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Nellie Andreeva, for Deadline:
Nightly newsmagazine Vice News Tonight is returning to TV on Viceland, the basic cable network joint venture of Vice Media and A+E Networks.
VNT had been looking for a new home after HBO in June opted not to renew the program after also ending Vice’s weekly newsmagazine following a seven-year run. At the time, Vice Media, run by CEO Nancy Dubuc installed Jesse Angelo as news and entertainment chief following the exit of Josh Tyrangiel.
Angelo is spearheading the new incarnation of VNT on Viceland. The program will serve as a new nightly primetime anchor for the channel, succeeding variety series Vice Live, which was canceled in April after a two-month run.
This seems grim. I’m an on-the-record Vice News Tonight Stan, but it’s hard to feel optimistic about this move.
When VNT was first cancelled by HBO earlier this summer, Vice made a lot of noise about finding a new “partner” to continue the show. It doesn't seem like a great sign that the partner ended up being Vice’s own (failing) cable channel. Was there no outside interest?
I’m also curious what changes are coming for the show. It’s filling a time slot formerly occupied by Vice Live and Deus and Mero. Will the new Vice News Tonight be lighter in tone? Will its budget be substantially cut to bring it more in line with other Viceland programming?
The fantastic journalists at Vice News remain, yet this new iteration is being spread-headed by new division head Jesse Angelo, who comes from...The New York Post. Again, not a good sign.