Viceland, the cable network owned by Vice media and A&E Networks, has ordered its first daily late-night talk show, Desus & Mero, set to debut in October. Additionally, the network has ordered two new series, including one starring Tyler the Creator, and has given second-season renewals to Huang’s World with chef, restaurateur and writer Eddie Huang, and States of Undress, with writer and model Hailey Gates.
Viceland is crossing the six-month mark and will start to be ranked by Nielsen next month. Early indications are that the new channel is drawing roughly half the small viewership of H2, which it replaced, though the company is stressing the fact that its median age has gone down dramatically — by 17 years from H2. The network also recently landed its first Emmy nomination.
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“Just six months in and Viceland is right on track,” said Viceland co-president Eddy Moretti said. “We gave birth to a completely new brand — a unique voice with 100% Vice-produced content, that is attracting a young, smart, affluent audience.”
Here are details about Viceland’s newly picked-up series:
- The network will make its first foray into a daily late night talk show starting in October with the debut of Desus & Mero. A show that will feature voices yet to be heard on the late-night landscape, Desus & Mero come to Viceland from their popular podcast “The Bodega Boys” and web show Desus vs. Mero. The new show promises to be a fresh take on the day’s events, the culture at large and day-to-day life … all through the eyes of two friends born and raised in the Bronx.
A series with Tyler the Creator, produced by Whalerock Industries and based on a show from Tyler’s Golf Media App.
- Two time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner of Interloper Films (Dig) brings Jungletown to Viceland . Timoner has embedded herself within a group of idealistic young students and staff members alongside a charismatic entrepreneur, who facing impending climate disaster, have committed themselves to the creation of “the world’s greatest sustainable modern town” in Panama, called Kalu Yala (Sacred Land). 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.
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