Renewed & Returning: “Whose Line,” “Catchphrase”

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on The CW, FYI and ITV. The CW has ordered new seasons of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Penn & Teller: Fool ...
October 28, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new seasons are on the way for series on The CW, FYI and ITV.

The CW has ordered new seasons of Whose Line Is It Anyway?Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion. The new seasons of the series will return as part of The CW’s 2017 summer schedule, with dates and times to be announced later.

Based on the successful UK format, Whose Line Is It Anyway returns for its fifth season, featuring host Aisha Tyler and cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with a special guest comedian each episode. The cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. The show, from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions, is produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Stiles, Brady and Mochrie.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic starring the legendary magician duo Penn & Teller. Each episode features aspiring magicians who are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the hosts. Anyone who succeeds in that endeavor wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Created and produced by 117 Productions and September Films, the series is hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan with Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder serving as executive producers.

Masters of Illusion, which is hosted by actor Dean Cain, features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists with performers in each episode displaying skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to comedy routines. The series is produced by Associated Television International with David McKenzie, Gay Blackstone, David Martin and Al Schwartz serving as executive producers. Justin Pierce and Jim Romanovich serve as co-executive producers.

Meanwhile, ITV has commissioned STV productions to produce a new season of the game show Catchphrase (pictured). The 8 x 45 minute series, which will include two 60-minute shows featuring celebrity contestants, will invite players to “say what they see.” The show, which was revived with a brand new series in 2013 featuring a revamped set, 3D graphics and a dynamic new end game, is hosted by Stephen Mulhern along with his animated sidekick, Mr. Chips. The series was commissioned by Peter Davey, head of comedy entertainment at ITV.

Lastly, FYI has ordered a fifth season of Married at First Sight. Production is currently underway in Chicago, Illinois, with the new season slated to premiere in 2017. The series follows singles yearning for a life-long partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet. Season five of the show will see singles from the Chicago area matched by a panel of relationship experts, including Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Rachel DeAlto and Pastor Calvin Roberson. Married at First Sight is produced by Kinetic Content, with Chris Coelen and Sam Dean serving as executive producers. Gena McCarthy serves as executive producer for FYI.   

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.