‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Premieres in July; Aisha Tyler to Host

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Just over a month ago we learned that thepopular ABC improv comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? would be making a return to primetime this summer on The CW. Now we finally have an official premiere date for the revival.

The CW announced that the new iteration of the show with host Aisha Tyler stepping in for Drew Carey will premiere on Tuesday, July 16th with two brand new half-hour episodes, featuring the return of original cast members Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady.

Following the hour-long premiere, the series will have one new episode each week starting July 23rd, followed by an encore presentation of the same installment.

Here’s an episode from years ago with special guest Robin Williams:

As expected, the show won’t deviate too far from the original formula with the comedians putting their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games, prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience. But as of now, there’s no indication of the special guests that will join the cast in the premiere episodes of the series.

It’s hard to believe that Whose Line Is It Anyway? has been around for over 20 years (going back to the series’ inception in the UK in the late 80s), and yet the show – which exploded in popularity for eight seasons on ABC – still has a big following and fans excited for more laughs. Though many shows have tried to capture the same lightning in a bottle like Thank God You’re Here, the mostly wholesome nature of the comedy for people of all ages made it appealing across the board.

However, now that the series is no longer on ABC, it’ll be interesting to see if the show gets a little more edgy with their content. Personally, I’m hoping the guest stars are much more high profile than they were back in the 90s, perhaps even as exciting as some of the guest hosts on Saturday Night Live.

Either way, the return of the show is exciting, and it just might be one of the more anticipated summer television events.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? premieres July 16th @8 on The CW

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  1. You must mention Archer when saying Aisha Tyler. :D

    • LANAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

      • WHAT!

        • Danger zone!

  2. I didn’t like this show when it was on ABC the first time.

    It was better when it was in England.

    • No.

  3. I hope they don’t run guests like SNL. Part of the show’s charm was that it wasn’t a publicity show (despite the many Drew Carrey show plugs).
    Aside from that, I wonder what they’re going to do with music. Does anyone think they’re bringing Laura Hall back?

    • It is likely that both Laura Hall and Linda Taylor are returning, but not for sure. They have both met with the producers but we will not find out if they will for sure be back until it airs.

  4. I’d rather have Drew Carry back in the hot seat. Not to fond of this girl coming in and stepping in for him, honestly.. I don’t feel she’ll have the same charm that Drew has/had on the show.

    I smell a failure with her as the “host”, but am optimistic that everyone (besides Drew) is coming back and is really going to put their all into the show to make it as memorable as possible..

    but the question is.. are those girls who did the music coming backk… thats the real question on everyone’s mind

    (no? only me?)

    okay.

    • Why?

      As has been said many times on the show. Drew didn’t do a damn thing. They often make of him for it. When the show was in England it’s host was Clive Anderson. And it was still funny. And Aisha Tyler is hilarious if you’ve ever seen her standup. She’s also the voice of Lana in Archer.

  5. Why isn’t Drew coming back? Is he that filthy rich, that he’s become too good for this show now? I mean The Price is Right bulk-tapes 140+ episodes in the span of about 2 months. So I imagine he has a lot of free time the other 10 months of the year.

  6. Wish they could bring Drew Carey back too. Although I’ll reserve judgement on the new host when I see her, seeing as I’ve not seen her work before.

  7. Wow…they announced this a month ago and it’s debuting in a few months. Hope they got the script right for this reboot. :)

    I’m very excited for this. I really liked the British version and enjoyed the Drew one too. If anyone needs some improve to hold them over, Colin and Brad have a special streaming on Netflix. It’s pretty good.

    • *improv

  8. Allright I loved this show it was realy fun wene the comics would lose it and start to crack up on stage.

  9. OMH, I watched that linked episode and laughed so freakin’ hard. I miss that and hope to bust a gut watching the new one.

  10. My main concern is, can these guys still do it? I know they’re still funny. But they certainly haven’t gotten younger. I just wonder if they can still resonate with an 18-49 demo. Especially on CW, when the target demo is even younger.

  11. I am so glad this show is coming back. I loved watching the re-runs (I was really young when this show first aired in the US. I wasn’t even born when the UK one came out) Colin and Ryan are a great team. I hope they bring more funny moments on the show again. (:

  12. I would rather see it with
    Drew Carey. I like Aisha Tyler but on The Talk and Archer. Not on Whose Line

  13. Bring back Drew Scary. :p

  14. Is jeff davis coming back?

  15. I hope Chip Esten is on as a guest in future shows. He was so good with Wayne….they really fed off each other perfectly. I know he’s busy on “Nashville” but I hope he can make time as a guest for a few shows.

  16. Please tell me they will repeat this first show. I thought it was at 9:00. Wife is ready to kill me!

  17. I was satisfied with the first two episodes. Drew really didn’t do much. Aisha just needs to settle into the role and maybe get in on a game once in a while when she feels comfortable.

    That being said, the biggest problem with the first two episodes to me was the balance between the fourth chair and the guest star. Either have the guest star be the fourth chair for the whole episode, or just have the guest come on for one game+credits WITH the fourth chair.

    And with Aisha’s involvement, seeing talent such as H. Jon Benjamin in the fourth chair hopefully wouldn’t be much of a stretch.

    Best piece of icing on the cake, the #bromance in the first episode.

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