Quibi, the forthcoming short-form streaming service with the dumb-yet-catchy moniker, hasn’t put on a flamboyant presentation like its Disney+ or Apple TV+ competitors (yet), but that hasn’t stopped the billion dollar-infused platform from announcing an assemblage of star-studded future programming. Headed by DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard Enterprises President Meg Whitman, Quibi will be the home of over 7,000 short, chapter-like videos, or “quick bites,” in its first year of service. While the platform isn’t expected to land until April 2020 (the same month that NBCUniversal launches its own streaming service, in case you’ve embarked on the fool’s errand of keeping track of the inevitable stream-pocalypse), it is already touting a robust slate.
We’ve reported on some of the upcoming content, including horror from Spielberg, a comedic crime procedural starring Paula Pell, Punk’d and Singled Out revisits, a small claims courtroom show from Chrissy Teigen (which...okay, sure), a “suicide comedy” from Green Book’s Peter Farrelly (which...god, no) and, at the time, unspecified projects from Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Paul Feig, Veena Sud, and Antoine Fuqua. Yet, there is still a lot more to come, thanks to major backers like Disney, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Entertainment One, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom and Warner Media.
Here’s a rundown of the rest of the quick bites Katzenberg and friends are offering thus far. Head here to watch all the trailers that have dropped for the streamer so far.
Sam Raimi brings a horror anthology where each episode is inspired by a form the folklore of each state.
Based on the wild opening scene of his 2016 concert film What Now?, Action Scene will star Hart as a fictionalized version of himself who, while pursuing a leading role in a big-budget action film, finds himself facing a number of real-life action sequences. Expect lots of cameos.
Liman, the director behind films like Edge Of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity, will helm this short-form riff on superheroes, who, in a twist, are actually patients in a psych ward being led to believe they’re powerful by “a charismatic leader.” Alphas creator Michael Karnow will write the series based on a short story by Jumper’s Steve Gould.
Ridley Scott is producing this horror series, which mines horror from a 1980s survival computer game and some kind of $100,000 prize related to it. A broke student in pursuit of the cash finds themselves cursed by the game and encountering “life-altering challenges” in real life.
Produced by Blockers director Kay Cannon, this adaptation is “an urban fantasy dramedy about a lowly janitor for Los Angeles’ supernatural community who cleans up their messes in order to keep the Old World hidden from humanity. She’s completely under-appreciated and under-paid until… she embraces her ability to turn the powerful, powerless.”
Set “15 minutes in the future,” Don’t Look Deeper is a sci-fi drama about a high schooler who discovers she’s not human, after all. Don Cheadle, Helena Howard, and Emily Mortimer star in the series, which comes from Lost co-creator Jeff Lieber. Hardwicke, late of Twilight and This Is Us, directs.
Deadbeat co-creator Cody Heller is behind this odd-sounding “buddy comedy,” which follows “an aspiring writer and her boyfriend’s sex doll.” Prolific TV director Tricia Brock (The Walking Dead, Lodge 49) directs Kendrick in the series.
Rory Culkin, Hannah Murray, and Michael Gaston co-star in this horror series, which follows “the dark journey of a young woman down on her luck and pregnant under mysterious circumstances.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Frat Boy Genius is a “deeply unflattering portrayal of Evan Spiegel,” the 28-year old founder of Snapchat. Comparisons to The Social Network abound. Head to THR to hear just how unflattering it really is.
A bored couple (Forte and Olson) looking to become home makeover superstars stumble upon a horde of cash in an abandoned house. Surprise, it’s drug money! And now they’re being tasked with renovating the home of an angry drug lord. Eva Longoria and Andy Garcia co-star.
Nick Santora, who’s also developing other projects for Quibi, is writing this modern take on The Fugitive, which is said to explore the impact of “tweet-now, confirm-later” journalism and social media-driven misinformation on a falsely accused bomber. Kiefer Sutherland stars.
