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WEB EXCLUSIVE Joe Jonas tours the world drinking coffee (pre-social distancing, of course). Chrissy Teigen acts as a judge in a comical courtroom. Chance the Rapper masterminds pranks on innocent individuals. It’s all on Quibi, the new streaming app delivering the latest in entertainment to all of us in quarantine, courtesy of a bevy of beloved celebrities.
Film producer and former Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg launched Quibi at the beginning of this month and the new platform features several short-form, scripted and unscripted programs covering a variety of genres including comedies, dramas, reality shows, documentaries and news.
Each Quibi series episode runs from seven to ten minutes, hence the name “Quibi”—a mash-up of the words “quick” and “bites”—because, while we may all have a bit more time on our hands at the moment, many of us still have a short attention span. Quibi shows are ideal for watching during work breaks, while you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking or just whenever you’re tired of watching the same thing on Netflix over and over.
The shows are broken down into three categories: “Movies in Chapters,” or scripted titles that total about two hours each season, divided into 12 to 14 daily episodes; “Unscripted and Docs,” or unscripted titles including reality shows, competition shows and documentaries featuring a celebrity host; and “Daily Essentials,” short news, entertainment and lifestyle segments from TMZ, E!, NBC News and other outlets.
Quibi says it has plans to release 7,000 pieces of content within its first year. The service is currently offering a 90-day free trial through April; afterwards, the app will cost $5 per month with ads or $8 per month without.
Raleigh Magazine’s Staff Favorites on Quibi
Gina Stephens, Publisher
“Dummy:” Anna Kendrick’s character, Cody, befriends her boyfriend’s sex doll, Barbara, and together the pair embark on some hilarious adventures.
Jane Porter, Editor
“Survive:” Sophie Turner plays a suicidal young woman haunted by memories of family tragedies past. After she escapes a mental health rehabilitation facility, she survives a plane crash with fellow passenger, Paul, and the pair must work together to make it out of the wilderness alive.
“Flipped:” After finding hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed in the walls of a crumbling desert ranch house, hijinks ensue when Jann and Cricket—played by Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson—learn the money belongs to a local drug cartel.
Lauren Kruchten, Staff Writer
“Chrissy’s Court:” Chrissy Teigen stars as the judge in this ridiculously funny Judge Judy-esque courtroom show. Cases range from a couple arguing over contracted car payments to a woman suing her sister over stolen tupperware.
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