Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Crackle Reveals Original Programming Slate at Upfront, Including First-Ever One Hour Scripted Series

In its first standalone presentation to advertisers, Crackle, the television streaming network, announced on Tuesday its line-up of original programming. The wide variety of shows includes their first-ever one hour scripted series “The Art Of More,” animated comedy series “SuperMansion,” and JOE DIRT 2: BEAUTIFUL LOSER – the first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture. Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Christian Cooke, David Spade, Seth Green and Brittany Daniel were all on hand at the Crackle Upfront presentation.

A trailblazer in the streaming space, Crackle has revolutionized content viewing with the presentation of the network’s exciting new “ALWAYS ON” experience, powered by Adobe Primetime. As soon as a viewer launches the new Crackle, a scheduled program will immediately begin playing. Consumers can browse for something else in the newly created channel guide while continuing to watch what’s currently playing. Rolling out exclusively on the Roku platform beginning in May and a variety of other platforms throughout the summer, the innovative new design combines the curated experience of streaming programming on demand with the simplicity of a programmed TV experience.

At Crackle, we are reimagining ad supported TV,” said Eric Berger, Executive Vice President of Digital Networks for Sony Pictures Television and GM, Crackle. “With compelling programming and an innovative new viewing experience, Crackle is the perfect combination of linear television and on demand that provides advertisers with additive solutions that capitalize on the best of both worlds.”

Crackle’s new slate features original programming across a variety of genres and involves top Hollywood talent including Jerry Seinfeld, Bryan Cranston, Dennis Quaid, David Spade, Kate Bosworth, Christian Cooke, Seth Green, Dan Patrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Christopher Walken, Brittany Daniel, Patrick Warburton, Mark McGrath, Jillian Bell, Dennis Miller, Adam Beach, Kevin Farley, Charlotte McKinney, Milo Ventimiglia, Bill Maher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Harvey, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jim Carrey.

As announced at Crackle’s Upfront presentation Tuesday, full descriptions of new and returning original programming are as follows:

JOE DIRT 2: BEAUTIFUL LOSER -- NEW
*Original Film, first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture

Scheduled to Premiere July 16th

In this sequel to the 2001 cult favorite, David Spade (“Rules of Engagement”) returns as the mullet-wearing, rock and roll loving, down on his luck white-trash-hero who embarks on another epic journey, this time through the recent past, the heartland of America - and his own mind - to get back to his loved ones. Joe Dirt is back with a vengeance, and a mop. David Spade reprises his role alongside Oscar winner Christopher Walken (WEDDING CRASHERS), Brittany Daniel (“The Game”), Dennis Miller, Adam Beach (FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS). Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”), Mark McGrath (SHARKNADO 2), Charlotte McKinney (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Kevin Farley also star in the sequel.

Director, Writer and Producer: Fred Wolf (JOE DIRT, GROWN UPS)

Writer and Producer: David Spade

Produced by Happy Madison Productions and Lifeboat Productions

SUPERMANSION -- NEW
*Original Stop-Motion Animated Comedy Series, 13 episodes

Scheduled to Premiere Fall 2015

Emmy®-Award winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) voices the character of Titanium Rex, who leads a “seen-better-days” group of super heroes, “The League of Freedom,” in their increasingly difficult struggle to remain relevant in today’s world. Also voiced by Seth Green (“Family Guy”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”) and Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”).

Writers and Executive Producers: Matthew Senreich and Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”)
Executive Producers: Bryan Cranston, Seth Green, John Harvatine, Eric Towner, James Degus
and Moon Shot Ent. Produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios

THE ART OF MORE -- NEW
*Original series, First one-hour scripted drama, 10 episodes

Scheduled to Premiere Winter 2015

The Art Of More is a groundbreaking drama starring Dennis Quaid (“Vegas,” ANY GIVEN SUNDAY) that goes into the underbelly and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses. We follow a blue collar young man, Graham Connor, played by Christian Cooke (“Magic City”) who leverages his way into this exclusive realm by exploiting connections to antiquities smuggling rings he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq. Kate Bosworth (STILL ALICE) plays the role of Roxanna Whitney, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses—and a leading account executive. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive her to be a formidable executive in her own right.

Writers and Executive Producers: Gardner Stern (“Las Vegas,” “Law And Order”) and Chuck Rose

Executive Producers: Dennis Quaid, Laurence Mark and Gary Fleder (RUNAWAY JURY, “The Shield”)

DEAD RISING (Working Title) -- NEW
* Feature-length project and sequel to DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER

Premieres Spring 2016

A sequel to the popular DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER, which takes place during a large-scale Zombie outbreak when a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading. Based on the worldwide hit video game franchise.

Executive Producers: Tomas Harlan, Tim Carter, Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Produced by Legendary Digital

COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE
*Two-time Emmy® nominated and PGA Winning flagship original unscripted series, 6 episodes Scheduled to Premiere June 4

Back for a sixth season and crossing 100 million streams on Crackle, the Emmy® nominated series starring Jerry Seinfeld return for more laughs. The sixth season will feature a star-studded cast including Bill Maher (“Real Time with Bill Maher”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Steve Harvey (“The Steve Harvey Show”), Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”), Trevor Noah (“The Daily Show”) and Jim Carrey (DUMB AND DUMBER TO). Sponsored by Acura.

Executive Produced by Jerry Seinfeld and Embassy Row

SPORTS JEOPARDY!”
*Live Game Show Series

New episodes stream weekly every Wednesday

"Sports Jeopardy!," hosted by the Emmy®-Award winning sportscaster Dan Patrick (“The Dan Patrick Show”), is a spinoff of Sony Pictures' record Emmy®-Award winning hit game show. “Sports Jeopardy!” allows a unique level of interactivity as viewers can download a mobile game that interacts with the show as a second screen application to unlock new clues.

Executive Produced by Harry Friedman, Sony Pictures Television

In Development:

CAPO
*Original Series

Nick Capelli emerges from prison into a world where his once strong mafia family – and the very fabric of Italian organized crime itself – has eroded, leaving him with no direction, but an uncontrollable need to try to recreate his past life. But this time it’s going to be different… In the modern world where the mafia doesn’t command respect like it used to, CAPO takes a look at what it would take for a modern crime organization to rise today.

Produced by Relativity Television and Hollywood Gang Productions

Executive Producers: Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord, Gianni Nunnari and Shannon Gaulding

CHOSEN
*Action/Thriller going into its 4th Season and moving into one hour format (originally 30 minutes TRT), 10 episodes

Premieres Winter 2016

Continuing the story of Ian Mitchell (Ventimiglia) and his family, the second season of “Chosen” goes deeper into the deadly game the Mitchells were swept into and follows the lives of others who also received mysterious boxes forcing them to kill – or else – including new character Jacob Orr (Murray). The second season of six half-hour episodes ensures to pack more thrills, suspense and jaw-dropping moments.

Executive Producers: Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”), Ben Ketai (30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS), Ryan Lewis (HIGH SCHOOL, FAT KID RULES THE WORLD) and Russ Cundiff

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