Ups and Downs of TV and the Brooklyn Monk

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 4:53 am

Riding the rollercoaster makes you seasick

By Antonio Graceffo

“Show business is a hideous bitch goddess.”

George Burns

I received email saying that my show, Brooklyn Monk in Asia was cancelled, because the network didn’t think a martial arts show fit with their target audience and their theme of life styles of the rich.

I was down to my last few dollars and absolutely shattered. I had basically not worked all of June and July when we were shooting the promo and spin-off pilot for my show. Now, this devastating news came in, and I didn’t know what to do next.

A number of people in US and elsewhere stepped in to help me. Meanwhile, the production company sent me a number of encouraging emails, saying the believed in me and wanted the Brooklyn Monk show to succeed.

The next day, the production company called and said they had a new job for me, hosting a travel/food show. I will also be credited as the writer. We start shooting almost immediately, following the same schedule as before, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand.

The production company really believes in the Brooklyn Monk in Asia show, so we are going forward with the filming of that show, on spec, and will be looking for a network that wants it.

Thank God, I am back at work, sort of. Flying back to Thailand for pre-production. Tentatively scheduled to start filming in Singapore in mid August.

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “The Monk from Brooklyn” and “Warrior Odyssey.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

See all of Antonio’s videos on his youtube channel, brooklynmonk1, send him a friend request or subscribe.

His books are available on

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His website is

This episode was edited by Antonio Graceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

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