The Focus on the Family team is working on a brand new book series for Adventures in Odyssey fans called The Blackgaard Chronicles. Thanks to Austin Peachey of the AIO Blog for bringing this news to our attention. Although Dr. Regis Blackgaard has long been dead, his appearances on AIO are still some of people's most memorable episodes to this day. And now with this book series readers will get the chance to experience those same adventures in a new medium. According to Clubhouse Magazine, with these books we will be able to finally "relive those classic battles between good and evil in book form—with fresh insights and special scenes that didn't appear in the audio dramas." The series is being written by the creators of Adventures in Odyssey and will be available first to Odyssey Adventure Club members starting in November, before the books begin releasing to the general public at a later date.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview writer and director Phil Lollar. They talk about how the team decides when it's time to introduce new characters to the show, the creation of Renee D. Carter, the interesting connection to the original Star Trek series, Renee's love of mathematics, and the inspiration from French philosopher René Descartes. Phil also discusses Renee's puppy, her skepticism of Christianity and spirituality, her Scottish accent, the actor behind her voice, and he gives a couple clues about the future of her character. Check out the podcast interview.
The Adventures in Odyssey team will be back in the recording studio this week, starting Tuesday morning. So far we know writers/directors Nathan Hoobler and Phil Lollar will be in attendance, and host Chris Anthony will show up this week as well. It's very possible the cast and crew will resume where they left off last time, and continue recording new episodes for Season Four of the Odyssey Adventure Club. We also know that the character Renee D. Carter, voiced by Amy Pemberton, will be returning for this latest recording session. Renee will appear in a new episode that features her love for horses and animals in general. Also coming up this week, writer/director Phil Lollar will be interviewed on the next edition of the Official Podcast, and Album 61: Without a Hitch will finally air on the radio this Saturday with the first episode, The Feud of Mason County. Stay tuned for updates on all these stories and more in the days ahead.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse are interviewed by the hosts of Audio Theatre Central, JD, Roy and Andrew. They talk about how they first got involved with different Focus on the Family magazines, when they first started to listen to AIO, playing parts on Odyssey episodes, shows that have made them laugh and cry, and which characters resonate with them. Bob and Jesse also discuss how the Official Podcast first began ten years ago, their favorite podcast moments, what it's like watching the cast and crew record episodes in the studio, the Odyssey Adventure Club, their hobbies outside of work and more. Check out the podcast interview.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Stuart Allen, the voice of Leonard "Buddy" Norman in the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode A Predicament of Biblical Proportions. Stuart talks about how he decides whether or not to read all the way through a script ahead of time, a moment in recording studio where he was given direction, a challenging scene to do, and how he manages to keep his energy up. Stuart also discusses moving to California to start his acting career, experimenting with voices outside of his comfort zone, and gives us a sampling of some of the accents he can do. Plus we hear a clip from Stuart's episode, in which he plays Buddy, an awkward boy with an overactive imagination who moves to Odyssey and has his faith put to the test. Check out the podcast interview.
The official CD release date for Album 61: Without a Hitch is coming up soon, so it's about time the back cover was revealed. As you can see from the list of episodes, this album's themes include the value of reading scripture, competition, integrity, secrets and marriage. This is the third time Wooton Bassett has appeared on the back cover of an album, the previous two being Albums 52 and 54. Have you ordered this new release on CD, or are you planning on listening to it when the episodes air on the radio? Or have you already heard them all via the Odyssey Adventure Club? However you listen these days, its always exciting for fans everywhere to see that new high-quality Adventures in Odyssey shows keep coming out.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Sage and Erin Bolte, the voices of Robyn and Melanie Jacobs. They talk about the story behind the episode Karen, acting alongside Hal Smith, having their father Chuck Bolte work as executive producer and act as George Barclay, and pursuing careers other than acting. They also discuss God's calling, how their kids now listen to the show, and more. Plus, hear a preview of the latest Odyssey Adventure Club episode. Check out the podcast interview.
While it seems like Focus on the Family Radio Theatre is going through a long hiatus at the moment, fans of high quality audio drama still have much to be thankful for. Lamplighter Theatre has recently released two new audio productions, The Haunted Room and A 'Strordinary Maid. And now Heirloom Audio Productions have announced the title of their seventh audio drama. So far they've produced Under Drake's Flag, In Freedom's Cause, With Lee in Virginia, The Dragon and the Raven, Beric the Briton, and The Cat of Bubastes. The next in the Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series will be a thrilling tale called In the Reign of Terror. Here's the story's summary:
Return to the tumultuous days of the French Revolution with this captivating tale of adventure and courage. Join Harry Sandwith, a young Englishman, as he accepts a job as a companion to the sons of a French marquis. Follow Harry and his aristocratic friends as they're swept from their idyllic life at a country estate to the riotous streets of Paris and the very gates of the Bastille. Can Harry rescue the marquis' family from imprisonment and certain death at the hands of the merciless mob?
