Thomas Lennon, accomplished screenwriter, actor, and comedian, is set to write, executive produce, and star in a new television series called Winos. Variety reports that the series will be hosted on the short-form streaming platform Quibi and will be produced in collaboration with 20th Century Fox Television. Lennon’s most recognizable credits include creating and starring in the mockumentary Reno 911! as well as co-writing the Night at the Museum franchise with a former collaborator from Reno 911!, Robert Ben Garant. More recently Lennon put out his first novel, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.
In addition to Lennon and 20th Century Fox Television, Peter Principato is also set to executive produce the series. The logline of the series reads:
After failing spectacularly in Silicon Valley, a misguided entrepreneur (Lennon), moves one valley over into wine country and tries to turn a rundown vineyard into a success. [The show] follows the antics of the ragtag group of employees who have no business running a winery.
No other cast or crew for this particular show has been announced, but the platform, Quibi, has been working hard at building a presence in the streaming media market. In the last couple of weeks, Quibi has announced a series of projects by big name collaborators to get people excited about their innovative if not unusually small streaming platform. Some of the projects include a dark comedy by Peter Farrelly called The Now, a musical comedy helmed by Darren Criss titled Royalties, and couple of series from Doug Liman’s production house 30 Ninjas, quasi-superhero tale called Crazy Talented, and a sci-fi drama currently known as Don’t Look Deeper.
The streaming service is set to launch next spring, in April 2020, and lists big investors and talented artists among its collaborators. Among its supports are BBC Studios as well as noted filmmakers such as Antoine Fuqua, Guillermo del Toro, and Sam Raimi.