Roku prepares Nippon’s “Sokkuri Sweets” and watches “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” – TBI Vision
AVOD operator Roku has called on singer-actor Josh Groban to host their upcoming remake of the Japanese competitive format Sokkuri candies and explores an expansion of NBC’s recently canceled series Zoey’s Extraordinary Reading List.
The 10-episode remake of Sokkuri candies, which will be known as Eye candy, will be available through The Roku Channel and is produced by Main Event Media All3Media, Huntley Productions and Good Egg Entertainment.
The series was part of programming acquired from former streamer Quibi and is based on the Nippon TV original, which features celebrities trying to tell the difference between inanimate objects and artfully created candies and pastries that resemble them.
From shoes to plants and doorknobs, the stars have to determine whether the objects are real or fake while only being able to see the object from a distance. Once they’ve decided, there’s only one way to find out: by taking a bite.
Celebrity guests confirmed for the Roku version include Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Michelle Buteau, Melissa Gorga and Aparna Nancherla. A premiere date has yet to be announced.
The format has already been adapted by Dutch broadcaster NPO, who ordered a local version from Warner Bros. International Television Production earlier this year.
Roku’s head of alternative programming, Brian Tannenbaum, added: “Eye candy is pop culture at its best. We tapped into a viral phenomenon, putting viewers on a mad rush full of colorful concoctions and confectionery and beckoning them to understand, is it real or is it a cake? “
Zoey’s playlist to play on?
The operator AVOD is also in talks to expand Zoey’s Extraordinary Reading List, which was recently canceled after two seasons by US broadcaster NBC.
Roku is exploring a potential two-hour film with the producers of the Lionsgate Television show, according to US reports, with members of the original cast, including his main star Jane Levy, who is expected to star.
There’s no signed deal yet, but an expansion to the series would once again underscore Roku’s growing ambitions for “original” programming.
Last month, Roku ordered a second season of scripted series Die Hart, marking the first extension of one of his “original” branded shows. Mirjam Laux, vice president of Roku’s international platform, also recently told TBI that the success of the Quibi shows is helping fuel further experimentation with her own series.