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.
The Odyssey Adventure Club is a place online where members have access to every single Adventures in Odyssey episode on-demand, including exclusive monthly episodes not available anywhere else, and much more. When the club was first created, it cost $15 a month. Since then, prices have come down. There are currently three payment plans to choose from. You can join for $9.99 a month paying on a month-to-month basis, $9.49 a month paying every six months (totaling $56.94), or $8.99 per month paying on an annual basis (totaling $107.88). But what if you're not sure if the club is right for your family? Now there's a new option for you. Focus on the Family is offering a free 14-day trial of the OAC, where you'll have unlimited access to everything on the club without having to make a single payment. Then you'll be able to make an informed decision about whether you want to join in the future and financially support the production of new AIO episodes. Get your free two week trial at oaclub.org/trial.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Justin Felbinger, the third voice of Matthew Parker, who first appeared on Album 60. He talks about getting into acting in theater, voiceover and on film, the ways in which he's similar to Matthew, and joining the Parker family cast. They also discuss some details about the upcoming episodes Parker for President, and The Key Suspect, which will be included on Album 61, and The Grass is Always Greener, from Album 62. Check out the podcast interview.
In February 2015 we announced on the AIO Update that Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker had left Focus on the Family and taken the position of Senior Director of Content Creation at the Augustine Institute. Now we have exciting news that Paul has teamed up with producers Dave Arnold and Philip Glassborow to create a new audio drama called Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, featuring the voice talents of David Suchet, Harry Lloyd, Raffey Cassidy, Geoffrey Palmer, and many more. The drama will release in November and be available via radio broadcast and for purchase on CD and digital download. You can read an excerpt from the official press release here:
Denver’s Augustine Institute has announced a major new initiative in audio and radio production called Augustine Institute Radio Theatre (A.I.R. Theatre). Employing the highest quality production in sound, music and voice-talent, A.I.R. Theatre will present a variety of stories from a mix of genres to provide inspiration and entertainment for the entire family.
John Avery Whittaker's most popular invention never seems to get old. The Imagination Station continues to entertain and educate Adventures in Odyssey fans today, whether that's in an audio adventure or in print. This October the 18th book in the Imagination Station series, Trouble on the Orphan Train, comes out. And beyond that, the writers have future escapades planned. Today we know the title for book 19. It will be called Light in the Lion's Den and marks the series' return to a biblical history tale, retelling the story of the prophet Daniel in Babylon. The book will be released in February of next year. Check out the summary:
When they step into the Imagination Station, kids experience an unforgettable journey filled with action-packed adventure. With each book, readers are whisked away with cousins Patrick and Beth to embark on a new journey around the world and back in time.
Wooton Bassett's comic book hero Captain Absolutely first appeared on Adventures in Odyssey on The Truth Chronicles in 2008, and you might remember he most recently fought off the evil Lord Gargantuan Foulspleen on Album 56. And in September 2012 he made his comic strip debut in Clubhouse Magazine, which immediately became a regular feature. If you thought that was cool, then you'll be excited to know that those comics are now being collected together into a new Captain Absolutely book, where you can read all the way through from his origin story to his present day adventures. The comic book will release in April 2017. You can read the summary below:
After a computer explosion at the library, Josiah King takes cover in a room full of Bibles. He reads God’s Word for the first time that night, and (with the help of mysterious radioactive fumes) is transformed into a superhero—Captain Absolutely. He embarks on a battle for truth and justice, pitted against his ultimate nemesis, the notorious Dr. Relative.
It's an exciting day for Adventures in Odyssey fans. We have already seen the cover and summary for the upcoming Album 61: Without a Hitch. And now the cover art for the show's next release, Album 62: Let's Put on a Show! has been completed. As you can tell, it features some of your favorite characters looking like they came straight out of the wild west. The album will contain six episodes about "relationships and new beginnings." It releases on CD in March 2017, but it will likely air first on the Odyssey Adventure Club some months prior. What do you think of the cover design? You can write a comment below. And don't forget to read Album 62's summary:
Adventures in Odyssey has provided high-quality, character-building entertainment through audio drama for nearly thirty years. Your entire family will love the next installment as the town of Odyssey gets ready to put on a show! With over two hours of entertainment, these episodes find the folks of Odyssey learning about relationships, friendship, and compassion. Jules Kendall feels like she’s in the spotlight and has to live up to everyone’s expectations. Buck Oliver pretends to understand Eugene and Katrina’s faith. A mysterious visitor to the antique shop isn’t all he seems as he searches for a clue to a father’s final words. And a group of traveling singers put on the rootin-est, tootin-est, Wild Westiest musical extravaganza Odyssey has ever seen! Sit back and enjoy the show!
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse go on a wild adventure of their own within Focus on the Family's Colorado Springs headquarters as they bring us this year's Avery Awards, featuring your favorite parts from both Album 59: Taking the Plunge and Album 60: Head Over Heels. This is the first Averies to cover two albums, but of course it still only deals with twelve episodes in total as the most recent albums only have six episodes each. The awards show recognizes this past season's funniest and most suspenseful moments, as well as the best in sound design, acting, and more. Hear it all when you check out the full podcast.
Just weeks after co-star Alan Young, the voice of Jack Allen, passed away last month, Janet Waldo, the voice of Joanne Allen has also passed away. They were both 96. Janet acted on Adventures in Odyssey for over twenty years and played a total of six characters. Besides voicing the indispensable Joanne Allen, co-owner of J & J Antiques with her husband Jack, Janet also played the mother of Lawrence Hodges in seven episodes. You can find all three of Janet's last episodes as Joanne Allen on Album 56, which are titled Great Expectations and Home Again, Parts 1-2. Janet was also interviewed on Episode 54 of the Official Podcast.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Amy Pemberton, the voice of Renee D. Carter, a newcomer to AIO who first appears in the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode Things Not Seen. Amy talks about her first day in the recording studio, some of Renee's backstory, the character's interests and skills, and her favorite acting job. She also discusses her music career, what she hopes Odyssey fans will take away from her performance, and advice for aspiring actors. Plus, we hear a preview of Renee's first episode. Listen to the podcast interview.
You could argue that because the popular radio drama Adventures in Odyssey exists in a world with crazy futuristic inventions like the Imagination Station, the Room of Consequence, the Transmuter, and the Inspiration Station, the entire show could be categorized as science fiction. But even if you don't go that far, it would be pretty difficult not to recognize that the show writers have a special appreciation for the science fiction genre. That's why we've created this latest poll question, which asks fans what their favorite science fiction episode of Odyssey is. The first option is Someone to Watch Over Me, selected for its unforgettable space battle between Jimmy Barclay and the relentless villain called Grim. The second option is Terror from the Skies, in which an imminent alien invasion throws both Lawrence and Jimmy into a panic. Then there's the classic show Hidden in My Heart, featuring a short spoof of Star Trek. Another option is Gloobers, in which Dwayne and Jared find themselves inside a video game battling against countless slimy foes. And finally, the most recent science fiction episode to date is Drake the Cosmic Copper, set 100,000 years in the future. Choose your favorite of these five episodes when you vote here.