Since launching last November youth-skewing SBS VICELAND has not premiered any new Drama titles, and launched just one new Comedy, the FX-produced Atlanta.
Elsewhere it has screened new episodes of South Park, Drunken History and Brooklyn 99.
But while SBS 2 brought us titles such as Orphan Black, Bullet in the Face, Skins, Him & Her, Threesome, The Returned, Lost Girl, Real Humans, 12 Monkeys, The Protectors, The Walking Dead, UnREAL and a wide range of comedies, the hours of scripted content on VICELAND are modest at best.
While there are plenty of new titles being added to the excellent SBS On Demand, broadcast titles are dominated by documentaries and travel titles.
SBS VICELAND is the only Vice Media channel in the world that allows a hybrid programming, meaning SBS can readily add new dramas if it chooses. It isn’t clear if scripted acquisitions for the channel are now allocated less funding than SBS 2 enjoyed.
According to Real Screen, Vice Media is moving into scripted content with Nirvana the Band the Show, a mockumentary about two musicians trying to play a Toronto music venue, plus What Would Diplo Do?, in which actor James Van Der Beek portrays DJ Diplo on tour.
SBS VICELAND will continue new episodes of UnREAL, The Mindy Project, and has titles still under wraps.