Quibi doesn’t have the same immediate brand recognition as Disney and HBO, or YouTube and Instagram, but the latest entrant in the war for people’s attention is preparing to jump into battle headfirst with its launch day slate.
There are 50 shows and movies to watch beginning on April 6th. 25 of those shows are “daily essentials,” referring to the regular series coming from a number of content partners including ESPN, Rotten Tomatoes, and the BBC. There are 19 “unscripted originals,” which refers to series like Chance the Rapper’s Punk’d reboot and Murder House Mystery, a series about flipping houses where a killing has taken place.
(Disclosure: Vox Media, which owns The Verge, has a deal with Quibi to produce a Polygon Daily Essential, and there have been early talks about a Verge show.)
The four titles that Quibi will want to draw your attention to, however, are “lighthouse” productions. These are movies in chapters; full-length films spliced into four to 10 minute chapters. Most Dangerous Game, When the Streetlights Go On, Survive, and Flipped star major Hollywood talent, making them among Quibi’s most premium content. These movies will receive new chapters every single day and can then be binged all at once whenever the movie is completed.
Below is a list of every daily essential, unscripted series, and movie subscribers will be available to watch on April 6th. Customers will receive a 90-day free trial. After that, subscribers can choose between a $4.99-a-month plan with ads, or an ad-free $7.99-a-month option.
Most Dangerous Game: Dodge Maynard (Liam Hemsworth) enters a deadly game in an effort to take care of his pregnant wife financially before a terminal illness leaves him dead. Stars Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz.
When the Streetlights Go On: The sister of a young girl who’s murdered in a suburban community struggles to go about her day-to-day life and navigate being a teenager as the investigation occurs. Stars Chosen Jacobs, Sophie Thatcher, Mark Duplass, Tony Hale, and Queen Latifah.
Survive: Two strangers are brought together after surviving a plane crash and forced to work together to battle the wilderness as they make their way back to civilization. They’ll “embark on a harrowing journey out of the wilderness, battling brutal conditions and personal traumas,” according to a press release. Survive, based on the book of the same name, stars Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins.
Flipped: A couple trying to become TV’s hottest new house-flipping duo run into a problem when they’re hired by a Mexican drug cartel to renovate the mansion. The movie stars Will Forte, Kaitlin Olson, Arturo Catstro, Eva Longoria, and Andy Garcia.
Thanks a Million: Produced by Jennifer Lopez, Thanks a Million stars celebrities who kickstart a chain of kindness by giving away $100,000 to someone. The catch? That person has to pay it forward. $1 million will be handed out over the course of 10 episodes. Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Aaron Rodgers, Yara Shahidi, Gabriel Iglesias, Anthony Davis, Kevin Hart and Karlie Kloss will star in individual episodes.
Chrissy’s Court: Starring Chrissy Teigen, the show sees Teigen rule as a “judge” in small claims cases. Teigen’s mom will act as the bailif maintaining order in court. The show may sound goofy, but Teigen’s decisions are final.
Punk’d: Based on the MTV show of the same name, the updated version of Punk’d takes advantage of new technology to prank Hollywood stars. Stars Chance the Rapper.
Murder House Flip: Flipping houses meets CSI as homes known for mysterious murders undergo big renovations. Home renovation experts Mikel Welch and Joelle Uzyel will work to turn the houses from morbid to marvelous.
Skrrt with Offset: Offset and his friends, including Quavo, Lil Yachty and T-Pain will explore all things cars, according to a press release. Other guests include Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, Dapper Dan, Jay Leno, and T-Pain.
The Sauce: Dance sensations Ayo & Teo explore unique dance cultures across the country, finding new online talent and making them compete head-to-head for a cash prize. Usher serves as a judge.
Nikki Fre$h: Nicole Richie will use her alter ego, Nikki Fre$h to bring a new voice to wellness and music, making socially conscious tracks and educational songs about the world. Nikki Fre$h will meet with consciousness experts to learn ways to better serve our bodies and our planet.
&Music: The unscripted series shines the spotlight on the artists and elements behind the world’s biggest musicians. “Each episode will reveal an unprecedented look at a vital behind-the-scenes collaborator that transforms the performance of an iconic musical artist into a cultural phenomenon,” according to a press release.
