In what may be a sign of things to come, TEN will screen Foxtel’s new local comedy, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia.
It’s not the first time a Foxtel-commissioned series has screened on commercial television, but it’s a rarity. While Gogglebox airs on both, it was jointly commissioned. But Foxtel became a major shareholder in TEN in late 2015, with CEO Peter Tonagh on the TEN board.
Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia is produced by Kevin Whyte, Guesswork Television, and Craig Campbell, +61 TV and debuted on Foxtel in November.
Australia’s take on this iconic comedy series is hosted by engaging comedian Tommy Little, who is joined each week by a lively ensemble cast led by energetic New Zealand actor-comedian Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords), stand-up extraordinaire Cal Wilson, multi-talented comic Tegan Higginbotham, internationally trained performer Susie Youssef, first-rate improviser Steen Raskopoulos, triple-threat Bridie Connell and world-class clown Tom Walker.
Each episode features four of the ensemble cast members taking on a series of spontaneous, improvised sketches, with just a germ of an idea from Tommy to guide them along the way.
With input from the live studio audience, these fast-paced sketches take unexpected and imaginative turns to keep everyone laughing out loud.
Host Tommy has the power to award points to the best performers and the funniest sketches of the night, determining an overall winning performer at the conclusion of each episode.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia weaves its unique web of ridiculous and entertaining storytelling each week, with singing and dancing thrown in to keep the cast on their creative toes.
This fun and adventurous 10-part series is based on the popular UK original format that premiered in 1988 and was followed by the United States in 1998. Whose Line Is It Anyway? has through the years showcased some of the world’s most impressive comedians and famous faces.
Monday 13 February at 9.00pm on TEN.