Sony to Launch Interactive Sports Game Show 'Sports Jeopardy!' on Crackle

By Steve Donohue, for [itvt]

Sony is stepping up its investment in original programming for over-the-top video service Crackle, announcing Wednesday that it has ordered more than 100 episodes of original episodes, including a new drama series, sitcom and sports game show hosted by former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick.

Patrick will host Sports Jeopardy!, a spinoff of Sony’s Jeopardy! series, starring Alex Trebeck. Sony described Sports Jeopardy! as an interactive program, as viewers will be able to use a second-screen application to unlock new clues. Sports Jeopardy! is also the title of an interactive game for mobile devices that Sony launched in January. 

Sony launched a mobile video game called Sports Jeopardy! in January. 

Crackle will run 12 episodes this summer of new drama series Bring It On, which Sony said will tell the story of “a jury sequestered in a hotel while deliberating a court case with massive implications. Sony signed Bryan Cranston, the star of AMC series Breaking Bad, to produce comedy series Tightrope.

Sony unveiled its original programming lineups at its NewFronts presentation in New York. Its lineup also includes two new seasons of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a new season of action series Chosen and a feature film called The Throwaways.

Sony announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January that it planned to test a virtual pay TV service this year. If the studio moves forward with an Internet-based subscription TV service, it may be able to use original content it has developed for Crackle to differentiate itself from rival virtual MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors) that Verizon and Dish Network are developing. 

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