Since missing "Sex and the City" from TV and the movies, I got in kind of a funk.
I missed my four gal pals' weekly antics and adventures.
Well, while I still miss the girls, I found a whole new foursome that has filled the void in my entertainment world: "Old Dogs & New Tricks," a super fun web series that just had a compilation of its first two seasons released on DVD.
Not to take away from this new show as I really do love it, but it is very much like "Sex and the City" - but think West Coast and gay.
Let's compare the four core characters.
NATHAN ADLER is the show's CARRIE
Nathan is a 50 year old casting agent who seems to be the center of the foursome. He's the one they all confide in and relate to the most. He's definitely Carrie- right down to Leon Acord's curly hair. But unlike Sarah Jessica Parker, Acord is also the show's writer. He proves his talents are beyond acting as he creates a lot of fun situations that breeze by in the shows (too short) web running time. Each episode is only 5-7 minutes!
BRAD KING is SAMANTHA
Brad is a one hit wonder who has slept with everyone in West Hollywood using his hit, fake British accent and 9 inches to lure everyone into his lair. Having seen actor Curt Bonnem in more serious work, he does an amazing job at bringing his drunk rocker character to life. If that's not enough...look into those eyes!
AL "MUSCLES" CARTER is CHARLOTTE
Super sexy (and sweet as I've met him) Jeffrey Patrick Olson is able to go beyond his "Muscles" nick name and offer depth to his proper, mannered (by Weho standards) man looking for love and commitment in a party town. The episode in which he and his new partner both discover they're bottoms and try to work around that is classic comedy and brilliant writing. It's tough finding substance in a character called Muscles, but Olson flexes his acting chops as well as his gluts.
ROSS STEIN is MIRANDA
No he's not an attorney and some people think Miranda is the thankless role or the not pretty one. But she was always worth a second look - not only to see the beauty of Cynthia Nixon but to discover that even though Miranda talked less, she always had the best lines. . David Pevsner is the gay Miranda! His character is kind of shy and doesn't even know how hot he is. The sexiness is all Pevsner but it also brings such a vulnerability to the role of an aging actor.
It is definitely its own show and not really a gay remake of "Sex and the City." But since it made me feel like I was visiting my old friends from Manhattan, it is definitely worth the comparison. I do wish each episode was at least 12-15 minutes long but on DVD I was able to binge watch both seasons and it took very little time - less than the length of a movie.
Also, like "Sex and the City" the show isn't just four actors. "Old Dogs" has a wonderful supporting cast including Ryland Shelton as the younger boyfriend of Nathan and Bruce L. Hart as Nelson Van Eddy who seems to mix in a lot of old queen bitchiness with sweet two faced delivery. Think Alexis Carrington if she was on "The A List." Even Olympic athlete Greg Louganis is able to have a recurring role; they even work in him doing a trick in the pool. (No silly - an athletic trick and not a gay sexual encounter trick). The show also features soap legend Thom Bierdz as Olson's very straight acting partner.
There are many ways to catch "Old Dogs." Get connected on www.olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com and then click through to hulu.com, netflix.com or Wolfe On Demand. You can also buy season 1 & 2 on one DVD bundled package at www.wolfevideo.com.