VH1 bringing back “Best Week Ever,” launching companion nostalgia show
Three years after VH1 cancelled Best Week Ever, the cable channel is reviving the weekly pop-culture headline jokey joke series in January 2013.
VH1's executive vice president for original programming and production, Jeff Olde, made the announcement today.
“Fridays are when we exhale at the end of another hard week and embrace our weekends. Our Friday night block will reflect that spirit with shows that celebrate pop culture of the past -- whether it’s the past decade or the past week,” Olde said. “Best Week Ever is still revered among critics and viewers for deftly skewering and praising the pop culture events and celebrities of the week, so we’re happy to bring it back refreshed and slightly tweaked for these social-media saturated days."
The show had existed with a rotating series of comedians popping up onscreen to offer commentary on the week's news and gossip since 2004, with Paul F. Tompkins hosting from 2008-2009. VH1 had cancelled the show officially in January 2010, and even more recently, shuttered the companion Best Week Ever blog this past June.
No word yet on whether the revival of BWE on VH1 will have a regular host.
But it'll be paired with a nostalgic series, Miss You Much, hosted by Catherine Reitman of the sister-to-Jason and daughter-of-Ivan Reitman clan. Each week, Reitman will revisit past series from the 1980s and 1990s (now how old do you feel?) and find out what those TV stars are up to now.
"Miss You Much lovingly uncovers today’s stories about our teenage idols of the past, led by Catherine Reitman who brings infectious curiosity and nostalgic anticipation to each of her upbeat adventures,” Olde said in the press release.
Both series will air Friday nights in 2013, with Miss You Much getting a sneak-peek airing on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.