Ad-supported streaming service Sony Crackle has ordered The Oath, a drama executive produced by 50 Cent and created by Joe Halpin, for a second season, the company announced today at its upfront presentation.
It’s the most-watched original show for the network and has the highest retention rating, episode to episode, of any original programming at Sony Crackle, the company said.
“Our audience has truly responded to this authentic, raw and compelling series,” Eric Berger, chief digital officer at Sony Pictures Television Networks and general manager at Sony Crackle, said in a statement. “Thanks to Joe, 50 Cent and our stellar ensemble and production team for bringing this powerful story to life. We look forward to taking the next step together.”
The show explores the world of police gangs and is executive produced by 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., along with Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Anne Clements and Halpin, who is the show’s creator, writer and showrunner.
A veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Halpin also worked on Hawaii Five-O and Secrets and Lies.
The free, ad-supported streaming service announced earlier this year that it would rebrand itself as Sony Crackle to, as Berger told reporters, “lean into the power of what Sony stands for.”
The network announced unscripted shorts from Embassy Row that will debut ahead of this year’s World Cup and a partnership with NRG for a new esports series.
Sony Crackle also unveiled a number of scripted original series, including “Heart of Darkness,” a new take on Joseph Conrad’s novel, “Hustle,” about an assistant coach and his efforts to recruit and “Cry Victory,” which imagines life after a war with aliens.