9:16am PT by Lesley Goldberg
VH1 Revives 'Best Week Ever,' Adds Pair of Docuseries, Kid Stars Mini
VH1 is bringing back a fan favorite.
The music-themed network said Friday that Best Week Ever, a weekly pop culture recap series, will return in January after a three-year hiatus. The revival comes as VH1 unveiled plans for a Friday comedy block, with Best Week Ever anchoring a lineup that will feature the pop culture nostalgia series Miss You Much.
"Our Friday night block will reflect that spirit with shows that celebrate pop culture of the past -- whether it’s the past decade or the past week," said Jeff Olde, EVP original programming and production at VH1.
Miss You Much will be hosted by Catherine Reitman and will catch up with TV, movie and pop stars from the past 20 years, with the actress-comedian spending a day with personalities including Jamie Walters (90210) and Lark Voorhies (Saved by the Bell). A sneak preview will air at 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and debut as a half-hour series in early 2013.
Beyond that, VH1 has ordered to series Grand River Singers Project, which revolves around a young-adult show choir in Wisconsin called the Grand River Singers, set for summer 2013. New docuseries Black Ink will revolve around a black-owned and -operated tattoo parlor in Harlem that's a hotspot for hip-hop stars and athletes.
Lastly, the network picked up five-part miniseries VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars, also hosted by Reitman, which will look at the kids whose careers have bloomed during the past two decades, including Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Dakota Fanning, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Williams and Hanson. The show will run Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
As part of the network's Rock Doc franchise, VH1 has acquired Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, a performance doc directed by rapper-actor Ice-T that features Chuck D, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Eminem and more. The doc will air at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.
The additions come as VH1 has increased its ratings performance 33 percent year-over-year with unscripted fare including Basketball Wives, T.I. and Tiny and Ev & Ocho, with the network prepping its first scripted entry Bounce.