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After 11 years off the air, Reno 911! is coming back for an all-new season. However, the show won’t be arriving in the form of 22-minute episodes like when it was airing on Comedy Central. Instead, the forthcoming bite-sized entertainment subscription service Quibi is reviving the series with episodes arriving in roughly 10-minute increments. But given the nature of the series that follows bumbling, quarreling cops as they try to keep the streets safe from nefarious and oddball offenders, Reno 911! could thrive in this kind of environment. Watch the new Reno 911 trailer to see for yourself.Reno 911 Sneak Peek
In this clip from the forthcoming series revival, Lieutenant Dangle Thomas Lennon is just trying to hold a meeting, but he gets interrupted by the sounds of squirrels in the ceiling’s air ducts. Instead of leaving the observation as a minor inconvenience, Dangle shares a little too much about his perception of the squirrels, revealing that it sounds like they’re singing. He knows full well that his team will start ribbing him, and of course they do, but he can’t help it.
Jones Cedric Yarbough thinks Dangle needs a spa day, and everyone agrees. But for some reason Dangle sees this as an Of Mice and Men situation where someone is going to just shoot him while he’s relaxing. Honestly, this clip made me realize that I’ve been missing Reno 911! and I didn’t even know it.
Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Carlos Alazraqui and Mary Birdsong are all back for the series revival, and we can’t wait to see what kind of hijinks they get up to in this seventh season of the series, even if it’s only in 10-minute increments or less. After all, this show has always been comprised of shorter scenes that are largely improvised, so it lends itself rather well to this short-form entertainment format.
But will people actually sign up for Quibit? If the service still launches on April 6, then you couldn’t ask for a better time to get content like this as we’re all self-quarantining to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Quibi will certainly have plenty of that with dozens of new programming available at launch. Plus, with a 90-day free trial being offered for customers to try it out, there’s no reason not to give it a shot, right? Whether they’ll pay for it after that remains to be seen.
It’s not clear when Reno 911! will start being available on Quibi at this time.
Steve Carell was one of the biggest reasons for the success of The Office on NBC, thanks to his portrayal of the extremely inappropriate but loveable idiot Michael Scott, manager of his branch of the Dunder-Mifflin paper company. That’s why his departure in the seventh season of the series really took a toll on the show’s quality, and it never really recovered until near the end of the final season. It was thought Steve Carell was ready to move on to bigger things, but what if we told you he didn’t want to leave the show at all?
This week saw the release of a new book called The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Rolling Stone journalist Andy Greene. The book provides an oral history of the entire series, speaking with the cast and crew, getting the inside scoop on the happenings behind the scenes, and much more. One of the biggest revelations in the book, brought to our attention by Collider, is the real reason why Steve Carell left The Office.
The chatter around Steve Carell leaving The Office began in April of 2010 when the actor mentioned that he might be leaving the show when his contract ran out at the end of the seventh season. Many thought this could have been a tactic on Carell’s behalf to begin new contract negotiations, but when it was revealed that Steve Carell was actually leaving during season seven, it was assumed that he wanted to dedicate more time to his film career. It turns out neither was really true.
Brian Wittle, the boom operator and sound designer for The Office, recalled a conversation he had with Steve Carell after that interview took place. He explains in the book:
“I sat with him one time and he told me the story. He was doing a radio interview and he haphazardly mentioned, almost unconsciously, that it might be his last season. He didn’t plan on saying it out loud and he hadn’t decided anything. He was kind of thinking out loud, but he did it in an interview in public and it created news. Then what he said was the people connected to the show had no reaction to it. They didn’t call and say, ‘What? You wanna leave?’ He said he didn’t get any kind of response from them. When he realized he didn’t get any kind of response from them, he thought, ‘Oh, maybe they don’t really care if I leave. Maybe I should go do other things.’ So I think that made it easier, because when the news broke that he was considering it, the people that are in charge of keeping him there didn’t make a big effort to do so until afterward.”
Kim Ferry, the hairstylist on the show, backs up Wittle’s story too:
“[Carell] didn’t want to leave the show. He had told the network that he was going to sign for another couple of years. He was willing to and his agent was willing to. But for some reason, they didn’t...
Quibi is a week out from its launch date, April 6, which means the world can finally experience Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s long-speculated-over, mobile-only short-form streaming service. 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. The streaming service has already poached plenty of top-tier talent from film and television, including Idris Elba, Chance the Rapper, Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen, Tituss Burgess, Lena Waithe, Kirby Jenner, and many more.
However, Katzenberg, as revealed in a new interview with Deadline, has his eyes on another prize: J.J. Abrams, whose last project was “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which opened theatrically in December and was recently fast-tracked to VOD amid theater shutdowns.
“There's been a handful of filmmakers that have been busy on their own work that I'm dying to have come play. As an example, J.J. Abrams has spent this last year on ‘Star Wars’ work and has now just come up for air, and we've actually been having conversations in the last couple of weeks and he's leaning in and is intrigued,” Katzenberg said.
However, he has a few other pie-in-the-sky hopefuls.
“Someday, the dream is to get Jim Cameron, and I haven't got Martin Scorsese yet, but there's not many,” Katzenberg said. Both Cameron and Scorsese are filmmakers who give primacy to the theatrical experience, but Scorsese last year cut his teeth in the streaming space with “The Irishman.”
Katzenberg also gave a status update on another high-profile project, Steven Spielberg’s “After Dark,” a short-form horror series that reportedly will only be available to consume after sunset.
“He was finishing up ‘West Side Story,’ but he's actually got a bit of free time and every week, I'm prodding him to get back to writing, because he wants to write that himself, and he's written half of it,” Katzenberg said. “They came up with great technology for it, and he's very excited and we're holding that just for him — that was his idea and I can't wait for him to get a shot at it.”
After locking up approximately a gazillion deals with 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...