In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Vice TV has ordered Shelter in Place with Shane Smith, a new half-hour weekly interview show hosted by the Vice Media Group founder. It’s set to premiere Thursday, April 9 at 10 PM with two back-to-back episodes.
In the series, produced through remote video interviews from Smith’s home in Santa Monica, Smith will tackle the biggest questions of the moment with experts from the fields of science, journalism, entertainment, food and economics.Vice Media
“I'm at home, you're at home and our news cycle is changing by the minute,” said Smith. “So, I decided to dial up some of the world's foremost thinkers to offer us some much needed perspective and get to some truth on what we should be doing in this time like none other.” You can watch a preview clip below.
Smith’s first guest will be whistleblower Edward Snowden, who delves into the world of surveillance, privacy and our future civil liberties as international governments and autocratic regimes enact bold, new policies to curb the virus.
“When any of us look at where this is heading, we need to think about where we’ve been,” said Snowden. “And sadly, these kind of emergency powers that are born out of crises, have a perfect history of abuse”.
The second episode will feature California Governor Gavin Newsom who speaks to Smith about how his state has braced for the pandemic, where the federal government has stumbled, and what is coming next. Dr. Anne Rimoin, a world-leading epidemiologist, is also featured and will speak to how the virus has spread and what we can do about it.
Produced by Vice TV, Shane Smith, Alex Chitty, Maral Usefi are the Executive Producers for Shelter in Place. Jonah Kaplan is Supervising Producer.
Shelter in Place will be available on Vice TV via all major satellite and cable providers; ViceTV.com; and the Vice TV app via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. The first two episodes will be available for free on Vice & Munchies YouTube page.
Shelter in Place with Shane Smith is the latest programming from Vice TV produced in response to COVID-19. Vice Quarantine Hour is a limited variety series airing weekdays at 8 AM ET/PT. Vice TV's Emmy-winning nightly newscast is airing dedicated COVID-19 episodes with Vice News Tonight: Remote.
For Dean Devlin, the idea of the new WGN series Almost Paradise came about 14 years ago during his honeymoon in Hawaii. He connected with the island and was intoxicated by island culture, island justice and island spirituality — and wanted to make a show set in Hawaii. His soulful connection to island life made sense considering he is of Filipino descent. With that in mind, the idea for the show shifted.Christian Kane in ‘Almost Paradise’. Courtesy of Electric Entertainment
“As the years went on and I kept thinking about it, there was something there that wasn’t authentic to me,” Devlin told Deadline. “It was only a couple of years ago that the idea came to do it in the Philippines and then it changed everything. Then I got really excited about the project.”
Devlin is known for working on series such as The Librarians and Leverage and blockbuster features like Independence Day. It’s no surprise that he has found a career in Hollywood as his mother was an actress who appeared on the original Star Trek — the only Filipino actress to appear in the series as far as we know. That said, Devlin is making history on his own as he created the first American TV show that was entirely shot in the Philippines.
The series stars Christian Kane — who Devlin previously worked with on The Librarians — stars as Alex Walker, a former DEA agent who was forced into early retirement. After going through major obstacles including betrayal and health problems he decides to uproot to Cebu in the Philippines. But it isn’t long before he gets pulled into the dangerous world of the criminal elite of the Asian archipelago.Samantha Richelle in ‘Almost Paradise’ Courtesy of Electric Entertainment
Devlin recently wrapped Almost Paradise and they left the Philippines right before airports started to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. He told us that telling a story connected to his DNA is something he has never done before and the fact that he got to employ Filipinos for the series made it even more exciting.
The series stars Kane in the lead, but also includes Filipino actors Samantha Richelle, Arthur Acuña, Nonie Buencamino and Ces Quesada. On top of that, he directed episodes alongside fellow accomplished Filipino directors including Irene Villamor, Hannah Espia and Dan Villegas.
Devlin talked to Deadline about shooting Almost Paradise which debuts tonight on WGN in the Philippines, the underrepresentation of Filipinos in film and TV and how the series showcases the Philippines like it has never been seen before.
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