UPDATED: “The Oath,” the L.A.-set crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is returning for a second season on Sony Crackle, the streaming network announced along with other news from its upfront presentation.
According to Sony, “The Oath” season 1 — which premiered March 8 with the bingeable release of all 10 episodes — has been Crackle’s most-watched original series ever and currently has the highest viewer-retention rate. Sony didn’t release specific metrics, however.
“The Oath” explores the secret underworld of gang crime rings — in which the members who make the cut take a pledge to do whatever it takes to protect each other from their enemies. Season 1 of “The Oath” was shot in Puerto Rico over three months last year, interrupted by the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
“Our audience has truly responded to this authentic, raw, and compelling series,” Eric Berger, Crackle GM and chief digital officer of Sony Pictures Television Networks, said at Crackle’s upfront for advertisers Tuesday in New York.
Also announced at the Crackle upfront:
- Development slate of scripted original series, including a sci-fi series based on Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”; comedy “Squad Goals Squad”; and dramas “Hustle,” “Cry Victory,” and “Limitless: Origins”;
- ”Snatch” season 2 launch in September 2018; the adaptation of Guy Ritchie’s 2000 gangster film stars Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley the Harry Potter movies)
- ”StartUp” season 3 debut in November 2018, featuring Mira Sorvino in a new role
- “SuperMansion” season 3 addition of Minnie Driver in a recurring role for Bryan Cranston’s stop-motion animated series, which returns May 7, 2018;
- Acquisition of Nitro Circus’ “Action Figures” action-sports movie and five-part original series “Action Figures 2,” premiering in June;
- First look at comedy-horror film “Office Uprising,” premiering in July, starring Brenton Thwaites, Zachary Levi, Jane Levy, Karan Soni and Alan Ritchson;
- Order for two unscripted shorts from Embassy Row: a 15-episode soccer series leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and an untitled esports series in partnership with NRG.
“The Oath” was created by Joe Halpin, who worked as an L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. deputy in South Central for 17 years. The freshman season of the show stars Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), who is also a producer on the show; Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”); Cory Hardrict (“American Sniper”); Arlen Escarpeta (“The Magicians”); Katrina Law (“Training Day”); and J.J. Soria (“Animal Kingdom”).
“We have so much more story to tell, and I can’t wait to get started,” said Halpin, whose TV credits include “Hawaii Five-O” and “Secrets and Lies.”
“The Oath” is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., along with Halpin, Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, and Anne Clements.
First launched in 2007, Crackle is a free, ad-supported video service available in 21 countries.
Pictured above: Arlen Escarpeta (l.) and Ryan Kwanten in “The Oath” season one