Michelle Rodriguez to Host & Participate in Quibi’s Scientific Series “Ten Ton Chum”

Michelle Rodriguez is deep divin’ into the deep blue sea…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American actress will host Quibi’s forthcoming series Ten Ton Chum, which explores the mysterious ecosystem of the ocean.

Michelle Rodriguez

In a true first-of-its-kind scientific endeavor, the mobile streaming platform is engineering the largest controlled feeding frenzy the ocean has ever seen by dropping 10-ton (that’s 20,000 pounds) ball of shark chum into open waters. Uniquely, the bait ball will be constructed around a protective shark cage, allowing divers to immerse with the gathering storm of sharks and other apex marine predators, which may include giant squid or sperm whales, as it descends into the depths.

Rodriguez will lead the charge, diving down inside the bait ball and witness one of nature’s most spectacular events. A vast variety of species will be attracted from miles around and she will observe how they interact at surface level, at 100 feet down, and even how behaviors change in the dark of night. Equipped with an array of deep-water cameras, the bait ball will then detach from the protective cage and continue its plunge thousands of feet to the ocean floor to capture imagery of the mysterious creatures that lurk below.

Mark Kadin and Will Ehbrecht will serve as executive producer while the series will be produced by MAK Pictures.

Quibi Renews Carlos Alazraqui’s “Reno 911!” Reboot for a Second Season

Carlos Alazraqui won’t stop serving and protecting… and bringing the funny… just yet.

Quibi has ordered a second season of its Emmy-nominated revival of acclaimed comedy series Reno 911!, starring the 58-year-old Argentine American actor.

Reno 911

The rebook, which debuted in early May, reunites the original cast. The second batch of Season 1’s 25 episodes bowed last week.

Reno 911! lets viewers ride along with the courageous men and women of the Reno Sheriff’s Department as they lay down the law and put it all on the line. The camera doesn’t blink — and when danger is near, the Reno Sheriff’s Department will be nearer.

In addition to Alazraqui, the core original cast of the mockumentary series includes Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough, Ian Roberts, Joe Lo Truglio and Mary Birdsong.

 “We are thrilled about the pickup, but we’re even more thrilled about getting to leave our living rooms for the first time in five months,” series co-creators Lennon, Ben Garant and Kenney-Silver said in a joint statement.

Reno 911! ran for six seasons from 2003-09 on Comedy Central.

Reno 911! is vying for Primetime Emmys this month in two categories: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for Kenney-Silver.

Quibi to Stream All-Star Remake of “The Princess Bride” Featuring Jenna Ortega

It’s a royal moment for Jenna Ortega

Starting Monday, Quibi will stream an all-star remake of The Princess Bride filmed by actors at home while in quarantine, including the 17-year-old Puerto Rican and Mexican American actress.

Jenna Ortega

In addition to Ortega, the re-creation will feature an A-list cast that includes couples Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner,Common and Tiffany HaddishNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and Chris Pine and Annabelle Wallis, along with Hugh JackmanJennifer GarnerElijah Wood, Jon HammBeanie FeldsteinLucas HedgesJack BlackDavid OyelowoKeegan-Michael KeyPatton OswaltJosh GadAndy SerkisDiego LunaTaika Waititi and Zazie Beetz and more.

Directed by Jason Reitman, the project will see Common playing the heroic Westley (originated by Cary Elwes), Haddish as Princess Buttercup (first played by Robin Wright), and Jackman as the villainous Humperdinck, to name a few.

The Princess Bride’s director, Rob Reiner, will also appear in the remake, along with Fred Savage, who reprises his role as the grandson in the film.

Beginning June 29, Quibi will release chapters of the made-at-home movie daily for two weeks.

The remake also is aiding a good cause. As part of the project, Quibi has donated $1 million to chef José Andrés’ charity World Central Kitchen, which provides meals to those who have been most affected by the coronaviruspandemic.

The remake of The Princess Bridewas first reported by Vanity Fair.

Quibi Renews Jennifer Lopez’s “Thanks a Million” for Second Season

Jennifer Lopez will continue paying it forward… 

Quibi has given the green light for a second season of Thanks a Million, the inspiring “pay it forward” series executive produced by the 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar and produced by her Nuyorican Productions and B17 Entertainment.

The first season premiered on April 6, the same day Quibi launched. 

Lopez, Kristen BellNick JonasTracy MorganAaron RodgersYara Shahidi, Gabriel IglesiasAnthony DavisKevin Hart and Karlie Kloss led individual episodes of Thanks a Million for Season 1.

In each episode, grateful public figures kick start a chain of kindness by gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who has had a positive impact on their life. The recipient must then pay it forward by gifting half of that sum to someone else who has done the same, and the chain continues. Across ten episodes, $1,000,000 will be put in the hands of everyday people.

Arturo Castro’s Sketch Series “Alternatino” Headed to Quibi

Arturo Castro‘s acclaimed television project is headed online…

The 34-year-old Guatemalan actor’s Alternatino will make its way to Quibi.

Arturo Castro

The short-form mobile streaming platform has ordered the critically-acclaimed sketch series from the Broad Cityalum and Comedy Central Productions.

The first season of Alternatino debuted on Comedy Central in June 2019, and showcased Castro’s provocative, unique voice in the comedy landscape.

Memorable sketches included “Welcome to America,” about a student in a class of recent immigrants trying to wrap his head around the reality of tragedy as well as “What the Sex Talk Looks Like Now” and “A Sick Child’s Dying Wish”. 

