Joe Roth also producing sketch comedy skein
Drew Carey and Joe Roth are producing an original primetime strip show, hosted by Carey, that has received a 40-episode order from GSN.
Scheduled to launch in the spring with an eight-week run, the untitled improvised sketch comedy series — reminiscent of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” hosted by Carey on ABC in the past decade — will be shot in front of a live audience at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.
“We have always wanted to be in business with Drew,” GSN senior programming veep Kelly Goode said. “He is a huge talent who is beloved by audiences, and this series will be a perfect fit with our mission to bring fun, lively entertainment to our viewers.”
As in “Whose Line,” there will be a cast of actor-comedians with whom Carey has worked in the past, as well as aud participation. But the cast on the new show will be larger, with longer sketches and a looser structure.
“This is a real passion project for me,” said Carey, whose new effort will not interfere with his hosting duties on CBS’ “The Price Is Right,” which typically shoots Monday through Wednesday.
Roth, head of Revolution Studios, has previously made forays into TV with such programs as TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet?,” based on the Revolution film. “Drew is both an extraordinarily talented comedian and a great friend,” Roth said. “I’m really pleased that this project gives us the opportunity to extend our professional relationship even further.”