Contrary to previous reports, it appears that VICE is working on the fourth season of a popular TV series.
The network confirmed earlier this week future plans for Dark Side of the Ring, following recent reports of the show not being renewed.
VICE presented an update on Twitter trying to address some of the rumors.
“We’ve heard some rumors flying around about Season 4,” the network stated. “We are as committed as ever to both the series and the broader Dark Side franchise.”
The network also attests to show producers Evan Husney and Jason Eisner are still committed to making more intent.
Furthermore, the series’ Twitter account inquired of fans on what topics they would like covered in the upcoming season.
Concerns surround the ‘Plane Ride from Hell’ story
Concerns about the series’ future were mentioned last weekend in Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required) reporting that the show was not going to get a renewal. Some of the controversies that did signal rumors of the show’s demise surround the eighth episode of Season 3, titled “The Plane Ride from Hell.”
“There was so much controversy coming off The Plane Ride from Hell story,” Meltzer details. “Because they were relying on memories of people from 20 years ago. There were multiple flights back from Europe where guys were drunk and out of control.”
Meltzer referenced complaints from Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, and Jim Ross that the events were taken out of context. It also made Ross question his further involvement in the series going forward.
Change of heart for Jim Ross’ involvement in further VICE projects?
While Ross made initial remarks about his further involvement in the series, it seems he has made a change of heart since then.
A new report states Ross is working with the series creators for a new series covering the early territorial days of professional wrestling. The project is in partnership with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.
In contrast, a fellow name in broadcasting will not participate in the new series.
On the latest What Happened When podcast, AEW commentator Tony Schiavone revealed that he turned down taking part in the upcoming VICE series.
“I have declined,” Schiavone said. “I’m not going to talk to those guys at all. I will not do anything with those guys.”
While he has reservations, he does believe the show will be good regardless.
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.