The CW has ordered 24 all-new half-hour episodes of improv comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? to debut in 2015. No premiere date and time were announced for the new cycle, but featured performers Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie will return along with host Aisha Tyler. Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Stiles and Brady exec produce the series from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.
The CW launches its summer lineup tonight with Whose Line Is It Anyway? moving temporarily to Monday and Beauty And The Beast kicking off its run of six original episodes left over from Season 2. Back in April, the network announced its summer scheduling plans through August 1, including premiere dates for new series Famous In 12, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters Of Illusion on the unscripted side and comedies Backpackers and Seed on the scripted. Today, the CW unveiled a Friday, August 22, premiere date for the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, with Masters Of Illusion originals airing at 8 PM, to be replaced by Whose Line in the fall. Also today, the network announced return dates for two summer specials it is bringing back from last year, iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, from Clear Channel, and Young Hollywood Awards, from Deadline parent PMC. Additionally, the CW has made a minor tweak to its previously announced summer lineup designed to give midseason drama The 100 additional sampling. Reruns of the renewed freshman will replace scheduled Arrow repeats on Wednesday starting on July 30. Here is the CW’s full list of summer premiere dates:
CW Seed, the digital-only studio of The CW, said today it has set summer premieres for LA Rangers, created by and starring Hart Of Dixie star Wilson Bethel, and webisodes of the network’s improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Four more original series have landed summer bows: an untitled comedy from Alloy Entertainment, previously announced fashion series The Kelly Cutrone Project; The Real Backpackers, a companion to the broadcast series Backpackers; and Veronica Mars spinoff Play It Again, Dick. The new series will join new episodes of returning original series Husbands, The P.E.T. Squad Files, Very Mallory and CelebTV On The CW. Here are descriptions of the new shows:
The CW has unveiled its summer schedule, which includes originals on all five nights the network programs. That includes the reboot of Whose Line Is It Anyway? which originally launched last summer, now moving to a new night, Mondays. It will be joined by original episodes of Beauty And The Beast, which has been benched for the rest of the season; two new scripted offerings, Canadian comedy Seed and web-to-TV comedy Backpackers; docu-reality series Famous In 12; and two magic series, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and a Masters Of Illusion revival. Here is the CW summer schedule with premiere dates and descriptions of the new series:
The CW’s new Friday lineup premiered last night, anchored by summer breakout Whose Line Is Is Anyway at 8 PM. The improv comedy opened its second cycle with a 0.6 in adults 18-49 and 1.91 million viewers. That was down sharply from the 1.1 for the show’s summer debut but that opener was boosted by curiosity as it marked the comedy’s return after a six-year hiatus. Last night’s Whose Line edged the summer finale (0.5). It also topped in the demo the second Friday airing of Fox’s Rake (0.5, flat with last week, 1.92 million) at 8 PM. Whose Line’s viewership was the largest for a regularly scheduled CW programming in the hour in almost three years, since the May 2011 season finale of former Friday dweller Supernatural. At 9 PM, Hart of Dixie (0.4, 1.23 million) rose by a tenth in 18-49 in its new home vs. its last airing on Monday and by 19% in total viewers. It tied Fox in the hour in 18-49, facing an Enlisted rerun (0.4) and new Raising Hope (0.4).
CW has ordered a second season, 24 episodes, of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Today’s announcement was a no-brainer — its launch this summer clocked an average of nearly 3 million viewers – CW’s most watched unscripted series premiere in six years. The second-season premiere date and timeslot were not announced. Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie star in, and Aisha Tyler hosts the update of the ABC improv show that ran eight seasons – based on a UK format. CW put out the announcement one day before it is scheduled to put on its dog-and-pony show at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013.
NBC won last night paced by summer staple America’s Got Talent (2.8/8 in adults 18-49, 10.2 million viewers), which was the top program of the night by a wide margin. In fact, this was the best non-sports 18-49 delivery for an English-language broadcaster in more than a month, since The Voice finale on June 18.
After a great start last week, the CW‘s revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.9/3, 2.4 million) dropped 18% to still respectable numbers. Whose Line dwarfed its companion, Perfect Score (0.3/1, 950,000), down 25% (.1) from its premiere last Tuesday. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/4) was down a tenth from the last original two weeks ago. ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4) was flat with last week, while the latest Royal baby special logged a 0.9/3 at 10 PM.
The CW has slated new unscripted series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a reboot of the improv comedy series; game show Perfect Score; and competition The Hunt as well as returning Breaking Pointe. After experimenting with Canadian scripted shows 18 To Life and L.A. Complex the last couple of years, the network is keeping its original summer slate all-unscripted this year. Whose Line, hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler and featuring the return of cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, will be paired with Perfect Score, hosted by Arielle Kebbel, on Tuesdays. Breaking Pointe will air on Mondays, The Hunt on Wednesdays. All shows will premiere late in the summer to help launch CW’s fall slate. Here are the dates:
Improvisational comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which had a successful eight-season run on ABC, is coming back to American television, this time on the CW. The network has picked up a new take on the British format to air this summer. Comedian Aisha Tyler, co-host of The Talk, which airs on the CW sibling CBS, will host. She succeeds Drew Carey, who emceed the ABC version that ran during CW president Mark Pedowitz’s tenure at the network. Returning are Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who starred on the ABC series. The trio, along with a special guest each episode , will go through a series of spontaneous improv games. (Maybe they’ll bring back Richard Simmons, who killed it on a 2003 episode during the show’s ABC run — see the video below.) After each round of improvisation, Tyler will dole out “points” to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode. (The CW has ordered 10). Whose Line, from Angst Prods and Hat Trick Prods, was co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson and is executive produced by Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Stiles and Brady.
Here’s the Simmons video with Stiles, Brady and Mochrie: