Subscription streamer Quibi (short for “Quick Bites”) will launch Monday, April 6, with 50 short-form daily series, many featuring high-profile names. Here are quick bites about 10 of them, followed by five more bites about the mobile-centric service.
This dystopian action-thriller stars Liam Hemsworth as a man playing a deady game where he becomes the prey rather than the hunter. Also with Christoph Waltz.
Executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, public figures kickstart a chain of kindness by gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who must then pay it forward. Ten episodes are individually hosted by Lopez, Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Karlie Kloss and other celebs.
Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins play plane crash survivors who embark on a harrowing journey through a wilderness. Based on Alex Morel’s novel.
Chrissy Teigen becomes a TV court judge, presiding over real small claims cases. Her mother, Pepper Thai, is the court’s bailiff.
In this comedy, Will Forte, and Kaitlin Olson are determined to become TV’s newest house-flipping couple. Instead, they wind up renovating a Mexican drug cartel’s mansions. Also with Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria.
Hosted by Tituss Burgess, each episode starts with an “exploded” food dish tasted by two blindfolded chefs. They must then identify the dish and race against the clock to recreate it. Guest judges include: Wolfgang Puck, Jane Krakowski and Rachel Dratch.
MTV’s long-running hidden camera prank show gets new life, with exec producer Chance the Rapper replacing Ashton Kutcher as host.
Reese Witherspoon reigns over this nature series exploring female leaders of the animal kingdom. From the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.
Idris Elba competes against pro rally driver Ken Block in a series of increasingly outrageous racing stunts.
Exec producer Nicole Richie stars as the title character, who promises to unite hip hop and wellness, thus “dropping socially conscious and educational rhymes on the world.”
Quibi’s founder is Jeff Katzenberg, former top honcho with Walt Disney Studios and Dreamworks Animation, and big Democratic fundraiser.
Qubi’s CEO is Meg Whitman, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and 2010 Republican candidate for governor of California.
Together, Jeff and Meg have helped raise more than $1 billion in Quibi funding.
Quibi’s launch comes two years after the demise of Go90, Verizon’s mobile-first service, which had lasted three years.
Quibi said it will offer 175 original shows and 8,500 episodes, all 10 minutes or shorter, over its first year.
How to watch Quibi
Quibi costs $4.99 monthly with ads and $7.99 without ads. If you download and subscribe before the April 6 launch, you’ll get a 90-day free trial rather than a two-week one. For more info and to subscribe, visit Quibi.com.
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