Crackle, the digital entertainment channel founded in 2007, is stepping its game up in 2013; the network announced eight new series during their NewFronts upfront presentation in New York earlier today. On top of the batch of new shows, the digital studio announced the return of Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,' one of three series on Crackle that have been ordered for a second season. Crackle, owned by Sony Pictures TV, will also be making a foray into feature programming, beginning this year.
Back in 2010, Crackle moved from a USA-only service, to now being available in Canada, Australia and the UK as well. Now the service is available on tablets and smart phones, as well. 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' has proven such a success that Sony has opted to move forward with a handful of new original series in different veins. 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' is exactly what the title promises: in each episode, Jerry Seinfeld picks up a friend and comedian in a nice car, they drive somewhere for coffee and lunch, and the show records the conversation throughout. Check out a sample of Jerry Seinfeld and Crackle's work below:
It was announced today that guests for the second season of 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' will include David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Don Rickles, and more.
Here are the descriptions of the newly-announced original series:
November 2013 Crime/Action Series; 6 Half-Hour Episodes Two gorgeous young women out on an errand for their boss turn out to be a team of highly trained and lethal contract killers. The job goes bad when they find a sedated 8-yr-old boy in the trunk of their car and quickly find themselves the target of their boss’ client, the FBI – and even their own boss whose team of assassins is now out to eliminate them to get the valuable boy back. Starring Emmanuelle Chriqui ('Entourage'), Emily Osment ('Hannah Montana'), Gina Gershon ('Face/Off'), David Arquette ('Scream'), Missi Pyle ('The Artist'), Nathan Keyes ('The Kings of Summer') and Clifton Collins Jr. ('Star Trek'), among others, the series is written and directed by Paul Leyden and produced by Full Clip Productions and Sam Worthington. Currently in production, the feature is set to premiere November 2013 with all six half-hour episodes released simultaneously.
'Play it Forward'
2013 Music Documentary, 6-8 Half-Hour Episodes A series of spontaneous street performances by superstar artists around the U.S. to raise support for music education in public schools. Filmmakers capture the unannounced, guerrilla style performances—and the amassing crowds—from strategically positioned cameras, hidden from view. The crowd—and the audience at home—get an intimate and unprecedented experience of a world renowned artist stepping off the stage onto the streets. Produced by Tony Berg, Kevin Lake, Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.
2013 Crime/Action Series, 6 Half-Hour Episodes A former member of a small time Venice surf gang infiltrates the gang as an LAPD informant when they get caught up with a ruthless international gang that could take all of their lives. Directed and produced by Milo Ventimiglia ('Chosen'), the series is set to premiere in Winter 2013 with all episodes released simultaneously.
The two other series joining 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' with a second season order from Crackle are 'The Bannen Way,' about the adventures of Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle, and a weakness for beautiful women, and 'Chosen,' an action/thriller/suspense series.