New mobile video platform Quibi launched today with 50 new original shows and, we must say, the content looks promising.
We already broke down what the app is and what it seeks to accomplish (hint: "quibi" stands for "quick bite") and, now, let us delve a bit deeper into the actual show hosted on the platform.
The company has announced plans to release over 175 new programs this year. As of launch date, 50 are available already. As a reminder, each episode/video only lasts up to ten minutes. We are, after all, living in the age of instant gratification.
From a new version of Punk'd to Chrissy Teigen's Judge Judy-like program, here are 15 Quibi shows we'll sure be watching.
Fans of Teigen's hilarious tweets and overall funny personality are treated to this "court room" comedy also starring Teigen's mom, Vilailuck "Pepper Thai" Teigen. The two preside over a small claims court, Chrissy as a judge and Vilailuck as "bailiff."
The always wonderful Tituss Burgess is the host of this cooking competition with a twist: mystery dishes are blown up in contestants' faces. Produced by the creator of Food Network's uber-popular Chopped, we bet on Dishmantled to be a hit.
"Ask yourself one question," says Reese Witherspoon in the voiceover that kicks off the trailer for Fierce Queens. "Why do they call it the animal kingdom when it's clearly run by queens?" The nature docu-series, hosted by the actress, takes a look at the female portion of the animal world.
Consider this an actual movie split into several digestible chapters. You've got Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson starring as home renovation "experts" that get kidnapped by a drug cartel. Eva Longoria is also part of the cast.
LeBron James might be this documentary series' celebrity anchor, but the kids that take center stage in I Promise are the ones that deserve all of our attention. The basketball player is the founder of the I Promise public school, which "seeks to change the Akron, Ohio dropout rates."
Most Dangerous Game
Liam Hemsworth is Dodge, a financially struggling man that seeks out the help of Miles Sellers (Chrisoph Waltz), who offers him a chance to make a ton of money participating in "the sport of hunting people." Another movie-in-chapter-form, this one is yet another adaptation of the 1924 eponymous Richard Connell short story.
Sasha Velour, the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, is behind this eight-episode series chronicling her turning monthly Brooklyn revue into a full stage production.
Arguably one of the platform's most creative propositions, Nikki Fre$h focuses on Nicole Richie's alter ego. Richie wrote, executive produced and stars in the comedy series, which she's claimed is more "loosely scripted" than her former faux-documentary series Candidly Nicole.
Prodigy is hosted by soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe who shines a light on young athletes slated to become their respective sports' next big thing.
Out of all of Quibi's programming, Punk'd arguably most properly lends itself to the ten-minute episode format. A refresher for those unfamiliar with the show, which has lived many lives and is now hosted by Chance the Rapper: celebrities' true colors are hilariously shown when they get pranked on camera.
Run This City
The political documentary series focuses on 23-year-old Jasiel Correia, the youngest person ever to be elected mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts back in 2015. Soon after his election, he was accused of extortion, fraud and more. The show, executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, is truly riveting.
Shape of Pasta
Food shows are always phenomenal, even more so when they focus entirely on pasta. Chef Evan Fluke travels all around Italy to find rare and unique shapes, all the while shining a light on the techniques that have rendered the pasta-making traditions so special.
A blind dating show hosted by Keke Palmer? We're in. The show, originally led by Jenny McCarthy, has been "resurrected and compressed," hoping to attract a fresh new audience.
We have to be honest: the trailer isn't too enticing, but we do believe that Game of Thrones alumni Sophie Turner deserves a chance. In Survive, she plays a woman who survives a plane crash alongside a stranger.
Thanks a Million
The premise is simple: ten celebrities of the caliber of Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Kristen Bell and Tracy Morgan will each give away $100,000 to a "person that has made a profound impact on their life." In turn, the recipients will have to give half that money to somebody else. Talk about paying it forward.Share the story