The Viceland network from Vice Media and A+E Networks unveiled a new programming slate today, along with season renewals for “Kings of the Road” and “Weediquette.”
The channel just premiered the new series “Payday,” which will be followed in December by “Big Night Out” and “Bong Appetit.”
Said Vice Media founder and CEO Shane Smith: “I am just tickled pink to announce Viceland’s new series and also very happy with how our distributors across the board like DirecTV are embracing Viceland not only on traditional platforms but OTT as well. Viceland continues to grow in audience and reach with our core cohorts being millennials. We are having a lot of fun with Viceland and see this as only the beginning of our evolution as a brand. Vive la difference!”
Here’s how the network describes the new shows in its announcement:
“Payday” (Fridays @ 9:00 PM) follows four 20-somethings over the course of a single pay-period to see how they live, spend, struggle, and thrive, tracing the fortunes of this emerging generation. Each episode will focus on a specific city from all over North America. The series premiere highlights Reno, Nevada, following the frontier town’s residents’ fortunes from a valet-turned-rapper, a funeral director, a cam girl, and the Muslim Republican County Chairman. Other cities include: Memphis, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Houston, Toronto and Oakland.
“Big Night Out” (debuting December 14 @ 10:00 PM): 2016 has been a rough year, but even in this bleak world, kids still dress up, gather, get loaded and dance to weird, loud music. Now Clive Martin – VICE UK’s T.S. Eliot of rave culture – is traveling the planet to discover how partying has become an act of rebellion, sustenance and survival for young people everywhere.
“Bong Appetit” (debuting December 15 @ 11:30PM) A combination that’s equal parts Naked Chef, Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Contessa … with weed. Hosted by Vice’s Abdullah Saeed, “Bong Appetit” explores the making and consumption of high-end cannabis-infused foods with different chefs and party guests each episode.
The announcement adds: “In addition to new content, the network announced season renewals for its hybrid skateboard-reality competition show “Kings of the Road” featuring Thrasher’s annual scavenger hunt, pitting some of the best skaters in the country against each other on the adventure of a lifetime, putting their lives, limbs, and dignity in often ridiculous peril. Also returning for its third season, one of the network’s breakout shows, “Weediquette” with Krishna Andavolu, an on-going look at the role of marijuana in all points within the culture as the U.S. slowly begins to legalize it. Premiere dates will be announced at a later date.”