Published Jan 23, 2018Yesterday (January 22), Rogers Media Inc. announced that it was ending its partnership with Vice Media Canada, resulting in the closure of television station VICELAND north of the border effective March 31. Despite the news, the network's Nirvanna the Band the Show will continue to live on.
Speaking with the Globe and Mail, series co-writer, co-star and co-producer Matt Johnson said "nothing has changed with the news" of VICELAND's closure. "We have a three-season deal with Vice Studio Canada, not VICELAND, and we're in the middle of production on the third season right now. Where it's going to air is obviously a question, but to be honest it's not one we're worried about right now."
He continued, "The show is not over — we just don't know when or where it's going to air. We're not going anywhere. We're just as jazzed as we were before. Probably less so if we owned the network, but those guys are smart and they're going to figure it out."
Nirvanna the Band the Show began as a web series before making its premiere on VICELAND as a television show in February 2017. It earned three nominations at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards earlier this month.
Johnson told the Globe that they are currently shooting the third season of the show in Toronto, and expect it to be completed by the summer.
"The reality for us is it's business as usual. We're more than excited to make Season 4 and beyond, and we feel we're just scraping the surface of what is possible in terms of shooting in this city," he told the paper. "We're realizing you can do much more with this format than just two guys sitting in an apartment telling jokes."