Elba vs Block: Idris Elba and world renowned driver Ken Block will go head-to-head as they pit cars against each other and take on outrageous stunts to prove who the best driver is what the best car.
Gone Mental with Lior: The famous mentalist Lior Suchard will team with celebrities and run them through mental stunts. The series features Kate Hudson, The Miz (Mike Mizanin), Big E (Ettore Ewen), Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ben Stiller, Rob Gronkowski, James Corden, David Dobrik, and Zooey Deschanel.
Singled Out: A dating show that puts the emphasis on social media as a number of strangers try to find love in a hopeless place. The series is hosted by Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster.
Gayme Show: Comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni, Gayme Show is a comedic take on games shows that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Two straight contestants are paired with a celebrity “life partner” as they take on a series of challenges, competing for the title of “Queen of the Straights.” Celebrity guest stars include Ilana Glazer, D’Arcy Carden, Trixie Mattel, Jon Lovett, Nicole Byer, Rachel Bloom, and Guy Branam.
Dishmantled: A cooking competition hosted by Tituss Burgess, each episode starts a cannon blasting a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. The chefs will use their culinary prowess to identify the dish and then race to recreate it for a cash prize.
You Ain’t Got These: A show about sneaker culture featuring Lena Waithe. Celebrity guests include Carmelo Anthony, Billie Jean King, Hasan Minhaj, Candance Parker, Questlove, Nas, Jazerai Allen- Lord, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Mike Epps, Jemele Hill, Josh Luber and Eric Koston.
Fierce Queens: The nature series presented by Reese Witherspoon explores the women of the animal kingdom, including ant queens to speedy cheetahs.
Prodigy: Hosted by Women’s Soccer world champion Megan Rapinoe, each episode of Prodigy examines unprecedented accomplishments in sports.
Run This City: The show follows Jasiel Correia II as he figures out his position as the youngest mayor of Fall River, MA ever elected. When the FBI indicts him on charges over his former company, Correia vows to fight and vindicate his name.
Shape of Pasta: Chef Evan Funke is in Italy uncovering the culture behind some forgotten pasta shapes.
NightGowns: The series follows former RuPaul contestant Sasha Velour over the course of eight episodes as she adapts her Brooklyn drag revue into a full-on stage production. Described as part performance documentary, part portrait of the artist, each installment introduces viewers to one performer in particular and pulls back the curtain on their life. The goal is to be something totally new: live drag, designed for the screen.
The Nod with Brittany & Eric: The popular podcast is being turned into a daily Quibi show. Hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings dig into the biggest moments and most under-explored corners of Black culture, as told by the actors, musicians, writers, thinkers, chefs, activists, artists, and everyday people who live it.
Last Night’s Late Night: A recap and breakdown of the most notable moments across the late night show landscape, broken down into a quick daily segment.
Sexology with Shan Boodram: The series stars certified sexologist and intimacy expert Shan Boodram as she shows subscribers how to navigate the realities of sex, dating, and relationships.
Fashion’s a Drag: Model Willam Belli is joined by supermodel Denise Bidot and their closest drag queen friends to break down what celebrities are wearing and all that’s happening in the world of fashion.
NBC News will have morning, and evening shows, alongside special Sunday and Saturday editions of the news. CBS will bring its critically acclaimed 60 Minutes to Quibi with a younger focused, 60 in 6. The BBC will have an edition of its World News broadcast. Telemundo will have a Latinx news show for English-speaking subscribers. CTV will have a morning and nightly news show focused on Canadian subscribers. There will also be a daily show from The Weather Network.
TSN and ESPN will have daily shows highlighting the top moments in sports.
E!, TMZ, Rotten Tomatoes, Polygon, Telemundo and Fandango are some of the brands that will have daily shows looking at what’s happening in a number of pop culture realms, including celebrity news, movies, TV, gaming, and nerd culture.
- Two motivational/lifestyle/meditation shows: The Rachel Hollis Show and The Daily Chill.
- A show about amazing and adorable animals from The Dodo.
- Pop5 is a daily series about pop music
- Hot off the Mic is a daily look at the hottest emerging comedians around the country.