The Mindy Project’s Guy Branum is developing this adaptation of the Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey comedy. Like the movie, it will follow “a young online columnist and an oversexed advertising executive who both need to prove they’re capable of being monogamous.”
Laura Dern leads the cast of Just One Drink, playing a booze-shilling den mother for patrons in “various states of emotional disrepair.” Nick Hornby, the An Education writer who also penned the book High Fidelity is based on, created the series, and will structure the episodes as “one-act vignettes.” He and Dern will both serve as producers.
Further proving that there are more than a few different paths to stardom, Kirby Jenner—who gained fame by photoshopping himself into pictures of “fraternal twin” Kendall Jenner—is getting his very own Quibi series based on the premise that made him famous. Kirby Jenner will follow the life of Kendall’s fictional sibling in a parody reality show. Naturally, it’ll be produced by Kris Jenner.
Matalas, who created the 12 Monkeys series that was adapted from 1995 neo-noir, developed this series originally at NBC. A mix of horror and crime, it follows “a young female FBI agent who is partnered with a 500-year-old vampire in a bid to protect the world from a dangerous threat.”
Luke, one of the not-Chris Hemsworths, will play the hilariously-named Dodge Maynard in a series from Prison Break veteran Nick Santora that, per The Hollywood Reporter, finds him playing “a deadly game where he discovers he’s not the hunter, but the prey.” Aside from the character being terminally ill, the story doesn’t sound all that different from Stephen King’s The Running Man novella, which, it should be said, is nothing like the 1987 movie.
Based on the title and this summary from Deadline, this appears to be a more fleshed out and far less horrific-sounding version of the earlier reported “suicide comedy”: “Written by Oscar winner Peter Farrelly (Green Book), Steve Leff (The Ranch) and Pete Jones (Hall Pass), The Now is a comedy that examines what exactly makes life worth living. For Ed Poole (Dave Franco), clarity comes when a secret from his past has seemingly destroyed his future. He soon realizes the only thing that will make his life worth living is to forget the past, screw the future and just live in The Now.”
It’s Punk’d. And it’ll be hosted by Chance the Rapper.
Original series creators and cast members Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney-Silver are returning to write and star in Reno 911!’s seventh season for Quibi.
Per EW, “the satirical series follows the ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo, Sara and Pierce, as they navigate the strange and hilarious challenges of creating a truly great song, week after week.” Criss will write the series with fellow Team StarKid alumni Nick and Matt Lang. We’d like to casually note that The Flash’s Carlos Valdes is also a former Team StarKid creative who can sing his butt off, in case there’s still room on the guest roster.
House and Altered Carbon writers Russel Friend and Garret Lerner adapted this take on Carl Hiaasen’s best-selling 2004 novel, which “revolves around a woman whose husband throws her overboard during a cruise to celebrate their anniversary.”
Almost guaranteed to put your worst Uber experience to shame, Veena Sud brings a thriller about a shady rideshare passenger and a young drive who end up in a 12-hour sojourn to the seedy underworld of Los Angeles.
Based on the novel by Alex Morel, Jane (Turner) and Paul (Hawkins) must find a way to survive as the only survivors of a deadly plane crash.
Alexandre Aja, who just scored a critical and commercial hit with the gator-centric Crawl, is teaming up with Aquaman writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick for an adaptation of Juni Ito’s horror manga. Its story of a dead high school and the pieces of her body that strewn throughout town sounds gruesome as hell.
Mercurio, a hot property after the success of BBC’s Bodyguard, will helm a science fiction thriller that, per Deadline, is set at “a remote radio observatory where a lone scientist begins receiving eerie signals from deep space.”
An adaptation of Anthony Piper’s graphic novel, the 50 Cent-produced superhero series “combines the worlds of superheroes, anime, and hip hop culture.” Per a press release: “In an era of social injustice and internet trolls, a league of black superheroes, Trill League is tasked with saving the world from monsters, super villains and haters of all kinds.”
