The CW Renews 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' and Two More Series for Summer

Whose Line is it Anyway?
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Following its revival, the Wayne Brady-hosted sketch comedy series will be back for a second and supersized run of 24 episodes. The unscripted series helps put The CW in the half-hour comedy slot and should it continue to perform, could serve as a launchpad for original scripted comedies.

The CW is recommitting to its unscripted summer slate.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion have all been renewed to return in summer 2017, it was announced Monday.

Whose Line will return for its fifth season on The CW, with host Aisha Tyler and castmembers Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. The CW resurrected the improv series in 2013, after its successful eight-season run on ABC from 1998-2007. Stiles, Brady and Mochrie executive produce with Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson and Jimmy Mulville. Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions produce.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us will be back for its fourth season, and its second with host Alyson Hannigan. Magicians Penn Jillette and Teller executive produce with Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder. The one-hour magic show hails from 117 Productions and September Films.

Masters of Illusion, hosted by Dean Cain, will return for its third season. The show, which originally aired on PAX before being resurrected by The CW in 2014, also centers on magic, specifically illusionists and escape artists. The Associated Television International production is exec produced by David McKenzie, Gay Blackstone, David Martin and Al Schwartz. Justin Pierce and Jim Romanovich co-executive produce.

While several of the broadcasters have struggled to lure viewers with scripted fare, networks like The CW, NBC and ABC have found success with unscripted fare like ABC's retro game show block and NBC's reality competition series including America's Got Talent and American Ninja Warrior.