News Briefs: VH1 Is Reviving Best Week Ever, Once Upon a Time Casts Captain Hook


BUSINESS TIME:

... VH1 is resurrecting Best Week Ever! The series, which went off the air in 2009, will air on Friday nights beginning in January 2013, as part of a new comedy block aimed at an audience the network has labeled as "adultster"—"adults who are balancing new responsibilities with their desires to stay current with what's happening in music and pop culture." Whatever, if it means Best Week Ever is coming back, we'll take it! The show will be paired with a new "pop culture nostalgia series" called Miss You Much, a "Where are they now?"-type deal that will check in on the current lives of TV, movie, and pop stars of the last 20 years. [VH1 via press release]

... SyFy's on a bit of a tear with scripted programming announcements, which at the very least is better than being on a tear with reality show announcements. In addition to a new M. Night Shyamalan drama, the network has ordered a 90-minute pilot called High Moon, from Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) and Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, NBC's forthcoming Hannibal.) The project is based on the 1969 John Christopher novel The Lotus Caves, which I totally remember reading in school. It's (more or less) about two kids who live in a boring bubble colony on the moon, and one day—to borrow from Terra Nova parlance—they go OTG in a stolen lunar rover and crash through the moon's surface, landing in network of caves that turn out to be part of big, sentient alien plant. Eventually, they have to choose between staying with the plant, which takes care of them but has a weird control over them, or escaping to return to their colony. It sounds like SyFy's adaptation will take that premise one step further—here's the network's official description: "High Moon creates a future where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon's resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover and exploit its powerful secrets." [SyFy via press release]

... Nickelodeon officially announced lots of new series and pilots today. Ready? Here we go: You Gotta See This is a half-hour clip show, premiering this fall. Wendell and Vinnie I mentioned yesterday; it's already in production and iCarly's Jerry Trainor plays a goofy uncle who takes care of his "buttoned-up" nephew. Sam & Cat is an iCarly + Victorious spin-off pilot in which the former's Sam Puckett and the latter's Cat Valentine become besties and start a babysitting business. Gibby is another iCarly spin-off pilot, following Gibby Gibson as he becomes a mentor to kids at a rec center. The Haunted Hathaways, still in the pilot stage, sees two siblings move into a house in New Orleans that's already inhabited by a family of ghosts. The Thundermans, also still in the pilot stage, centers on Phoebe, a 13-year-old girl with 12 different superpowers who just wants to be normal. Instant Mom is a Nick at Nite pilot, about a 25-year-old party girl who marries and older man with kids. Sanjay & Craig is an animated series with a 20-episode order about two best friends who want to be the coolest kids on the block. Monsters vs. Aliens is an animated series based on the movie; it has a 26-episode order. And finally, Bad Seeds is a pilot that so far is only described as being about "a good bird running with the bad crowd... and having a great time!" [Nickelodeon via press release]

... SNL head writer Seth Meyers is developing a sitcom for NBC. He's working on the project with his younger brother, Josh Meyers, and it's a multi-camera comedy about brothers. Creative! [Vulture]

... TLC has announced two new reality series. The first, High School Moms, premieres August 12 and is exactly what it sounds like. The The second, Breaking Amish, follows five Amish/Mennonite twenty- and thirty-somethings who've decided to explore the world outside of their communities by moving to New York City. The show will premiere September 9 and run for nine hour-long episodes. It sounds like an older version of Devil's Playground to me, but if one of subjects might eventually become a meth kingpin, the network might be on to something. [TLC via press release]

... Be Good Johnny Weir will return for a 10-episode second season on Logo, beginning Monday, September 17. This time around, the docu-series will "go beyond the ice rink and dive deeper into Johnny's work and personal life" as he releases a single, publishes a book, and works on a fashion line and tries to launch an ice show. Maybe just stick to skating, Mr. Blades of Glory. [Logo via press release]

... Nick at Nite's "first-ever original live-action comedy," See Dad Run starring Scott Baio, has a premiere date: October 6. The series centers on an actor (Baio) who, "after ten years of starring as America's favorite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father to honor the deal he made with his soap star wife so that she may return to the limelight." [Nick at Nite via press release]

... Speaking of premiere dates, MTV announced a few of them today: Jersey Shore Season 6 will begin October 4, new dramedy Underemployed will debut October 16, and new docu-series Catfish: The TV Show will start November 12. In related news, Jersey Shore spin-off Snooki & JWOWW has been renewed for Season 2. There's no word yet on an exact date for the ultimate destruction of American society, but I can only assume it's coming soon. [Deadline]


CASTING NEWS:

... The big Once Upon a Time news at Comic-Con this year was that a certain hook-handed individual will be a major force in Season 2. Well, now we know who will be playing him! The role of Captain Hook has gone to Irish actor Colin O'Donoghue. So far, that's all we know. [Deadline]

... Fox's serial-killer drama The Following, which stars Kevin Bacon and is slated for midseason, has added Annie Parisse (Law & Order, Rubicon) as a series regular. She'll play FBI Specialist Debra Parker, the lady in charge of the investigation into a newly escaped serial killer played by James Purefoy and his cult of followers. [Fox via press release]

