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Viceland Unveils Three New Series & First Acquisition, Renews Two

Deadline logo Deadline 12/15/2016 Erik Pedersen
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Viceland, the new channel from Vice Media and A+E Networks, is rolling out three new series and its first acquired show in early 2017 and also has renewed its shows Noisey and F*ck, That’s Delicious for January bows.

Among the trio of new shows is Viceland’s first forays into comedy with the semi-scripted Nirvanna The Band The Show, and its first acquisition, the UK mockumentary People Just Do Nothing. Both will premiere on February 2. Its other new programs are Viceland UK docuseries Hate Thy Neighbor, which bows January 9 and focuses on the global resurgence in right-wing/alt. right/national socialist beliefs, and Rise, a documentary series on global Indigenous resistance that will premiere at Sundance and then air on Viceland starting January 27.

The second seasons of musical and culinary travelogue F*ck That’s Delicious and music-focused docuseries Noisey will premiere on January 5 and January 9, respectively.

Here are Viceland’s program description of its new series:

HATE THY NEIGHBOR

Up and coming British comedian Jamali Maddix confronts racism around the world head-on.  This six-part import from VICELAND UK follows Maddix as he travels the globe, hoping to make sense of the growing resurgence in “right-wing”/”alt. right”/”national socialist” beliefs.  His journeys take him to Sweden where he meets with the Aryan group Nordic Youth, radicals in Israel, Ukraine and in his homeland immediately after the heated Brexit vote.  Finally, Maddix turns his attention to the United States in this election cycle – where he comes face to face with Pennsylvania Nazis (or, rather, “national socialists”) as well as Black Supremacists in New York. Each episode is framed with Maddix’s comedic reflections on his experiences in a small stand-up club in London.

RISE

A vibrant, gripping, and immersive documentary series that takes viewers to the frontlines of global Indigenous resistance. With two of its eight episodes chronicling the never-before-seen seeds of the historic Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the still-developing aftermath now that the cameras and celebrities have left, filmmaker Michelle Latimer and host Sarain Fox — both Indigenous women themselves — delve into the Indigenous resistance movement in North America to examine the social and political factors that threaten their liberation in the 21st century. “RISE” is, at once, a condemnation of colonialism and a celebration of Indigenous people worldwide. Rise is produced by VICE Studio Canada, in partnership with Rogers Media and APTN.

NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW

Imagine a comedy series that’s equal parts Nathan Fielder, Larry David and Johnny Knoxville featuring a cast of thousands, all of whom are unaware they’re in a TV show.  Even then, you haven’t quite pegged the real-world madness that is “Nirvanna The Band The Show.”  From innovative comedy filmmakers Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol, “Nirvanna The Band The Show” was given a special premiere screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and took the 2nd Place Audience Award at Austin’s Fantastic Fest earlier this year. The show follows two friends who go to unnecessary extremes in the hopes of booking their band at The Rivoli, a modest Toronto rock club. Their adventures take many forms – from sneaking a film into the Sundance Film Festival and crashing the Santa Claus Parade to disrupting the ACTUAL premiere screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – the show is as unpredictable to the viewer as it is to its unwitting supporting cast. While each episode follows the duo’s harebrained schemes to get a show …they’re also filled with hilarious pop culture references and at the center – the friendship between ‘Matt’ and ‘Jay.’ “Nirvanna the Band the Show” is a VICE Studio Canada and Rogers Media original production.

PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING

VICELAND’s first acquired series from Fremantle Media International and produced by Roughcut TV.   From executive producer Ash Atalla (“The IT Crowd”), the mockumentary series follows a hapless crew of social dropouts running an illegal pirate radio station in West London – ‘Kurupt FM.’ Currently shooting its fourth season in the UK for the BBC, the show launched to critical acclaim with The Telegraph calling it “Entertaining, and absolutely of its time” while DigitalSpy.UK hailed it as “the best British comedy since ‘The In-Betweeners’”

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