Crackle Orders Bryan Cranston, Jeremy Renner and Dan Patrick Projects
Sony's Crackle is going into business with Bryan Cranston, Jeremy Runner and sportscaster Dan Patrick.
The digital entertainment network has ordered a Cranston-produced scripted comedy series, Tightrope, which will replace a character from a classic detective series with a modern-day actor. This keeps Cranston in business with Sony, for which he starred in Breaking Bad.
Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town) will reunite with Don Handfield as executive producers on the 90-minute film The Throwaways, a suspense thriller about a notorious hacker captured by the CIA who is offered a proposition: work for them or spend the rest of his life in prison. It will premiere in the winter.
Game show Sports Jeopardy!, hosted by Dan Patrick, will air weekly for 52 weeks and will be an interactive experience for viewers, who will be able to download a mobile app that will coincide with the show and unlock new clues. It is a spinoff of the Sony-produced Jeopardy!
The 12-episode thriller Sequestered, starring Jesse Bradford, Summer Glau, Patrick Warburton and Bruce Davison, will premiere in August and centers on a jury sequestered in a hotel while deliberating over a court case with big implications. Lifeboat Productions produces the series from creator Aaron Tracy.
Action-thriller Chosen from Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff, and creators Ben Ketai and Ryan Lewis, has also been renewed for a fourth season, Emmanuelle Chriqui's Cleaners will be back for a sophomore run and it was previously reported that Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has been renewed for four more seasons, bringing it to nine. Music docuseries Playing It Forward, produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey's Team Downey, will continue.
“As both studio and network, Crackle controls content and distribution,” said Eric Berger, executive vp digital networks for Sony Pictures Television and general manager of Crackle. “As a result we are able to provide quality longform programming and unique solutions to advertisers, with certainty around the content, platforms and timing. With unmatched OTT distribution, we’re offering the next evolution of television, including an audience not reachable through traditional television.”