TV review / Innuendo flies on new 'Whose Line'

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Fans of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" when it aired on ABC from 1998-2006 will probably be satisfied with the new "Whose Line ..." on The CW unless they are easily offended.

The old "Whose Line ..." could be bawdy, but this new iteration, debuting with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. Tuesday on Pittsburgh's WPCW, seems more calculated to titillate.

Many of the "Whose Line ..." regulars are back, including Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Drew Carey is not back as the host; those duties now go to Aisha Tyler ("The Talk," "Archer"), who whoops it up as the innuendo flies during assorted improv challenges.

'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

  • When:

    8 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on The CW.

  • Host:

    Aisha Tyler.

For the game "things-you-can-say-about-your-favorite-pair-of-shoes-but-not-your-partner," Mr. Brady suggests, "I don't like it when I'm inside of you and you squeak."

Mr. Stiles contributes, "Hmmm, these used to fit tighter."

Mr. Brady returns with another line: "The tongue keeps getting in the way."

A fourth chair features rotating players, including Keegan Michael Key from Comedy Central's "Key & Peele." Each episode also includes a guest star -- Kevin McHale from "Glee," Candice Accola from "The Vampire Diaries" -- who plays along.

"Whose Line" remains an unpredictable, often funny and entertaining way to pass a half-hour, but with a raunchier tone, this show may no longer have the broad appeal it previously enjoyed; and that may be OK with The CW, which targets a young-skewing niche audience anyway.

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TV writer Rob Owen: or 412-263-2582. Read the Tuned In Journal blog at Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook.


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