'Sports Jeopardy,' With Host Dan Patrick, Coming Soon to Sony's Crackle

Friday, 02 May 2014 01:33 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Television and radio host Dan Patrick will channel Alex Trebek in "Sports Jeopardy!" — a sports-themed version of the trivia program that will air on Sony's digital streaming service Crackle this fall.

Viewers will be able to watch "Sports Jeopardy!" on their mobile devices, gaming systems, or streaming media players like Apple TV or Roku, according to Bleacher Report. The show will not be available on classic cable channels.

Patrick has hosted programs for CNN, as well as "Football Night in America" on NBC, according to his website. He also appeared on ESPN for 18 years, and was best known for anchoring the network's flagship "SportsCenter" show.

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Sony announced in January that it would also be launching a "Sports Jeopardy!" mobile game app available on iOS and Android platforms.

"With 'Sports Jeopardy!' we have created a mobile game that combines what millions of fans have come to love about 'Jeopardy!' with the fun and excitement of a night of sports trivia," 'Jeopardy!' executive producer Harry Friedman said in a statement in January.

"Sports Jeopardy" is reportedly one of several new original programs created for Crackle, the Netflix competitor best known for Jerry Seinfeld's series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

Emmy-award winner Bryan Cranston, who finished the acclaimed "Breaking Bad" series last year and will appear this month in the movie "Godzilla," will executive produce a Crackle comedy series called "Tightrope," according to Deadline.com.

In addition, Jesse Bradford, Summer Glau, Patrick Warburton, and Bruce Davison are slated to appear in the 12-episode series "Sequestered" that will air in August.

"As both studio and network, Crackle controls content and distribution," Eric Berger, general manager of Crackle and executive vice president of digital networks for Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch.

"As a result we are able to provide quality long-form programming and unique solutions to advertisers, with certainty around the content, platforms, and timing," Berger continued. "With unmatched OTT [over-the-top] distribution, we're offering the next evolution of television, including an audience not reachable through traditional television."

Seinfeld's popular series of shorts, which was highlighted during a Super Bowl halftime spot, eclipsed 25 million streams by the end of January and has been approved for 24 new episodes on Crackle, Deadline.com noted.

The Super Bowl spot with former "Seinfeld" cast member Jason Alexander even sparked rumors of a reunion for the hit 1990s comedy series.

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