Aisha Tyler

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the improv ­"competition" series where everything is made up and the points don't matter, was a sleeper hit for eight seasons on ABC and ABC Family starting in the late '90s. Now, Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie are back to their old hilarious tricks in a reboot on The CW. Aisha Tyler, who takes the hosting reins from Drew Carey, fills us in on the upcoming antics.

TV Guide Magazine: What do you bring that's new or different as host?
Aisha Tyler:
Well, more girlness and more blackness. [Laughs] I love Drew, and I was incredibly honored to be asked to take over for him, but I'm not going to try to be him. I'm going to bring my own sensibility.

TV Guide Magazine: Some of the improv games on the show — like Scenes From a Hat and Sound Effects — are the stuff of YouTube legend. Will you introduce any instant classics on the reboot?
Tyler:
There are a bunch of new games, including one that is absolutely my favorite, but I can't tell you. There's gotta be some surprises!

TV Guide Magazine: The show also has a celebrity participant each week. Were there any standouts?
Tyler:
[The Vampire Diaries'] Candice Accola was pretty amazing. That was a real shock just in terms of how game she was. She's a singer! Kevin McHale [from Glee] obviously was amazing, but no one was surprised by that.

TV Guide Magazine: Will we see you performing toe-to-toe with the guys?
Tyler:
I don't get out on the floor in this season — we do a lot of back-and-forth from the desk — but hopefully if we come back, I'll be able to get in there.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? premieres Tuesday at 8/7c on The CW.

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