→ JULY 14, 2013
Tuesday, July 16 will see the return of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the show where everything is made up and the points don’t matter. And while it’s uncertain how Whose Line? will fare ratings-wise in a modern age, I can say with confidence that this new version comes packed with plenty of laughs, nostalgia and even a few surprises.
For the uninitiated, Whose Line Is It Anyway? was an improv comedy show that originally began in the UK. But most US viewers will remember the ABC version, which starred Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady and host Drew Carey. This latest iteration, airing on The CW, features the return of all of them, save Carey, who is currently hosting The Price is Right. Instead, comedienne Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk) has stepped in to fill Carey’s shoes — and she really does a good job at it. It takes a couple episodes for her to break out of her hosting shell, but by her third outing, she starts to let loose with a few one-liners and jokes of her own. [Side Note: Next week’s premiere will debut the first two episodes, but my screener copy included the first three.]
The format here is pretty much identical to the old ABC show and includes all the classic games like “Scenes from a Hat,” “Dubbing” and “Helping Hands.” Fans will recall the familiar chemistry among Stiles, Mochrie and Brady, who are back in full force without missing a beat. The comedy is just as quick and sharp as ever, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d might think you were watching an old re-run on ABC Family. That said, the jokes are hardly dated. In fact, while the old standbys like male-on-male kissing are still at play, the humor also seems to have kicked up a notch on the “risqué” dial, which is definitely a plus in 2013.