In news sure to sound quite familiar to VH1 viewers, the formerly music focused cable channel has decided to cancel 'Best Week Ever.'
The once popular instant nostalgia program debuted in 2004, and ended its original run in summer 2009. Using the network's 'I Love the ...' shows as a jumping off point, 'Best Week Ever' featured a rotating cast of players (comedians, writers, actors, etc.) discussing and summarizing the events of the week that was in a humorous fashion.
BWE's first downfall came about largely as the result of an incredibly unsuccessful format change. In late 2008, the show was retooled as a single host vehicle, and retitled 'Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins.' Tompkins was and is a well regarded stand-up comic, but the format switch went over like a lead balloon, with most longtime fans missing the panel format they were used to.
'Best Week Ever' returned to VH1 in January 2013, complete with a new lineup of comedians, and a return to the show's original style and format. Unfortunately, the magic just wasn't there this time. The new incarnation of 'BWE' certainly had its fans, but it never came close to the heights of pop culture ubiquity that the classic version reached.
The cancellation announcement for 'BWE' comes just one day after VH1 laid off the majority of its New York City-based development staff. That's one group of people that definitely isn't having the 'Best Week Ever.'