“I do like to kill people,” McGowan said of her attraction to the role — enough to bring her back to series TV. “I specialize in somebody who doesn’t f*** around,” she said, calling that the overarching curve of her career. “These guys have created that kind of role for me. I’ve shied away from television for a long time.” McGowan said when she got the script she did not know what Crackle was “because I watch the classic movie channel.” But when she saw the series her response was, “this is bad-ass. What I love is action and smart action, and they don’t always go hand-in-hand. It’s smart, not just grunting and pointing (a gun). It’s cerebral — and then I get to kill people. That’s always a win for me.”
Last month Sony-owned Crackle greenlit original series Chosen for a third season, two days before the series’ Season 2 debut, continuing the story of Ian Mitchell (Milo Ventimiglia) and his family. Season 2 goes deeper into the deadly game the Mitchells were swept into and follows the lives of others who also received mysterious boxes forcing them to kill – or else. Ventimiglia exec produces alongside series creators Ben Ketai and Ryan Lewis of Dissident Pictures. Crackle’s portfolio of originals also includes Extraction, Crackle’s first digital feature; the original series Cleaners, starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Emily Osment and David Arquette, picked up for a second season; and the Emmy-nominated series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee starring Jerry Seinfeld, which is being renewed for a fourth cycle two episodes into its third season run.