Roku Channel Removes Reno 911 Revival, Dummy, Survive and More Shows in Content Purge

Roku has removed at least two dozen original shows from the Roku Channel, as part of its announced effort to cut costs.

Those include episodes of the “Reno 911!” the revival of the Comedy Central series; oddball sex-doll comedy “Dummy” starring Anna Kendrick; plane-crash drama “Survive” starring Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins; and dystopian thriller “Most Dangerous Game,” starring Christopher Waltz; and “Singled Out,” a reboot of the ’90s MTV dating show hosted by Keke Palmer. All of these shows were originally on Quibi, the assets of which were acquired by Roku in early 2021.

Also pulled from the Roku Channel were “Dishmantled,” a cooking competition hosted by Tituss Burgess; “The Newsreader”; “Panhandle”; “Slip”; “Moving the Needle With Dr. Woo”; “Surprise We’re Pregnant”; “Eye Candy”; “Murder House Flip”; “Let’s Roll with Tony Greenhand”; “About Face”; “Barkitecture”; “Big Rad Wolf”; “The Fugitive”; “You Ain’t Got These”; “Murder Unboxed”; “Gayme Show”; “Iron Sharpens Iron”; “Squeaky Clean”; and Veena Sud’s psychological thriller “The Stranger.”

The removals are part of a series of cost-cutting measures by Roku, which includes laying off 10% of its staff. Roku estimates that it will take a $55 million-$65 million content-impairment charge related to “removing select existing licensed and produced content from company-operated services on its TV streaming platform.”

A source familiar with the company’s strategy says the shows being removed from the Roku Channel are titles that are not attracting new viewers. The removal of some of the titles from the Roku Channel was first reported by Deadline.

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