In the eight months since launch, Quibi has thrown every a-lister at their streaming service in a bid to bring it to life.
We’re talking Sophie Turner, Liam Hemsworth, Joe Jones, and a remake of The Princess Bride that actually managed to rival the classic.
Making a series of short-format shows, the service and its $2billion worth of investment thought it was on to a winner.
Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and now a bunch of TV shows are losing themselves to the format as it announces its closing down.
But despite the star power backing the service, it just couldn’t get it off the ground.
While there’s still a chance of them being saved by rival services in some way, it looks likely that many will end up on the scrap heap of ‘series gone too soon’.
Here’s some of the best shows that were cut off way ahead of their time.
Sophie Turner took on a new dramatic role in Survive, based on the novel by Alex Morel.
She stars as Jane, who alongside Paul (Corey Hawkins) are the only two survivors of a plane crash in the snowy mountains.
In order to live, they need to navigate their way to safety, but the elements are against them, as well as the injuries caused in the accident.
On top of that, Jane has severe depression, which rears its ugly head as she tries to keep herself alive, without her medication.
With Chance The Rapper taking over from Ashton Kutcher, the pranking show was given a brand new revival thanks to Quibi.
Among those in the firing line was Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, Adam Devine and Offset.
Unfortunately, Quibi was axed before a second season could be given the full greenlight, and get into production.
Once a firm TV cult favourite, Reno 911! was given a new lease of life on Quibi, and was another show to launch the platform.
Reno 911 is a mockumentary series based on the long-running police series Cops, and saw a team of hapless policemen on their day-to-day beat.
It ran from 2003 to 2009, before being picked up by Quibi for a reboot and seventh season.
The show was in production for an eighth season when Quibi pulled the plug.
Home Movie: The Princess Bride
Arguably Quibi’s biggest viral hit, Home Movie: The Princess Bride somewhat shot itself in the foot with so much of the footage becoming available away from the Quibi service.
The show saw the classic 1987 film being remade from lockdown by a host of famous faces, who filmed themselves from lockdown on an iPhone, recreating sets and costumes using cardboard and items laying around at home.
The results were seriously impressive, with a cast including Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, Diego Luna, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, Javier Bardem, Chris Pine, Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, Hugh Jackman and Taika Waititi all joining in on the fun.
Cary Elwes, Fred Savage and Rob Reiner, who starred in the original film, also gave their updated version for the series.
Chrissy Teigen became Judge Judy for this spin on the classic civil court case series.
Joined by her mother Vilailuck “Pepper Thai” Teigen, Chrissy’s Court was one of the shows used to launch the Quibi service in April.
It was announced in June that Chrissy’s Court was renewed for a season two, but coronavirus prevented the show going into production.
With all productions of Quibi shows now pulled off the table, it seems unlikely we’ll see this again any time soon.
A Cup Of Joe
Joe Jonas became a travel documentary filmmaker for this effort, being joined by his famous family as he experienced the world.
What resulted was a surprisingly sweet look at life through the eyes of the popstar, including intimate details of his relationship with Sophie Turner, with whom he now has a baby daughter.
Speaking about falling in love, the duo return to the place that started it all – Amsterdam – and reflected on how they became a couple.
It’s also a hell of a lot of fun, and a lot more accessible than some rival travel shows.
Created by RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour, the series aimed to be more inclusive than its spiritual mother.
Involving drag performers from across the gender spectrum, the series followed Sasha as they worked on a drag revue, focusing on the theatricality to create the ultimate stage production.
It was renewed for a second season in August, but its future is now uncertain with the service being terminated.
Created by Cody Heller, the partner of Community creator Dan Harmon, Anna Kendrick stars as a woman who discovers her other half owns a sex doll.
Learning to adapt to life with the doll, Dummy sees her become pals with the life-like blow-up addition to their household – even taking it on adventures.
The show itself had a complicated past before even getting on Quibi, initially being pitched as a TV show pilot, before being written as a film script, and then being broken down as a series of shorts for Quibi.
But the risk paid off, and Anna was nominated for an Emmy award for her role in the series.
An American take on successful BBC satire show The Mash Report, Nish Kumar introduces himself to the US with his unique take on the week’s news.
Taking aim at the political heavyweights (and in particular, Donald Trump), Nish gives his spin on the news of the day, shining a light on social injustices including Black Lives Matter, police brutality and the reaction to the coronavirus outbreak.
Most Dangerous Game
Most Dangerous Game was a thriller starring Liam Hemsworth as a bankrupt former athlete Dodge Tynes, who discovers he has terminal brain cancer.
In order to raise money for the family he knows he’ll leave behind, he makes a sinister agreement with Miles (Christoph Waltz) a businessman who runs a service where humans are hunted for sport.
Suddenly the pray in a game, Miles has to fight for his life, escape, winning money to help him, wife Val and their unborn child.
Somehow, things get complicated, when other bad guys suddenly find themselves involved in the hunt.
It was announced that a season two of the show was in the works – but with the service shutting down on December 1, it looks like that will never come to be.
Credit: Original article published here.