Stuber writer Tripper Clancy is writing this remake/reboot/??? of the 1999 movie, which will see its original producers Mike Tollin and Tova Laiter return. Anne Fletcher (Step Up, Dumplin’) will direct.
A “coming-of-age murder mystery” adapted from a Black List script, When The Street Lights Go On is most notable for its stacked cast, which includes Latifah, It’s Chosen Jacobs and The Dark Tower’s Sam Strike, as well as Mark Duplass and Tony Hale.
Reno 911!’s Lennon is the creator, writer, and star of Winos, a drunken comedy about a Silicon Valley fuck-up who retreats to wine country. There, he tries to rehabilitate a failing vineyard and its staff, a presumably lovable, definitely not-so-smart rabble.
Jason Blum is behind this under-wraps story from Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right) that’s been described as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Naomi Watts will star.
Stephen James stars as Rayshawn, an Iraq War veteran who ends up in a high-profile police stand-off after a drug deal gone wrong. Laurence Fishburne plays the cop who tries to negotiate his surrender
There are virtually no details about this show, but Katzenberg was quick to promise that it would be “unique and differentiated” from all the other music competition shows on television now. So that could mean that all the winners will actually succeed enough for Braun to eventually eye the masters of all their music.
Adam Devine will host this “wacky celebrity reality series,” in which the Workaholics and Righteous Gemstones star will link up with a famous friend to “add their own extra special sauce” to already perilous adventures. Someone is going to die.
Tyler Cameron, who’s become a sought-after heartthrob in the wake of his runner-up appearance on The Bachelorette, will co-host a show exploring the lifestyles of rich and famous dogs. The series will chronicle the world’s most elaborate dog houses, and the animal lovers who invest so much in their pet’s comfort.
Banks leads this docuseries, which, according to the model, will “expand and redefine the definition of beauty as we know it, challenging why we accept certain beauty parameters and reject others, and examining the beliefs behind those judgments.”
Curry is producing this deep dive into St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey, an all-boys school with a lauded basketball program and a shockingly high graduation rate. Per Deadline, it will “follow the brotherhood of young men who seek to balance life in complicated surroundings.”
Alas, all the intensity of Dishmantled (see further down), right at the literal tip of your tongue. Quibi brings a comedic competition where, per a recent press release, “two top chefs will battle to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, scrumptious” tiny bite of food. Your level of interest will depend on whether or not you find doughnuts smaller than a bottle cap adorable or infuriating. (Either way, you are correct.)
It’s literally about centerpieces: Each episode a celebrity create a unique flower design with floral artist Maurice Harris.
An eight-part travel series in which the Jonas Brothers’ Joe Jonas explores different locales with the help of a local guide. Deadline notes it’s inspired by his Instagram account and will fold in the singer’s passion for photography.
Imagine, if you will, if Chopped mated with a case of Mountain Dew: Per Deadline, former Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess will host a culinary competition that starts with the blindfolded chefs getting blasted in the face with a mystery dish shot out of a cannon. They will then have to suppress the trauma long enough to identify the dish by taste alone and recreate it from memory.
Idris Elba, in addition to being talented, gorgeous, and a dang DJ, is also into stunt driving, apparently. On this show, he’ll compete in a series of driving stunts against professional rally driver Ken Block. Idris, please don’t die.
Women’s wrestling’s come a long way since the bikini-clad ‘00s, with talent like Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Alexa Bliss redefining how it’s viewed in the mainstream of sports entertainment. Stephanie McMahon, WWE executive and daughter of Vince McMahon, pairs female wrestlers with young women in the series, which is about overcoming obstacles.
Lior Suchard, a mentalist who we’re sure is totally on the level, will do live reads of the minds of celebrities like Ben Stiller, Rob Gronkowski, James Corden, and Zooey Deschanel. Suchard has appeared on a number of late night and morning shows since breaking through in 2006 on Israel’s The Successor.
