CW Network Moves its New Friday Night Line-up Premieres by One Week to April 17

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12 April 2015
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“CEDRIC’S BARBER BATTLE,” “WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?"
“THE MESSENGERS” to Premiere on Friday, April 17 on the CW
 
          The CW Network has moved the premiere date for its new Friday night line-up by one week to Friday, April 17.   The CW’s reality competition series "Cedric's Barber Battle" will now debut Friday, April 17 (8:00-8:30 pm ET), followed by a new cycle of the improv series
"Whose Line Is It Anyways?" (8:30-9:00 pm ET), and the night caps off with the network’s apocalyptic new drama "The Messengers" (9:00-10:00 pm ET).
 Cedric Barber Battle
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"Cedric's Barber Battle"
Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW

 
           CEDRIC’S BARBER BATTLE, an all-new reality competition series hosted by actor and comedian Cedric The Entertainer, sets out to capture the unique culture that exists in barbering communities across the country.  Blending craft with comedy, CEDRIC’S BARBER BATTLE will visit different barbershops in communities, including Los Angeles, Queens, Harlem and Austin, where the best barbers will go head-to-head in a hilariously unfiltered, no-holds-barred arena.  Creating hair sculptures that feature elaborate designs, ranging from images of a person’s face to grand cityscapes, the barbers will use nothing more than their clippers and a few coloring tools to create intricate works of art that are both imaginative and location-centric.  Episodes will contain two challenges: a “buzz cut” challenge, set inside an iconic barbershop, and an outdoor “cut down” challenge, located at a regional landmark in each city.  At the end of each episode, a champion will be crowned.
           The panel of judges, also known as “The Cutting Board,” is made up of renowned celebrity barbers including Curtis Smith, Rich the Barber, Bashan “B.G. Cutta” Gibbs and famed instructor Lena Piccininni.
Whose Line is It Anyways?
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"Whose Line Is It Anyways?"
Fridays at 8:30 PM ET on THE CW
 
         Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original U.S. version of this comedy improv series such a hit.  Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. 
           Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs.  After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode. 
The Messengers
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"The Messengers"
Premieres Friday, April 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET on The CW
“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth
 and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.”
(Revelation 9:1)

 
          In the white-hot sun of the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Buckley watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes in a blinding flash, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops Vera’s heart and panics her techie coworker, Alan Harris. 
         Vera is not the only one affected by the blast; she is instantly and mysteriously connected to four other strangers, who also collapse only to miraculously come back to life: Erin Calder, a young mother desperate to protect her 7-year-old daughter from an abusive ex-husband; Peter Moore, a troubled high school student who finally lashes out to end the constant bullying he can no longer endure; Raul Garcia, a federal agent looking to escape his undercover assignment in a violent Mexican drug cartel; and Joshua Silburn, Jr., a charismatic second-generation televangelist following in his father’s footsteps – all awaken after the blast with extraordinary gifts, from inexplicable strength to the ability to heal others. 
         Most mysterious of all is the figure known only as The Man, who offers Vera the one thing she wants most in life – to be reunited with her kidnapped son – if she will help him with one morally complicated task.  That task puts Vera on a collision course with nurse Rose Arvale who, after a seemingly random act of violence left her in a coma for seven years, suddenly begins to stir.  As Joshua Jr. prophesied, the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and these five newly christened Angels of the Apocalypse may be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture. 
        The series stars Shantel VanSanten (“Gang Related,” “One Tree Hill”) as Vera Buckley, Jon Fletcher (“City of Dreams”) as Joshua Silburn, Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia (“Betrayal,” “Gossip Girl”) as Erin Calder, JD Pardo (“Revolution”) as Raul Garcia, Joel Courtney (“Super 8”) as Peter Moore, Anna Diop (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Rose Arvale, Craig Frank (“Mixology”) as Alan Harris, and Diogo Morgado (“Son of God,” “Sol de Inverno”) as The Man.
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