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by Alison Willmore
March 23, 2012 10:41 AM
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Crackle Joins Netflix and Hulu With Its Own Original Series, 'The Unknown'

Hulu has Richard Linklater's "Up to Speed" joining the second season of Morgan Spurlock's "A Day in the Life" and Netflix just added Eli Roth's "Hemlock Grove" to its upcoming slate next to David Fincher's "House of Cards" and Jenji Kohan's "Orange is the New Black."

And now Crackle is getting into long-form series as well with "The Unknown," a horror and suspense anthology show about unexplained phenomena that will consist of six half-hour installments.

Frances Fisher, Jay R. Ferguson ("Mad Men"), William Atherton and Taryn Manning ("Hustle and Flow") are slated to star in various episodes, while Kevin Connolly (yes, E from "Entourage"), effects guy Sam Nicholson and Martha Coolidge (of "Real Genius" and "Valley Girl") will all take on directing duties.

The series is the creation of Chris Collins, a producer on "Sons of Anarchy."

Crackle's produced its own original content before, but only in the form of web series wtih episodes running a few minutes. "The Unknown" marks the company's first venture into producing a TV show equivalent.

Last year, the company also announced plans to make two more long-form shows: "Monster Heist," a series about a crew of thieves who happen to not be human series from writer/producers of "Ghost Whisperer," and "Strand Street," in which Milo Ventimiglia will play a rookie undercover cop who infiltrates a gang in his childhood town.

The site's primary business is still showcasing full-length movies and TV shows from Sony’s library, along with oddities like the Vin Diesel-created bouncer drama "The Ropes."

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