Sunday, August 31, 2008

Weekend Auditions

I had three auditions this past weekend, which I thought went pretty well.

Now it's the waiting game.

Friday, August 29, 2008



What's the inspiration behind legendary television crime series like "NYPD Blue" & "Law & Order"? WATCHING THE DETECTIVES launching Sunday, September 7 at 9:00pm ET/PT on Bio Channel chronicles the extraordinary, dramatic, often hair-raising true tales of New York City Detectives as they relive the most unbelievable, entertaining, and often shocking cases of their careers. They've seen it all on the streets of New York and these hard-boiled, street savvy larger than life veteran detectives are ready to share their unflinching, first hand accounts for the first time.

Stories in season one of WATCHING THE DETECTIVES include: One detective's attempt to apprehend a small time robbery suspect on the street unexpectedly turns into a heated 36 hour hostage crisis; a detective who has seen it all gets a shocking murder case when the body of a young pregnant teen is discovered dumped beneath an overpass; detectives use their only clue, a uniquely operated cash register, to track down the vicious killers responsible for a double homicide in a local bodega; when detectives investigate the disappearance of a small time loan shark they come across his intimidating bodyguard and quickly learn he's got secrets of his own; undercover cops get a dream assignment to investigate the city's hottest night club. But first they have to make a routine drug buy in the tenement projects where their glamorous dream night turns into a deadly nightmare.

Executive producers for Bio Channel are Robert Sharenow, Tom Moody and Jordana Hochman. WATCHING THE DETECTIVES is produced by Kaufman Films for Bio Channel. Executive Producers are Kevin Kaufman and Rick Tirelli. Series producer is Paul McGuire

Thursday, August 28, 2008

OVERCROWDED Shoot on September 13th

I participated in a readthrough of this very funny comedy pilot back on June 15th and am happy to announce that work is starting on the filming of the pilot and that my scenes will be shot on September 13th.

As in the readthrough, I will be playing a Corporate Boss of sorts, interviewing the character of Greg (played by Greg Vorob) for a job. Greg, of course, is not qualified for the job in question or for anything for that matter. Maybe it's his powers of persuasion that win me over.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, the script to OVERCROWDED is pretty off the wall...a brainchild of Greg, Dan Conrad, Paul White and Mark Seidenstein.

I'm delighted to be a part of this show and thank Greg, Dan and director Dan Kowalski for the chance to be a part of it.


Lou Martini, Jr. of THE SOPRANOS has recently taken on the role of Co-Producer of TAKING IT AS IT COMES: THE MARY ANN COLLURA STORY and is already getting some good leads on financing and distribution, so things are heading in a good direction.

No other info as of yet...but hopefully more to come soon.

Audition on Sunday for Another Film

On Sunday, I will be auditioning for another film; a drama about a lower class family that strives for one wish. The husband is a janitor who self studies Astronomy who eventually acquires psychosis. The mother is a failed painter. The son is in the mist of this confusion as they go on a trip for this one wish that will change their lives.

I will be reading for the role of Arnold, the janitor who self studies Astronomy. He aquires psychosis later on in story. After the incident of psychosis, he becomes sadly incoherent but only coherent for his one love, Astronomy.

It's an interesting script...very different. Could be a nice challenge.

Auditions for Two Columbia Films RONNIE'S RAT and EVANGELINE On Saturday

I'll be up at Columbia University on Saturday to audition for two films, RONNIE'S RAT and EVANGELINE.

RONNIE'S RAT is an adventure comedy about Ronnie, a RAF pilot shot down over Nazi occupied Europe. It is 1944 and Ronnie is languishing in a high security POW camp in the middle of rural Germany. Despite the odds against him Ronnie has only one thing on his mind – escape. Ostracized and alone it seems that Ronnie has lost his marbles. Especially when Ronnie decides that the key to escape relies on a rat that is “co-habiting” his cell.

