Between Disney +, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and my (parents’) cable subscription, there are a lot of streaming services right now. Too many streaming services, one might argue. But please alert your credit card because Quibi is about to launch on April 6 and you’re definitely gonna be subscribing. What the f*ck is a “Quibi,” you ask? Fair. It’s yet another streaming service (help), but hear me out ’cause Quibi hits different.
Quibi’s content is specifically made to watch on your phone, and all the shows will be delivered in ~quick bites~ of ten minutes or less. The content was also shot so that it could be consumed in both portrait and landscape mode, soooo seamlessly. Like, I can’t play up this fact enough. The “Turnstyle” technology is super effing cool and unlike anything we’ve seen on other streaming services, and certain showrunners on the platform have done some really creative stuff to optimize the patent-pending tech.
If that isn’t enough to tempt you, I’m not exaggerating when I say every. single. one. of your favorite celebrities is doing a Quibi show. Chrissy Teigen? She’s got a show. Liam Hemsworth? Him too. Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas? Also them. Even The Bachelorette’s very own Tyler Cameron has a freakin’ Quibi show. Here’s a look at what to expect from the all the programming, including the Daily Essentials, unscripted shows, and movies.
Shows That Already Have Trailers, Bless
Yep. Punk’d is back. Only this time Chance the Rapper is hosting. It’ll be interesting to see how he pulls off pranking celebs in just 10 minutes, but I have faith. [Editor’s note: I got a sneak peek of an episode featuring Megan Thee Stallion and a fake gorilla and I’m still giggling over it.]
Royalties is a musical comedy series produced, written by, and starring Darren Criss, about a songwriting duo who writes music for big-time stars. I’ll mostly be tuning in for the cameos, next!
This is Quibi’s take on the 1993 movie, about a man who’s wrongfully accused of detonating a bomb on a Los Angeles subway. Oh, and Kiefer Sutherland plays the detective on the case.
Elba vs. Block
If you’re into Cats star Idris Elba (so, everyone?) and into cars, then behold: your new favorite show. Basically, Idris and rally car driver Ken Block have a bunch of fancy cars do a buncha fancy stunts. I’m in.
I’m obsessed with this “movie in chapters” already—mostly because it was inspired by Chip and Joanna Gaines. But also, the plot! Flipped is about two renovation experts who get kidnapped by cartel members and are forced to renovate their homes. Eva Longoria and Andy García star, which, yes please!
NightGowns with Sasha Velour
Wow, they had me at “NightGowns.” Not to mention Sasha Velour, who you might remember from RuPaul’s Drag Race. This show follows Sasha as she puts on an epic drag show, and I’m honestly so ready.
Most Dangerous Game
Most Dangerous Game stars Liam Hemsworth as a terminally ill man who’s trying to provide for his pregnant wife before he dies. So, naturally, he joins a money-making game which turns out to be an insane fight for survival. Normal, everyday stuff!
Welcome to Sophie Turner’s newest project! Survive is about two people that…wait for it…survive a plane crash and work towards making it back to civilization. Pretty sure this story has been told a few thousand times before, but the key difference here is obviously the Queen of the North.
Prepare to be creeped out by the premise: a rideshare driver (Maika Monroe) picks up a passenger (Dane DeHaan) who casually reveals that a) he just murdered a whole family, and b) he’ll also murder her if she doesn’t keep him entertained with a “great story.” Scared.
Hi, welcome to Bachelorette star Tyler Cameron’s new show about building dog houses. You love to see it!
MP Cunningham and Jeremy Jackson star as employees at a pool cleaning company. Honestly, just…watch the trailer:
Oh, this? Just a nature docuseries narrated by Reese Witherspoon, don’t even worry about it. Even better? It focuses on female animals.
Shows That’ll Freakin’ Terrify You
50 States of Fright
This is a horror anthology based on urban legends from different states, and it stars literally all your faves. I’m talking Rachel Brosnahan, Christina Ricci, and Ron Livingston. Kay, fine, maybe just Rachel Brosnahan is your fave, but whatever.
Spielberg’s After Dark
I’m so psyched about this one. First of all, you can literally *only* watch it after sunset. And yes, it’s an anthology horror series. Details are pretty sparse, but obviously this should be high on your list.
Wolves and Villagers
Naomi Watts is starring in this mysterious thriller, and all anyone seems to know is that it’s “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” I’m. Um. Scared.
