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Best Week Ever: VH1 Series Goes on Long Hiatus; Is It Actually Cancelled?

Best Week EverTonight 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.

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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?

 

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lilkunta March 24, 2010 at 8:06 am

When they went 2 1 host is when I stopped watching. PFT isnt funny.
Soup/McHale IS SO MUCH BETTER!
Good riddance, unless teh original format is brought back!

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Amanda July 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Best Week Ever used to be so funny but that PFT guy ruined it so bad that ever time it comes on I always change it but before they changed i would watch the episodes over and over again. They need to go back to the old format.

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Dee July 1, 2009 at 7:21 am

PFT definitely ruined what was a great show. He was good in small doses, but I agree with tthe poster that said he couldnt carry the show alone. I hope they go back to the old format, if it aint broke, dont fix it! I now watch only the Soup, as they have the same clip, but better hosting!

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Dude June 28, 2009 at 7:53 am

The show will suck without PFT! Sadly, most Americans are too dumb to understand most of his comedy. Just like Perry said, Idiots Rule!

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Alan June 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I really liked PFT, but he couldn’t carry the show. PFT was great as part of the panel that included John Mulaney, Christian FInnegan, Chuck Nice, and all the others, but PFT can’t carry the show by himself. They obviousally focused the show on one person to cut costs, but the show was never about one comedian, and has suffered becuse it focused on one person. Hopefully they will bring bacck the old format and keep PFT as one of many comedians, not the main comedian

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Leo June 13, 2009 at 6:15 am

I’ve hated the show since Paul took over. I used to enjoy watching it but when it comes on now I usually just turn the channel. The Soup is 100x better anyways :)

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Pat Schulte June 13, 2009 at 12:31 am

This is an enormous mistake. PFT is built for this show and its format. His comedic genius and positive contribution to the show is indisputable. He needs to be retained or else vh1 is making a huge mistake.

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