EVANGELINE is an Urban Crime Drama which follows the lives of two groups of friends, and how they interact. The story is a morality play in which the viewer is asked to determine good or evil.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

SNOW WHITE Readthrough a Delight

The readthrough for SNOW WHITE was a lot of fun. Kathy Ferman's script is as much for adults as it is for the kids. I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of this production.

I will be playing the role of Doc, the head dwarf, as well as Sneezy the sock puppett.

Rehearsals will be on Monday, Wedmesday and Friday for the time being, although I'm sure more rehearsals will be added as we get closer to showtime.

The cast features some familiar faces from THE MIRACLE WORKER in Thomas Tyburski, Iloire Blanos and Florence well as some new faces.

Rehearsals start on September 8th.

Attended A Gala for the New Company LUCKY PRODUCTIONS Last Evening

I was happy to lend my support to the new theatre comapny, Lucky Productions, which is a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to producing new works in New York City. Founded by my good friend and colleague Anthony P. Pennino (TOBY, KEROUAC, BEL CANTO and A SOLDIER'S DEATH), Yvonne Conybeare, Michael Poignand, Erik Gratton and Gabriel Vaughan.

Lucky Productions wlll produce it's first show, TOBY (Yes, the same Toby), in the Spring of 2009 with Erik and Gabe taking on the funny roles of Toby D and Toby M, respectively.

The event was very nice and I wish Tony, Yvonne, Mike, Erik and Gabe the best of luck with their new company. I also look forward to seeing their production of Toby. I had the pleasure of seeing Erik and Gabe perform a reading of the play 2 and a half years ago and liked what they did with the roles very much.

Fore more information on Lucky Productions, please visit

SNOW WHITE Readthrough Tonight

I'm heading out to Hoboken for the read through of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble's production of the children's play SNOW WHITE.

After tonight, I'll know what role I'm playing...but it will likely be as one of the 7 dwarfs.


Here's a screen shot of me from the cop thriller BLIND THOUGHTS.

A trailer for the film should be released in the next couple of days.

Monday, August 25, 2008


The LIFE ON MARS shoot was, overall, rather uneventful.

Mostly because I and about 25 other guys were kept waiting for 8 hours until we were finally taken to set to shoot one short scene where a crooked cop is chased on foot by the lead character Sam Tyler, played by Jason O'Mara.

The good news is that you might get a glimpse of me witnessing the chase scene, so it may not be a total loss, but like the Verizon commercial from this past weekend, things could have been a heck of a lot more organized.

One highlight of the day, I did get to briefly meet Harvey Keitel, who I thought was very kind and professional.

This is the 2nd episode of the series and the title is "The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler". I'll keep everyone posted on the airing of the episode.

And here's a picture of me as a dock worker. Note the fake sideburns that were spirit gummed to my face. They look pretty good actually.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Working On LIFE ON MARS Tomorrow

At 9AM tomorrow morning, I will be reporting to the Brooklyn Navy Yards as a dockworker on the new ABC series LIFE ON MARS.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Might Be Working on New Series LIFE ON MARS On Monday

I might be working on this new ABC mystery series about a present-day car accident that mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s. LIFE ON MARS is an American remake of the BBC series and stars Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli and Gretchen Mol.

Had A Fun Audition Today for Gruntled Entertainment's 'Pulp Friction' Animation Pilot

In this new animation pilot from Gruntled Entertainment, I read for a former bounty hunter and now cupid named Rob and an alcoholic bunny named don't expect to see this show on Nickelodeon anytime soon.

I always love these kinds of auditions because you can just go in a be crazy.

The producers and director laughed at some of the things I did, which is always a good sign.

We'll see what happwens.

Cast in Hudson Theatre Ensemble's Next Children's Show SNOW WHITE

I was delighted to receive a call from Artistic Director, Diana London of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble (Last years' THE MIRACLE WORKER) about working on their next children's play, SNOW WHITE, which will enjoy a short run in mid October.

It should be a light committment, only 2-3 rehearsals a week and should be a lot of fun,

This version of SNOW WHITE is geared towards the young kids and will feature from puppetry, which I have never done before, but am looking forward to it.

