The CW Picks Up Whose Line Is It Anyway? Update for Summer 2013

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aishaThe CW is reviving the improvisational comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Talk‘s Aisha Tyler will host the new take, which is slated to debut this summer.

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Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie — all of whom appeared on the ABC series, which ran for eight years — will return for the spontaneous improv games along with a special guest every episode. (Is it too much to hope that Nashville‘s Charles Esten will once in a while return to fill the fourth seat?) They’ll be supplied with random prompts by Tyler and the audience.

Scenes from a Hat? Hoedown? Which Whose Line games do you hope will be back in the new version?



Comments (86)

  • Yay!!!!

    Comment by Aleksa – March 1, 2013 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Without Drew? I’m not sure how I feel about that….

    Comment by edensongbird – March 1, 2013 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was weened on repeats of the Brit version on Comedy Central growing up, so Drew was never an essential part of my Who’s Line experience.

      Comment by J – March 1, 2013 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Same with me. As long as it has Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie I’m in!!

        Comment by Jack – March 1, 2013 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Drew was barely an essential part of the US Whose Line experience!

          Forget Chip! We want Brad Sherwood!!

          Comment by KevyB – March 1, 2013 11:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Greg Proops!

            Comment by haukmoor – March 2, 2013 07:46 AM PDT  
          • Chip, Brad, AND Greg as special guests please. Also, I’m fine without Drew, always the weak link anyway.

            Comment by Ben – March 2, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  
        • Always been a big Greg fan…hope he’s on the list. Wouldn’t mind a few guests from across the pond either…Josie…Caroline…Mike..Stephen. There was always a more cerebral approach in some of the Brit shows…a bit more of a mix.

          Comment by Elderleigh – March 3, 2013 06:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Agreed. I hope they bring back “Narrate.”

          Comment by John Mc Aleese – May 6, 2013 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I’ll definitely miss Drew’s uncontrollable laughter as he reacts to the scenes! Loved that! But I’ll definitely still watch!!!

      Comment by Jenny – March 1, 2013 10:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nobody likes a skinny Drew

      Comment by Brendan – March 2, 2013 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yeah i dont know if i am going to watch or even if it will be any good without drew

      Comment by jor – March 4, 2013 12:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll miss Drew, but as long as we have Colin and Ryan I think we can make it. Can’t wait!

    Comment by Mellie – March 1, 2013 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Drew made it all about himself, unlike Clive, who knew the others were the true comedians.

      Comment by Josh – March 1, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Drew is a comedian, so I disagree with that assessment. Also, Drew was a better host because was more jovial and fun. Clive often came off as an a-hole.

        Comment by Rob Watkins – March 1, 2013 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yeah, we almost went back to war with England with some of Proops’ comments to Clive.

          Comment by Rob Horine – March 1, 2013 06:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Those were sometimes the funniest part of an episode

            Comment by haukmoor – March 2, 2013 07:47 AM PDT  
      • Did not! Drew was great and he had alot of self humor, I loved him

        Comment by Nog – June 18, 2013 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why not without Drew? The original show in the UK was hosted by Clive Anderson. (And yes Ryan and Colin were part of the weekly cast.)

    Comment by Brie – March 1, 2013 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was better with Clive, IMHO. Especially when Proops would make fun of his neck (or lack thereof).

      Comment by Pat D. – March 1, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh Yeah…Clive was hilarious. I liked his banter with Tony Slattery.

        Comment by Brie – March 1, 2013 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I practically screamed “NO!” until I read that some of the vets would return. Any Improv with Ryan and Colin (and of course Wayne) is better than nothing, so I’m willing to give Aisha a shot. I know she’s fairly funny on The Talk.

    Drew was an iconic host, but he was always bad with the improv.

    Comment by kavyn – March 1, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Drew Carey was always the least funny part of the original, and I like Aisha Tyler. Their recipe for success was usually anything involving throwing Colin and Ryan together and just letting them go for broke.
    For the love of God though, NO MORE HOEDOWNS! Nobody likes them – least of all the performers.

