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Are you Ready For VICE Season 5?

by Jef Dinsmore
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HBOWatch had kept up the regimen of reviewing VICE on HBO every week for its first few years but with increasing content added every season and the content seeming to be interested only by a niche audience we didn’t follow it weekly since Season Four last year. That doesn’t mean we wanted to ignore the launch of Season Five.

A press release states –

VICE returns to HBO for its fifth season with an hour-long edition on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 11:00pm followed by half-hour shows debuting subsequent Fridays at the same times. Following the success of previous seasons and a growing partnership between HBO and VICE Media, the Emmy-winning weekly news magazine series will feature 29 episodes in 2017, up from 18 last year.


With the return of the weekly series on Friday night, VICE NEWS TONIGHT will move to four nights a week, airing Monday through Thursday. For a limited time, HBO will air an early premiere of the weekly show Fridays at 7:30pm, ahead of its regularly scheduled debut at 11:00pm.

At a time when journalism has never been more important, VICE presents today’s most pressing stories from across the globe. With a wide-ranging mix of international and domestic stories, the new season takes viewers from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa to the frontlines of lifesaving medical and tech breakthroughs.


Known for its fearless and unconventional approach, the show opens the new season with correspondent Isobel Yeung traveling through regime-controlled Syria and VICE Media founder and CEO Shane Smith uncovering the true economic stakes of decades of climate denial. On the second edition, Emmy-nominated correspondent Gianna Toboni meets U.S. families and doctors who are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before trans youth hit puberty.


Veteran war correspondent Ben Anderson and rising stars Isobel Yeung and Gianna Toboni return for season five. Having spent the last nine years concentrating on America’s longest war, the war in Afghanistan. Anderson is among the most-respected journalists covering conflicts in the Middle East and returns to the country in 2017.
Season five also features VICE Media founder Suroosh Alvi, Hamilton Morris and Thomas Morton. Eddie Huang, Wilbert Cooper, Charlet Duboc, Taylor Wilson, Cord Jefferson and Ben Ferguson join the team as correspondents this year. VICE is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

HBOWatch will review the premiere and keep all apprised of the topics that they target in Season Five.

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Jojocotto February 22, 2017 - 1:13 pm

I’m quite curious about the ratings for Vice content on HBO. HBO is allocating an extremely large amount of airtime even after the launch of Vice’s own cable channel. The weekly shows must be doing well enough to justify longer and longer seasons though I wonder how many are watching the daily newscast. Vice daily is probably the biggest major programming change/commitment in HBO history since the debut of Oz. I don’t recall HBO ever partnering with an original content provider to provide this much material, seemingly produced mostly (if not entirely) independent from the network.

Jef Dinsmore March 1, 2017 - 8:51 pm

It has taken me a bit to respond because I was searching for ratings and could not find any, but that doesn’t surprise me at all. I wanted to give it a shot though.

VICE’s target is the Millennial age bracket because that politically and culturally active demographic is said to care for what VICE is dishing out. But, I am nowhere near that age range; I watch HBO’s VICE content and VICE’s site plus its magazine. VICELAND, however is a no-go.

HBO is onboard with VICE because it wanted to branch into news, plus it wanted to tap into that millennial crowd. You want a young crowd paying for HBO in hopes that they will for decades, right? SESAME STREET helps lure them also as they have kids.

Just my thoughts.


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