The show is going to be directed by Jessica Colotta, who I was suppossed to work with on HTE's AESOP'S FABLES from last season, but I received the offer to work at the Pioneer Playhouse, so I had to take a pass, but am looking forward for the chance to work with her.

A read through of the play is set for this coming Wednesday.

Verizon Commercial

The Verizon commercial shoot, which took place in Upstate NY last evening was a waste of time. I'm not upset about it...hey, I got paid nicely, but still, one doesn't like to have their time wasted.

Buses took about 200 actors, SAG and Non SAG from Manhattan to Westchester at 9PM and getting there at around 11PM.

After going through all the normal checking in processes, getting propped and clothed, we proceeded to sit around (I napped) and wait until around 4am to do a blessed thing. The shooting did move fast when we actually started working and finished at 5:45AM. After checking out; I jumped on the bus again to return to Manhattan.

When all was said and done, I returned to my apartment at 8AM.

The commercial is a part of this DEAD ZONES campaign and all background was on hand as part of the Verizon network. It was a winter scene, so we filmed in this deserted farm area with pine trees and fake snow.

What kills me is that: This scene couldn't have been done in Central Park? I just found it rather silly that we have a park in Manhattan that spans 60-70 blocks, with plenty of space to get whatever kind of look your going for and we end up in Westchester?

Now, I don't mind night shoots. Usually, there's a very good reason why they take place. THE UNUSUALS was done at night, because the subway crowds are not as big at 1am. Not fun, but it made sense. In this case...I was lost.

But, like I said. I got paid nicely, so I'm not really beant out of shape about the whole thing.

Just perplexed.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Behind the Scenes on the BRIGHT EYES Music Video

Here is a link to a behind the scenes look at the shooting of the Penelope Lawson music video BRIGHT EYES, that I worked on 2 weeks ago.

Thanks again to director Ian Mills Miller.

Verizon Commercial To Br All Night/Early Morning Shoot

I'm picking up a courtesy bus that'll take me an other actors to Westchester, NY about 9PM this evening for the Verizon Commercial. It's going to a late night, early morning shoot, so it looks like Saturday is going to be a day to sleep and relax.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Short Day on UGLY BETTY Set

I had a very easy day on the set of the hit ABC series UGLY BETTY. I appeared in a brief scene at City Hall as a courthouse reporter. There were a lot of people in the shot, so you will likely not get a glimpse of me.

The highlight of the day was meeting two great guys in Norman Outlaw and Herb Bennett. We shared some stories about the shows we've worked; the stars we've seen and things all of us would like to work on. Great guys. I hope to seem them on future projects. I recommended both of them to WATCHING THE DETECTIVES, so hopefully they'll get a call from Kaufman Films.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Working on UGLY BETTY Tomorrow...Verizon Commercial on Friday

I will be working on the hit ABC Series UGLY BETTY tomorrow as a courthouse reporter.

I still on for the Verizon Commercial for Friday in Westchester, so I've had a few things going on this week.

WATCHING THE DETECTIVE Shoot for Thursday Canceleld

The shoot for Thursday has been cancelled and is rescheduled for sometime in September.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Due to technical difficulties, my work on WTD last night had to be rescheduled for a later date, likely sometime in September.

Still working the show on Thursday.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Back On Set As Detective Clancy in WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Tonight

I'm back on set as Detective Ken Clancy for another episode of WATCHING THE DETECTIVES tonight.

The best part about tonight's shoot is that the shooting location is in Astoria and only 10-15 minutes away from my home.

I will be working WTD on Thursday of this week as well.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


I could get used to these detective roles.


Here is a picture of me, Michael Milman, Alessandro Guarnera and Ross Masood in a break from shooting the cop thriller BLIND THOUGHTS.

Thanks to Harris Masood, Mike and Alex for the chance to be a small part of their film, where I will be featured in a scene or two as Detective Bill Mahoney, who assists the lead detectives (played by Mike and Alex) in catching a killer.

