Vice (TV series)

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Vice
Vice title screen.png
Title card from seasons 1–3
Genre Documentary
Created by Shane Smith
StarringShane Smith
Theme music composer Nick Zinner, Ben Vida & Hisham Bharoocha
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes126 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Running time27–43 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original network HBO (seasons 1–6)
Showtime (season 7–)
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseApril 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) 
present (present)
External links
Website

Vice (stylised as VICE) is a documentary TV series created and hosted by Shane Smith of Vice magazine. Produced by Bill Maher, it uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant, [1] and covers topics using an immersionist style of documentary filmmaking. It premiered on April 5, 2013, on HBO. The show's second season aired in 2014 and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. [2]

Contents

On May 7, 2014, HBO renewed the series for two more seasons. The 14-episode third season began March 6, 2015, one week after the hour-long "Killing Cancer" aired on February 27. Vice's sixth season aired on April 6, 2018. [3] On March 25, 2015, HBO announced Vice's renewal through Season 7. [4]

The show's cancellation was announced on February 1, 2019, making the sixth season its last season on HBO. [5] However, on September 24, the series was picked up by Showtime and resumed on March 29, 2020. [6] [7]

On July 30, 2020, the series was renewed for an eighth season that will premiere on March 7, 2021. [8] [9]

Synopsis

The show followed Vice journalists and founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, and segment hosts Ryan Duffy and Thomas Morton as they went to different parts of the world, interviewing people on political and cultural topics. Subjects included political assassinations, young weapons manufacturers, child suicide bombers, Indian and Pakistani border politics, the Chinese one-child policy, climate change, and bonded laborers in Pakistan's brick kilns, featuring the work of human and labor rights activist Syeda Ghulam Fatima.

Correspondents, crew

Production

The show was executive-produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, and Eddy Moretti, and used CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant. [1] [10]

Release and reception

The first episode aired on HBO on April 5, 2013, and was available for free via YouTube. [11] The series is the first televised program for VICE, featuring Vice staff as correspondents.

Politics, culture, and drugs are the main focuses of the Vice series. The show has received both positive and negative reviews because of its unique, provocative presentation and style. Some compare it to a gonzo type of journalism. [12] [13] Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote a negative review of the show, due to its presentation. [14] Rolling Stone magazine has written that: "It feels a little like your buddy from the bar just happened to be wandering through eastern Afghanistan with a camera crew." [15] In June 2013, the show was covered extensively in mainstream media for documenting a basketball game with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Vice correspondents have filmed from the inside of crack-cooking kitchens in Atlanta to Haitian secret societies in talk of zombie powder. Following controversial topics is what makes Vice different from other news channels. [16]

Viceland

A by-product for millennials called Viceland premiered on February 26, 2016. Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze was added to the Vice team as the network co-president for the production of Viceland. The series gives in-sights on weediquette, Action Bronson's food series, and the evangelic tent-revival scene in the South, and many more. [17]

Vice News Tonight

A nightly spin-off called Vice News Tonight premiered on HBO on October 10, 2016. The program was relaunched in 2020 on the Vice on TV network.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
1 10April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05)June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14) HBO
2 12March 14, 2014 (2014-03-14)June 13, 2014 (2014-06-13)
3 14March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26)
4 18February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05)July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01)
5 29February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
6 30April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
7 13March 29, 2020 (2020-03-29)June 21, 2020 (2020-06-21) Showtime
8 15March 7, 2021 (2021-03-07)June 13, 2021 (2021-06-13)

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