In the Reign of Terror is currently scheduled to be released this October.
Adventures in Odyssey's most recent album release, Album 61: Without a Hitch, is now available to listen to via digital download on Amazon for $6.23. It's $9.99 from iTunes and FOTF. You can also preorder the CD set from Christian Book Distributors, which releases in October. And of course, all the episodes have already been available for streaming on the Odyssey Adventure Club for some time now. The album contains six episodes, including stories about a decades-old family feud, another appearance from Buck Oliver, a new Jones and Parker mystery, Wooton and Penny's chaotic journey to the altar, and more. The Album 61 digital download also features a bonus track called Behind the Scenes of A Very Bassett Wedding. And coming up will be Album 62: Let's Put on a Show!, which releases on CD in March.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, executive producer Dave Arnold and former writer, director and producer Paul McCusker host a tribute show where they remember the voices of Jack and Joanne Allen, actors Alan Young and Janet Waldo, who both recently passed away. Plenty of friends from Odyssey's past and present make special appearances to share memories of Alan and Janet, including Chuck Bolte, Phil Lollar, Marshal Younger, Katie Leigh, Will Ryan, Townsend Coleman, Bob Luttrell, Rob Jorgensen, Mark Drury, Nathan Hoobler, and John Fornof. Check out the podcast episode.
About one and a half years ago we conducted a poll about the Parker family, in which Olivia Parker defeated her brother Matthew by one vote. For the next AIO Update poll question, we're asking Adventures in Odyssey fans who their favorite Washington family member is. The Washingtons first appeared in the episode The Toy Man on Album 39 and were last heard in The License to Deprive on Album 50. And if you've been keeping up with AIO news lately, you know that Marvin Washington will return in an upcoming Odyssey Adventure Club episode to air next year. So, who's your favorite member of the Washington family? Your choices are the dad, Ed, the mom, Elaine, their daughter Tamika, their son Marvin, cousin Xavier, or their adopted daughter Kelly. Cast your vote here.
The 18th book in the Imagination Station series, Trouble on the Orphan Train, comes out this October. It features an exciting story about a mysterious train robbery and Patrick and Beth's hunt for Eugene Meltsner, who has gotten lost somewhere in time. Next up in the series is Book 19: Light in the Lion's Den, which we now have the front cover for. And here's the book's summary: "The Imagination Station has been acting wonky for several adventures now, handing out the wrong gifts and traveling unexpected paths. Patrick and Beth must call upon their courage, strength, and resilience in order to help others and survive real dangers that threaten them as they travel through time and space to encounter the prophet Daniel and the deadly lions’ den." Light in the Lion's Den releases in stores in February 2017. You can currently preorder it from Christian Book Distributors for $4.49.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse introduce executive producer Dave Arnold, who conducts an interview with his son. Landon Arnold has appeared in fifteen episodes and played a number of characters on the show when he was young, including Cody Carper. Landon talks about acting on the stage, being directed by his dad in the studio, the story behind his crying as the character Scrubb, and acting alongside Hal Smith and Dave Madden. They also discuss being involved with the Foley of the Dallas live show, a memorable moment from recording the episode The Pushover, and more. You can listen to the full podcast interview.
Voting for the AIO Update's twentieth poll question has now closed and the final results are ready to be revealed. Adventures in Odyssey fans were asked what their favorite science fiction episode was, and in first place came Drake the Cosmic Copper with a third of the votes cast. Tied for second place were the two classic shows Terror from the Skies and Gloobers.
Drake the Cosmic Copper is the most recent science fiction episode to be released, and only Odyssey Adventure Club members have heard it. Nevertheless, the fans who have listened to this club-exclusive episode thought it deserved the top spot in this recent poll. The story features Wooton Bassett sharing a wacky new comic book set 100,000 years in the future where a detective and his robot assistant investigate a mysterious group of aliens. The detective, named Drake, is played by Townsend Coleman, better known to AIO fans as the voice of Jason Whittaker. If you haven't yet heard this exciting episode, for a limited time you can sign up for a free 14-day trial of the Odyssey Adventure Club at oaclub.org/trial and gain access to every exclusive episode released so far. Thank you for joining in this latest poll question. And don't forget to leave your suggestions for future AIO Update polls.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Aria Noelle Curzon, the voice of Mandy Straussberg. She talks about how she first got involved with AIO, being welcomed to the team, hanging out with the actors who voiced the other kid characters, and coming to the live shows. They also discuss acting in the musical episode The Great Wishy Woz on Album 35, the show's portrayal of a kid's perspective, The Muppets movie, musical theater, her engagement, Irish dancing, talking to the fans online, and much more. Check out the podcast interview.
