It’s not a March Fools joke — improvisational comedy showcase Whose Line Is It Anyway? really is returning to television
News of the series’s revival broke this morning, when star Colin Mochrie released this coy tweet:
The CW confirmed the show’s return with a press release this afternoon, saying that new episodes of Whose Line will air on the network this summer. A premiere date will be announced at a later time.
The new incarnation will be hosted by The Talk host Aisha Tyler, a comedian who also stars on FX’s Archer. Master improvisers Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady — all cast members of the original show — will appear in each episode, along with one special guest comedian.
The American version of Whose Line aired on ABC from 1998-2004 and on ABC Family from 2005-07. The series was spun off from a British show of the same name, which began airing on the UK’s Channel 4 in 1988.
There’s just one thing missing from the revived series: original host, producer, and occasional improviser Drew Carey, who apparently has no involvement in the new Whose Line. When asked for comment, Carey’s rep told EW that she hadn’t heard anything about the revived show. Carey hosted a similar program, Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza, on the Game Show Network in 2011. Both Stiles and Mochrie made frequent appearances on Carey’s series.