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When Shane Smith, one of the founders of Vice Media, pitched a television show to MTV in 2010, it seemed unimaginable that the company that came out of Vice magazine could establish itself as a respected informational source about, well, anything (other than how to decorate your heroin stash). And yet the network bit, and The Vice Guide to Everything ran for eight episodes, balancing ridiculous segments against heavier fare.
With its latest television program, VICE, which premieres next Friday, the media company is once again trying its hand at American television. Not just television. HBO. And this time, it’s not trading on its nihilistic reputation. Instead, it’s asking audiences to trust in its international-relations acumen. It wants to be taken seriously. Or at least as seriously as it takes itself.
Patch Adams, MD, the clown doctor portrayed by Robin Williams in the eponymous 1998 film, has joined several dozen prominent figures of the American Left in asking Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum.
“The ‘crime’ that he has committed is that of practicing journalism,” states the letter, delivered to the Embassy of Ecuador in London yesterday by American advocacy group Just Foreign Policy.
We shouldn’t be surprised that Vice Media’s stunning transformation over the years– from a dirty Canadian hipster zine founded by anarchists and ex-junkies, to a slick site (thanks, Viacom!) focused on original video content–has lead to a pot of gold.
Since its inception, Vice has been pitching shows to networks, none of which panned out into anything, as the Vice brand wasn’t exactly TV friendly (no, not even to the audiences of Jackass). But 2.0 Vice (and Vice.TV), with its lack of Gavin McInnes and new-found social consciousness, has landed founder Shane Smith his first network show. Forget Vice.TV…this is Vice TV!
Rachel Maddow devoted Thursday night’s entire episode of her MSNBC show to an interview with Jon Stewart. The “Daily Show” host addressed criticism of his recent D.C. rally and outlined his issues with MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.
The Oct. 30 “Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear” on the National Mall was attended Read More
Failed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell didn’t give in to Bill Maher’s talk show terrorism. In an appearance on the “Tonight Show” Thursday, O’Donnell said she declined to go on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” after the host threatened her with unflattering footage.
“I wanted to do the show, we just couldn’t get Read More
Fox News analyst Margaret Hoover confirmed that, in spite of his denials, Zach Galifianakis did indeed light up a marijuana joint on the set of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Hoover discussed the questionable doobie on Thursday night’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“If you’ve been to a rock concert you know Read More
When a politically controversial video is also a viral video, there’s really no way to avoid using it in a roundup of interesting stuff on the web. So, we won’t. It’s also a nice way to remind us all of our own dates to Satanic altars when we were in high school. Along with a Read More
No need to channel-surf! Here’s a list of notables on late night tonight. We’ll post each weekday, for your convenience!
The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 11:30pm): Anna Wintour, Mark Teixeira.
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC, 11:35pm): Bill Maher, Nick Cannon, Kings of Leon.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, 12:05am): Sienna Miller, Dave Read More
7 p.m. The School of American Ballet will celebrate its 75th anniversary at Winter Ball, David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. Individual ticket prices are $2,500; $1,500; $1,000; young patron tickets are $300.
7 p.m. Gay Men’s Health Crisis hosts Savor, an annual four-course Read More
We got the details on Armin Amiri‘s plans for the space formerly known as Cafe Socialista, which he is turning into an exclusive all-night diner.
At a lunch in honor of Bill Maher‘s Religuous, we solicited opinions on religion and religious person Sarah Palin from Kathleen Turner, Joy Behar, Janeane Garofalo, and Read More