Reno 911! will soon walk the television beat once again, this time on streaming platform Quibi.
Last December, it was announced that Quibi—a short-form streaming service backed by the coffers of Jeffrey Katzenberg and six major studio investors—will be the platform on which the Reno 911! revival manifests. Indeed, the classification as a “revival” is accurate, since this will be a proper continuation of the popular Cops-parodying mockumentary series, which originally ran on Comedy Central for six seasons (2003-2009). Thus, this is essentially a belated release of Reno 911! Season 7, albeit in a shorter form than we remember.
Original series creators (and main cast members) Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver return to write and star in the Reno revival. They will be joined by Artists First’s Peter Principato, who serves as an executive producer, joined in that capacity by Danny DeVito and Jersey Television’s Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. Despite the new platform, the series is a production of new studio arm Comedy Central Productions.
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Reno 911! Season 7 Release Date
Reno 911! Season 7 premieres on Quibi on Monday, May 4.
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As Lennon expressed of the revival in this past December’s initial statement:
“Reno 911! holds a special place in our hearts, and it will be a delight to get the original cast back together for ‘re-boot goofin.’ Hopefully Nick Swardson can still roller skate,” [he adds, referencing the comic’s role as frequent perp Terry Bernadino]. “Quibi’s short format seems custom made for our show.”
The original Reno 911! launched on Comedy Central back in July 2003, serving as the third television offering from Lennon and his repertory company of players, following the 1997-1999 Comedy Central run of talk show spoof Viva Variety (in which he co-starred with Kenney-Silver,) and the 1993-1995 MTV run of sketch comedy series The State. The six-season run of Reno was a mainstay on the cable channel even after its initial run, and also spawned the 2007 theatrically-released feature film, Reno 911!: Miami.
As far as the Reno 911! revival cast goes, the gang’s all here. Indeed, said gang includes Thomas Lennon’s starring role as the banana hammock-rocking Lt. Jim Dangle, Robert Ben Garant’s Dep. Travis Junior, Kerri Kenney-Silver’s Dep. Trudy Wiegel, Cedric Yarbrough’s Dep. S. Jones, Carlos Alazraqui’s Dep. James Garcia, Niecy Nash’s Dep. Raineesha Williams and Wendi McLendon-Covey’s Dep. Clementime Johnson. McClendon-Covey’s return is especially notable, since she had moved on to network success co-starring on long-running ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.
As Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Comedy Central’s Co-Heads of Original Content adds of the acquisition:
“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,” said “Fans demanded this for a long time and Comedy Central Productions and Quibi are thrilled to help answer that kind of 911 call.”
To which Quibi’s Doug Herzog responds:
“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.”