Tonight marks the last episode of VH1’s Best Week Ever for 2009. The topical comedy show is taking a much longer-than-usual break. Will it ever return?
Best Week Ever premiered in 2004. With the help of a group of panelists and weekly guest stars, the series puts a comedic spotlight on the week’s events in pop culture, celebrity gossip, and Hollywood buzz.
The show was revamped in October 2008 after the show’s creator, Fred Graver, left the network in 2007. Regular panelist and stand-up comic Paul F. Tompkins became the center of the series. As is often the case with show overhauls, some viewers like the change and others don’t. The show’s panelists include Doug Benson, Mike Britt, Judah Friedlander, Rob Huebel, Nick Kroll, Chuck Nice, Melissa Rauch, Paul Scheer, Jessica St. Clair, and Adam Winer.
The show has taken breaks in the past but this time, the topical series will be out of production for much longer than usual. A spokesperson for VH1 tells New York Magazine that the show is expected to return in January 2010.
A source close to the production of Best Week Ever says however that the show’s future is in question. At the very least, it looks like the show may be in for another revamp. Those changes aren’t likely to include Tompkins.
The comedian wrote on Twitter that he’d been left in the dark by VH1, “Honestly, no plan has been announced other than keeping us off til 2010. I have no idea what they’re thinking.” Last week, Tompkins indicated that he and his staff couldn’t afford to be out of work for the rest of the year. Tonight, he wrote, “And that’s it for Old Tompkins on VH1.”
Whether the show returns next year or not, the popular BestWeekEver.tv website will continue on. A post on the site reads, “We’ll be here all summer long, because inane online high-larity knows no season!”
Do you think the Best Week Ever TV show is gone for good? If it does return, is it a mistake for the network to let Tompkins go?