What Is Crackle Cracked Up To Be?August 22, 2012

What Is Crackle Cracked Up To Be?


I can’t wait for Crackle to define what it thinks it’s “cool” programming is actually going to be. Intrigued after my fun ride with Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee”, I checked out the rest of the programming and wasn’t AS excited with what they’ve got so far but I do see potential.


Alec Baldwin, Jerry Seinfeld / Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)

So far there’s a peculiar collection of bizarre Charlie Murphy skits (I usually LOVE him and think he’s actually funnier now than Eddie Murphy is), passed up reality shows (“Mommy XXX” - about a soccer mom who’s a porn star, David Faustino from “Married With Children” trying to get his career back on track and “Penn Says” with Pen Jillette among other things), Dilbert cartoons, a comic book legend Ed Brubaker/stuntwoman Zoe Bell series “Angel of Death” I really wanted to like and some other bits one would find left over at a pilot season garage sale.


 Crackle has a great idea but its chief obstacle is getting a consensus of what they want “cool” to be. So far they’ve got one of their star directors, Kevin Connolly, doing his own programming list and that’s a fun start. Also, they are pulling newsfeeds from Hit-Fix so it’s fun to see that Angie Harmon wants to play She-Hulk (though that would NEVER be my choice in casting). It looks like selections are based on Sony’s catalog and what your stereotypical guy/couchpotato/sports nut/machismo would like to spend their time watching but cool could be so much more.

It would be great of Crackle did an old school cool section where their programming went back further than the 1990s. Sony Pictures owns Mr. Magoo for crying out loud! Who’s cooler than Magoo? Rather, wouldn’t a cool person want to watch Magoo with their cool kid? How about a little Brando from ON THE WATERFRONT which Sony owns through Columbia? Who’s cooler than Brando?? Well, there are a few cooler than Marlon Brando but they aren’t on the Crackle site.


Dominic Monaghan / “The Unknown” (Crackle)

Also, we females are considered cool from time to time. I respect the valiant effort by including Zoe Bell and having Martha Coolidge direct a few episodes of “The Unknown” with Dominic Monaghan from “Lost” (if you miss “Red Shoe Diaries” on Cinemax and the 1980s “Twilight Zone” then this is the show for you) but give us a little more. You have to dig to find Sony title’s like LA FEMME NIKITA. 

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