or


[11/27/07 - 05:26 PM]
Ion Television Secures Rights to Sitcom Favorite "The Drew Carey Show" from Warner BroS. Domestic Cable Distribution
The network will launch the Emmy-nominated series with a New Year's Eve marathon from 7:00-11:00 pm (ET).

[via press release from ION]

ION Television Secures Rights to Sitcom Favorite "The Drew Carey Show" From Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution

Network to Launch Emmy-Nominated Series in Primetime with a "Drew Year's Party" Marathon on New Year's Eve

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- ION Media Networks, Inc. (AMEX:ION) announced today that it has obtained from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution the rights to air the beloved, long-running sitcom, The Drew Carey Show. ION Television will launch the Emmy-nominated series with a New Year's Eve marathon from 7:00-11:00 pm (ET), and then add it to the network's weeknight primetime lineup New Year's Day with airings Mondays through Thursdays at 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm (ET).

"The Drew Carey Show will bring a nice breath of fresh air to ION Television's primetime lineup," said Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. "It advances our plan to broaden our network's appeal by targeting a contemporary audience with timeless humor and entertainment."

"We are thrilled to be in business with ION and believe that their acquisition of The Drew Carey Show for their primetime lineup is a smart decision based upon the show's proven ratings track record and the star power of Drew Carey, who is one of the most recognizable names in comedy today," said Eric Frankel, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution.

A long-running hit, The Drew Carey Show is one of only seven network sitcoms to last nine seasons on the air. Set in Cleveland, Ohio, the clever, fast-paced series depicts the plight of an average "everyman." An overweight and over-worked protagonist whose love life is far from enviable, Drew is a sympathetic character that viewers have grown to love. Accompanied by his longtime friends, Kate O'Brien (Christa Miller), Oswald Lee Harvey (Diedrich Bader) and Lewis Michelangelo Kiniski (Ryan Stiles), he navigates the everyday struggles of life, relationships and success. Meanwhile, his workplace tribulations are heightened by his cosmetically-challenged arch nemesis, Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney). Regardless of his less than glamorous lifestyle, Drew Carey certainly makes his audience realize that Cleveland does, indeed, Rock!

Beginning in January, Drew fans will be able to relive the fun of The Drew Carey Show on ION Television, and enjoy a whole new dimension of the series with contests, interactive experiences and special features.

Drew Carey continues to be hugely popular with television audiences and is one of the most recognizable comedians working today, ranking behind only Bill Cosby in the 2006 Q Score familiarity and appeal measurements. This season, he's taken over the hosting duties of one of TV's longest-running and most popular series ever, The Price Is Right, and he also hosts the new game show, The Power of 10. He's won three People's Choice Awards, and has been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Drew Carey Show propelled not only its star to fame, but launched the careers of several other cast members, as well. Christa Miller, who played Drew's spunky pal, Kate, has continued her brash comedy with a full-time role on Scrubs. Kate Walsh, a.k.a. Drew's on-again, off-again girlfriend Nicki Fifer, moved on to land a major role on Grey's Anatomy and now stars in Private Practice. And, Craig Ferguson, who played boss man Nigel Algernon Wick, has become the newest luminary of late-night TV. The show also featured many high-profile guests, from the favorites Dick Clark and Shirley Jones to the colorful Eugene Levy and "Weird Al" Yankovic to the Emmy-winning star of Entourage, Jeremy Piven.

From Mohawk Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Drew Carey Show was created by Carey & Bruce Helford. Carey, Deborah Oppenheimer, Helford, Dave Caplan, Russ Woody and Dan O'Keefe are the executive producers.

About ION Media Networks

ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates the nation's largest broadcast television station group and ION Television, reaching over 94 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. ION Television currently features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning libraries of Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television, among others. ION Media has also partnered with RHI Entertainment, which owns over 4,000 hours of acclaimed television content, to provide weekend primetime programming consisting of exclusive original programming and quality library titles. Utilizing its digital multicasting capability, the company has launched several digital TV brands, including qubo, a television and multimedia network for children formed in partnership with several leading media and entertainment companies, and ION Life, a television and multimedia network dedicated to health and wellness for consumers and families. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.tv.

About Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution

Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution (WBDCD) is one of the leading suppliers of programming to the pay television and basic cable marketplaces. WBDCD is responsible for the sale, marketing and distribution of previously produced content from the vast Warner Bros. Entertainment library � including feature films, television series, miniseries, television movies and specials � to basic cable and pay TV. WBDCD is also a major licensor of feature films to the broadcast networks.





  [november 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· DREW CAREY SHOW, THE (ABC)





[09/01/15 - 01:51 PM]
David Hill and Reginald Hudlin to Produce 88th Oscars(R) Telecast
"What a great and exciting honor! The quest is to honor the year in film, honor the art, and above all, make it fun," said Hill.

[09/01/15 - 01:12 PM]
Vice President Joe Biden to Visit CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Thursday, Sept. 10
Biden will join the previously announced guests Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and country singer Toby Keith.

[09/01/15 - 12:59 PM]
SundanceTV Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Iconic "Ghostbusters" Films with the "Slimer Saturday" Marathon, Kicking Off Saturday, September 5th at 1:00 PM ET/PT
Viewers can settle in to watch their favorite team of paranormal experts take on ghosts, ghouls and Marshmallow Men alike in these classic comedies.

[09/01/15 - 12:50 PM]
"Little People Big World: A Bigger Conversation" 2-Hour Special Airs Tonight at 8/7c on TLC
For the first time ever, this beloved family sits down for an exclusive, 2-hour candid interview with NBC News correspondent Andrea Canning.

[09/01/15 - 12:19 PM]
This Labor Day Weekend, Grab a Ringside Seat to the Greatest Boxing Movie Saga of All Time with El Rey Network's "Rocky" Movie Marathon
The "Rocky" Movie Marathon includes the first five films in the series, aired back-to-back with introductions by Stallone.

[09/01/15 - 12:16 PM]
Disney Channel Routs Summer Competition for 4th-Consecutive Year in Total Viewers and Major Youth Demographics
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for the summer to date.

[09/01/15 - 12:11 PM]
ABC Family Is the Summer's #1 Cable TV Network for the 3rd Time in Last 4 Summers in Women 18-34
ABC Family further spins the numbers for the summer to date.

[09/01/15 - 12:06 PM]
Starz Play Launches on the Roku Platform
Roku customers can find Starz Play in the Movies & TV category within the Roku Channel Store.

[09/01/15 - 11:41 AM]
Catch Up on "Empire" with a Season One Marathon This Labor Day on FX
Said stunt is time for the show's second season launch on Wednesday, September 23.

[09/01/15 - 11:31 AM]
NBC's Saturday Afternoon Coverage of American Pharoah's 2nd Place Finish Is Most Watched Travers Stakes in 20 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, August 29.

[09/01/15 - 11:11 AM]
Food Network Is Full of Tricks and Treats with "Halloween Baking Championship" Hosted by Richard Blais
The four-part series launches Monday, October 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the cable channel.

[09/01/15 - 11:10 AM]
"Honor Thy Saturday" by Watching College Football on FOX & FOX Sports 1
Gridiron legends Brian "The Boz" Bosworth, Eric Dickerson and William "Refrigerator" Perry star as college football gods in FOX Sports' new ad campaign launching this week.

[09/01/15 - 10:56 AM]
"Ninja Warrior" Ties Its Top 18-49 Rating in Three Years and Delivers Its #2 Most-Watched Episode Ever
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, August 31.

[09/01/15 - 10:27 AM]
"The Whispers" Season Finale Hits 4-Week Highs in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, August 31.

[09/01/15 - 10:26 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "American Ninja Warrior" Reclaim Top Spots
The Peacock easily wins the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.