(Pictured above: VICE co-founder Shane Smith on location...somewhere crazy.)

HBO is turning the world of television news magazines on its head. This week, the network unveiled a preview of its partnership with VICE magazine – a gritty, no-holds-barred examination of stories you won’t see elsewhere.

Hosted by VICE magazine co-founder Shane Smith, the irreverent news show covers stories in a cutting-edge documentary format. The series examines such topics as political assassinations in the Philippines, the precarious nuclear stare-down in Kashmir, a growing sumo/Mixed Martial Arts fad in Senegal and much more.

VICE is executive produced by Shane Smith; VICE's chief creative officer, Eddy Moretti; and Bill Maher of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria also serves as a consultant for the show.

Watch the video below for a taste of what to expect on VICE, and tune in for the series premiere on Friday, April 5, at 11 p.m. ET.