Televised tidbits from around the dial
Viceland, the cable network started by Vice Media and creative directed by Spike Jonze, has had a good year since debuting in February. Earlier this month, the fledgeling channel aimed at skaters and smokers and people who use a lot of beard oil announced it would be renewing at least two of its series: the skateboard-based reality show/scavenger hunt “King of the Road” and the dope-smoking documentary “Weediquette.” (Demographic: Locked down!) Soon to be added to the slate are three new shows. The first is “Payday,” a docu-reality look at working-class twentysomethings as they struggle to survive paycheck to paycheck. Next up is “Big Night Out,” a show in which host Clive Martin—described as “Vice UK’s T.S. Eliot of rave culture”—travels the world looking for the loudest, wildest dance parties. The final new addition—and a none-too-surprising one—is “Bong Appétit,” a cooking show featuring “high-end cannabis-infused foods.” “Payday” hits the network this week. “Big Night Out” and “Bong Appétit” will debut in mid-December.
AMC and BBC America are teaming up to produce the original scripted series “McMafia.” This epic organized crime series will be created and written by Academy Award-nominated writer and director Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman). It’s inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book of the same name. James Norton (“Happy Valley”), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Juliet Rylance (“The Knick”) are signed on to star. No word yet on when the joint series will debut.
Marvel Comics and its movie-company parent, Disney, have been promising an Inhumans movie for several years now. But so far, the ABC series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” had been the only element of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to actually deal with the alien-mutated superheroes/
HBO has just wrapped up work on it’s as-yet-untitled Elvis Presley biopic. This epic, three-hour documentary from Thom Zimny (maker of 12 Bruce Springsteen concerts/documentaries including The Promise: The Making of the Darkness on the Edge of Town) promises to take audiences on a comprehensive journey from Elvis’ childhood through the his final Jungle Room recording sessions in 1976. The filmmakers are reportedly employing plenty of never-before-seen photos and footage of The King from private collectors worldwide. A premiere date for the two-part documentary movie has not been set.