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TV Review

Bawdier ‘Whose Line … ’ debuts

Fans of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” when it aired on ABC from 1998 to 2006 will probably be satisfied with the new “Whose Line ... ” on The CW unless they are easily offended.

The old “Whose Line ... ” could be bawdy, but this new iteration, debuting with back-to-back episodes at tonight at 8, seems more calculated to titillate.

Many of the “Whose Line ... ” regulars are back, including Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Drew Carey is not back as the host; those duties now go to Aisha Tyler, who whoops it up as the innuendo flies during assorted improv challenges.

For the game “things-you-can-say-about-your-favorite-pair-of-shoes-but-not-your-partner,” Brady suggests, “I don’t like it when I’m inside of you and you squeak.”

Stiles contributes, “Hmmm, these used to fit tighter.”

Brady returns with another line: “The tongue keeps getting in the way.”

A fourth chair features rotating players, including Keegan Michael Key from Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Each episode also includes a guest star – Kevin McHale from “Glee,” Candice Accola from “The Vampire Diaries” – who plays along.

“Whose Line” remains an unpredictable, often funny and entertaining way to pass a half-hour, but with a raunchier tone, this show may no longer have the broad appeal it previously enjoyed; and that may be OK with The CW, which targets a young-skewing niche audience anyway.