Shane Smith

HBO has renewed its news magazine series VICE for a second season, the network announced Thursday. The 12-episode sophomore season is expected to premiere in 2014.

"VICE's fearless, irreverent style of news coverage has produced a uniquely provocative show," HBO boss Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "We look forward to more of their groundbreaking reporting in season two."

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The show, hosted by Shane Smith, attempts to highlight news stories overlooked by the mainstream media.

VICE's season one finale airs Friday at 11/10c on HBO.