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CW Summer Schedule Features Three New Series, New Night for ‘Whose Line’

The CW is bulking up with summer programming again this year, on Monday setting a slate that features three new series — including one that began as a digital series for the network — as well as three returning shows. Also of note are new nights for “America’s Next Top Model” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway.”

Beauty and the Beast,” which had premiered in October in its first two seasons, will kick off summer for the network, with its third season airing Thursdays at 8 starting May 21.

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway” will form a two-hour block on Mondays starting July 6. “Penn” will air hourlong originals in the 8 o’clock hour, followed by a “Whose Line” original at 9 and a repeat at 9:30. The improv comedy show had been airing on Fridays.

Starting Thursday, July 9, “Beauty and the Beast” will be followed on Thursdays by the British series “Dates,” in which each episode focuses on a first date between two people who have met on an online dating service. Featuring a cast that largely changes with each episode, “Dates” includes such stars as Oona Chaplin (“Game of Thrones”), Ben Chaplin (“Thin Red Line”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Katie McGrath (“Dracula”), Amanda Hale (“The White Queen”) and Gemma Chan (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”).

Bryan Elsley created the series that aired on Channel 4 in Great Britain. “Dates” is produced by Balloon (Dates) Ltd., and distributed by eOne.

“Masters of Illusion,” featuring great escapes and sleight-of-hand illusions in front of a live audience, returns with 13 new half-hour episodes and will debut Friday, July 10, at 8 o’clock. It will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by a repeat “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and at 9 by firstrun drama “The Messengers,” which premieres this Friday and will run well into summer.

On August 3, new series “Significant Mother” will take over the Monday 9:30 p.m. repeat slot of “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” In the show, the world of budding Portland restaurateur Nate (Josh Zuckerman) is turned upside down when he comes back from a business trip to find his Lothario best friend and roommate, Jimmy, is now dating his recently separated mother, Lydia (Krista Allen). To make matters worse, Nate’s previously disinterested dad, Harrison (Jonathan Silverman) is now determined to win Lydia back and isn’t afraid to use Nate to get what he wants.

The series was initially developed as a digital series for CW Seed, the network’s digital studio, before being ordered to series for the broadcast network. It hails from Alloy Entertainment, producers of CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals,” and “The 100,” in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. It is written by Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith, who are also executive producers with Tripp Reed and Les Morgenstein.

And on Wednesday, Aug. 5, the latest edition of “America’s Next Top Model” leads into the series premiere of “A Wicked Offer.”  “Model” aired most of its fall season on Friday but is returning to the night on which it enjoyed its highest-rated seasons.

“Wicked Offer” is a darkly comic one-hour series in which couples are presented with a series of Faustian bargains, as they must decide to complete a series of scandalous and controversial tasks involving their unsuspecting friends, families and co-workers for cash prizes.  With each challenge testing the couple’s moral and ethical boundaries, the couples must weigh the potential havoc wreaked on their relationship with each other and everyone involved.  As each task is completed, the stakes and the cash value are raised, forcing the couple to decide how far they’re willing to go for money.

The series is exec produced by Bobby Sizemore (“Giuliana and Bill,” “Tori and Dean”) and by Jenny Daly (“Storage Hunters,” “Mystery Diners,” “Container Wars,” “Invention USA”) through her T Group production company.


Here are key dates for CW’s summer schedule:

Thursday, May 21
8:00-9:00pm               “Beauty and the Beast” (Season Premiere)

Monday, July 6
8:00-9:00pm               “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (Cycle Premiere)
9:00-9:30pm               “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (New Night)
9:30-10:00pm             “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (Encore)

Thursday, July 9
9:00-9:30pm               “Dates” (Series Premiere)
9:30-10:00pm             “Dates” (Original Episode)

Friday, July 10
8:00-8:30pm               “Masters of Illusion” (Cycle Premiere)
8:30-9:00pm               “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (Encore)
9:00-10:00pm             “The Messengers” (premiered in April)

Monday, August 5
8:00-9:00pm               “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (Original Episode)
9:00-9:30pm               “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (Original Episode)
9:30-10:00pm             “Significant Mother” (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, August 5
8:00-9:00pm               “America’s Next Top Model” (Cycle Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm             “A Wicked Offer” (Series Premiere)

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