Murder House Flip
Ever look at a house and just get bad vibes? Yeah, well, this reality show is all about getting rid of said bad vibes in creepy homes where literal murders took place. I am truly unprepared.
AnnaSophia Robb stars in this horror series about a pregnant woman who—per Deadline—”must deal with the increasingly disturbing effects of her pregnancy and the potential conspiracy surrounding it.”
This is a live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series, about a missing high school girl whose body parts pop up across a small town… I’m already terrified.
Ice Cream Man
Ice Cream Man is exactly what you think it is: a horror anthology about an evil ice cream man in a small town. Cool, can’t wait for my favorite dessert to be ruined.
You might think unboxing videos and true crime don’t go hand in hand, but apparently you’d be wrong. In this reality series, pieces of evidence are unboxed as true crimes are solved and I AM SO HERE FOR IT.
Shows Starring Your Absolute Faves
The Andy Cohen Diaries
This show is exactly what you hope it is: Andy Cohen tells fun stories from his life—including celeb encounters and adventures in fatherhood. Oh, also, he’s animated!
Cup of Joe
Sorry for the all-caps enthusiasm but IT’S A TRAVEL SERIES STARRING JOE JONAS. From the man himself: “You often think you know about a certain place or a person until you take some time to dig deeper. I’m fortunate to get to travel around the world through my profession and you often see me on the other side of the lens but Cup of Joe is giving me the opportunity to dig a little deeper and point the lens at some of the world’s most interesting people… and some more of the weird, fun things I’m into.”
Sorry, Judge Judy whomst? Chrissy’s Court (which is exactly what it sounds like) is the only rule of law I ascribe to, thx.
Pillow Talk with Demi Lovato
Ya girl Demi will be chatting it up with celebrities and experts about everything from sex, to body positivity, to gender identity. Love this for her.
Killing Zac Efron
Otherwise known as the show that literally almost killed Zac Efron, this one follows Zac as he travels “deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island to carve his own name in expedition history.” Yeahhhhhh….we all know how that turned out.
Don’t worry, it’s just a show starring Nicole Richie’s rapper alter ego, Nikki Fre$h.
Just One Drink
Alert! Laura Dern has a Quibi show! And she’s gonna play a bartender who serves customers “in various states of emotional disrepair.” Wow, it me.
This series features celebrity guests who have to give expert talks using scripts they’ve never seen before, and do literally ev-er-y-thing their teleprompter tells them to. The hijinks!
It’s a show about Kendall Jenner’s twin brother, duh. And yes, you can expect the Kardashians to make cameos.
Untitled Trevor Noah Series
We’ll see The Daily Show host go on tour chatting with real people across the world. No further deets, but I’d watch anything starring this man, so.
Shows I’m 100% Watching at Work, Sorry @ My Boss
Tyra Banks is starring in and executive producing this, and frankly that’s all the info you need. As Queen Tyra says, “Our docuseries aims to 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.”
High & Low
Sara and Erin Foster got their own Quibi show, and it sounds completely genius. Basically, they travel to a city, flip a coin, and one of them has a high-brow experience, and one of them has a low-brow (read: more authentic, less fancy) experience.
The Hot Drop
From what I can tell, this is a combination of a dating app and a dating show. My poor Quibi-filled brain can’t quite comprehend how it’s gonna work, but it looks like we’re introduced to an ~eligible single~ and then the audience can submit videos to date them?
Guys, it’s a series about floral arrangements with celebrity guests produced by Rashida Jones and I’m already obsessed with it. Can’t wait to start my career designing flowers for literally no one!
Naturally, Quibi has a reality dating show. While nothing can beat Love Is Blind, Singled Out is a) a reboot of an MTV show, and is b) kinda genius. It sounds like singles find their soul mate Bachelor-style, but the catch is that all their contestants are people they’re connected to through social media.
Fashion’s a Drag
RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Willam Belli will join a panel of drag queens to chat about celeb fashion. Count me in.
Shows That Are Extremely Pure
Ya’ll, this is literally a competition based on how nice you can be. As host Ron Funches says, “I’m excited to bring the type of positive, optimistic and sharp humor I enjoy to Quibi. In today’s world I think it’s important that we choose to look at the positives in life. That’s what I’m about and that’s what Nice One! is about.”
