Well, this is fun. Amid the snow, the best rhythm and blues of 2013, a brand new podcast and a love letter to “Ugly Betty” was this tiny tidbit of Great (with a capital “G”) news: On the second day of 2014, this blog’s favorite 15-minute comedy web-series about nothing, “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,” will return to an Internet near you.
“Jerry Seinfeld pioneered a new approach to unscripted storytelling with ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ and his vision garnered record-breaking viewership on Crackle,” Eric Berger, executive vice president of digital networks for Sony Pictures Television and GM of Crackle, told the Los Angeles Times. “We are thrilled to be bringing more highly anticipated episodes to every television, computer and mobile device for today’s connected audience.”
But what about the fun, you ask? Well, follow this link and you’ll see a trailer with no faces; only voices. The guest names for the upcoming six-episode run will be revealed next week, though the audio of each guest sits at the other end of that link. Of the six possible comedians, I’ve managed to pick out two for certain — Jay Leno and Louis C.K. — and one as something we’ll call “informed speculation” (also known as “an idiotic guess”) — Tina Fey. If I could figure out how to embed the video here, we could all share in the fun, but for now, you’ll have to head over to the show’s website to have a listen.
Either way, this is delightfully exciting news for those of us who continue to pull up episodes from the first two seasons every now and then (which, by the way, SHOULD BE ALL OF YOU!). With three seasons, more than 20 episodes and an Emmy nomination under its belt, is it safe to call this thing a success yet? Oh, wait. You aren’t sure? Maybe this could help you decide …
Oh, but hold on. There’s more. Turns out it was a pretty great week to be on the Crackle train. From Todd Spangler at Variety …
“Separately, Apple on Wednesday added Crackle to the Apple TV lineup,” he wrote, “along with apps for ABC, Bloomberg and Korean TV service KORTV. The free Crackle service is available on several other devices, including iPhones, iPads, Xbox One and Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Roku set-tops.”
See what happens: Unleash Jerry for another season and all the big boys come calling. Jan. 2, 2014: You cannot possibly get here soon enough.