It was a very easy shoot and as always, Harris was great to work with. He and his brother Ross, who also appears in the film as a detective, have a number of projects coming up that I hope to be apart of.

Here is a picture of Harris and me between takes.

I will have one more day of shooting sometime in September. As mentioned in a previous post, the film is set to premiere in October and will soon be featured on

More pictures from today's shoot are on the way.

Friday, August 15, 2008


I have all of the details on tomorrow's BLIND THOUGHTS shoot, which will take place in Manhattan. I will not be playing an ex-husband who gets arrested as earlier stated, but a fellow detective who informs the lead detectives of a murder. Another cop role.

It's a small role and the shooting is only expected to be a half day's worth of work, but working with Harris again should be a lot of fun. We had such a great time working on WHY I FIRED MY SECRETARY.

The film is being produced by Michael Milman and Alessandro Guarnera, under Unrated Entertainment.

It is indeed a feature film which will be marketed to independent theaters and should be released in October '08.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Remember that XBOX Game?

Yes, it's been awhile since I've heard anything about it, but today, I received an update from director Ed Herbstman, and I'm afraid it's not good news.

Here's the email I received from Ed:


It looks like the game is dead. I'm so sorry. I have been trying to keep it alive, but the client changed, and they decided to go in a different direction. Thank you for your hard work and patience, and a job well done. Keep me posted on your future endeavors.

Again, I'm sorry that you had to wait over a year to find out that it's not going to happen, but I really do appreciate your patience and wish you the best of luck on your career.


A disappointment, yes, but sadly...these things happen. It was a huge undertaking and I thank Ed and his entire team for their efforts.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Alka Seltzer Shoot A Success...Back with WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Next Week

Thanks to director Jazminne Haywood for making the Alka Seltzer shoot this afternoon so much fun and to my co-star Angela Kahle, who was a delight to work with. In the commercial, I play a husband, impatiently waiting for his dinner from his wife, only to be disappointed with the dinner he receives (salad...I can relate...Meat and potatoes kind of guy here) he goes into a secret stash of chips and soda and just gorges until his stomach starts to ache. That's when good old Alka Seltzer comes into play. I should have a copy of the finished commercial available for viewing in the next couple of days.

On Monday and Thursday of next week, I return once again to the set of WATCHING THE DETECTIVES as Detective Ken Clancy.

Alka Seltzer Shoot Today...Possible VERIZON Commercial Shoot Next Week

Today is the shoot for the Alka Seltzer commercial. The shoot will be in Brooklyn, but will only take a few hours and is expected to be put together quickly.

I'm still waiting confirmation on this, but next week, I may be working on a Verizon commercial.


Here's another from yesterday's WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Shoot.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Today's shoot for WATCHING THE DETECTIVES was an exciting one. I played a homicide detective investigating the random murder of a man in his apartment at the hands of two drug dealers.

I got to arrest somebody, which was a big thrill. I got the chance to draw my weapon, scream "Freeze", handcuff the perp...the whole nine yards. Very cool. I'm an actor...these kinds of things excite us!

Of course, this doesn't make me an expert on police procedures now...but then again, that's why we had Rick Tirelli on set. Rick is a real life NYPD homicide detective and also the executive producer of WTD, so his guidance and experience is always welcomed and appreciated. Rick previously lent his expertise to the series NYPD Blue for 11 years. Great guy.

Here is a picture of me and my partner Ralph Wilburn in a break from a shooting.

Oh...and the series is set to premiere on September 7th on A&E. FYI- So far, I'm appearing in episodes 2, 5 and 7 and I'm tentatively scheduled to work to the show again for 2 days next week.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Playing Another Detective on WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Tomorrow

Back to work as another detective on the A&E series WATCHING THE DETECTIVES tomorrow.

I don't know the case, but I do know that we're shooting down in the Lower East Side.

BLIND THOUGHTS Shoot This Saturday

After many months of planning, I will be working on Harris Masood's cop thriller BLIND THOUGHTS this coming Saturday. I will be appearing in a scene an ex-husband who shows up at his ex-wife's house and is arrested by the police.

