Quibi's content barrage has included a number of big names, but now they're getting serious by reviving a game show with a big talking stone head. The forthcoming streaming service announced on Monday that they'll revive Legends Of The Hidden Temple, the Nickelodeon game show beloved by 90s kids with an affinity for cheap group Halloween costumes.
The show pitted groups of two players against each other in trivia and physical challenges, with one group given the chance to make a Temple Run for fabulous prizes. It looked extremely hard and slightly scary, but was a beloved part of Nickelodeon from 1993 to 1995 and years later in reruns.
>A Legends movie returned a few years ago, part of an earlier nostalgia wave that brought a Hey Arnold film to Nickelodeon as well. But this time things are a bit different on Quibi. According to a release, the show is meant for adults, not kids.
This new, supersized, reimagined version will preserve many of the favorite original elements of the show — the Moat Crossing, Olmec and the Temple Run — but will see them “grown up” for an audience that's grown up along with them. The entire set will be taken out of the studio, into a jungle and scaled up with tougher challenges and bigger prizes on the line.
So get your knee and elbow pads ready, because Quibi will soon be looking for superfans to play. But beware, this action-packed competition will test your adventure skills at a whole new level. Enter at your own risk — “the choice is yours and yours alone.”
It's unclear if Kirk Fogg will return to host things, or where the show will take place outside of the traditional studio. And where will Olmec go? But it's clear that the people involved are excited. One of the show's original creators, Scott A. Stone, who will serve as executive producer and called its return “a dream come true” according to the release. It's yet another intriguing addition to Quibi, which launches in early 2020 and has a slew of new shows on the horizon thanks to a massive investment in new content. In this case, I suppose, new old content.
As Quibi readies itself for launch on April 6, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s mobile short-form streaming service has just opened a casting call soliciting participants for its revival of “Legends of the Hidden Temple.” The ’90s cult-classic game show series sent players on the hunt for hidden treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple guards, ensconced in all manner of obstacles.
From the Quibi announcement: “Once again, the gate to Olmec's Hidden Temple is about to open, and Doron Ofir Casting is thrilled to announce that for a select few contestants, the journey begins anew. We're calling for brave seekers and fearless competitors to descend the Steps of Knowledge, race through Olmec's Temple, avoid the dreaded Temple Guards, and put their knowledge and fortitude to the test in the adventure of a lifetime!”
The casting call is currently seeking teams of two, able to be in the Los Angeles area during the month of May, who will have to retrieve an ancient artifact and return it to its rightful heir in order to win big prizes, and of course the glory promised by “Legends of the Hidden Temple.”
Whether or not the casting call will stay open amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen, as the situation is changing like the wind every minute of every day. For now, you can apply for “Legends of the Hidden Temple” here.
Quibi, which has already lined up a raft of content, is an abbreviation of “quick bites,” as each episode of each series clocks in at under 10 minutes. After locking up approximately a gazillion deals with top talent and an unveiling at this year’s Sundance Film Festival back in January, Quibi is set to release approximately 175 series within its first year, 50 of which will be available during the official launch on April 6. The subscription will set you back $5 a month for an ad-supported service, and $8 for no ads. And if you're feeling unsure about committing the bare minimum of time to Quibi’s short-form offerings, the streaming service is extending a 90-day free trial if you sign up before April 6. Here’s a roundup of the content coming to Quibi.
At least 300,000 individuals downloaded Quibi, the entertainment industry's newest streaming service, on its Monday launch date according to data from two analytics firms.
Sensor Tower reported that more than 300,000 users downloaded the mobile-only, short form platform while App Annie estimated 700,000 users downloaded Quibi on Monday. The numbers were originally reported by Variety and the Los Angeles Times, respectively. IndieWire confirmed the data with both analytics firms.
The sharply varying numbers make it difficult to determine how much traction Quibi gained on its launch day and exemplifies the difficulty of determining how successful streaming services are. While Nielsen's ratings have long been the voice of authority for television viewership, there is no standard of measurement for the industry's numerous streaming services.
A Quibi spokesperson referred IndieWire to the Los Angeles Times report and did not release its own data on downloads.
“We are very excited about our day one performance,” Quibi said in a statement.
While it's unclear which data set is accurate, that at least 300,000 users downloaded the “quick bites” streaming service suggest that Quibi turned more than a few heads on Monday. The platform launched with dozens of original titles — Quibi offers no library content — and boasts significant star power. A wide variety of household names, from Cardi B and Chance the Rapper to Idris Elba, Will Forte, and Kaitlin Olson, star in various Quibi series, and entertainment industry heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh are working on upcoming projects for the platform.
While hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded the app, only time will tell if they stick around long enough to make the $1.75 billion-backed platform a success. Quibi is offering a lengthy 90-day free trial, which no doubt helped court early adopters, and a yearlong subscription is available for free to select T-Mobile customers. An ad-supported version of Quibi costs $4.99 per month, while the ad-free version runs $7.99 per month.
IndieWire praised a handful of Quibi's launch titles, including LeBron James’ documentary “I Promise” and the noire-inspired “Movie in Chapters.” That said, “Memory Hole,” one of IndieWire's top rated Quibi launch titles, became the center of controversy when an art collective claimed the show plagiarized its art and other material.