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Vice (TV series)

Vice
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Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Maher
Shane Smith
Eddy Moretti
BJ Levin
Fareed Zakaria (consultant producer)
Release
Original channel HBO
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) – present
External links
Website

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 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]

On May 7, 2014, HBO renewed the show for two more seasons. The 14-episode third season began March 6, 2015, one week after the hour-long "Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer" aired on February 27. Vice's fourth season is set to air in 2016.[3][4]

Synopsis

It follows Vice journalists and founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, and segment hosts Ryan Duffy and Thomas Morton as they go to different parts of the world interviewing people on political and cultural topics. Subjects include political assassinations, young weapons manufacturers, child suicide bombers, Indian and Pakistani border politics, and the Chinese one-child policy.

Correspondents, crew

  • Shane Smith - correspondent, host
  • Suroosh Alvi - segment host
  • Ryan Duffy - segment host
  • Thomas Morton - segment host
  • Bill Maher - executive producer
  • Eddy Moretti - producer
  • David Choe - segment host
  • BJ Levin - producer
  • Fareed Zakaria - consultant producer
  • Fazeelat Aslam - segment host
  • Gelareh Kiazand - segment host[5]
  • Ben Anderson - segment host
  • Vikram Gandhi - segment host
  • Isobel Yeung - segment host
  • Gianna Toboni - segment host

Production

The show is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, and Eddy Moretti and uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant.[1][6]

Release and reception

The first episode aired on HBO on April 5, 2013, and was available for free via YouTube.[7] The series is the first televised program for Vice, featuring Vice staff as correspondents.

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.[8][9] Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote a negative review of the show, due to its presentation.[10] Rolling Stone magazine have written that: "It feels a little like your buddy from the bar just happened to be wandering through eastern Afghanistan with a camera crew."[11] In June 2013, the show was covered extensively in mainstream media for documenting a basketball game with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Episodes

Season 1 (2013)

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Season 2 (2014)

On August 17, 2013, Shane Smith confirmed that filming of a second season was going on in Kandahar at that time.[12] Season 2 premiered on March 14, 2014 at 11PM EST.[13]

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Specials

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See also

References

  1. ^ a b "About Vice". HBO. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "HBO’s ‘VICE’ Wins Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special". http://soundandpicture.com/. Sounds & Picture. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Vice Staff. "Our HBO Show Has Been Renewed for Two More Seasons". Vice.com. Vice Media LLC. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Vice Staff. "Watch 'Vice' on HBO's Special Report: Killing Cancer". Vice.com. Vice Media LLC. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.hbo.com/#/schedule/on-demand/detail/VICE+17:+The+Pink+Gang+Rebellion+&+Genetic+Passport/592239M
  6. ^ "HBO gave us our own TV show". Vice Staff. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Watch the first episode of our HBO show". Vice Staff. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Goodman, Tim. "Vice brings its brand of provocative, let’s-go-find-danger journalism to HBO as a half-hour newsmagazine.". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Flint, Jos. "HBO's 'Vice' news targets Gen Y with edge and absurdity". The Detroit News. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "'Vice' On HBO: News And Stuff, Bro-Style". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ Van Syckle, Katie. "HBO Courts Danger With Gonzo 'Vice' Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ Smith, Shane. First and second tweets confirming filming of second season. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 9, 2014). "HBO Confirms Premiere Dates for 'Game of Thrones', 'Veep', 'Vice' & 'Silicon Valley'". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved January 9, 2014. 

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