Zac Efron goes “off the grid” in this series, which plunks him on a “remote island” with a guide partner and some basic gear for 21 days. “I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level,” said Efron.
It’s Legends Of The Hidden Temple, that game show that was way too difficult for children! It’s being played by adults in an actual jungle in the Quibi reboot, but Olmec is back, at least.
Will Arnett will dig into “the archives of the most cringe-worthy events in pop culture,” with the first season focused exclusively on Canada’s most embarrassing pop culture touchstones. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj writer Scott Vrooman is behind the series.
Bones and Penny Dreadful producers are behind this spooky spin on the home renovation show, which finds homeowners calling upon forensic specialists, spiritual healers, and, of course, renovators to both remodel homes while also excavating their dark paths. As noted in a press release, “cleansing renovations remove the stains of the past and take these homes from morbid to marvelous.” Um, we don’t think the ghosts will like that much.
An eight-episode adaptation of the drag queen’s monthly revue, Nightgowns is described as “the biggest drag showcase of her life” and will apparently focus on a different performer in each episode.
Now that the singer is firmly reclaiming the spotlight, Demi Lovato is heading over to Quibi to chat up fellow celebrities and experts about sex, body positivity, activism, and whatever else strikes her fancy. “I’ve always considered myself someone that speaks honestly about issues that face my generation,” said Lovato. “We’re excited to bring those frank conversations to a public forum, where people can have the opportunity to relate to the topics and guests, while finding room for laughter and learning.”
As its title might imply, this travel series will find Funke traveling around Italy in an effort to contextualize the most unique shapes of pasta. The carbs, they will be out of control.
The bygone MTV dating show is getting a 20-episode reboot that will encompass “all genders and sexual preferences,” per a press release. “Reflective of today’s dating landscape, where everyone is connected, the series will bring online dating to life with a twist—the main dater is linked to the pool of diverse singles through social media.” Hustlers star Keke Palmer hosts alongside comedian and podcaster Joel Kim Booster.
A noted auto enthusiast, Migos’ Offset will show Quibsters just how much he knows about cars while hanging out with “highest profile names in pop culture,” boasts a recent press release.
Lopez and nine others will gift one personally influential figure in their lives $100,000, as reported by THR. The lucky recipient will then identify an influential person in their lives and hand them $50,000. The newest honoree will give someone $25,000, and that will likely continue until someone is left with a half-stamped frequent customer card for free fro-yo (but they’re out of strawberry and topping are excluded, obviously).
Per a recent press release, the daily show “will take viewers on a ride down memory lane, revisiting the wildest and most outrageous events in celebrity history that have probably been forgotten, but shouldn’t have.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Waithe’s unscripted series will explore today’s sneaker culture through the lenses of “race, politics, class, gender, creativity, commerce, addiction and self-expression that goes into every pair.”
The news arm of Quibi, Daily Essentials so far includes shows from NBC News, BBC Global, CBS, and even a series centered around meditation. See more info on other Daily Essentials below.
A daily fashion review talk show hosted by the acid-tongued Drag Race alum Willam. A panel of fellow drag queens will join Willam each day, as will a fashion expert from Elle magazine.
Since one can’t watch every late night show each evening, this daily series will break down the monologues, interviews, and sketches it deems worthy of your eyes.
A daily black culture show, The Nod follows “the headlines, pop culture trends, and obsessed-about topics that have everyone talking.”
A “millennial-focused” series exploring “the realities of sex, dating, and relationships today.”
More high-concept than several of the other Daily Essentials shows, Your Daily Horoscope will “track the daily mishaps of twelve millennial zodiac characters who work at a technology start-up, Estrella.” It will air five days a week, with 12 personalized segments dropping each day. An astrologer will be on hand to ensure it’s not all fun and games.
We will update this post as more Quibi news is released.