How We Met
Welp, this sounds wholesome: each week, couples will share the story of how they met. Finally, something to take our minds off America’s divorce rate, lol!
Thanks a Million
A show all about giving back, Thanks a Million will see stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, Aaron Rodgers, Karlie Kloss, and Tracy Morgan donate $100,000 to someone important in their life. Then that person gives half the money to someone else, and that person gives half the money to someone else again. I’m already crying.
Love the premise of this one. Gayme Show! is a “comedic competition show that uplifts and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.”
Fight Like a Girl
According to Deadline, this show “pairs a WWE star with a young woman struggling with a personal issue that has been holding her back. The wrestlers draw from their own life experiences to help their trainees overcome obstacles and become tougher, stronger, and healthier versions of their former selves inside and out.” Sounds uplifting AF.
Biggest Little Cook-Off
It’s a competition hosted by Andy Samberg where chefs attempt to create the best single bite of food. To which I say, who only eats a single bite of food?
Competition Shows That Seem…Deranged and/or Amazing
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Any ’90s kids present? You probably remember Nickelodeon’s Indiana Jones-themed competition show, right? Well, it’s COMING BACK and I, for one, feel alive.
The premise is literally this: a cannon blasts a mystery dish at two blindfolded chefs who have to identify the dish and recreate it. I mean….whose mind thought of this, because I have questions.
Rapper Warrior Ninja
In which rappers attempt to do an obstacle course while free-styling. That is all.
It’s a dance competition where the floor “lifts, tilts, drops, shakes and spins in time to the music.” Cool, can’t wait to watch a bunch of people vomit!
Let’s Go Atsuko!
Let’s Go Atsuko! is a Japanese game show hosted by comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, who—as Deadline reports—will lead “two civilian contestants through the surreal universe inside her grandma’s fridge.” I’m…very much on board already.
Oh look, an inevitable Scooter Braun series. It’s kinda cool though, focusing on people behind the scenes who help stars put on live performances.
What we have here is a traveling dance competition that focuses on local dance culture in a buncha cool locations. Oh, and Usher is a judge.
Docuseries to Watch During Your Morning Commute
Shape of Pasta
Chef Evan Funke travels all over Italy to find the country’s best handmade pasta makers. It goes without saying that you should be eating noodles while watching this.
You Ain’t Got These
You Ain’t Got These is a show about sneaker culture (and the deeper meaning behind every pair), produced by Lena Waithe. Like, what more could you ask for?
Skrrt with Offset
Behold, your opportunity to watch Offset sit down with a bunch of celebs to discuss their love for cars. How relatable, I said, buying my subway ticket.
True crime, but make it fashion! Refinery29 is helming this show, which will take a look at ~crimes in the fashion industry~.
Hi, Alexander Wang is on a show called Potty Talk where he interviews A-listers in the bathroom and I am truly speechless. Come through, Quibi!
Empires of Luxury
This show takes a look at the fancy families behind luxury labels, focusing on the millennial members that are the future of these iconic brands.
I am so nervous about this show, which stars Nitro Circus (a stunt group) as they perform on blow-up versions of classic childhood toys. Truly, what.
Moving the Needle with Dr. Woo
Dr. Woo is a favorite among celebrity tattoo addicts, and now he’s taking audiences into his personal life and verrrry fancy client roster.
Gone Mental with Lior
A dude named Lior Suchard will read the minds of a bunch of celebs including James Corden, who I sincerely hope spills a bunch of tea about Carpool Karaoke.
Sex Next Door
Loving the sound of this docuseries about four Seattle sex workers and their lives—including their relationships with clients, families, and their romantic partners.
Run This City
Per IndieWire, Run This City takes a look at Jasiel Correia II as he “navigates his role as the youngest mayor ever elected to office” and fights charges from the FBI. Sounds…intense.
If You’re Here for the Drama
Yes, it’s both a show and a hashtag—which makes a lot of sense once you know the plot. #Freerayshawn is about a black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn who—after getting set up by the police on a drug deal—finds himself trapped in his apartment surrounded by cops while social media goes wild advocating for his freedom.
This one sounds vaguely creepy, and by that I mean a bunch of psych ward patients are told they have super powers and need to stop aliens. What’s unclear is whether the aliens are actually real.
This is gonna be a modern take on the 1999 movie, and frankly if it doesn’t involve James Van Der Beek saying “I don’t want your life,” I don’t want it in my life. Yeah, I said it.
