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Up Acquires ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’

Improv Comedy Game Show Bows on the Family Friendly Cable Net on Sunday, October 1st

UP, the destination for family friendly TV, has acquired the off-network broadcast rights to “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The improv “game” show, hosted initially by Drew Carey for ABC and, at present, Aisha Tyler for The CW, will kick-off with a five-hour marathon on Sunday, October 1 beginning at 7 p.m. ET before settling into its weekly timeslot on Sundays from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET and weeknights at 11 p.m. ET.

The deal consists of 185 of the Drew Carey hosted episodes from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, as well as seasons one through four (76 episodes in total) of the Aisha Tyler hosted ones. Additional seasons of “Whose Line is it Anyway” on The CW will be included in the deal.

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” features comedians Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles,along with a rotating group of guests as they perform outrageous scenes, weird quirks, spontaneous songs and much more, all done on the spot and completely unrehearsed. “Whose Line Is It Anyway? began as a radio program in London in 1988 before creators Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson brought the show to television. Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Dan Patterson, Denise O’Donoghue and Jimmy Mulville serve as executive producers.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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