Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the short-form improv TV show that gave us Wayne Brady, is coming back, according to a tweet this morning from one of its stars, Colin Mochrie. Washington newspaper The Wenatchee World covered the story yesterday, reporting that Ryan Stiles will also return and that a new host, Aisha Tyler, will replace Drew Carey, who has no involvement in the revived series. Stiles will be bringing some actors from The Upfront Theater, the improv school and theater he opened in Washington with him, and the people behind the show have been auditioning improvisers from UCB, as well. The new season will tape in LA this April, but there’s no word on what network it will air on. The original US Whose Line, based on a British radio/TV show of the same name, ran on ABC from 1998 to 2004 and ABC Family from 2005 to 2007.
Stiles and Mochrie are so far the only stars confirmed to be coming back for the new version of the series, but I think it’s safe to say we’re all eagerly awaiting word on Wayne Brady’s return. If you’re a long-form improviser, you can look forward to more and more of your out-of-state relatives and friends assuming that you’re spending your time playin’ with props and singin’ hoedowns once this show comes back on the air and continues to be the first thing people who have never seen a long-form improv show think of when they think of improv comedy.
UPDATE: The CW Network has sent out a press release this afternoon saying that they’ll be airing the revamped Whose Line this summer, and Wayne Brady will be back.