Welcome back to the Reno Sheriff's Department. Streaming service Quibi has announced that they have ordered a Reno 911! revival. The former Comedy Central series will be part of the service's original programming lineup when it launches next year. Original creators and stars Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garrant and Kerri Kenney-Silver are set to return both as writers and in front of the camera.
There has been talk of bringing Reno 911! back for some time. When we spoke with Thomas Lennon last year, he revealed they were planning a possible new movie, it was just a matter of getting everyone's schedules to line up. Instead, we're getting new episodes. Lennon had this to say in a statement.
"Reno 911 holds a special place in our hearts, and it will be a delight to get the original cast back together for 'reboot goofin.' Hopefully Nick Swardson can still roller-skate. Quibi's short format seems custom-made for our show."
Quibi will be entering an already crowded streaming marketplace next year when it launches in April. Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, CBS All Access and other services are already available, with HBO Max and the NBC-branded Peacock coming in 2020 as well. Quibi's angle is that they will be focused primarily on short-form content. "Chapters" of content from the service's shows will run between 8 and 10 minutes in length. Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Comedy Central's co-heads of original content, had this to say in a statement.
"We are very excited to partner with Ben, Kerri and Tom, three of the most gifted multi-hyphenates in comedy, to bring more of their iconic series Reno 911 to the world. Fans demanded this for a long time, and Comedy Central Productions and Quibi are thrilled to help answer that kind of 911 call."
It's said that further casting announcements will be made at a later date. While not confirmed yet, it's expected that original cast members Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough and Carlos Alazraqui will also be involved in some capacity. Former Comedy Central head and current Quibi executive Doug Herzog had this to say.
"I couldn't say it better than Sarah and Jonas, and I for one will sleep soundly knowing Reno 911 is back on the beat keeping our streets safe once again."
Reno 911! ran on Comedy Central from 2003 to 2009 and spanned six seasons. The series also spawned a theatrically-released movie in the form of 2007's Reno 911!: Miami, which grossed $22 million at the box office. The cast most recently reunited for a series of ads promoting a New Year's Eve marathon last year. There is no word on how many episodes the series has been given, nor is it clear precisely when it will premiere. Quibi, at launch, will cost $5 per month for an ad-supported version, or $8 for an ad-free subscription. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.