(Getty Images) Vice co-founder Shane Smith will host the new Vice show on HBO, debuting April 5th
I'm going to make myself sound like an old person right now, but over the past 20 years, the landscape of television programming has degenerated from the heyday of scripted drama—and even seminal teen drama—series to the glut of cheaply-produced mind-garbage reality television shows that clutter our listings in 2013 (Kardashians, we're talking to you). But over the past few years, while networks busy themselves pandering to the lowest common denominator, Vice has emerged as a fresh voice—in digital video and documentary.
If you've never watched Vice co-founder Shane Smith's multi-part series on North Korea, please, you must. And if you haven't seen Eddie Huang's Fresh Off The Boat food-centric travelogues, then you're missing out. And if you missed Vice News' report on Krokodil users in Siberia, well, there's something that'll warm your heart on a cold winter's day (kidding).
The Vice approach—its matter-of-fact ask-all-the-questions-and-hope-we-don't-get-shot approach along with the brand's semi-gonzo handheld-camera shots and not-too-polished editing—lends Vice video reporting the authenticity and grittiness that people are hungry for in this faux-reality-reality-TV internet age.
This April 5th, Vice's news documentary show will debut on HBO. Check out a sneak peek right here. This might be the one show that'll force me to call my cable provider and subscribe to HBO. Finally.