The Reno Sheriff's Department isn't done just yet. Quibi and Comedy Central Productions have announced that Reno 911! is set to return for an additional season. The short-form streaming service revived the long-dormant comedy earlier this year with a new season, its seventh overall. Since it proved to be one of the bigger hits for the service so far, they have opted to bring back Dangle and the gang for at least one more round of shenanigans.
Co-creators Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver are set to write and star in Reno 911! season 8. The announcement comes on the heels of 13 new episodes of the show that are currently releasing on Quibi as Part 2 of the revival season. The show recently received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series (Kerri Kenney-Silver). Garant, Lennon and Kenney-Silver had this to say in a statement.
"We are thrilled about the pick-up, but we're even more thrilled about getting to leave our living rooms for the first time in 5 months."
Quibi has been somewhat secretive about revealing viewership numbers since it launched earlier this year. However, the company says that Reno 911! is one of the top scripted series on its platform. It has remained a top trending show since its debut on May 4. Season 7 consists of 25, short-form episodes in total. Originally, the show was a half-hour comedy during its run on Comedy Central. It aired from 2003 to 2009, spanning six seasons. More than 100 episodes have aired to date. A movie, Reno 911!: Miami was also released in 2007. Previously, Lennon suggested a new movie was going to happen. They, instead, went the other way with it, offering up shorter episodes instead of a feature.
The series was created by and stars Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Thomas Lennon. Peter Principato of Artists First will executive produce the series along with Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher of Jersey Television. Wendi McLendon-Covey will also produce the series. Garant, Lennon, Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash, McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Ian Roberts, Joe LoTruglio and Mary Birdsong make up the ensemble cast. A huge list of guest stars graced the most recent season including, most notably, "Weird Al" Yankovic as a version of rocker Ted Nugent.
Quibi entered the streaming wars in April after raising well over $1 billion in funding, which allowed them to rope in an impressive list of A-list talent to create programming. The mobile-only service specializes in episodes that are 10 minutes or less, intended to be viewed on the go. Unfortunately, the plan hasn't panned out thus far. A report from June stated the service lost 90 percent of its active users after the free trial was up. But they expect to last long enough to make another season. You can watch the first season of the Reno 911 revival series now on the Quibi streaming app.