Crackle Announces Second Season of ‘Going From Broke’ From Ashton Kutcher, Among Other New Programming

Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, May 28 announced the upcoming content releases planned for June, which include the second season of Ashton Kutcher-produced “Going From Broke.”

The Webby Award-winning unscripted series focused on empowering people to overcome their crippling financial struggles. People are graduating from college with mounds of student and other debt and a shrinking pool of employment opportunities at their disposal. What makes matters worse is they lack the basic financial literacy to get themselves out of trouble, according to the series. Series host Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg, and financial expert Tonya Rapley work with young people to become the CEO of their own lives and finances.

Other originals include:

  • “Promiseland” follows NBA rookie Ja Morant as he navigates the perils of the 2019–20 season — not just a challenging year for live basketball, but for humanity. Apart from the suspension of his sport due to the pandemic, the young point guard must grapple with a world utterly transformed by calls for racial justice. Guest stars include Carmelo Anthony, A’ja Wilson and more. Part Two drops June 17.
  • “C.O.G” features Hamilton star Jonathan Groff as young college dropout determined to suppress his homosexuality, who heads to Oregon, takes a job picking apples and, ultimately, finds religion.
  • “One Last Thing” stars Wendell Pierce (Jack Ryan and The Wire) as Dylan Derringer, a lonely dentist in Florida who is encouraged by his dental assistant Jaime, played by Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), to reunite with his long-lost daughter Lucy brought to life by Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights, Underground and Birds of Prey) after years apart, sending him on an eventful and ultimately life-changing journey of discovery.

 

Crackle Streaming Second Season of Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Going From Broke’ on May 20

Crackle Plus, one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand networks, May 6 announced inspirational guests and financial experts for season two of Crackle original award-winning series “Going From Broke.”

Executive produced by Ashton Kutcher and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the six-episode season is hosted by Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig and entrepreneur and financial expert Tonya Rapley. “Going From Broke” premieres on Crackle on May 20 with new episodes launching each Thursday.

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In the series, six new cast members drowning in massive personal debt get help from guests and financial experts to overcome their financial struggles. Guests include executive producer Ashton Kutcher; Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky; co-founder of Resy, Empathy Wines and VaynerX Gary Vaynerchuk; actor David Costabile (Lincoln, “Billions,” “Breaking Bad”), entrepreneur, investor and author Kim Perell, Andi Kirkegaard of Kirkie Cookies, and The Scholarship System founder Jocelyn Paonita Pearson.

Financial experts include author/speaker Rachel Cruze of Ramsey Solutions; author and financial guru Lynn Richardson; founder and CEO of Financially Wise Brittney Castro; Reverend DeForest Blake “Buster” Soaries Jr.; and School of Rock president and CEO Rob Price.

“Season two of ‘Going From Broke’ dives deep into the nationwide student debt crisis, and audiences will see firsthand how the financial experts and inspirational guests offer helpful solutions for those who struggle with financial burdens,” Jeff Meier, head of programming for Crackle Plus, said in a statement.

“Debt is weighing Americans down, and student loans are the fastest-growing type of debt out there. Young people are pressing pause on their dreams like buying a home or even getting married because of their student loan debt,” said Rachel Cruze, personal finance expert with Ramsey Solutions.

Season one of “Going From Broke” is currently available to stream for free exclusively on Crackle and has generated more than 18 million streams. To learn more about the show and to follow the journey of the cast please visit GoingFromBroke.info and use #GoingFromBroke.

Crackle Plus Original Series ‘Going From Broke’ Begins Second-Season Production

Ad-supported VOD service Crackle Plus Feb. 16 announced that production has begun on Season 2 of its original series “Going From Broke.” The series is executive produced by Ashton Kutcher and hosted by Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig. Episodes will begin streaming on Crackle in March.

Going From Broke is an unscripted series that spotlights the financial epidemic of student loan debt. More than 44 million Americans are saddled with student debt totaling over $1.7 trillion dollars. The situation has been compounded the COVID-19 pandemic, record unemployment, and people on the emotional and financial brink. This series aims to empower people to overcome their crippling financial struggles and become CEO of their own lives.

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The second season features an updated format that follows six new cast members from around the country. During the six-week production, Crackle will experiment by shooting and airing new episodes in real-time, while anchoring a larger conversation using social media platforms. The real-time episodes will document the casts’ emotional and financial makeovers. Meanwhile, Rosensweig, Kutcher and parent Crackle corporate parent Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment will engage in a multi-platform conversation about debt issues.

Going From Broke is the first makeover show that invites the audience to engage with the cast, financial experts and each other across social media while watching the process unfold live,” Kutcher said in a statement. The actor “”Two and a Half Men”) executive produced both season one and two of the series.

The production culminates with finished episodes in May, ultimately revealing whether each cast member has succeeded in ‘going from broke.’

“We plan to incorporate the particular hardships introduced by the global pandemic and hope we will be offering helpful solutions to any of those struggling with financial burdens,” said William J. Rouhana Jr., CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.

The first season of Going From Broke had a record-breaking launch on Crackle in October 2019, and won multiple awards, including the Webby People’s Voice winner for Reality Series and the OTT.X Impact Award for Most Impactful SeriesSeason one is available for free on Crackle.

Ashton Kutcher-Produced ‘Going From Broke’ Series Tops 5 Million Views in Four Weeks on Crackle Plus

Media company Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment said its new Crackle Original, “Going From Broke,” from executive producer Ashton Kutcher and Matador Content has generated more five million views in four weeks since its Oct. 17th launch on Crackle.

The original series puts a spotlight on a fiscal epidemic that more 44 million Americans collectively owe $1.5 trillion in federal student loan debt — a tally second only to mortgage debt.

Upon graduation, the series contends college grads entering the professional world face mounds of bills, a shrinking pool of employment opportunities and a lack of financial skills, among other issues.

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“This show has struck a chord with viewers,” William Rouhana Jr., CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, said in a statement. “There is clearly a need for this important dialog. We are encouraged by the feedback and are now considering the possibility of a second season.”

In the original series, Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig and financial expert Danetha Doe go one-on-one with young people living in pricey Los Angeles, what they thought would be The City of Dreams, to change their habits and gain financial confidence and become CEO of their own lives. Although they all come from different backgrounds and circumstances, each of the participants have one thing in common — extreme debt.

‘Going From Broke’ is executive produced by Ashton Kutcher, Rouhana and Michael Winter for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. For Matador Content, Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Joel Relampagos and Jerry Carita also serve as executive producers.

Crackle is available on all top streaming platforms, connected TVs, game consoles, Crackle mobile apps (iOs, Android) and at Crackle.com. Follow #GoingFromBroke on Crackle’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit goingfrombroke.com for more information about the series.

Crackle Plus Original Series ‘Going From Broke’ Generates 1 Million Views in Five Days

Ad-supported VOD service Crackle Plus Oct. 24 announced that its original series “Going From Broke,” from executive producer Ashton Kutcher, generated 1 million views during its first five days on the platform.

Crackle was acquired last year from Sony by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, a publicly-traded media company.

The series, which debuted on Oct. 17, puts a spotlight on the epidemic of student loan debt. According to reports, more than 44 million Americans collectively owe $1.5 trillion on their federal student loans — a tally second only to mortgage debt in America.

Upon graduation, the series contends those entering the professional world face mounds of bills, a shrinking pool of employment opportunities, a lack of financial skills and a constant, crippling weight of bills keeping them from reaching for their dreams.

“The series is incredibly relevant and relatable and has clearly resonated with our millennial consumers,” Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said in a statement.

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In the series, Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig and financial expert Danetha Doe go one on one with young people living in pricey Los Angeles to change their spending habits and gain financial confidence and become CEO of their own lives.

“It’s clear, based on the incredible engagement with the show, that there is a strong need for content and support around personal finance,” Rosensweig said.

Crackle is available on all top streaming platforms, connected TVs, game consoles, Crackle mobile apps (iOS, Android) and at Crackle.com.