R.I.P., 'Best Week Ever,' We'll Miss you — But Thanks for Launching This Funny Lady
After a ten year on-again, off-again affair with VH1, Best Week Ever has been cancelled for good. The show was cancelled once in 2010, but after a brief hiatus, returned in 2013 with fresh faces and content. The network said in a statement that the show was a "pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004," although its blend of mindless comedy and celebrity gossip hardly seems revolutionary in 2014.
Nonetheless, it seems that the cancellation is going to stick this time, since the show hasn't created any buzz lately, probably due to the fact that it's a weekly show commenting on events that have garnered hundreds of Youtube reaction videos and Tumblr reaction posts by airtime. In an era of social-first reactions to pop culture news, it's unlikely that a weeklong summary of events can keep the Snapchat-length attention span of their audience. And why should we wait for our celebrity snark, really?
But even though we've all moved on from shows like Best Week Ever, they have launched a few stars, most recently the very-talented comedian Michelle Buteau. If you haven't heard of Michelle, you should check out her stand-up, which is a breath of fresh air in a still male-dominated comedy field.
Michelle's lovably unpredictable antics on Best Week Ever have translated into a FOX sitcom deal. She now plays Private Robinson on Enlisted, the "tell-it-like-it-is girl of the platoon" who keeps costars Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell in check. So even if it's time for Best Week to die, it's great that from their ashes, we might get one more great woman in comedy.