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As Viceland approaches its six-month mark, the A&E-owned cable network is adding new original series to its lineup.
The Shane Smith-led cabler will break into the late-night landscape with daily talk show Desus & Mero, set to premiere in October. The pair come to Viceland from their podcast The Bodega Boys and web show Desus vs. Mero, and promise to deliver a fresh take on current events, the culture at large and day-to-day life through the eyes of two friends born and raised in the Bronx.
Also ordered to series is a project from Tyler, the Creator that’s based on a show from the rapper’s Golf Media App. The project hails from Whalerock Industries, the production company behind the Kardashians‘ mobile empire.
Additionally, filmmaker Ondi Timoner of Interloper Films, a two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, will bring Jungletown to Viceland. Timoner — along with a group of idealistic young students, staff members and a charismatic entrepreneur — has committed herself to the creation of “the world’s greatest sustainable modern town” in Panama called Kalu Yala. In the series, she captures the conflict and catharsis that comes when their dream of a “sacred land” collides with the reality that they are in the middle of the jungle and must make everything they need, literally building something from nothing — from basic shelter to a functional community.
“Just six months in and Viceland is right on track,” said co-president Eddy Moretti. “We gave birth to a completely new brand — a unique voice with 100 percent Vice-produced content, that is attracting a young, smart, affluent audience. And today, more people are watching Vice-produced content on every possible screen than ever before. That’s insane, and insanely wonderful. Plus, we got two Emmy nominations out of the gate. It’s a sign that in just these first six months, Viceland is already a cultural player on the televisual dial. We couldn’t be more proud.”
Added president of programming Nick Weidenfeld: “I’m so proud of the what we have accomplished in just a few months since launching but there is much more work to be done. Our job is to give a platform to as many diverse and powerful voices as we can. No other network creates all its own content and brings together such disparate but important people. As we expand the talent pool, we’ll need to grow as a network, experimenting with genre and formats. There are no rules at Viceland, which makes it the most exciting place to work.”
On top of the new shows, Viceland also will be bringing back second seasons of Huang’s World with Eddie Huang and States of Undress with writer and model Hailey Gates.
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