Let’s start with the news that really has us excited: The CW is in the process of reviving the improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” after almost a decade off of the air, and have signed Tyler to serve in the place of Drew Carey as host. For those unfamiliar with the format, it revolved around four comedians participating in various improv sketches over the course of the hour, with there eventually being one declared the winner at the end with a long-running joke about “points” that don’t really mean a thing. The show is really responsible for launching the career of Wayne Brady, and some other frequent participants including Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, and even a few rare appearances from a pre-“Colbert Report” Stephen Colbert.
We don’t know if any of the show’s original cast members would consider a return, but it would be an enormous disappointment if they were not to show up at some point given the format’s popularity. Then again, we also expect there to be younger, fresh performers considering The CW’s young audience. This marks a return by the network to the comedy genre, and an attempt to freshen things up after many drama series are ending (“90210”) or are on the verge of doing so (“Cult,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Beauty and the Beast”).
Update: We’re hearing now that Brady, Stiles, and Mochrie will return to the new show in some capacity, and there will be all sorts of other guests, as well.
In other news, we’re also hearing that Tyler, who previously appeared on “Glee” as Jake Puckerman’s mother, is also going to be appearing on an upcoming episode of “Hawaii Five-0” season 3. It’s becoming quite a busy year for her, as she also has her daytime duties to take care of.
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