It’s not exactly the feel-good series of the year.
The premise of Chosen is this: You receive a mysterious box with a gun, a photo of a stranger and instructions to ‘eliminate’ that person in the next three days. If you don’t, one of your own family members could get hurt. It’s basically about a secret assassination game. And you probably shouldn’t watch it before bed.
“You will never fall asleep during this show,” series star Chad Michael Murray tells QMI Agency. “It’s not going to sedate you in any way.”
Murray, who once inhabited a previous life as a teen heartthrob in shows like One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek and Gilmore Girls, joined Chosen for a central role in Season 2, which debuted in December. His character, bartender Jacob Orr, spent the season playing the killing game in order to save the life of his little brother. Things ended in a pretty crazy way.
Luckily, we can continue with the story, as all six episodes of Season 3 arrive Tuesday on Crackle, the Sony-owned digital content hub that also features Jerry Seinfeld’s Emmy-nominated show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Chosen is considered Crackle’s second-most popular original series, after the Seinfeld project.
Murray, who says there were “no easy scenes” while filming a psychological thriller like this, enjoyed exploring the mindset of a person that becomes an unwilling assassin.
“I mean, how would you take it?” he asks. “Would you become numb, would you crack up? Would you become just a complete mess, or would you become a crazy, running-around narcissist serial killer?”
While Murray admits he had an easier time shooting Season 3 than the previous batch of episodes – where his character was on-screen 90% of the time – the pace was still intense, as they filmed about 150 pages in 20 days. At one point, Murray fell the wrong way and threw his back out. Thankfully, the injury helped him get deeper into character, since Jacob always appears battered and bloodied.
“For like three days, I was walking funny,” he says. “But I’m like, ‘You know what, I can use this,’ because the character’s walking funny anyway.”
The series also stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Sarah Roemer (Disturbia), and the new season features the addition of Rose McGowan (Charmed) as Josie Acosta, a suburban mom who moonlights as an experienced killer.
While some viewers might find that the show feels low-budget, the speedy pace and frequent plot twists have earned Chosen a steadily-growing fanbase. And since it only takes about two hours to ingest an entire season, you can treat each season as a movie, watching all the episodes at once. Murray predicts that fans will continue this trend for Season 3.
“They’re going to binge watch all six episodes, back to back to back,” he says. “I have no doubt, because you can’t stop. There’s just so much going on that it leaves you hanging. And you gotta know!”