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VH1 Cancels 'Best Week Ever' Again

VH1 announced today that they've canceled long-running series Best Week Ever for a second time. Best Week Ever originally ran from 2004 to 2009, when it was initially canceled. VH1 rebooted the show in January of 2013, with a new cast and format, featuring comedians Michael Che, Nick Turner, Ali Wong, and more.

"Best Week Ever was a pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004, delivering its signature blend of comedy and tongue-in-cheek opinions on the most entertaining news and pop culture stories of the previous seven days,” said VH1 in a statement. “The series also served as a national launching pad [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Fred Graver, Who Has Done Everything

"[Writing a Choose Your Own Adventure] is very much like writing a video game, and weirdly enough it was very much like writing remotes for Letterman"

- Fred Graver, my guest on this week's Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show

Other things I discuss with Fred in this episode:

  • What it was like writing for Letterman in the 80's when he was still finding his voice.
  • The challenges of writing a Choose Your Own Adventure novel (#35 – Journey to Stonehenge, pictured above).
  • The difficulty of writing for In Living Color and the joy of writing for Cheers.
  • How he ended up spending two years in the 90's at [...]

A Look At Zach Galifiankis' Short-Lived VH1 Talk Show, Late World With Zach

For me, Zach Galifiankis getting big is akin to when you like an indie band before they become huge. It’s also a little weird seeing a bizarre comic like Galifiankis starring in The Hangover because I knew him from three things: the time a friend of mine met him and got him to tell me on my voice mail that my parents didn’t love me, his piano-based standup I’d seen a decade prior on Conan O’Brien’s old show, and his first major mainstream exposure (except for Bubble Boy and Out Cold) the genre-mocking/convention-shattering/short-lived (of course) 2002 VH1 talk show Late World With Zach.

VH1 has changed its format many [...]

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Paul Rudd Did a Reenactment of 'Sixteen Candles' for VH1 That Never Aired

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are currently in the midst of promoting their new movie Admission, and they ended up reminiscing to Collider about how they first met – in 2004 filming a special for VH1 called Soundtracks Live that never aired. The special was based on a show at the UCB Theatre in New York that Amy Miles and Amy Poehler ran, in which actors would reenact a movie live on stage while a band played the soundtrack. Here's a bit from the interview, in which Fey and Rudd discuss their reenactment of John Hughes's Sixteen Candles:

Fey: The show came out great and … they just [...]

'Best Week Ever' Is Coming Back!

New York comedians are having the best week ever because Best Week Ever is coming back. After three years off the air, VH1 is bringing the talking head cavalcade back in January. Beyond acting as the home of instant nostalgia, Best Week Ever was a showcase of many up and coming comedians. (Most were New York City residents. Most have moved to LA in the years since.) Assuming the show is going back to its original format and not the Paul F. Tompkins-hosted one, you better start flexing your snark muscles Gabe Liedman, Julie Klausner, Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, Emily Heller, Max Silvestri, and any other comedian who actually [...]

Meet Your New 'Best Week Ever' Cast

On January 18th, VH1 is reviving Best Week Ever, its series in which comedians recap and riff on the week's pop culture happenings. The original show ran from 2004 to 2009, giving a national audience to funny people like Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Pete Holmes, Paul F. Tompkins, Nick Kroll, Doug Benson, and more, at earlier points in their careers. The new incarnation of Best Week Ever will feature an entirely-new cast (with appearances from old favorites sprinkled in), and VH1 has just announced the new cast. It's an eclectic cast of talented stand-ups, including Michelle Buteau, Michael Che, Pat Dixon, Jared Logan, Pete Lee, Amanda Seales, Dan St. Germain, [...]

Why Aren't We Talking About 'Stevie TV'?

It's a busy week for female-centered comedy news between the announcement of Whitney Cummings' new show Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings, Bridesmaids' probably-never-gonna-happen sequel, and the renewal of HBO's Girls and Veep, but during the last two months, a new female-led sketch comedy show on VH1 slipped past the radar undetected. Thanks to a lack of promotion and news coverage, Stevie TV has stealthily crept past mainstream criticism since its debut in March and has already been picked up for a second season. Don't let its fellow VH1 shows (gems like Mob Wives, Celebrity Rehab, and Flavor of Love starring Flavor Flav) fool you [...]