: Zay Roque Bouncer: Anthony Rockwood.|
|Episode 2 “It’s My PartyPart 1 of 2. After a run-in with a professional rival (Bruce L. Hart), not even gifts, cocktails and the boys’ valiant efforts can cheer up Nathan (Leon Acord) on his 50th birthday; Ross (David Pevsner) receives professional bad news; Brad (Curt Bonnem) regales the boys with stories of his sexual conquests of the past 24 hours. Muscles: Jeffrey Patrick Olson Darin: Kevin Sexton
“and I’ll Whine if I Want To”
Part 2 of 2. An encounter with a long-forgotten one-night-stand has Nathan (Leon Acord) feeling his age; Muscles (Jeffrey Patrick Olson) meets a potential Mr. Right (Thom Bierdz); Ross’ cheerful façade cracks. Ross: David Pevsner Brad: Curt Bonnem Damian: Ryland Shelton Nelson: Bruce L. Hart Moses Decker: Michael Tatlock Club Kid #1: Trey Rich Club Kid #2: Matt Ladensack
“Stuck in a Jam”Living vicariously though his friends’ adventures leaves Nathan (Leon Acord) feeling empty; Ross (David Pevsner) confesses his recent marital woes; Brad’s latest conquest (Felipe Encherri) bruises his self-esteem; Muscles (Jeffrey Patrick Olson) has too much in common with Bobby (Thom Bierdz). Brad: Curt Bonnem Muscles: Jeffrey Patrick Olson Lydia: Amanda Abel
Episode 5 “Strange Bedfellows”
Season Finale. Brad (Curt Bonnem) gets revenge on his latest hook-up (Felipe Encherri); Ross (David Pevsner) receives some provocative marriage advice; Muscles tries to get Bobby (Thom Bierdz) to discuss their dilemma; a cryptic session with his shrink (Patrick Bristow) leads Nathan (Leon Acord) to a mind-blowing encounter. Damian: Ryland Shelton Lydia: Amanda Abel Militant Non-Smoker: David Whiting
Thehe series has been receving well deserved rave reviews so if you want to have a really good time, get ahold of it. Keep your eyes open for my pal Bruce Hart as Nelson.
“RAVES FOR OLD DOGS & NEW TRICKS!”
“This 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”
“Think The Birdcage meets Sex and the City
and you’ve got an idea of how this fabulously fun show plays”
“A good comedy romp”
Mingle Media TV
“Brilliant, funny, well-written — gets better and better”
Real Steve Gray.com
“A group of actors who know what they’re doing”
“The type of original programming Logo should
“A web series worth watching”
Deep Dish Blog
“Very good and well thought out scripts … watch out for subtle-sly puns, and hidden metaphors … we laughed until we cried”
Oral Fix Podcast
“Why didn’t we think of that …
a pretty funny look at growing old(er) in the gay community”
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