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HBO's 'Vice' renewed for two more seasons

Vice is getting two more seasons. HBO announced Wednesday that the documentary series, born out of the media company of the same name known for its immersive journalism, will return in 2015 with a 14-episode third season and a fourth in 2016.

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'The Big C,' 'The Fosters,' 'Vice' honored by Television Academy

Awardees for the seventh annual Television Academy Honors were announced on Wednesday, with seven series, including cancer dramedy The Big C: Hereafter, family drama The Fosters (pictured), and news program Vice, recognized for bringing awareness to important social issues.

The full list of series being feted by the Television Academy includes Showtime’s Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, HBO’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, CBS sitcom Mom, and Conde Nast Entertainment and Glamour’s Screw You Cancer. These shows tackled topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, sex abuse in the church, alcoholism, cancer, and the foster care system.

“The programs being honored this year are some of the most emotionally moving and socially powerful programs on television,” Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement. “As our industry evolves, it is exciting to see this type of smart and empowering content presented across such a wide variety of distribution platforms.”
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'Vice' on HBO season two preview: Shane Smith talks scoops, celebrity correspondents, and aiming for EGOTs

Throughout the week, the team at Vice has been uploading episodes from the first season of their globetrotting gonzo-journalism HBO series for fans to watch for free online.

But the Emmy-nominated series — which grabbed headlines this year for sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea, among other things — isn’t resting on its Kim Jong-un–hazing laurels: the crew’s already hard at work on their second season. Vice cofounder and CEO Shane Smith spoke to us from Afghanistan to talk about the places they’ll be going, the scoops they’ll be getting, and the Pulitzer Prize they’ve got their eyes on.

EW: So where are you right now?

Shane Smith: I’m in Kandahar. It’s a bit quiet because it’s Eid right now, but it’s a bit of a hairy town, obviously, because it’s the capital and birthplace of the Taliban. So you’ve gotta keep a low profile. We’ve been investigating on how much money we’re wasting here — some estimates say as much as $100 billion on schools that’ve become chicken coops and military bases that’ve become goat farms. And we’re gearing up to head up to the Helmand Province soon, so that’ll be big.

The craziest thing we’re doing here, which is supposed to happen in the next couple of days, is that we’re supposed to go out with [General] Abdul Raziq, who’s the head of the border police here in Kandahar. He’s essentially the most powerful man in the southeast — he controls the Pakistani border, and he’s known as the Taliban Killer. He was trained by the special forces and now he’s gone apes—; he’s the only guy the Taliban fear. So we’re going out on a crazy patrol with his lunatic forces who are sort of half-dressed as the Afghan National Army and half-dressed as Adam and the Ants. They’re all very colorful chaps who are not afraid to go out and engage. If it all comes together, that’s going to be the craziest thing I’ve ever f—ing done.

And we are meeting with the Taliban while we’re here to get their take on things as well. We’re going to go up to a Jirga, which is a tribal council. We’ve been invited by one of the warlords, so they can’t f— with us because we’re under his hospitality.

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