When the Street Lights Go On
Queen Latifah stars as a detective investigating a girl’s murder in a suburban town. Honestly, they had me hooked at “Queen Latifah.”
Last American Vampire
What happens when an FBI agent teams up with a rich 500-year-old vampire to protect humanity? This show, duh.
Natural Born Narcos
In partnership with Telemundo, Quibi is giving the world a prequel to the telenovela El Señor de Los Cielos, about real-life drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes.
Swimming with Sharks
According to Deadline, “the series follows a young female assistant who is at the center of a studio filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue. Little do they know she is poised to outwit them all.”
What we have here is a thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh about a college student who’s stuck in the Colorado mountains with just a phone to survive. Obviously, I’d immediately perish in this scenario.
It’s based on Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and his scandalous personal life, so if historical hijinks are your thing get excited.
Based on a dystopian best-selling novel, Toys is set in a future where some people are genetically enhanced (aka “elites”) and some people are normal “Basics.” I’m intrigued.
It’s a sci-fi thriller about a loner scientist who starts to get signals from deep space. Truly, my nightmare.
Ridley Scott is executive producing this thriller about a college student who tries to win a giant cash prize by playing a 1980s computer game. Obviously, the game is not what it seems and she ends up playing for her life, etc, and wait—does this kinda sound like the Liam Hemsworth Quibi show?
Um, this show is about a janitor for Los Angeles’ super natural community of vampires and werewolves. I can’t even deal with how in I am.
This is a dramady about the breakup of a “perfect couple” named Kristen and Bobby, told from the perspective of their best friend. Per Deadline, Heartbeats “shows what can happen when the right person comes into your life at the wrong time.”
Okay, so Code 8 was a 2019 Canadian science fiction movie about a dude with superpowers who starts working with some casual criminals to help his sick mom. The short-form series takes place after the events of the movie, and centers on an ex-con and his telekinetic drug dealer who bring down a trafficking ring.
If You’re Here for the LOLs
This “comedic action-thriller” (wow, get you a show that can do all three) stars Kevin Hart as a fictionalized version of himself who’s desperate to star in an action movie. Expect a lot of cameos and a lot of, obviously, action.
Reno 911! is getting the reboot treatment on Quibi, and as co-creator Thomas Lennon said “Hopefully Nick Swardson can still roller skate.”
First of all, feeling very seen by the name Gloop World. Second of all, this claymation show comes from the minds behind Rick & Morty and is about two “anthropomorphic blobs.” Again, feeling very seen right now.
Anna Kendrick stars in this comedy about an aspiring writer and her boyfriend’s sex doll. I know you have questions, but I have no further info at this time.
Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers are executive producing this procedural about a mystery author who decides to solve a bunch of murders in her idyllic small town. Expect a buncha SNL alums to show up, including Fred Armisen and Tina Fey.
Dave Franco, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Daryl Hannah, Bill Murray, and Alyssa Milano star in this show about a suicidal man named Ed Poole who turns his life around and learns to live in the now for the sake of his mom.
Have a feeling this comedy about a failed Silicon Valley entrepreneur who moves to a struggling vineyard will be my mom’s favorite!
This is a stop-motion series of “comically violent” car chases. Do with that information what you will.
Dwayne Johnson and Paul Feig are producing this comedy about a Polynesian family in Hawaii whose life gets upended when a billionaire puts in a bid to buy the land their resort is on.
Jimmy Tatro and Christian Pierce star as middle schoolers, who, as Deadline notes “face some of life’s biggest questions, such as ‘Do I want to play in the NFL, the NBA or both?’ and ‘Did I clear the search history on my mom’s computer?'”
A woman’s husband tries to kill her by throwing her overboard on a cruise ship. But plot twist! She survives, teams up with a retired cop, and proceeds to gaslight her husband. Yes, plz.
Gabrielle Union is executive producing this show about a former basketball star who returns home to Kansas City and opens a coffee shop.
Shows Shrouded in ~Mystery~
Don’t Look Deeper
Don Cheadle and Emily Mortimer are among the big names in this sci-fi drama that’s set “fifteen minutes into the future.” It’s essentially about a high schooler who realizes that she’s not ~human~, but the plot is pretty mysterious beyond that.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Alert: all your early aughts dreams are coming true. There aren’t many deets avail on this one, but I’m assuming it’s the Quibi version of the classic Kate Hudson movie?
