Actor Robert Pierce Mitchell (or RPM, or Bobby, as he’s known) was once known to TV viewers the world over as Johnny Dynamo, Hollywood’s most beloved action hero. That was, until an ill fated publicity stunt brought his thriving career to a spectacularly disastrous halt, and his top rated primetime TV series to the scrap heap of cancellation.

Now, the long road back to stardom continues for the disgraced former TV star in the 10 episode season 2 of LBD Productions’ award-winning web series JOHNNY DYNAMO, written and directed by Joe Thomas, and soon to premiere on its official web site, Youtube and Vimeo pages. All 10 episodes of season 1, as well as a special bonus episode, are currently streaming via those platforms.

In season 2 of JOHNNY DYNAMO, Robert (played by Rick Wells) continues his path toward his own personal and professional second act as he seeks to reboot the show, as well as the iconic character, that once made him famous.

However, Robert’s ultimate goal of Hollywood redemption is made complicated thanks to three young, yet highly inexperienced talent agents: nerdy, yet physically fit Jack Meredith (Jonathan Everett), aggressive and determined Hannah Motlow (Sarah Shoemaker) and Ira Stein (Daniel Collins), the group’s resident PR guru/salesman who frequently clashes with Hannah.

Making things even more sticky for Robert and his goofy band of talent agents are their frequent run-ins with several unseemly figures, all culminating in a fateful confrontation with feared mob boss Mickey Petrucelli, played by famed character actor Terry Kiser (best known as the eponymous stiff Bernie in WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S and its sequel, plus roles on THREE’S COMPANY and THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW).

Soon, Robert and his team find themselves caught in the middle of a “turf war” between Mickey and revered hip hop record producer Maurice “Mo’ Lotto” Black (played by Tiny Lister), and the battle for just who will take the reins of the new and improved Johnny Dynamo series heats up.

For Robert, his home life in Nashville, Tennessee with wife Sandy (Jennifer Shelton) and daughter Hailee (Hailee Ricci) is also becoming more tense. Will these conflicts put the kibosh on Robert’s comeback, and will his run-ins with the mob end up costing him much more than just his career?

Although the always unpredictable world of show business played a key role in the development of JOHNNY DYNAMO, the inspirations for its creation changed as the show evolved.

“JOHNNY DYNAMO started out as a parody-type look at the entertainment game – so much for inspiration – now, it’s inspired by whatever hits me at the moment. One day, I felt like playing putt putt golf – that inspired me to write episode 6 (in season 1). When I get hungry, I’m inspired to write about food – there’s a lot of food in Season 2,” Thomas says.

As Thomas explains, JOHNNY DYNAMO is truly a unique breed of web series; one that’s incredibly unique in both how it could be perceived among standard genres, as well as in its episodic structure.

“JOHNNY DYNAMO doesn’t really follow the typical formula for a series. Its closest genre classification would be dramedy (drama, combined with elements of comedy), but it doesn’t rely on the normal plot devices you’ll see in other dramedies. We kind of created our own genre with this show.”

While the first season of JOHNNY DYNAMO earned high viewership, plus critical praise from fans and the press, including being named by top industry magazine VARIETY as one of 2013’s top 10 web series, season 2 of JOHNNY DYNAMO promises to be bigger and better than the previous one.

In terms of sheer numbers, all 10 episodes of season 2 will run 30 minutes (typical sitcom length), plus the show’s ensemble cast grows to 15 actors, including new additions Kiser and Lister.

Both new additions to the cast promise to make season 2 even more hilarious and action-packed as before, and also provided Thomas with a host of new opportunities to fully develop each character.

“When I brought Terry Kiser on, I actually called him up and asked him if he’d be interested in playing a role on the show. I gave him the freedom to suggest his own character, and he brought up the idea of playing a mob boss. (So I spent a lot of time completely rewriting season two.) Tiny Lister worked with us on a different project, and showed an interest in becoming a part of DYNAMO. I couldn’t turn down that prospect!”

Having learned so much about the nuts and bolts of web series production in season 1, the show’s cast and crew carried that experience into production of JOHNNY DYNAMO’s sophomore season. Adds Thomas: “We definitely learned a lot filming the first season. We’ve become a more well-oiled machine now. There’s more organization, more hands on deck, and a greater sense of urgency and importance. We had some growing pains along the way, but we’re still one big filmmaking family!”

Along with the growing cast and longer episodes, the production quality improved dramatically for season 2. Yet, as any filmmaker knows, quality comes with a hefty price tag. While season 1 of JOHNNY DYNAMO was more “experimental” in scope, and shot on a budget of $90,000, the budget increased, and the shooting schedule was much longer.

Remembers Thomas: “(In) season two, we spent around 450K, vastly expanded our crew, and doubled the episode length. We went from shooting a couple days per episode to shooting a week or more on a single episode!”

JOHNNY DYNAMO is a show that’s not confined to just one genre, which has led to its wide ranging appeal among fans of multiple genres.

Thomas believes that its unique appeal will only grow as season 2 approaches. “Because DYNAMO is not an easily pigeon-holed show, we appeal to a pretty wide demographic range. The second season, in particular, is going to appeal fans of slightly darker comedies, mob shows, and fans of high-end internet series like HOUSE OF CARDS.”

Even if one were to try to compare JOHNNY DYNAMO to other shows, Thomas feels that it’d be very hard to find anything that even comes close – and that’s possibly the biggest reason why it’s become so popular. “When it comes to plot and storytelling, I think DYNAMO stands on its own. It’s hard to put it next to any other show and say DYNAMO is a lot like (insert show here). There’s shared elements, to be sure, but it’s a unique animal.”

(Note: Regarding when closed-captioning will be added to the show, Thomas says: “Not as of now, but I wouldn’t completely discount the possibility sometime in the future.”)





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