Most of us are nearing the three-month mark on social distancing, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels like I’m running out of things to watch. I’ve watched too much Real Housewives, season three of Succession is nowhere in sight, and I refuse to watch Game of Thrones, so stop telling me how great it is. But lucky for us, Quibi is still pumping out the new content, and their new show Kirby Jenner might be the best one yet.
For those who are unaware, Kirby Jenner is Kendall Jenner’s long-lost twin brother. Until now, he’s mainly been known for his iconic Instagram account, featuring pictures of him and his famous fam at the Met Gala, the grocery store, and on the cover of Vogue, just to name a few. But now Kirby is stepping into the spotlight, and finally getting into the family business of reality TV.
Obviously, we know pretty much everything about the rest of his famous family, but Kirby Jenner has always been a mystery. I wanted to know more, so I interviewed Kirby ahead of the premiere of his new show. I got a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of his life and his show, and if anything, he’s even more of a mystery now.
Kirby’s show is executive produced by Kendall and Kris Jenner, and it turns out the whole thing was Kris’ idea. No surprise, considering she’s the best momager in the world. Here’s what Kirby had to say about how the show came to be:
“This show was actually kind of my mom’s idea. She mentioned something about a guy named Quibi and how he wants to do a reality show with me… and I was immediately like ‘Whoa. There’s a man named Quibi? What a cool name!’ and she paused (for a long while actually) and was like, ‘No… the network is called Quibi. The man’s name is Jeffrey Katzenberg.’ And I was like, ‘Hmm ok. I don’t know who that is.’ And then she was like ‘Ok. It doesn’t matter.’ So, I Google Jeffrey Katzenberg and realized he was the guy who made freakin Shrek and I was like, ‘Mom. Holy shit. Do you know this guy made freakin Shrek?! Fact: Shrek is like straight up one of the best movies of all time.’ And then my mom was like, ‘Please stop talking. I already signed the deal.’ SO… a month later I was shooting my show and it’s honestly been pretty fun!”
I feel like you know it’s going to be good when the guy who did freakin Shrek is involved. While the show is mostly about Kirby, the entire family gets in on the action, and Kirby says that doing the show has brought him much closer to his siblings. Before, he was never part of the reality TV aspect of his family, but he says, “After doing my show, it seems like Kimberly wants to hang out more and I’m allowed to look Kanye in the eyes which is a really cool privilege.” Honestly, I would be scared to look Kanye in the eyes, so good for Kirby. He adds, “Oh, and I’m also now invited to Mom’s Sunday dinners which is awesome… except for the parking. The parking SUCKS but the food is impeccable.” This is important information, because if I’m ever invited to Kris Jenner’s house, I’ll remember to take an Uber.
The hilarious (and REAL) show gives us an exciting glimpse into Kirby’s life, from his many business ventures—he’s currently “developing a one-man magic and rollerblading stage show”—to his love life. And speaking of his love life, things seem pretty complicated. For starters, he has a stalker. She’s none other than iconic actress Beverly D’Angelo, and while Kirby seems to have a love/hate relationship with her, he says he’s not “legally allowed to talk about this.” But aside from his sexual tension with Bev, pretty much every model wants him. In this exclusive clip, we see him basically fighting off Heidi Klum’s advances:
So, Kirby Jenner kind of has it all. Business ideas, a long list of suitors, and the perfect quarantine spot. He tells us he’s been “quarantining in Kylie’s back house or ‘mother in law unit’ as they call it on HGTV. I’m pretty sure she has no idea I’m back here tbh. Her house is freakin enormous.” Kirby says he’s been passing the time by watching a lot of 90-Day Fiancé and learning to play the flugelhorn, which sounds about right.
Kirby Jenner is now streaming on Quibi, and it might just be my favorite Quibi show yet. Sorry, Chrissy Teigen, but I just can’t quit the Kardashians.
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If you’re reading this, chances are you have subscriptions to like, half a dozen TV streaming services. Okay, the Netflix subscription might be your mom’s, Hulu and Disney+ are a package deal, and you got a free year of Apple TV+ when you upgraded your phone, but still, you have access to a lot of content. That being said, it might not seem like we need more streaming services… but maybe we do? Today marks the launch of Quibi, a brand new streamer that actually has a unique concept, and tons of original content. Is it worth it? Here’s what you need to know to make a decision.
It’s tempting to roll your eyes at the thought of yet another streaming service, but at least Quibi is really doing something new. Unlike other services, Quibi is only meant to be watched on your phone—there’s no way to watch on your computer or TV. The app looks great and is super easy to use, but I’m a little skeptical about watching so many videos on my phone. Usually, I prefer to watch on a bigger screen, so I can use my phone to mindlessly refresh Instagram every three minutes.