    Comment by wordsmith – March 1, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like the hoedowns, precisely because the performers don’t.

      Comment by Niko Batallones – March 1, 2013 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There’s a huge difference between the performers not being good at something (which can be hilarious) and the performers hating to do something (which is usually just sad). Believe me, I’m an improv performer as well. Hoedown is one of the least-liked games in the industry. Irish Drinking Song usually goes over better with the crowd AND the performers.

        Comment by Michael Demko – March 1, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Don’t read into things. The fact that the audience isn’t enjoying it probably has little to do with the Hoedown and with the Hoedown performers. If Hoedown wasn’t doing well on Whose Line, they certainly would’ve dumped it.

          Comment by KevyB – March 1, 2013 11:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For all of you who are disappointed about Drew Carey not returning? You are WAY underestimating the entertainment value and improv skill of Aisha Tyler. She’s fantastically hilarious on her own podcast, and she’s definitely worth the host slot on this revival. This, plus the fact that Colin and Ryan are returning (no Greg Proops?) is a recipe for success. BIG time.

    Comment by Michael Demko – March 1, 2013 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think she needs to tread carefully as a host. Drew’s lines as a host (not a performer) were gold, and I feel like if she tried to take on the stuff he would say it wouldn’t come off right. Yes she’s funny and I’m sure she’ll do a fine job performing, but I’m not sure if she can handle hosting WLIIA (at least compared to Drew).

      Comment by kavyn – March 1, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • What? Gold? Were you watching the same show I watched?

        Comment by Sheila – March 1, 2013 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Drew may not have done well on most of the games he participated in (though he occasionally did really well in hoedowns and he held his own in games like helping hands), but his somewhat childish humer, his banter with the cast and his extremely contagious laugh defined a big part of the Whose Line atmosphere. Clive Anderson was a very different host and the UK version of Whose Line had a different feel to it because of that. The host, although mostly just reading cards, pressing the buzzer and otherwise “not doing a damn thing”, still has a huge influence and Drew is part of the reason why Whose Line had such a great run. People should give him some credit and stop hating on that cheery ol’ teddy bear ;)

          Comment by McShine – March 26, 2013 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Proops wasn’t a regular on either the original UK program or the ABC one. He was a frequent guest star. Maybe he’ll do the same now.

      Comment by Pat D. – March 1, 2013 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope that Aisha Tyler’s involvement means H. Jon Benjamin takes the guest spot once in a while.

    Comment by J – March 1, 2013 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • exactly the comment i was going to make. please let this happen.

      Comment by murley – March 1, 2013 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully The CW will maintain the same format and not ruin it with online voting, surprise eliminations, social media scores and all that reality TV crap they love so much.

    Comment by martina – March 1, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • One show does all that. One show. Cut them some slack.

      Comment by kavyn – March 1, 2013 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder what I saw charles from nashville in before.

    Comment by ollie – March 1, 2013 03:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He also on the Disney Channel show Jesse. I didn’t realize recognize him at all; my draw dropped the first time my kids watched that after I saw him in Nashville

      Comment by np – March 1, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He also played Jim’s (from The Office) boss when he left the Scranton branch and went to Stamford (for those that watch The Office)

      Comment by Weber girl – March 3, 2013 08:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • frackin sweet I loved this show watched the original all the time, thank god they didn’t drag Drew Carey back i personally find him humorless and pompous. Ryan, Colin, and Wayne were so hilarious can’t wait to see their shinnangons once again

    Comment by James – March 1, 2013 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t stand the Talk. So I admit it not a fan of Aisha as a result. Hated her character Charlie on Friends. I loved WLIIA so maybe she will be ok. Willing to give her a shot. Not sure if CW is the right network?

    Comment by forwarddad – March 1, 2013 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was on ABC Family for the last few years of its run (or maybe that was just in syndication?), so the CW is sort of a nice fit for this.