I'm looking forward to working with Harris again.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

ILAN Shoot Cancelled

The shoot for the short film ILAN has been cancelled for today.

No other information is available at the moment.

ALKA Seltzer Shoot Moved to This Wednesday

The Alka Seltzer shoot scheduled for this afternoon has been moved to Wednesday. This works out nice because it gives me a chance to relax and recover from the last couple of days.

ILAN is still on for tonight.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Website for Director IAN MILLS MILLER

Here's Ian's website...very nice guy to work with

ALKA SELTZER Commercial Tomorrow Afternoon...Short Film ILAN Tomorrow Night

I just snagged a gig from the Art Institute of NYC for tomorrow afternoon. Director Jazminne Haywood will be shooting an Alka-Seltzer commercial for one of her classes.
Since it's only a 25 second spot, it shouldn't take too much time.

After that, I will be on my way to the shoot for the short film ILAN, which also shouldn't take a lot of time.

BRIGHT EYES Music Video Shoot A Success!

Filmed in just a little over 5 hours, the music video shoot for the Penelope Lawson song BRIGHT EYES was a lot of fun.

The video will tell the story of Bright Eyes, who lives as a complete drama queen, not taking advantage of her life and having fun until one day, while in her bedroom, things become a little too weird for her to handle when she is suddenly thrust in a dreamlike state with people she doesn't even know. These people tell her she has to become a better person...for her own good. I play Bright Eyes' father. A typical Dad role, in YEAH, LOVE!

Thanks to director Ian Mills Miller and to Penelope Lawson for their kindness during today's shoot.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

The last three days have been very busy for me...with LIPSTICK JUNGLE and two days work on the Comedy Central pilot MICHAEL AND MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES (the two Michaels being the very funny Michael Ian Black (ED, THE STATE) and MICHAEL SHOWALTER (WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, THE BAXTER).

LIPSTICK JUNGLE was a long shoot...6:30PM to 4:30AM to be exact. Long, but memorable for the fact that I got to see Brooke Shields up close. Yes, folks...she is that beautiful.

I played a paparazzi photographer at a red carpet event...lots of people, dressed to the nines.

The episode was directed by Timothy Busfield, who film buffs may recognize as Poindexter from the REVENGE OF THE NERD movies. In the last couple of years, he has carved a niche in the industry as a successful director, especially with THE WEST WING, which he had also guest starred on numerous occassions.

The episode will also feature a guest star appearance from Rosie Perez (Oscar nominee for FEARLESS) who was also in attendence for the red carpet event.

As I said, the shoot was long...but still fun nonetheless, but not as much fun as the MICHAEL AND MICHAEL Shoot.

What a delight!

I was very fortunate to meet some nice actors, crew and genuinely funny people in both Michaels. For fans of THE STATE, you'll enjoy this series (hopefully it'll be picked up). I had a chance to see a few sketches at the taping earlier tonight and it's very, VERY funny stuff.

I will be appearing in a skit as an associate in the production office where MICHAEL AND MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES is created. You might see my face a few times. We'll just have to wait and see.

My workload continues tomorrow with the Penelope Lawson music video and on Sunday with the short film ILAN.

I will also be heading back to the set of WATCHING THE DETECTIVES on Tuesday, the 12th to play another police detective.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


My work for the NBC series LIPSTICK JUNGLE will take place tonight.

Tomorrow, I will be working on a Comedy Central pilot, titled MICHAEL & MICHAEL, which I don't know anything about. I hope to have more details on the project by the end of today.

It's been a nice, productive week. It's nice to stay busy.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Cast in Dad Role in New Penelope Lawson Video

I will be playing a Dad arguing with his daughter in a music video from artist Penelope Lawson.

The shoot will take place this coming Saturday.

Working on LIPSTICK JUNGLE Tomorrow

I will be working on the Brooke Shields' series tomorrow as a member of the paparazzi.