Thankfully, the shows on Quibi are tailored to my minuscule attention span, with all episodes clocking in at under 10 minutes. If you’re super bored during your work day, you can just go to the bathroom and watch like, three episodes of a Quibi show. Quibi is a portmanteau of Quick bites, and it definitely lives up to its name.
Quibi is 100% original content, and the nice thing about the short episodes is that you can try out a lot of different shows. Quibi divides its programming into three categories: Movies in Chapters, Unscripted and Docs, and Daily Essentials.
Movies in Chapters are… exactly what they sound like. These longer programs are still split up into short episodes, but you’re following one story the whole time. For these, the first three episodes are available now, with new episodes every weekday. Of the handful that have already launched, I’m most excited to start Most Dangerous Game, a thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz, and Survive, a drama starring Sophie Turner. There’s also Flipped, which stars Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson as house flippers who get involved with a drug cartel. Should be fun.
The unscripted content is where a ton of big names come in. I was most excited to check out Chrissy’s Court, which stars Chrissy Teigen deciding real cases, and I’m happy to report that it’s delightful. I’m also very into Nicole Richie’s new show Nikki Fre$h, and the reboot of Punk’d, which is now hosted by Chance the Rapper. The short episodes lend themselves perfectly to silly shows like this, and this is where Quibi’s concept really shines.
The Daily Essentials shows cover up-to-date news, entertainment, and lifestyle info, and are a good alternative to reading Twitter for your news. The first episode of Around The World by BBC News made me feel very smart this morning, and I’m waiting for work to be over so I can check out sex and relationship show Sexology.
Okay, so obviously everyone is going to like different shows, and there are way too many of them to even get into, but we can definitely talk money. Or rather, lack of money. Quibi is offering all new subscribers a 90-day free trial. Yeah, like three full months. Considering some streaming services only give you seven days for free, this feels like a f*cking gift.
Once your lengthy trial ends, Quibi has two options for monthly plans. There’s a $4.99/month plan, which is supported by ads, or you can go ad-free for $7.99/month. For reference, Apple TV+ is also $4.99/month, and Disney+ is $6.99 if you don’t do the Hulu bundle. Personally, I refuse to sit through ads for something I’m paying for, so if I keep my subscription, I’ll definitely be going for the ad-free option, but it’s up to you.
In general, Quibi is a good concept, and even if the phone-only thing isn’t a great fit for how I like to watch TV, I’m sure it’s ideal for a lot of people. The short episodes make it easy to get sucked in, and there’s enough interesting content to keep people watching. And even if you’re on the fence about the new shows, or you don’t think you’ll use it much, the free trial makes it a no-brainer. If you’ve complained about being bored at all in the last three weeks, you can definitely kill an hour or two watching episodes of random Quibi shows.
Will I keep my Quibi subscription once my free trial ends? I really don’t know, but with 90 days free, I don’t have to decide any time soon. I set a reminder to cancel at the beginning of July, but who knows, I might end up getting addicted and keeping it. Also, I canceled my Apple TV+ subscription, so I don’t feel that bad about signing up for something else.
If your mind is already reeling at the thought of signing up for another streaming service, you’re in for a rough few months. NBC’s Peacock service rolls out to Xfinity customers later this month (with a wide launch in July), and HBO Max is coming in May. Too bad the Friends reunion is postponed because of COVID-19, but you’ll still be able to watch all the old episodes. Until then, I’ll be watching Chrissy’s Court from the toilet every morning!
If you’re running out of shows to watch during your quarantine, thankfully there’s some new content coming next week. Next Monday, the new streaming service Quibi launches, with tons of new shows, all with episodes under 10 minutes. Thank god, because that’s the exact length of my attention span these days. Shows to look forward to include Chrissy’s Court, hosted by Chrissy Teigen, and Tyler Cameron’s new show Barkitecture. But there’s a new contender for Quibi show I’m most excited for: Nikki Fre$h, starring Nicole Richie.
I’ve always loved Nicole Richie—I basically grew up on The Simple Life—but in the past few years, I feel like she’s really come into her own. She’s hilarious, seems super happy with her adorable family, and is loves showing off her million pets and gorgeous homegrown plants on Instagram. Nicole has always been quirky, and she’s not afraid to get weird in whatever she does. In her new show, she “unites her passions for Mother Earth and hip hop into her eponymous alter ego, Nikki Fre$h.” Sounds wild, tell me more.
Basically, Nicole Richie loves the the planet and she loves hip-hop music, and what more do you need to make a reality show? In the new trailer for the show, we get a glimpse at the artistic mission that drives Nikki Fre$h. She wants to make “conscious trap,” a new genre that is “music for everybody: teachers, rabbis, Virgos… but mostly moms and gays.” This sounds like… something I absolutely want.