      Comment by Michael Demko – March 1, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wasn’t a fan of hers when she hosted Talk Soup on E!

      Comment by Bob – April 2, 2013 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Drew doesn’t bug me, but I can’t stand Aisha Tyler. Thankfully the host never really did much, and The CW probably realized they should have women on the show.

    Comment by David4 – March 1, 2013 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think you’re exactly right. By having Tyler as host they can say they have a woman on the show and not have to have them on the panel. Call me sexist, but the women they have on the panel were never ever funny.

      Comment by Walter – March 1, 2013 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree about the women comment. I know Aisha will be better than all those girls combined.

        Comment by lll – March 1, 2013 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree that the women they had on the panel weren’t the best, but that had to do with their particular choice of who got the seat.

        Comment by Erika – March 2, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s so obnoxious. I’m so disappointed whenever I see her name pop up in something.

      Comment by Mark – March 1, 2013 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seems like there are way better fits than The CW. Weird.

    Comment by Brandy – March 1, 2013 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, it’s good that it’s on the CW. There entire network is doing so poorly in the ratings that even if this gets low viewership it will still get renewed!

      Comment by Jack – March 1, 2013 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s probably the point. They want to branch out into comedy and broaden the audience and this is a cheap way of doing that.

      I think it’s likely to get good ratings for The CW in the Summer. I’m not convinced it would last very long on the big 4.

      Comment by Oliver – March 1, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • can’t wait!!!

    Comment by Elyse – March 1, 2013 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aisha has proven to be pretty funny over the years. Not sure if she can top Drew, but I’m willing to give her a shot. Regardless, I LOVE this show!!

    Comment by MrMank – March 1, 2013 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Aisha…She is a trip and whip butt on Xbox!

    Comment by Jake – March 1, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am hoping they could do some of my favorites: Two Line Vocabulary, Props, Scenes From a Hat, and my personal favorite, Sound Effects!

    Comment by Sarah – March 1, 2013 05:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Is that the Sound Effects with Ryan’s sounds prompting Colin’s actions or when they draw two audience members to do the sounds?

      The Ryan/Colin game is better.

      Comment by Rob Horine – March 2, 2013 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmm have to agree, majorly excited but a little unsure of no Drew. Won’t stop me from tuning in though!

    Comment by Cailey – March 1, 2013 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely happy to hear about Ryan and Colin joining in, that helps my interest. I’m not really familiar with Aisha’s work, but I’m willing to give her a chance. Will have to remember to keep an eye out for this when it premieres down the line, then.

    Comment by Angela – March 1, 2013 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She has a great stand-up special out there. Everyone I’ve shown it to has loved it.

      Comment by Aleksa – March 1, 2013 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Of the later games, keep ‘two-line vocabulary’ and ‘if you know what I mean’.

    Comment by Rob Horine – March 1, 2013 06:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as a majority of old cast is there … im up for it. Yay

    Comment by phi – March 1, 2013 09:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very happy for Aisha! She’s my favorite in The Talk and she deserves her own show. And some of the vets will be back… so YIPPIE!

    Comment by markstevenpempengco – March 1, 2013 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scenes From A Hat is my favorite thing!

    Comment by Hani Hariprabowo (@hanitje) – March 1, 2013 10:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news that so was great. Improv at it’s best.

    Comment by Vannesa – March 2, 2013 06:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ooooh, almost forgot about Josie Lawrence…she was awesome. I wonder if she’ll make an appearance?

    Comment by Pat D. – March 2, 2013 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The unpretentiousness of Whose Line? added to its charm, so I’m hoping they won’t spend a lot of effort on stylization in an attempt to make it fresh and hip. I’m really excited about this reboot with most of the original cast, and would love to maybe get some appearances by Greg Proops and Charles Esten.

    Comment by Erika – March 2, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bah. I miss the British cast. I like Colin and Ryan, but them every week is a bit much.

