Quibi was a fledgling short-form video service that both launched and was acquired by Roku last year in what was viewed as the service failing to acquire and retain its subscribers. We wouldn’t normally cover Emmy nominations on Platform De.Central but this seems like a great way to conclude our Quibi coverage from last year. Three Quibi’s shows Die Hart, Mapleworth Murders and Reno911! received eight Emmy nominations. Last year, Quibi received a large number of nominations, which it received in the bourgeoning new ‘Short Form Comedy or Drama Series’ categories, where it does not really have any competition.
The awards for this category are below:
Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
- Pete Devon in Bonding (Netflix)
- Kevin Hart in Die Hart (Quibi)
- John Travolta in Die Hart (Quibi)
- John Lutz in Mapleworth Murders (Quibi)
- J.B. Smoove in Mapleworth Murders (Quibi)
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
- Nathalie Emmanuel in Die Hart (Quibi)
- Keke Palmer in Keke Palmer’s Turnt Up With The Taylors (Facebook Watch)
- Paula Pell in Mapleworth Murders (Quibi)
- Kerri Kenney-Silver in Reno 911! (Quibi)
Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series
- Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple TV)
- Late Night With Seth Meyers: CORRECTIONS (YouTube)
- The Randy Rainbow Show (YouTube)
- Reno 911! (Quibi)
- Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out The News (Paramount+)
Despite Quibi’s failures to succeed with its own innovative streaming platform, the content it created had value and Roku saw that and acquired Quibi’s library of content “The Roku Channel will soon be home to Emmy-nominated and popular shows, such as #FreeRayshawn, Chrissy’s Court, Die Hart, Dummy, Flipped, Most Dangerous Game, Punk’d, Reno 911!, Survive, and more, featuring stars including, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Richie, Chrissy Teigen, Lena Waithe, and many others.” Quibi’s shows now are rebranded as ‘Roku Originals’.
Roku announced last month that it had ordered a second season of Kevin Hart’s Die Hart that also features John Travolta. “Die Hart exploded out of the gate and after a spectacular debut weekend, has quickly become one of the most watched Roku Originals on The Roku Channel,” said Colin Davis, Roku’s Head of Original Scripted Programming. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring an equally hilarious, action-packed second season to the record number of viewers who have watched in recent days.” Quibi might be gone but its popular series live on with one of the most popular streaming platforms, Roku. Die Hart launched on The Roku Channel in May.