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: