Crackle’s Backwash: Original, Flawed, Star-Studded

 Here’s the thing about the Crackle original series Backwash, which launched this Monday: I’m not terribly impressed anymore by a celebrity choosing to participate in web content. I am, however, impressed when ALL THE CELEBRITIES, EVER, choose to participate in web content.

Okay, not exactly all the celebrities ever. But Jon Hamm! Hank Azaria! Allison Janney! Anyone else who owed Backwash creator Joshua Malina a favor! And their presence does give the series a certain juice — though somewhat at the expense of the actual narrative.

Backwash, ostensibly, is the story of two wacky brothers — the child-like Jonesy (Michael Panes) and the rough-and-tumble Val (Malina, who’s been a long-time favorite of mine ever since Sports Night) — who accidentally and illegally acquire a large amount of money and struggle to deal with it.

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