The CW is fulfilling its pledge to provide more year-round programming, announcing Monday the premiere dates for four series to debut in July, including the return of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
The improv comedy series, based on a U.K. format that spawned an eight-year run on ABC starting in 1998, is returning with new half-hour episodes, starting Tuesday, July 16. Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, “Whose Line” will also feature the return of cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie.
After an hourlong premiere on July 16, “Whose Line” will air half-hour segs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., followed by an encore.
It will be paired on Tuesday with half-hour dating show “Perfect Score,” hosted by Arielle Kebbel. Its premiere is set for the 9 o’clock hour on July 16, and the show will start airing half-hour episodes on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., followed by an encore, on July 23.
“Whose Line Is It Anyway” is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions. “Perfect Score” is from FremantleMedia North America.
Newcomer “The Hunt,” from Renegade 83 and Blackbird Television in association with Warner Horizon Television, will bow on Wednesday, July 31 at 9 o’clock. Show is a wilderness competition series in which 12 teams of 2 live in a fenced-in enclosure in the middle of the wild for one month.
The July premieres will give CW some heat in the second half of the summer and flow into the start of the broadcast season in September. The net also has the latest edition of long-running competition series “America’s Next Top Model” on tap for the summer.