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“Whose Line” returns with big laughs and fresh ideas

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is back from a six-year hiatus, and these comedians definitely returned with a bang.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? has returned after almost six years off the air.


America’s favorite improv comedians are back in business and just as witty as ever. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” returned to cable television Tuesday night after almost six years off the air.

The new season started out with a comfortable mix of old and new. Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady, the viewers’ three favorite faces, brought back their usual hilarity and awkwardness. The trio was part of the original British series and older U.S. seasons, so they were essential for a successful premiere (and will continue to be for the rest of this revamp). On the new side, we saw unfamiliar guest comedians like Gary Anthony Williams and Heather Ann Campbell. I’ve never seen these two perform elsewhere, but they had me laughing and fit in perfectly with the show’s random wit.

Most notably, however, “Whose Line” has a new host: Aisha Tyler. Tyler is most well-known for hosting “The Talk”, but she’s also the voice for the sassy and sexy Lana on “Archer”. And she did not disappoint. I never liked Drew Carey, but I also knew going into this that a new host could be a complete bust. However, her comedic contributions were fantastic, and she gave Mochrie and company the freedom to do their thing without constant interruption.

Tuesday’s episodes also featured celebrity guests: Lauren Cohan of “The Walking Dead” and “Glee’s” Kevin McHale. They were fun enough to watch, and they didn’t interfere too much. I do hope they kill the celebrity guest thing eventually, though. I like to focus on the comedians, and I feel like the wrong celebrity could completely ruin a sketch.

Speaking of the sketches…oh man. After an hour of viewing, my abs were sore from how much I laughed. The show renewed games from back in the day including “Scenes from a Hat”, but they also incorporated a lot of new(ish) ideas. My favorite by far was “Sideways Scene”. This sketch was featured in the British version of “Whose Line”, but had never made its way to the U.S. Am I glad it did. Mochrie, Brady and Campbell crawled around a red set acting out scenes from James Bond to “The Poltergeist”, and I could barely hold back my tears.

I’m usually skeptical of revamps, and “Whose Line” was no exception. However, after two hilarious episodes, I’m far from disappointed. My biggest critique is the celebrity guests, but that won’t come close to ruining it for me. Brady, Stiles and Mochrie are as brilliant as ever, and the new faces and ideas bring promise to an already amazing show. I look forward to the rest of this season, tears, snorting and all.

Haley BeMiller is a senior journalism and international politics student at DePaul University in Chicago. She works with online and print media, and also dabbles in photography. In addition to journalism and politics, she is passionate about art, music, theater, food, and all things nerdy.

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Megyn Kelly’s Ratings Hit “Possible All-Time Low for ‘Today’”

Megyn Kelly’s ratings continue to go down the tubes.

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NBC’s big gamble on Megyn Kelly taking over Tamron Hall’s old timeslot continues to not pay off the way they expected.


According to Page Six, producers were hoping for a ratings bonanza with Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week but only ended up with lower ratings, as viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday.

“It’s a possible all-time low for ‘Today.’ It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show. [NBC News president] Noah [Oppenheim] and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy [Lack] are in big trouble,” a source told Page Six.

Another source added, “That’s a big drop. They have to turn this around.”

Kelly also appeared for the first time on MSNBC earlier this week.

“It’s unthinkable. You don’t see Matt [Lauer] or Savannah [Guthrie] on MSNBC … It’s not a good sign.”

Kelly’s poor ratings have also affected “Kathie Lee & Hoda,” Page Six reported after Kelly’s hour of “Today” was down 32 percent as compared to a year ago, while “Kathie Lee & Hoda” fell 26 percent. Insiders are reportedly blaming that on Kelly’s “weak lead-in.”

But on Friday, an NBC insider insisted: “Megyn’s having a strong week. Her numbers are up double-digits versus last week,” and “NBC News anchors appear frequently on MSNBC.”

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ABC is Still the best fit For the Marvel Model says Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb

While Marvel’s cinematic universe is a pretty well-oiled hit machine at this point but their television shows has suffered a few missteps of late.

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The glory days of Marvel comics have been questionable of late despite being a big hit to fans from all over the world over the years after the release of the Marvel’s Inhumans during the weekend.


Marvel’s Inhumans had been termed as the worst thing it has done in years after the show earning an estimated $1.5 million, despite airing on 400 IMAX screens.  This may suggest a downfall in one of the biggest cinema companies in the world but considering its expansion of late and the promising Thor: Ragnarok with The Defenders  being met with good-natured ambivalence and Iron Fist was greeted with derision.

Marvel television has grown and is expected to continue growing after expanding to Netflix, FX, and Hulu.  Despite this growth, Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb reiterated that ABC is still the “mothership” of Marvel’s television slate when addressing comic book resources:

“Absolutely. Absolutely. Obviously these aren’t things I can talk about. But look, as it is with every single one of the networks that we have gotten with that this is with, and whether it’s Fox or it’s FX or it’s Freeform, or it’s Hulu, or it’s Netflix, ABC is always going to be our mothership. It is a Disney-owned network. We are a Disney-owned corporation and we’re a good fit for each other,” he expressed.

Loeb further explained why  ABC is still the best fit for the Marvel model:

“We speak a lot of the same language and the kinds of things that are important to them, which is people rising up again adversity; real emotion; a strong female character, but also a strong sense of family and questions of identity. All of those things are key to being a successful ABC show, but they’re also key to being a Marvel show. So in that way we’re going to go and see what happens along the way,” he concluded.

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‘Black 90210’: The Hopefully Expected New Show on Teens from Insecure’s Creator, Issa Rae

The ‘Insecure’ star pitched a new show that would resemble a black version of ‘90210.’

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The comedy-drama HBO series Insecure, has two episodes to go in its second season that premiered on 23rd July and the creator Issa Rae, has already pitched a new show. In a video doing round on social media, Rae gives her fans a glimpse on what the show will be about. The trending video on Twitter reveals that the new show will be centered on the lives of black teenagers, an idea that is set to be an epic story if production starts.


In the video she says, “I would like to pitch you a new show about black teenagers. Think 90210 or Gossip Girlfor black kids.” She further reveals the possible titles for the show, “Maybe we call it Ladera Heights 90041. It could be Potomac Maryland 20854. That’s the real s**t.”

Issa’s video also gives her fans an idea of the expected characters in development for the show for a better understanding of the storyline. As expected, she will include a “ho character” in the show as seen in her previous works. She says “I would definitely have a ho character, always on her ho s**t. Just thirsty.” “No goodie-goodies over here, not in this show. Nobody was watching 90210 for Tori Spelling.”

Issa also revealed the character that she will play in the new show and her part in the narrative. “My main character would be Lil Ritche. You know, he’s a young, black rich teen. He’s tired of the access, and the excess…I’m lil Ritchie, I’m so tired of being rich, there’s more to me than this.’ Bars! I just created a song. That’s the theme song.”

The new show will undoubtedly be a major success as Issa Rae seeks to further grow her career by coming up with more exciting series. Rae’s reputation precedes her as she has an impressive over 20 million views for her show with over 260,000 YouTube subscribers.

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