A series of new character posters have been released that previews the upcoming Reno 911! revival series. Quibi, the recently launched short-form streaming service, is bringing back the beloved comedy, which originally aired on Comedy Central, starting on May 4. Far from a reboot, this will be bringing back the entire original cast, which is firmed up in these posters as Officer Jim Dangle along with the rest of the gang are back in action, and taking selfies in the bathroom.
The posters feature the original Reno 991! cast, including Thomas Lennon (Lt. Jim Dangle), Ian Roberts (Sergeant Jack Declan), Carlos Alazraqui (Deputy James Garcia), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Deputy Clementine Johnson), Cedric Yarbrough (Deputy S. Jones), Robert Ben Garant (Deputy Travis Junior), Mary Birdsong (Deputy Cherisha Kimball), Joe Lo Truglio (Deputy Frank Rizzo), Kerri Kenney-Silver (Deputy Trudy Wiegel) and Niecy Nash (Deputy Raineesha Williams). The characters look very much like what fans will remember from the original series, which went off the air more than a decade ago in 2009. There have been talks of bringing the show back ever since, but those talks have finally materialized.
Reno 911 originally debuted on Comedy Central in 2003. The series was partially unscripted and was presented as a mockumentary chronicling the Sheriff's department in Reno, Nevada. 88 episodes aired before the show reached its end. A movie, Reno 911!: Miami, was released in 2007. At one point, Thomas Lennon said that a new movie was in the cards. Instead, a full-on revival series is happening in its place. But, given the short-form nature of the series, it could wind up being roughly the length of a movie anyway, once the new season finishes its run.
Quibi launched in early April after several months of heavy marketing and hype. The service specializes in short-form content and is designed specifically for streaming mobile devices. As opposed to more traditional streaming services like Netflix, Quibi can only be downloaded on Android or IOS devices. Episodes are ten minutes or less, making them, in theory, ideal for on-the-go watching. In this case, it will provide bite-sized versions of comedic shenanigans with the Reno Sheriff's Department.
Thus far, Quibi has not made the impact that its investors were perhaps hoping it would. The company revealed that 1.7 million downloads of the app were registered in the first week, but much of the original programming has failed to generate significant buzz online. Many A-list creators, such as Anna Kendrick, Sam Raimi, Idris Elba and numerous others were enlisted to craft content for the service. Other revivals of once-popular shows, such as Singled Out and Punk'd, are also part of what the service has to offer. For those who are interested in checking it out, the company is still offering a 90-day trial. Reno 911! debuts Monday, May 4 on Quibi. Be sure to check out the new character posters for yourself.