How They Made Her
Kay, so there’s almost nothing known about this one. Things we do know, however? It’s a “thriller about an AI character.” Guess I’ll just assume it’s about the inevitable robot uprising.
Untitled Beauty Show
This docuseries is hosted by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and apparently it’ll go deep on icons of the beauty industry.
Untitled Music Competition Series
All we know is that it’s produced by Scooter Braun and he’s also a judge. The rest? A! Mystery!
Untitled Guillermo del Toro project
It’s a “modern zombie story.” Haunted.
This is a docuseries executive produced by Steph Curry that takes a look at a New Jersey basketball team. So, like, think Cheer but hoops?
Iron Sharpens Iron
This show pairs professional athletes from different sports as they learn each other’s secrets.
Soccer player Megan Rapinoe will introduce the world to eight up-and-coming athletes, who are experts in their field. Better memorize these names ’cause they’re about to be famous.
Apparently FaZe Up is an “e-sports team” and this game show will let six Quibi subscribers compete for a spot on their roster. Great! Fun! *pretends to be into e-sports*
This one’s a documentary about (former) Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the NBA for life after his racist phone call was leaked. Should be intense.
News and ~Lifestyle~ Shows
60 in 6
This show is unsurprisingly based on 60 Minutes, only it’s six minutes. So yeah, if you’re all about 60 Minutes (attn @ my dad), this is for you!
Welcome to a daily news show about the hip-hop industry! Per Deadline, The Drop will “give a fresh take on hip-hop culture not just as a music genre, but as a driver of art, style, fashion, and attitude,” which sounds pretty cool.
This Day in Useless Celebrity History
Hosted by our fave Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who will update everyone on pop culture and celebs.
The Rachel Hollis Show
Motivational speaker Rachel Hollis will give daily nuggets of wisdom and affirmation targeted towards moms.
Sexology with Shan Boodram
Sex education and relationship expert Shan Boodram will be hosting a daily show for all your relationship advice needs.
The Nod with Brittany & Eric
Based on the podcast, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings are bringing Quibi a daily show about black culture.
Your Daily Horoscope
According to Deadline, this one is about “twelve millennial zodiac characters who work at a technology start-up.” Apparently, “the characters will have personalities that coincide with their astrological signs and will each have a storyline that provides useful—albeit hilarious—astrological guidance.” Um….sign me up.
Hot Off the Mic
Love standup? Cool, this is a daily stand-up series filmed live at famous comedy clubs where comedians will chat about the news.
Last Night’s Late Night
This’ll be a daily recap of the best parts of last night’s late night shows (think sketches, monologues, carpool karaoke) for those of us who go to bed early. AKA me.
NBC News will produce six-minute morning and evening news recaps for those of us too busy to do a deeper dive.
Around the World by BBC News
Unclear what the format will be, but BBC’s Quibi efforts will focus on international news.
All the Feels by The Dodo
Don’t even worry about it, it’s just a daily series about “emotionally resonant animal stories.”
Close Up by E! News
Expect fun daily entertainment content.
The Replay by ESPN
Fear not, Quibi also has your sports news needs covered.
Weather Today by The Weather Channel
Uh, for when your weather app isn’t working, I guess.
No Filter by TMZ
TMZ is getting two daily shows on Quibi to bring you juicy celeb drama.
Fresh Daily, by Rotten Tomatoes
A show about culture and, of course, reviews.
Come here for daily stories about pop music!
Telemundo will offer a news show “reflecting Hispanic perspective, and a five-minute rundown of the day’s biggest entertainment news.”
A news show for gamers!
Trailers by Fandango
I mean, the name of the show pretty much says it all.
If You Wanna Embrace Your Inner Nerd
Name a cooler plot synopsis, I’ll wait: “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. Get ready for this remixed rendition of your favorite superheroes as the series satirizes modern American society.” Also 50 Cent is producing, I rest my case.
Bad news. This isn’t about a festival of slugs. However, it is a documentary series about the rivalry between Marvel and DC.
Frat Boy Genius
Are you ever like, wow I really would love to watch a show based on Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel! Yeah, me neither, but here we are. Before your eyes roll back into your head, please note that this will be a “deeply unflattering portrayal” of Spiegel, so should be pretty fun, TBH!
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