Can't believe no one in the discussion thread pointed out the slight change of lineup for Hollywood Director. I thought Gary did an ok job for a director. He has the French-Canadian accent down and he's already bald to take Colin's place X3.
You're not wrong, BookThief. I think with lax regulations in censorship on modern day television Whose Line is pushing for much edgier, sexual content, which is fine if taken in smaller portions per episode. I'm hoping one day, too, Drew will make a guest appearance and reclaim his role as the monkey butt of the other cast members' humor, which is probably why his hosting role plays a role in the success and relevance of Whose Line. Sure, Drew contributes the least in participation, but the fact that he had hosting duties while he was in his own sitcom and is rich as hell played for endless jokes by the cast. And he's always such a good sport despite his authoritative role in the show's conception.
I always believed that if a show doesn't want to get stale, they should push the envelope of improv television, not by shoehorning celebrities that have a popular following or an audience who normally doesn't associate with the Whose Line Brand, but by playing around the format. They are taking baby steps by having Gary in the Hollywood Director role, but still... TAKE RISKS. In addition to episode marathons on holidays, have a special holiday episode akin to the UK version with more than 4 regulars participating. Since most of them do live shows on tour, maybe Whose Line should record a live episode or something, uninterrupted and unedited, to give those who haven't experienced a Whose Line taping or show the chance to watch in real time, then release it as usual on their website. Aesthetically pay homage to the past reincarnations in any way possible so that it mends the broken base who favors one version over another. Need more funds to keep Whose Line running? Put all the improvised songs from the show into one compilation album and sell it on iTunes or something, because I'm sure there are plenty of women and girls who will open their wallets to have Wayne, Jeff, Jonathan, Gary and Brad's vocal prowess in their speakers. All these ideas are practically gift-wrapped for the show and they use NONE of it. I can only wonder how long until the show realizes how predictable the format is and push riskier, media-focused ideas beyond the television matrix.