This week the AIO team began the recording process of Season 4 of the Odyssey Adventure Club, which will air in 2017. This time around two actors returned to the studio after a long hiatus, Kendre Berry and Adam Wylie. Kendre, the voice of Marvin Washington, hasn't been on the show since A Class Reenactment on Album 50, which aired in 2008. Adam was last heard in the 2012 episode The Holy Hoopster on Album 56. The characters Marvin and Ryan will appear together in a new episode called Unfair Game, written by Marshal Younger. The show is set in the Philippines and features Jason Whittaker doing his best to take on the role of a basketball coach. The cast and crew also recorded the three-part episode In Jars of Clay, a historical drama set during WWII and highlighting the heroism of Irena Sendler, who rescued Jews from the Warsaw ghetto. And finally, they recorded the two-part episode Swept Away, a story about a potential major disaster in Odyssey. It features the return of Mayor Spencer Hicks, last heard in The Mystery of the Clock Tower on Album 52, as well as reporter Ted Humphries, his first appearance since A Penny Saved on Album 54. Swept Away's cast includes Mrs. Kramer, Eugene, Wooton, Penny, Connie, Whit, and host Chris Anthony's daughter Kelsey playing an unknown character. Check out the official Adventures in Odyssey Facebook page for photos and videos from the latest recording session.
The Adventures in Odyssey Blog has just released an interview with three people: writer, director and actor Phil Lollar, the voice of Richard Maxwell actor Nathan Carlson, and AIO writer and actor Jeff Parker. They have also worked together on the show Jungle Jam and Friends. During the podcast interview, the three of them talk about how they first met and got involved with Focus on the Family, what script-writing is like, Richard's appearance in Odyssey's April Fool's day episode I Slap Floor, and the never-before-heard episode of Jungle Jam. They also discuss the upcoming two-part AIO musical episode, funny moments in the recording studio, their favorite characters to play, Phil's work on the new show Iliad House, they do some ad-libbing for us, and much more. You can listen to the full audio interview below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Nathan Carlson, the voice of the classic character Richard Maxwell. He talks about his favorite couple of episodes to work on, acting alongside Earl Boen as the legendary Dr. Regis Blackgaard, and his take on Richard Maxwell's arc and ultimately his character's redemption. They also discuss some acting strategies for playing the villain, and Nathan's work on the kids program Jungle Jam & Friends. Head over to whitsend.org to check out the podcast interview.
Last month we announced that Captain Absolutely, created by Adventures in Odyssey's own Wooton Bassett, was soon going to appear in a new comic book available in stores. The book compiles the comic strips previously released in Clubhouse Magazine over the years. And today we can reveal the comic book's front cover art. You can click on the image to see it in high resolution. This upcoming Captain Absolutely book releases on April 1st, 2017, and will include a total of 112 pages featuring the adventures of Wooton's popular superhero. You can listen to Captain Absolutely's origin story in the episode The Truth Be Told, available on The Truth Chronicles.
In January of this year the first novel featuring the popular audio drama character Father Gilbert was released. The Body Under the Bridge, written by Paul McCusker, begins where the nine-part Focus on the Family Radio Theatre series left off, bringing fans more original stories featuring the the former Scotland Yard detective. Now the sequel is on its way. Its working title, All Desires Known, has been changed to Death in the Shadows, and the front cover has just been revealed. As usual, Adventures in Odyssey listeners should be aware that the Father Gilbert Mysteries are created for an older, more mature audience. Check out the book's summary:
When Father Gilbert traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery – the mystery of the spiritual world. Even attending a conference in a seaside town provides no escape as he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlour. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard. Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery, from whom Father Gilbert received spiritual direction a couple of years before, is distressed by the attack, accusing the local sex trade industry of retaliating against his outspoken stand against it. Then, one of the brothers at the monastery is found dead in the local red light district. All evidence points to his having been a regular at a massage parlour – the same one where the murdered girl had worked. Intertwined within this web is a young woman who sees the same apparitions that Father Gilbert thought only he could see, plus an obstinate runaway, a distraught father, and a deep corruption pervading the town. And, whether he likes it or not, Father Gilbert is at the centre of it all.
Death in the Shadows releases in the United States in November 2016. There will be a third installment in the Father Gilbert book series, and currently its working title is Malevolence.