Unscripted

Viceland Canada reveals summer/fall slate

Rogers Media and Vice Media have unveiled a raft of original non-fiction programming scheduled to premiere this summer and fall across the Canadian arm of Vice's fledgling television net.
June 6, 2016

Canada’s Rogers Media and millennial media firm Vice Media have unveiled a raft of original non-fiction programming scheduled to premiere this summer and fall across the Canadian arm of Vice’s fledgling television net, Viceland.

The five unscripted projects – which will cover an array of themes from culinary adventure to technology – have been commissioned by Rogers and will all be produced by Vice through Vice Studio Canada.

New series include Cyberwar (16 x 30 minutes; July 5 at 10:30 p.m. EST/PST), a docuseries hosted by Ben Makuch set to expose the geopolitics of hacking and government surveillance across the globe; Abandoned (10 x 60 minutes; July 6 at 11 p.m. EST/PST), exploring abandoned landmarks and architectural remains with host and skateboarding legend Rick McCrank; and culinary series Dead Set on Life (8 x 30 minutes; July 7 at 10 p.m. EST/PST), following Canadian chef Matty Matheson as he searches for the most sought-after ingredients on Earth.

Also scheduled to premiere later this year are Payday (8 x 60 minutes), following millennials as they navigate the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression; and Rise (8 x 60 minutes), a docuseries which finds hosts Sarain Carson-Fox and Gitz Crazyboy traveling to Indigenous communities to highlight the people fighting to protect their homelands.

Viceland will air a sneak peek of the latter program on June 19 at 11 p.m. EST/PST.

“The quality of the creative talent in Canada rivals any country in the world and we are fiercely committed to homegrown content,” said Colette Watson, VP of broadcast and TV operations at Rogers, in a statement.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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