Crackle.com, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Web outlet for original short-form video series, has announced a pair of new programs and several series renewals for the site's upcoming 13-week season, which officially begins in December.
First on deck is a talk show hosted by Bob Kushell, a TV writer who's worked on series such as The Simpsons, Dream On and Samantha Who? Kushell has lined up several celebrity guests for Anytime with Bob Kushell, which is being shot in his garage Van Nuys, Calif., including Samantha Who? stars Christina Applegate and Jennifer Esposito, How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris and ER's John Stamos. The first five-minute episode premieres on Dec. 18.
In addition, Crackle has lined up David Faustino (Bud Bundy of Fox's Married...With Children) to star in Star-ving, in which which he'll depict a struggling actor not unlike himself--only an actor who inherits a porn shop. Several former Married stars are scheduled to appear, including Ed O'Neil, Katey Sagal and Applegate, as well as other celebrities like Seth Green and Coolio.
Also coming down the pike is The Hustler, which chronicles the life of a mysterious con man. That series premieres on Jan 12.
Besides the new shows, Crackle has committed to second seasons for several of its recently launched originals. Among the shows set to debut a fresh batch of episodes are the gamer/young male entertainment-focused talker The Jace Hall Show and the sketch
comedy vehicle The Groundlings.