Sony’s Crackle network is partnering with Bryan Cranston, Jeremy Renner and sportscaster Dan Patrick for three new additions to the streaming video service.
The Cranston-produced scripted comedy series, ‘Tightrope,’ is the first order from the digital entertainment service. ‘Tightrope’ will take old detective shows and replace the main character with a modern day actor. Mostly everything in the old show will stay the same, as it will be black and white with the same plotline and same dialogue from supporting characters. The only difference? The main actor in the old show will be replaced with a current comedian reacting with new comedic dialogue.
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Next, Renner ('The Hurt Locker,' The Town') will team up with Don Handfield as executive producers on the 90-minute film ‘The Throwaways.’ The film is a suspenseful thriller about a famous hacker captured by the CIA. The government gives the hacker a proposition: work for the CIA or spend the rest of his life in prison. It has been described by Renner as “Mission Impossible flew over the cuckoo’s nest.” The film will premiere next winter.
Last, Crackle ordered a spin-off of 'Jeopardy!' The series will be called -- wait for it -- ‘Sports Jeopardy!’ The game show, hosted by Dan Patrick, will air weekly for 52 weeks. Viewers will be able to download a mobile app that aligns with the show and unlocks new clues, creating an interactive experience.
In other Crackle news, the 12-episode thriller ‘Sequestered’ will premiere in August. The series, starring Jesse Bradford and Summer Glau, will focus on a jury sequestered in a hotel while deliberating over an extensive court case.
But, wait! There is still more news! Action-thriller ‘Chosen’ from Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff has been renewed for a fourth season. Also, Emmanuelle Chriqui’s ‘Cleaners’ will be back for it’s second season run. Last, Jerry Seinfield’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ has been renewed for four more seasons.