Quibi has revealed a new clip from Reno 911! The former Comedy Central show was revived by the short-form streaming service earlier this year for a new season, with the second batch of episodes set to arrive next month. One of the big appeals with this run of episodes is that Weird Al Yankovic is serving as one of the guest stars. Though the comedian and musician is not playing a version of himself, or an invented character. Rather, Yankovic is playing Ted Nugent. As we can see from the clip, the creative team behind the show, as well as Yankovic, are having a lot of fun with Nugent's public persona.
The clip sees Weird Al decked out as Ted Nugent, known best as the musician behind Cat Scratch Fever and Stranglehold. But Nugent is also a notorious gun nut, which is played up in a big way in the clip. We see Ted Nugent parading around backstage at what seems like a concert at first, with members of the Reno Sheriff's Department escorting him. There is a bit involving a T-shirt cannon which leans into his love of guns. But we come to find that this version of the rocker has become an elected government official and is holding a campaign event. He rather recklessly brings a machine gun with him on stage to his cheering crowd.
Reno 911! centers on the men and women of the Reno Sheriff's Department as they lay down the law and put it all on the line. The cast includes Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Ian Roberts, Joe LoTruglio and Mary Birdsong. The show is written and created by Garant, Kenney-Silver and Lennon. Garant and Lennon also serve as directors. Other guest stars this season include Toby Huss, Renee Albert, Morgan Lester, Deepti Gupta, Meagan Kong, Brian Phelps, Kate Lambert, Julie Brister, Julian Gant, Paul Walter Hauser, Rodney J Hobbs, Jenny Pellicer, Kulap Vilaysack, Ron Funches, Guy Stevenson, Chris Tallman, Irina Voronina, Jim Rash, Stephanie Beatriz and Jill Basey.
Prior to Quibi stepping in to revive the series, there had been much discussion about bringing Dangle and the gang back for more. For a while, based on comments made by Thomas Lennon, it seemed that another movie was in the cards. Reno 911!: Miami had previously been released in 2007. Instead, they opted to go for a short-form series revival on a new platform.
Quibi launched earlier this year, aiming to target audiences who watch content on their mobile devices. With hundreds of millions in funding and a slew of splashy original content from A-list creators, the streaming service had a lot going for it on paper. Yet, up to this point, it has largely failed to make a significant impact in the marketplace. But for those who want more shenanigans from the Reno Sheriff's Department, that's where the action is. Reno 911! is streaming now. You can check out the clip from the Quibi YouTube channel.