... One of The Office's original employees has been rehired, if only for one episode: David Denman, who plays Pam's ex-fiance Roy, will guest-star in the second episode of the long-running comedy's upcoming ninth season. [TVLine]

... Fox followed up yesterday's blip that 24 vet Lukas Haas is joining the cast of Touch with an official press release full of details on the show's second season. As suspected, the action will take place in Los Angeles, in line with the events of the Season 1 finale, plus two new names have been added to the cast list: Signing on for the drama are newcomer Saxon Sharbino and Haas's (and series star Kiefer Sutherland's) fellow 24 alum Greg Ellis. Sharbino has booked the series-regular role of Lucy's daughter, the turns-out-she's-not-dead-just-missing Amelia; Ellis will play the recurring role of Trevor Wilcox, a journalist and old friend of Martin's. [Fox via press release]

... Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) has landed a role in Weeds' series finale. Her character's name is Tiffani; beyond that, details are scarce. [THR]

Comments (23)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
Every time I see news about Touch, it only makes me think of how much I want Awake back :(
Reply
Flag
Great news on "Best Week Ever". It came around in the aftermath of all those "I Love the 80s/90s/etc" specials; it could basically be called "I Love Last Week".
Reply
Flag
Upon closer inspection, Sam & Cat sounds like an attempt at a tween version of 2 Broke Girls.
Reply
Flag
Best Week Ever needs to come back as it was originally. I stopped watching it when they went to the single guy format. It got lame.
Reply
Flag
Anticipating the revival of Best Week Ever!
Reply
Flag
I used to love Best Week Ever....hilarious. Hopefully it's as good as it use to be when it comes back

Reply
Flag
Best Week Ever is coming back!? Cool! Gibby gets his own show huh. Am ok with that besides the chick who plays Sam (who gets her own show too) he was the only other person I liked on iCarly.
Reply
Flag
AWESOME! I love Best Week Ever and I totally missed it when it went off air.
Reply
Flag
That'st the Best news I've heard all week.



Any word on if it will also have the daily podcast version with the writers giving their take on the day's pop culture events?



Also, are the same writers/hosts coming back?
Reply
Flag
I love how Catfish the tv show is called Catfish: The TV Show.
Reply
Flag
I quit watching Best Week Ever because Doug Benson spoiled the final Harry Potter book.
Reply
Flag
I guess this means iCarly is cancelled? Must've missed that announcement. Although I'm sure the announcement ended with "and nothing of value was lost."
Reply
Flag
I loved "Best Week Ever"!! I just hope it's not the version with the one host commenting on everything. That was lame.
Reply
Flag
Is "Best Week Ever" coming back in the original format where there were a variety of different comedians commenting on the subjects... or is it coming back with only one person hosting, similar to the format change that saw Paul F Tompkins being the only commentator? if it's the latter, I'll pass.
Reply
Flag
I agree that the earlier version was better but I also enjoyed the Paul F Tompkins version, too.



I'll watch either version.
Reply
Flag
I hope that this new Best Week Ever isn't too different than the old one.
Reply
Flag
I LOVED me some Best Week Ever.. but when it became BWE with Paul F. Tompkins, who I thought was the least funny of the comedians featured, I stopped watching it.. hopefully the revival will return to the original format



I'm in for anything Bryan Fuller.. and I may give the M Knight Shamalamdingdong... er *Shyamalan, sorry... show a go.



I don't see myself watching any of those Nickelodeon shows except probably Monsters vs Aliens and even then it won't be that faithful with my viewing habits. Instant Mom could have potential, it sort of sounds a little like Melissa & Joey.



give Jersey Shore/Snooki & JWOWW (and Pauly D) a break, they're amazing shows compared to the likes of I Just Want My Pants Back and the travesties that were the Skins and The Inbetweeners remakes



I may give Underemployed a shot, depends on any kind of trailer I might see.. but Catfish: The TV Show is going to basically be To Catch A Predator type show where each episode is them finding out about couples who met online to see if they're both real people? I thought Catfish was a stupid and boring movie, I won't watch a tv show about the same sort of stuff.
More+
Reply
Flag
Since I found out Marti Noxon is involved in the Shyamalan project, I might give it a chance. The Fuller thing actually sounds like a good fit (as opposed to Hannibal). SyFy needs some SciFi.
Reply
Flag
now i have to like the following. damn you, Annie Parisse (i love you!)



does that mean she'll be written out of person of interest? they totally brought her back after her implied death / disappearance, but they did noticeably leave her out of the end of season ep(s).
Reply
Flag
Could you please get rid of the stupid, pointless, senseless, annoying, interfering, mindless, (add your own) pop-out at right for the next story?



Seriously, why is it there? You honestly think people visiting the home page don't scan the headlines to see what interests them and know what to check on their own next, if not done beforehand?



Bad enough networks have ruined shows with their promotional pop-ups blocking at least a third of the picture, now I have websites doing the same crap over stuff I'm trying to read.



Show some respect and stop pestering people. At the very least default to leaving it closed and those who wish can open it.
Reply
Flag
Stop reviving stuff. Seriously.
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook