Crackle original series 'Chosen' premieres season two on December 12

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Crackle, the multi-platform entertainment network premiered the second season of their original series "Chosen," on December 12, 2013. Returning as star and executive producer of the psychological thriller is Milo Ventimiglia and joining the lead cast is Chad Michael Murray ("One Tree Hill"). Additional performances include those by returning stars Nicky Whelan (HALL PASS, "Scrubs") and Brett Davern ("Awkward") with new stars Sarah Roemer (DISTURBIA) and Brandon Routh (SUPERMAN RETURNS). The new season marks the return of executive producers Ventimiglia alongside series creators Ben Ketai (30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS) and Ryan Lewis (HIGH SCHOOL, FAT KID RULES THE WORLD). Written by Evan Charnov (LOST BOYS: THE THIRST) and Ketai, the new season will consist of six half-hour episodes and will premiere December 12, 2013 on Crackle.

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.

"'Chosen' confirms our belief that there is a strong appetite for compelling, high-quality original series in the digital space," said Eric Berger, Executive Vice President, Digital Networks for Sony Pictures Television. "Whether it was online, on mobile or through a connected TV device, our audience spent a significant amount of time with the show, following it through to its conclusion. We are excited to premiere the second season."

The first season of "Chosen" registered 2.4 million streams in less than 10 weeks in Canada and the U.S., ahead of projections, and was spread across a variety of devices: Connected TV devices, mobile and tablet devices and online. Half of the viewers who watched the first episode watched all six, and per user time spent watching the program averaged 45 minutes and went as high as 75 minutes per session on Xbox. For the pre roll video, Crackle saw an astonishing 98.6 percent completion rate of the ads. Crackle is ad supported and totally free to consumers across all platforms and in 22 countries.

As one of the few digital series to return with more episodes, the second season of "Chosen" will strengthen Crackle's acclaimed portfolio of originals which includes EXTRACTION, Crackle's first digital feature which debuted in September; the original series "Cleaners," starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Emily Osment and David Arquette, which debuted October 3; and the Emmy-nominated series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" starring Jerry Seinfeld.

About Crackle

Crackle, a unit of Sony Pictures Television, programs Hollywood movies, TV shows and original series and films for the world's connected audience. With Crackle Media Network reaching 43 million viewers across 22 countries, Crackle specializes in genres such as Action, Comedy, Crime, Horror and Sci-fi. Original programming on Crackle includes the psychological thriller Chosen, starring Chad Michael Murray; Cleaners, starring David Arquette and Gina Gershon; the first ever made for digital movie Extraction, starring Danny Glover; and the Emmy® nominated Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, starring Jerry Seinfeld. Crackle is always freely accessible on every screen, with no subscription or authentication required. Visit Crackle's site at www.crackle.com. You can also find Crackle on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crackle or follow Crackle on Twitter @CrackleCanada for real time updates.

SOURCE Crackle, Inc.

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