(Photo by Quibi)The Best Quibi Shows to Stream NowUpdated as of October 1, 2020New mobile-only streaming service Quibi launched in April with an all-star lineup to rival any other player in the streaming wars: Sophie Turner, Lena Waithe, Liam Hemsworth, Chrissy Teigen, Chance the Rapper, and LeBron James are all in new Quibi shows, with more big names on the way (Steven Spielberg and Zac Efron among them). But did the new service from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman bring an A-game to match all those A-listers?Critics have now weighed in on Quibi s current offering of shows and movies in chapters, and as would be expected, Tomatometers are running the gamut from the super Fresh (hilarious slice of variety Gayme Show) to the middling (Turner s big-budget thriller Survive) to the very Rotten (treacly Thanks A Million, executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez). Some of the big-name bets are definitely paying off – the horror critics are really digging the Sam Raimi–produced epic anthology series 50 Shades of Fright, and James documentary series, I Promise, is currently Fresh at 100%. Others, not so much: Migos rapper Offset s Skrrt is currently stuck in the green end of the Tomatometer.As well as grappling with the content in the new programming, critics across the board are adjusting to Quibi s novel approach to streaming: No show or episode available on Quibi runs more than 10 minutes — thus the Quick Bites — and each can be watched in two formats, vertical and horizontal, with each giving you a different perspective on the action.So far, critics have mostly focused on two of Quibi s programming streams: Its prestige movies in chapters, which include Survive and The Most Dangerous Game, starring Hemsworth, as well as its unscripted originals, which include Teigen s Chrissy s Court and Gayme Show. None of Quibi s news and lifestyle Daily Essentials shows — which include The Rotten Tomatoes Watch List — have received Tomatometer scores as yet.We ll be updating as new shows are released and more scores become available, so stay tuned to this page to keep on top of the best shows Quibi has to offer. As the list grows, we will narrow it down to only the very best, but for now here are all the Quibi shows we have Tomatometer scores for, ranked from Rottenest to Freshest.
Another Game of Thrones actor joins the Star Wars universe, clips released of Oprah Winfrey s talk with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Starz will revive Party Down, Apple TV+ gathers star power for anthology series, Michael James Shaw joins The Walking Dead, and more top TV and streaming news.TOP STORYIndira Varma Playing Mystery Role in Obi-Wan Kenobi Series(Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)Indira Varma will follow her Game of Thrones costar Pedro Pascal into the Star Wars universe. Varma, who played Ellaria Sand to Pascal s The Viper in the HBO fantasy series, has joined the cast of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, starring opposite Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen.The series plot and details on Varma’s character are being kept under wraps, Deadline reports, and Disney has yet to confirm the casting yet. But Varma did like a Tweet sent by Kim Cattrall, who was congratulating Varma on the role (whatever that specific role may be).McGregor and Christensen are playing Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the series, which is set 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and before the events of A New Hope.It s unlikely that lovers The Viper and Ellaria Sand would reunite in the Star Wars universe, since The Mandalorian takes place after the time of Return of the Jedi during a period in which Obi-Wan Kenobi is dead — a reunion is not impossible, however, depending on Varma s character and storyline.Meghan Markle Tells Oprah She Feels Liberated in New Clip from Special Airing on SundayDuchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speak to Oprah Winfrey in a special, Oprah with Meghan Harry, that airs on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. The program s first teaser released on Wednesday revealed that Markle feels the Palace takes part in the disinformation circulating about the couple.“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Meghan said. “And if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean ― there’s a lot that has been lost already.”In a second clip released on Friday, Markle lamented not being able to speak for herself previously.“As an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is, um, different than I think what people imagine it to be, it’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say, ‘Yes I’m ready to talk,’” Markle told Winfrey of previously having to turn down her invitation to be interviewed.Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Alison Brie, and Merritt Wever to Star in Anthology Series Roar at Apple TV+(Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)All-stars in front of the camera and behind it: GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch have gathered a stellar lineup of actresses for Roar, an anthology comedy series based on a book of darkly comic short stories from Cecilia Ahern.Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Alison Brie, and Merritt Wever will be front and center in the series, the first show to come from Flahive and Mensch in their overall deal with Apple. Kidman and Ahern will also be producers on Roar.NEW TRAILERS: Thunder Force: Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer Poke Fun at Superhero TropesThunder Force is the team made up of Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer when they get their hands on some superhero powers. Also stars Jason Bateman and Bobby Cannavale. Premieres April 9 (Netflix).More trailers and teasers released this week:• Shadow and Bone is based on Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, two books from Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels. The series stars Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov) and Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev) with Ben Barnes (General Kirigan). Premieres April 23 (Netflix).• Law Order: Organized Crime welcomes back Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, the role that originated in SVU. Premieres April 1 (NBC).• Calls is a new mystery series in which every episode consists of 12-minute audio-only phone calls, Stars Pedro Pascal, Clancy Brown, Mark Duplass, Rosario Dawson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joey King, Lily Collins, Nick Jonas, and Judy Greer. Premieres March 19 (Apple TV+).• Made For Love stars Cristin Milioti as Hazel Green, on the run from her controlling tech-billionaire husband Byron (Billy Magnussen), who, she finds out, implanted a monitoring device into her brain. The series also stars Ray Romano as Hazel s father Herbert. Premieres in April (HBO Max).• Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is a Jack Ryan spin-off telling the origin story of John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan), a Navy SEAL who is seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife when he discovers a global conspiracy. Jamie Bell, Colman Domingo, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Guy Pearce also star. Premieres April 30 (Amazon Video).• Jupiter’s Legacy, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, is about the world’s first superheroes, whose offspring aren’t living up to the expectations their parents had for them. Stars Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, and Leslie Bibb. Premieres May 7 (Netflix).• Bad Trip is a hidden-camera comedy movie co-written by and starring Eric Andre, and also starring Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, and Michaela Colin. Premieres March 26 (Netflix).• Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal is a documentary using FBI wiretaps and reenactments, featuring Matthew Modine as Rick Singer, the man at the center of the college admissions scandal. Premieres March 17 (Netflix).• Hysterical is a documentary about the boundary-breaking women of stand-up comedy, including Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin, Nikki Glaser, Judy Gold, Kathy Griffin, Jessica Kirson, Margaret Cho, Lisa Lampanelli, Wendy Liebman, Carmen Lynch, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherri Shepherd, and Iliza Shlesinger. Premieres April 2 (FX).• In the South ParQ Vaccination Special, the town’s citizens desperately want the COVID vaccination. Premieres March 10 (Comedy Central).For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.CASTING: The Walking Dead: Michael James Shaw Will Play Commonwealth Leader Mercer(Photo by Kharen Hill/CBS via Getty Images)Blood Treasure and Bull star Michael James Shaw will play Mercer in the 11th and final season of The Walking Dead. In the comics, Mercer is a mohawked Marine and a leader at the Commonwealth, where he gets into a romance with Princess and is in the comic through the final issue. (Deadline)Sissy Spacek and Ed O’Neill will star in the Amazon sci-fi series Lightyears, about a couple who have known for years about a deserted planet buried underneath their backyard. When a young man enters their life, he shakes up their world, including revealing a lot more about that secret planet.David Oyelowo will star opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw in HBO Max’s The Girl Before, the four-part adaptation of JP Delaney’s bestselling thriller about a woman who moves into an architect’s beautiful home, but quickly learns he has exacting rules and that the women who lived in the house before her met a tragic end.Another casting for Showtime’s The First Lady: Dakota Fanning will play Susan Ford, the daughter of Betty and President Gerald Ford, in the anthology series.Ione Skye has joined the cast of HBO Max’s Made For Love. (Variety)The Strain and SMILF star Miquel Gomez is joining the cast of CBS’s FBI: Most Wanted, playing special Agent Ivan Ortiz, a former LAPD Gang Unit officer and FBI counter-terror agent. He joins the series in the March 9 episode. (Deadline)Cobra Kai stars Vanessa Rubio, who plays Carmen, Johnny Lawrence’s love interest and the other mother of Johnny’s mentee, Miquel, and Peyton List, who plays Tory Nichols, Miguel’s ex and Samantha Russo’s rival, have been promoted to series regulars for Season 3 of the Netflix drama.Unorthodox Golden Globe-nominee Shira Haas will star as Golda Meier in an adaptation of Francine Klagsbrun s book Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. Barbra Streisand is producing the se