    Comment by Karen MT – March 2, 2013 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I guess I’ll be watching this one show on the CW…

    Comment by Robin – March 2, 2013 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m excited, but sad Drew won’t be hosting. Drew Carey wasn’t especially funny but he was a source of hilarious material because they made fun of him so often. I just don’t think that kind of dynamic will exist because it’s not socially acceptable for a bunch of guys to be making fun of a woman, especially about her appearance the way they did with Drew.

    I’d like to see Steven Colbert on the show again as a guest. He was pretty bad in his youth when he did an episode, but maybe he’ll be hilarious now that he’s aged.

    Comment by Shauna – March 2, 2013 10:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by Why is the sky blue? – March 3, 2013 02:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is one of my favorite shows ever. Really looking forward to them coming back, especially given the people who are coming back. My favorite game is Scenes from a Hat.

    Comment by Beth Wagner – March 3, 2013 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAY!!! But on the CW?! And Aisha Tyler???

    Comment by Ella – March 4, 2013 09:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What’s ironic about this show going to CW is UPN became CW. And UPN is a network the Whose Line US cast often made fun of.

    Comment by Ben – March 13, 2013 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • UPN and The WB became The CW – C(BS)+W(arner Brothers).

      Comment by Bob – April 2, 2013 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really excited for this! I had my hope so high two years ago with Drew’s Improv-a-Ganza which turned out to be a big flop.
    After doing some researching, turns out, not only Collin, Ryan, and Wayne are back, but all the original producers and writers, such as Dan Patterson and Mark Levitson or whatever it is….and Hat Trick productions so in theory, the show should be almost exactly the same! Very excited to see how this plays out…really hoping they do all the same games, Weird Newscasters, Green screen, scenes from a hat, song styles, everything…really really hopeful this does well!

    Comment by Tyler S. – March 13, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Aisha will do a good job. It’s not that drew was overly funny, he’s just what I’m used to. It’ll be weird without him, but Aisha is really funny actually:)
    JEFF B DAVIS. GUEST STAR. YES.

    Comment by Abby – April 1, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ryan Stiles was the funny man in this show…

    Comment by Eagle Daniel – April 2, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will miss Drew but I’ll give Aisha a chance. And I want Brad Sherwood!!!!!

    Comment by cocorence – April 10, 2013 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m super excited for this!!! I really hope most of the original “4th seaters” will return for the show!

    Comment by erica – April 21, 2013 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will miss Drew only if only for the sake of the “boys club” feel they had with one another, but I will admit that, seeing as a GOOD female presence is always a struggle, I think the position of host is the perfect solution.

    Comment by Barbara – May 10, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by Cole – May 15, 2013 01:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to hear some real questions just so that the contestants can get them wrong and Aisha Tyler can say “Nooooooope”. :-)

    Comment by Kala – May 27, 2013 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show is hilarious and if you were a fan of the original, you will all love this incarnation … even without Drew … don’t miss it … trust me on this…

    Comment by Richard Johnson – June 1, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damn it lana.u better do a good job.idiot

    Comment by TYLER kami – June 12, 2013 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as the concept doesn’t change and I can laugh at the impromptu humor, then I don’t care who is on the show. I am enjoying the mix of new and old members. It really has remained on topic and has the same feel as the amazing old show! I would love to see this show live one day!

    Comment by Darli – July 23, 2013 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just saw my first episode and while I was skeptical of Aisha, she held her own. In a way, she represents all of us, enjoying the improv and occasionally going “bazinga”.

    Comment by Don – August 6, 2013 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Part of Drew’s charm was that – even as the “host” – he was really more of a second banana and never tried to command the show the way Aisha does. I’ve warmed up to Aisha, though I do miss Drew. How about Laura Hall’s long hair? Wow! She’s become a hottie!

    Comment by tjunderwood@yahoo.com – August 7, 2013 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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