One of the trailer’s best moments is when she meets Bill Nye (yes, the Science Guy), and introduces herself as “a gardener, a speaker for the bees, and a trap icon.” Whatever is going on here, I already know I’m going to love it. And behind whatever ridiculous outfits she’s wearing for her even more ridiculous music videos, there’s an actual purpose to the show. Through the show, Nicole “will interact with real life seekers and consciousness experts to learn ways to better serve our bodies and our planet—while comedically exaggerating those solutions to the edge of sanity.” Considering we’re all at the edge of sanity right now, this sounds perfect.
If you were a fan of Nicole’s previous reality show Candidly Nicole,the new show has the same showrunner and executive producer, so we’re definitely in for a treat. And if you haven’t seen Candidly Nicole, it’s amazing, so get on that right f*cking now. Nikki Fre$h premieres along with the Quibi launch on April 6th, and according to the trailer, there will be new episodes every single day. What did we do to deserve this? Oh right, we’ve all been locked in our houses for three weeks. Whatever, at least this show will make us all laugh.
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Congrats Tyler Cameron hive, because the TC drought is finally over. Recently, it was announced that Tyler would be making his return to TV with the new series Barkitecture, and yesterday, we got our first look at the show. From the trailer, we can see that pretty much all the initial Reddit tea about the show turned out to be correct, which checks out because we all know that Reddit is the best source for accurate journalism in 2020. And I have to say, Barkitecture looks just as ridiculous as the initial concept sounded. But also, I’m definitely going to watch it, because I have no life.
As you all probably know by now, the show follows Tyler Cameron and Delia Kenza as they design and build elaborate doghouses for people with a lot of extra money and nice backyards. Ugh, imagine having a yard. In the trailer, we finally get to see what some of these doghouses actually look like, and well, I now feel very poor. Here’s one example, complete with a sliding barn door, two windows, and a full outdoor play area to go along with it. I love the commitment to the farm theme, with a random wagon wheel, a horseshoe, and a stuffed cow and sheep that are definitely too big for a dog to play with. Inside, there are fake bales of hay and little saddles, which, again, I don’t know how the dogs would actually play with those. I think the thing to understand about this whole concept is that these doghouses are definitely just for the owners to flaunt their wealth. I’m pretty sure dogs don’t give a sh*t about the luxury finishes on their barn doors.
So, who are the guests on this show? The previous speculation about the show provided a few guesses, and while Neil Patrick Harris isn’t shown in the trailer, at least one of the guesses was spot-on. As the sleuths of Reddit had previously guessed, Real Housewives star Kyle Richards will be one of the guests on the show, which makes sense because she definitely has enough money to light $30k of it on fire.
The trailer gives us a good look at what Tyler and Delia built for Kyle’s dogs, and no one is surprised. It basically looks like the entryway of Kris Jenner’s house, complete with a black-and-white tile floor and a literal f*cking chandelier. Here’s a screenshot of Kyle Richards fitting comfortably inside the doghouse, while her dog is perched on some kind of couch that looks more expensive than any of my furniture. The dog has a plush wine bottle in its mouth, while Kyle is holding a plush rosé bottle.
So obviously the doghouses on the show are going to be insane, but we already knew that. I’m dying to know how much these projects actually cost—I guess because I’m in the mood to feel bad about myself. Like, these definitely cost more than I make in a year, but it’s fine, I’m fine, everything is fine. Kyle Richards, hope your dogs enjoy their chandelier, it’s what they deserve.
Wait okay, I don’t feel broke enough yet, let’s look at one more. Here’s an ultra-modern take on a doghouse. Take it in, take it all in. Yes, it’s two stories. Yes, there are spherical windows. Yes, those hardwood floors look nicer than anything in my apartment. Yes, it looks like one of the expensive futuristic houses you’d work towards in the LIFE game. Nope, I am NOT MAD about it! I hope this dog is happy, because it’s literally part of the 1%. Must be nice.
The thing I’m still most interested to see is how Tyler does hosting his own show, because I think we forget that until now, we’ve only seen him on TV as a contestant on The Bachelorette. Yeah, everyone loved him, but showing up for a group date every three days and not making an ass of yourself is a lot different than carrying an entire show. I’ve met him, and he was charming AF, so I have a feeling he’ll do a good job. The teaser trailer doesn’t really give us much of a look at Tyler or his vibe with Delia, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
We don’t have an exact premiere date for Barkitecture yet, but the trailer says it’s coming in April, so the wait is almost over. Here’s the full teaser trailer for the show, which you already know you’re going to binge the day it comes out:
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