Will Be Working on the Short Film ILAN This Sunday

ILAN is a shgort film about Sam, a future leader of America, who has just graduated from NYU and is getting married to Rachel. But before he does, he decides to have one last adventure with Laura, the exact opposite of Rachel, tall, blonde and wild. Unfortunately, Sam finds himself being tricked and his Jewish roots gets him kidnapped, and he is held hostage for a longer period, enduring different kinds of torture.

The story is based on true events, which took place in France in 2006 when Ilan Halimi was kidnapped and tortured to death by a group of teenagers.

I will be appearing in a diner scene.

Monday, August 04, 2008


Here's a picture of me as Detective Clancy from my recent appearance on WATCHING THE DETECTIVES.

Info on Revivals of KEROUAC and CAT AND THE MOON

Here is all the info on the upcoming revivals of Tom O'Neil's KEROUAC and CAT AND THE MOON.

I wish Tom, his directors and his cast of actors the best of luck with their performances.

FRINGE - Episode "The Arrival"

It was an exciting day on the set of the new FOX drama series FRINGE, where in the upcoming fourth episode of the new series, titled, "The Arrival," I will appear as a construction foreman on site when a crane suddenly falls, debris everywhere and everyone running for cover.

It was very exciting to shoot the crane scene, even though there was no real crane (that will be done by CGI...which is a good idea, considering the 2 crane related incidents in NYC over the last couple of months). I had a nice time working on the show and who might get the glimpse of me on the construction site or more likely, running for cover.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Working on New Series FRINGE Tomorrow

FRINGE is the new series of J.J. Abrams (LOST) and is described by as the following:

A television drama centered around a female FBI agent who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

The show stars Joshua Jackson (DAWSON'S CREEK) and Blair Brown (THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD) and is set to premiere on Tuesday, September 9th on FOX.

Tomorrow, I will be working on the show as a construction worker (Yeah, that's believable).

For all FRINGE related info, please visit

BABE, INC. Not in The Finals Of Strawberry One Act Festival

Moments ago, I received word that BABE, INC. will not be moving into the finals of the Strawberry One Act Festival.

Oh well!

I had a wonderful time working on this production, although I don't have many nice things to say about the Riant Theatre and the Strawberry One Act Festival though.

What a mess!

Anyway, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to my good friend, director Michael Mele; playwright Rosemary Zibart, who was a real delight when she paid us a visit 2 weeks ago and to cast members Jennifer Verdonck, Caitlin Newman, Michael Johnson, Danielle Tyler and Nic Anthony Calabro for being such joys to work with.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Worked on Independent Film Noir Style Short JACK CARSON Today

I just finished working on an independent short titled JACK CARSON, a film noir style piece from director Darrell Goode of the new production company Chromatic Entertainment.

It was a fun shoot where I play a man named Jack, caught up in a bit of nasty business, forcing him to go on the run from the law. As I rush into my home to retrieve my wife and daughter, sitting there waiting in my living room is my old partner in crime Carson.

Is he there to kill me or my family?

What ensues is an old fashioned game of chicken as these two former colleagues size each other up, looking to make the other crack.

It was exhausting, tough work and I thank director Darrell Goode and his crew for their professionalism.

As I said, Darrell's company is brand new with JACK CARSON being their second project, but they are a solid group and I'd be delighted to work with them again.


Still no word on the future of BABE, INC. in the Strawberry One Act Festival.

This is a little unnerving, considering that the finals performances are tomorrow night.

BABE, INC. - Wild Card Performance

Last night's audience didn't react much to the show, aside from the occassional snicker. What can you do? Every audience is different.

Now, we wait to see if we've made the finals.

Appeared in the NYU Short THE FERRY Yesterday

I had a really nice time working on this short film, even though I played way against type as a bigot who harrasses a Hispanic man of the Staten Island Ferry, simply because he doesn't like the sound of his voice.

Two brothers visiting the city witness the act of racism. The younger boy, deeply disturbed by the incident, attempts to silently show his sympathy for the victim.

The video is a final project for the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Summer High School Filmmakers Workshop.

A screening of the film should take place in the next week or so.