While Quibi, the mobile short-form entertainment service, didn’t get to have its big Hollywood event launch because of COVID-19, it still drops April 6.
The smart-phone-only app unveils content in quick bytes such as full shows, documentaries, and movies in chapters, in addition to mini news and entertainment features.
Most Dangerous Game
Stars Liam Hemsworth as Dodge Tynes, a man “desperate to take care of his pregnant wife before a terminal illness can take his life, he accepts an offer to participate in a deadly game where he’s the prey.” Also stars Christoph Waltz, Sarah Gadon, Zach Cherry, Aaron Poole, Christopher Webster, Billy Burke, Jimmy Akinbola, and Natasha Bordizzo.
Stars Laurence Fishburne, Stephan James, Skeet Ulrich, Jasmine Cephas Jones in a story about a young, Black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn (James) who is set up by the New Orleans police on a drug deal, runs for his life, and takes refuge inside his apartment building with his girlfriend and child, building up a social media and news frenzy. Meanwhile the police and SWAT team outside try to defuse the situation.
Stars Maika Monroe, Dane DeHaan (zerozerozero) and Avan Jogia in nail-biting story about a rideshare driver terrorized by a “mysterious” passenger she picks up in the Hollywood Hills.
Stars Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jane, a suicidal woman who finds herself in a plane crash in the wilderness. As Jane and her fellow survivor (Corey Hawkins) try to make it out, will she have a change of heart? The movie is based on the critically acclaimed novel Survive, by Alex Morel.
When the Streetlights Go On
Stars up-and-coming actor Chosen Jacobs (God Friended Me, Hawaii Five-O), Queen Latifiah, Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Sophie Thatcher, Sam Strike, Cameron Bancroft, Ben Ahlers (The Village), and Mark Duplass. When a beautiful young girl is murdered in a suburban community, “the victim’s sister and her high school peers must struggle to find a sense of normalcy while coming of age in the midst of the murder investigation.”
Stars Anna Kendrick as “an aspiring writer who befriends her boyfriend’s sex doll and the two take on the world together.” Also stars Meredith Hagner (Search Party) and Donal Logue.
Stars Will Forte, Kaitlin Olson, Eva Longoria, and Andy Garcia in a movie about two house flippers (Jan and Cricket) who “think they have what it takes to become TV’s newest house-flipping couple.” When a Mexican drug cartel fancies their flipping so much that they are asked to renovate their mansions, the two may have to table their dreams and just figure out how to stay alive.
Elba v Block
Hollywood A-lister Idris Elba and race car driver (and DC shoe founder) Ken Block go “head to head in a hilarious, action packed rivalry as they pit cars against each other through increasingly outrageous stunts to prove whose car, and which driver, is the best.”
Who would have thunk it? Okay, maybe a lot of people. Chrissy Teigen has been very vocal and, shall we say, humorously judgmental on social media for some time now. Now she gets to play a judge on TV, except these are real cases and the decisions are legally binding (okay, someone at Quibi has been bribed). In each episode model-turned-TV judge Teigen gets to decide small claims court cases. And, it’s a family affair with Teigen’s real-life mama Vilailuck as bailiff.
Thanks a Million
The 10-episode series is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and features celebrities and public figures “who kickstart a chain of kindness by gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who must pay it forward. One of each of these episodes features Lopez, Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas, Tracy Morgan, Aaron Rodgers, Yara Shahidi, Gabriel Iglesias, Anthony Davis, Kevin Hart, and Karlie Kloss.
You Ain’t Got These
Executive Producer Lena Waithe looks at sneaker culture: “Fitting in and belonging to something bigger than yourself.” Episodes feature Carmelo Anthony, Billie Jean King, Hasan Minhaj, Candance Parker, Questlove, Nas, Jazerai Allen- Lord, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Mike Epps, Jemele Hill, Lena Waithe, Josh Luber, and Eric Koston.
Reality star turned style and beauty influencer Nicole Ritchie executive produces and stars. Ritchie’s self-created alter ego, hip hop/earth mother cum ’gram star, should be funny to watch as Ritchie goes over the top while still trying to bring some eco consciousness education to the public. “Nikki Fre$h will interact with real life seekers and consciousness experts to learn ways to better serve our bodies and our planet, while comedically exaggerating those solutions to the edge of sanity.”
Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster host this show for young singles looking for love in 20 episodes. The twist? “The main dater is linked to the pool of diverse singles through social media.”
Executive produced by Laker legend Lebron James, I Promise is a documentary series featuring an in-depth look at the first academic year inside the groundbreaking Promise School in Akron, Ohio. I Promise tells the story of James’s efforts to inspire students to set higher expectations as well as “explore the day-to-day trials, triumphs, and life-changing impact of the school staff, students, and families working together in a unique, family-first educational environment.”
Cup of Joe
Cup of Joe is an eight-part travel series starring Joe Jonas. As a member of the Jonas Brothers and lead singer of DNCE, he has travelled the world. “But between whirlwind pit stops and racing between concert venues, he has only scratched the surface of what these places actually have to offer. Before the Happiness Begins tour, Joe will experience each city like a native, pairing up with celebrity friends at each destination.”
Guests and locations include: (Jonas’ wife and Game of Thrones star) Sophie Turner (Amsterdam), Tina Fey (New York), Matthew McConaughey (Austin), Nick Jonas (Barcelona), Kevin Jonas (Barcelona), Lewis Capaldi (Berlin), David Hasselhoff (Berlin), Nicole Scherzinger (London), Lewis Hamilton (Paris), and Jack Black (Los Angeles).
Skrrt with Offset
This series focuses on Offset’s love of cars (he owns 30 sports and luxury models). This series follows him as he and his celebrity and rapper friends Quavo, Lil Yachty and T-Pain, exploring all things cars. Episodes also feature Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, Dapper Dan, Jay Leno, Quavo and Takeoff from Migos, Lil Yachty, and T-Pain.
Comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni host Gayme Show!, “a comedic competition show that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. In each episode, two straight contestants are paired with a celebrity “life partner” as they battle head to head in physical, mental and emotional challenges for the title of “Queen of the Straights.” Some of the celebrity “life partners” include: Ilana Glazer, D’Arcy Carden, Trixie Mattel, Jon Lovett, Nicole Byer, Rachel Bloom, and Guy Branum.
Executive Producer Usher puts the spotlight on dancers Ayo and Teo as they explore “the unique dance cultures in cities across the United States, finding the freshest online talent to compete head-to-head for a cash prize.” Usher will serve as judge.
Gone Mental with Lior
Mentalist Lior Suchard reads the minds of celebs as he “runs him or her through a string of mindblowing mental stunts.” The show features Kate Hudson, Ben Stiller, Zooey Deschanel, The Miz (Mike Mizanin), Big E (Ettore Ewen), Sasha Banks, Bayley, Rob Gronkowski, James Corden, Ludacris, and David Dobrik.
Let’s Roll with Tony Greenhand
Cannabis artist and actor Tony Greenhand and his smokable creations have attracted an A-list clientele. “In each episode, Tony connects with a different celebrity weed enthusiast to make their wildest joint dreams come true.”
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Diedre Johnson is a Los Angeles-based former staff writer covering entertainment whose work has appeared in Variety, The New York Daily News, TV Guide.com, The Crisis, Vogue Japan and Italia, and Harper’s Bazaar China, among others