'Whose Line is it Anyway' Returns to TV on The CW

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March 1st, 2013

Whose Line

via press release:




Hosted by Aisha Tyler and Featuring the Return of

Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie


            March 1, 2013 (Burbank, California) ? The CW is going for laughs this summer by ordering a new take on the hit improvisational comedy series, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler (“The Talk”), it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.   Premiere information will be announced at a later time.


The CW’s WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features the return of Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who along with a special guest each episode, must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games.  Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs.  After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode.


Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the US that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady.  Co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.


  • Justin

    This will be interesting.

  • Cory

    Best news of the day! I’ve been with this show through all of its various iterations, and seen Brad/Colin when they did their tour a while back. I enjoyed Drew Carey’s Improv-a-whatever, and even moderately enjoyed that show last summer that had the guys acting out celebrities’ lives (cant remember the title).

    This will actually get me to watch the CW network for almost the first time. Will be interesting to see what ratings CW would consider “successful” for this.

  • debsafan

    I love this show. Makes you laugh until you hurt. Great news.

  • Neil

    Aisha Tyler is far sexier than Clive Anderson + Drew Carey!

  • JSunkist

    As long as Ryan does the thing he hates which he does best (hoedown!) — I’ll watch

  • rob60990

    ABC should have been the ones to bring this back. Honestly, the bar for success is very low for CW. It needs .4+ to survive.

  • Rebecca

    I will watch! Loved this show (didn’t see every airing but enjoyed it when I watched).

  • jake3988

    I might actually have a reason to watch the CW for something. Hopefully it pulls good numbers for the CW. Mostly because a feel sorry for the CW and mostly because I want this to last more than 1 season.

    I loved when the guys did Improv-a-Ganza a little while ago, glad to see them all coming back yet again.

  • Alan

    Sounds good, but not good for The CW. CW has a teen/young adult audience and this show sounds like more for adults.

  • Columbo

    Hopefully, Richard Simmons makes a return appearance.

  • Jon


    With this announcement, I think The CW is trying to broaden its audience with this move. Plus, I am sure there are young adults who recall the show when it aired on ABC and ABC Family, so it could very well appeal to them.


    ABC tried last summer with a similar show that was titled Trust Us with Your Life. Same concept as Whose Line? except all the improv games were based on real-life stories shared by a celebrity guest who appeared in each episode. The show had dismal ratings and was pulled from the schedule after six episodes with two that never made it to air.

  • Justin

    Hopefully this is just the beginning for CW to introduce Multi-Camera comedies.

    Right now, the CW has no half-hour comedies. Unless you count their ratings.

  • Jason

    It looks like The CW has waved the white flag to ABC Family since that network seems to snatch their viewers away from them.

  • laddie

    even though drew carey wasnt the best at improv.. i did like the banter and jokes between ryan, colin, wayne, +guest star, and drew..

    i dont think theyll have the same fun and jokes with aisha.. but glad its back. i still watch episodes on youtube

  • Whose Line Fan

    Cant wait for the return of Whose Line. Love Colín Ryan & Wayne. Aisha should make a great host .

  • PurpleDrazi

    I love this show. Colin and Ryan are the best.

    You know, it might be a good thing they are bringing this to the CW. Since their ratings are so poor, it’s almost a guarantee that this show will do well enough to survive. :-)

  • tommie

    If this is moderately successful they should re-tool Mondays as their reality night.

  • Restless

    YAY. Adore this show, so glad to see it back with new episodes! :D

  • david

    I remember watchin the show on ABC with Drew Carey. I will check it out and i really hope it does good for the CW. Good first step in bringing commedy back to the CW Mark.

  • Zach

    Dole out points — why??? The point’s don’t matter

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