Billy Bretherton is a metalhead who dresses like a rocker, but works as an exterminator. Various series have followed Billy taking on all kinds of stubborn and dangerous pests around the U.S., but I've gotten to write and voice description of him battling some different breeds in Canada in "Billy Goes North". He gets in some sticky situations in my episode, number six of the current season, called "Sting Operation". It airs first October 14 at 9pm eastern on CMT Canada.
I took a wild trip back to the Noughties to work on part of the MTV series "The Teen Files". In "Flipped", young people learn some hard lessons when they get thrown into situations totally opposite from their usual situations: boyfriends and girlfriends switch places, kids who dabble in drugs deal with overdoses, racists find themselves with people of colour, and all of it happens with MTV-style quick cuts and the music of the time. But though the music is dated, the issues are not. In this clip, we meet two young people who see no problem with bullying "weaker" kids... and will soon find themselves bullied.
Buddy (Morey Amsterdam) gets a visit from his pool shark brother, who swears he’s reformed. So what is he doing playing pool with Rob (Dick Van Dyke) in the Petries’ basement? 1962. First posted June 29, 2009.
In this episode of the classic tv series, Rob (Dick Van Dyke) is perplexed when he discovers his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) has her own private bank account. 1962. First posted June 15, 2009.
A womanizing French artist (Charles Boyer) meets his match in an American former nightclub singer (Irene Dunne) on a ship bound for New York and the people they’re supposed to marry. 1939. Part 1 of 3. First posted May 25, 2009.
This was one of my favourite films to work on for the podcast. Here's a described video version of one scene I've used as an example of description in a couple presentations I've given to conferences. (It wasn't even the hardest scene in the film to do.)
A sheriff (Roy Rogers) retires and moves to a new town, only to be mistaken for a notorious gunslinger recruited as the new sheriff by the corrupt mayor. 1941. Part 1 of 2. First posted May 11, 2009.
Here's the described video version of the whole film on YouTube!
It was a privilege to work on some episodes of the Australian kids' series MY:24, which features video diaries of young people talking about the 24 hours that changed their lives. They tackle issues like self-acceptance, foster care, depression and cultural stigma, but are upbeat and inspiring as they build the skills to overcome the hurdles in their way. The clip below features Coen, who's lived with debilitating Cystic Fibrosis most of his life and gets set for a lung transplant.
Well, we've had two and a half years of angsty, sexy werewolves fighting and loving and hiding from the purely-human world, but the time has come to leave gloomy Stonehaven mansion. The final episode of Bitten with my description airs on Space in Canada this Friday at 10pm eastern. Although the final season has had its challenges (More complex fight scenes! Identical twin killers!), it's been the best, and the finale ties everything up with some shocks but also some happiness...which has often been in short supply for The Pack. Enjoy the action and the feels, and again my thanks to showrunner Daegan Fryklind for her tremendous support of the DV.
Opie (Ronny Howard) gets rebuffed by a girl he likes, so Barney (Don Knotts) offers tips on how to handle women – but it’s Barney’s girlfriend Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn) who really lifts the boy’s spirits. 1963. First posted January 9, 2009.
In an episode of the classic tv series, when Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) learns an ex-con is coming to town to see him, Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) fears the worst and rounds up some extra deputies. 1963. First posted January 4, 2009.
Also available as described video!