Overview

With its first one-hour scripted drama, “The Art of More,” Crackle offers another first: a series set in the glamorous, surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses.  Filled with hustlers, smugglers, power mongers and collectors of the beautiful and the esoteric, the 10 episode thriller explores the dark underbelly of a multi-million dollar business where the lingua franca is desire.

At the center of “The Art of More” is Graham Connor (Christian Cooke), a scrappy Brooklynite whose blue collar upbringing included cherished museum outings as well as teenage run-ins with the law.  Graham’s skill set served him well as an Army soldier stationed in Iraq, where he became involved in artifacts smuggling.  Back home, Graham leveraged that experience to access the elite New York art circles that would otherwise be closed to someone like him.  Mentored by the aristocratic antiquities collector Arthur Davenport (Cary Elwes), Graham has acquired a coat of professional polish and is busy reinventing himself as a savvy junior account executive at leading Park Avenue auction house Parke-Mason.

While Graham may have sanded off some his rough social edges, he has not lost the cunning and tenacity that have gotten him this far in life.  He steps on his colleagues’ toes as he aggressively pursues new accounts, but finds a formidable competitor in Roxana Whitman (Kate Bosworth), a top account executive at the rival auction house, DeGraaf.  The daughter of the firm’s CEO, the coolly poised Roxanna was born into the business and thrives in it.  Like Graham, she is willing to cut ethical corners, driven by a profound need to prove her worth to her aloof father and the family that has dismissed her at every turn.  And both are determined to land what will be the auction of the decade: the world-class art collection of charismatic real estate tycoon and self-made billionaire Sam Brukner (Dennis Quaid).  But Brukner is a wild card; with his outsize ego and ambitions that go beyond real estate, every decision and every relationship is subject to his quest for power.

Whether buyer, seller or something in between, everyone in “The Art of More” is chasing something they badly want.  The more they want it, the more they risk taking the wrong turn.

“The Art of More” was created by Chuck Rose. Writers and Executive Producers: Gardner Stern (“NYPD Blue,” “Law and Order”) and Chuck Rose.  Executive Producers: Dennis Quaid (“Vegas,” ANY GIVEN SUNDAY), Laurence Mark (JERRY MAGUIRE, DREAMGIRLS), Gary Fleder (RUNAWAY JURY, “The Shield”) and Tamara Chestna.  Starring Dennis Quaid, Christian Cooke (“Magic City”), Kate Bosworth (STILL ALICE) and Cary Elwes (THE PRINCESS BRIDE, SAW).