Castro is known for using modern Latinxidentity (misconceptions and all) as a fresh filter for cultural commentary about our daily lives and the zeitgeist — and it is all rooted in his personal experience.

Castro is the creator, executive producer, writer and star of the series. 

The series is produced by Comedy Central Productions(CCP).

Gerardo Celasco to Star in Quibi’s Drama Series “Swimming with Sharks”

Gerardo Celasco has gone swimming

The 37-year-old Salvadoran American actor has been cast opposite Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger in Quibi’s drama series Swimming with Sharks.

Gerardo Celasco

Billed as a contemporary update of George Huang’s 1994 film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system, the Lionsgate-produced series is written and produced by Kathleen Robertson, and directed by Tucker Gates, with Chris Cowles also producing.

In the series adaptation with a female twist, Lou (Shipka), a young female assistant, works for Joyce (Kruger), a sole female studio head, at a company filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know Lou is poised to outwit them all.

Celasco will play Miles, a moderately talented artist and the husband of Joyce Holt (the big moneymaker in the household). Miles and Joyce have a complicated relationship based on love, money and power.

Celasco, who rose to acclaim on NBC’s Passions, co-stars in the upcoming Foxthriller series neXt. He’s known for his multi-season arc on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder

Carlos Alazraqui to Star in Quibi’s “Reno 911” Reboot

Carlos Alazraqui is joining the force

The 57-year-old Argentine American actor has been cast in Quibi and Comedy Central Productions’ Reno 911 reboot,starring co-creators Robert Ben GarantThomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney-Silver.

Carlos Alazraqui

Alazraqui portrayed deputy James Garcia on the original Reno 911!, which ran for six seasons on Comedy Central, ending in 2009

In addition to Alazraqui, the new additions include Niecy NashWendi McLendon-Coveyand Cedric YarbroughIan RobertsJoe LoTruglioand Mary Birdsongwill all be featured.

Reno 911

Reno 911 is an ensemble comedy created by and starring Garant, Kenney-Silver and Lennon, all attached to write and star in the new season. 

Reno 911let viewers ride shotgun with the “courageous” men and women of the Reno Sheriff’s Department.

Quibi launches April 6.

Alazraqui is also known for his voice work, including roles in Toy Story3A Bug’s Lifeand The Book of Life.

Demi Lovato to Host Talk Show on Quibi

Demi Lovatois ready to talkthings up a notch…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actress, who performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl last weekend, will lead a talk show for the upcoming shortform digital service Quibi.

Demi Lovato

The platform has greenlighted Pillow Talk with Demi Lovato(working title), a 10-episode series fronted by the Grammywinner that will feature candid, unfiltered conversations between Lovato and guests — both experts and celebrities — exploring topics such as: activism, body positivity, gender identity, sex, relationships, social media and wellness.

“I’ve always considered myself someone that speaks honestly about issues that face my generation,” Lovato said. “We’re excited to bring those frank conversations to a public forum, where people can have the opportunity to relate to the topics and guests, while finding room for laughter and learning.”

Produced by Goodstory Entertainmentand SB ProjectsPillow Talk with Demi Lovato is executive produced by Lovato, Scooter BraunAllison Kayeand Scott MansonJD Rothand Adam Greener.

Founded by Jeffrey Katzenbergand led by CEO Meg Whitman, Quibi launches on April 6.

Jennifer Lopez to Take Part in Quibi’s Forthcoming Series “Thanks a Million”

Jennifer Lopez is paying it forward…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar is set to take part in Quibi’s forthcoming series, Thanks a Million, which will feature people literally paying it forward to those who’ve changed their lives. 

J.Lo joins a roster of participating celebrities that includes Kristen BellTracy MorganKarlie KlossAaron Rodgers and Alex Rodriguez.

Each of the celebrities will lead an individual episode of the series. More participants will be revealed at a later date.

Earlier in March at SXSW, Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg announced the new series as part of their lineup. Each episode of Thanks a Million will feature grateful public figures kick-starting a chain of kindness by gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who has had a positive impact on their lives. The recipient must then pay it forward by gifting half of that sum to someone else who has done the same, and the chain continues. Across ten episodes, $1,000,000 will be put in the hands of everyday people.

Thanks a Million will be produced by Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and Industrial Media’s B-17 Entertainment in association with Universal Alternative Television Studio. Lopez, Elaine-Goldsmith ThomasAlex BrownRhett BachnerBrien Meagher,Dena Waxmanand Benny Medinaserve as Executive Producers. 

Quibi is slated to launch April 6, 2020.

Tony Revolori to Appear Opposite Darren Criss in Quibi’s “Royalties”

Tony Revoloriis earning royalties

The 23-year-old Guatemalan American actor has signed on for a recurring role opposite executive producer/co-writer Darren Criss and Kether Donohue in Quibi’s Royalties

Tony Revolori

Royalties isa satirical take on the oft-untold story of songwriters behind the world’s biggest hits. It follows the ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo – Sara (Donohue) and Pierce (Criss) – as they navigate the strange and hilarious challenges of creating a truly great song, week after week.

Each episode will feature real-life entertainment personalities portraying fictitious (and ridiculous) music stars, along with original songs penned by Criss.

No details were provided about Revolori’s role.

Production is currently underway in Los Angeles.

Revolori played Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: Far from Home and starred as Zero the Lobby Boy in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest HotelHis credits also include The Long Dumb RoadTable 19 and Low Riders.