7:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Crackle Renews 'Snatch,' Adds 50 Cent Drama Series 'The Oath'
After losing Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to Netflix, Sony Pictures Television's streaming hub Crackle unveiled a robust development slate Wednesday at its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers.
Crackle handed out a straight-to-series order to The Oath, a law-enforcement gang drama exec produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, and reteamed with the rapper/actor/producer for development of crime drama RPM. Additionally, the digital platform handed out a second- season renewal for its adaptation of Snatch — touted as its most-watched original — as well as a third season pickup for Bryan Cranston-voiced animated comedy SuperMansion from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. The streamer also put dramas Accident Park, Tribes and The Row into development.
Here's a closer look at Crackle's slate:
The Oath is a 10-episode drama written and created by former L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Halpin (Hawaii Five-0) and exec produced by Jackson and his G-Unit Film and TV banner. It explores a subculture of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend. Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim of Storied Media Group exec produce alongside Halpin, who serves as showrunner.
RPN, also from Jackson, is a high-octane drama set in the working-class streets of Boston's most corrupt neighborhoods. The project, which is in development, centers on a used-car salesman who moonlights as a getaway driver for a Boston crime syndicate. Adam Riback, Nick Phillips and Kelly Wagner exec produce alongside Leo Sardarian, who will pen the script.
Snatch will return for a second season after ranking as what Crackle said was its most-watched scripted original drama. Rupert Grint stars alongside Ed Westwick. The series will return in 2018. Alex De Rakoff serves as showrunner.
SuperMansion will be back for a third season. The animated comedy from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios will return with 10 new episodes in 2018, with Crackle also setting two specials for this fall and early next year. Matthew Senreich created the series alongside Zeb Wells. Cranston also exec produces via his Moon Shot Entertainment.
Crackle has also picked up original movie In the Cloud, produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Tim Kring (Heroes). The thriller explores a tech company as it develops software capable of uploading a person's consciousness and memories to a virtual space — basically in the cloud. Vanya Asher penned the script.
Also in development is Accident Park, a comedy exec produced by Zachary Levi and written by Pete Marquis and Jamie T. McCellan that revolves around a lovable hometown zero who uses his injury settlement to buy the theme park where he was injured. Erik Olsen exec produces.
Drama Tribes, also in development, takes place 20 years into the future when a nano-virus has ravaged the West Coast and a tribal culture takes over. It's based on the 2010 IDW graphic novel from Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta. Alex Tse will pen the script and exec produce alongside Joel Silver's Silver Pictures.
The Row, a drama also in development, is exec produced by Kate Bosworth and written by Michael Polish. It centers on a select group of death row inmates who are about to be given a choice: continue to live on death row or be sent on an experimental mission with a 1 percent chance of survival in space.
Drama StartUp will return for its second season Sept. 28, with Ron Perlman joining the cast as well as executive producing the Adam Brody and Martin Freeman vehicle.
The news comes as Crackle is in dire need of a new signature hit following Seinfeld's decision to take Comedians in Cars to streaming giant Netflix, which picked up the comedy's entire library as well.