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The Drew Carey Show aired from September 1995 until September 2004 on ABC.


Crew-cut heavyset Drew Carey starred in this inventive sitcom about four single working- class friends in Cleveland , his own real-life hometown.Drew ( the character) was the underpaid assistant personnel director at the Winfred -Louder Department Store, but he spent much of his time hanging out in his kitchen, or at the Warsaw Tavern , with his three best friends. They were Oswald ( Diedrich Bader), an easygoing package deliveryman and wannabe disc jockey; Lewis ( Ryan Styles), a janitor at the mysterious DrugCo Pharmaceutical Co.; and Kate ( Christa Miller), an overgrown tomboy looking for love. At work his chief nemesis was Mimi ( Kathy Kinney), the secretary from Hell, a living cartoon whose loud clothes and louder makeup would make the Roadrunner scoot. Mr. Bell ( Kevin Pollak) was the original loud but usually unseen boss, replaced in 1997 by the more visable Nigel Wick ( Craig Ferguson). Dottie ( later Fran) Louder ( Nan Martin) was the elderly widow of the store founder.


A succession of Drew's girlfriends passed through including Lisa ( Katy Selverstone) , Nicki ( Kate Walsh), whom he almost married, sixtyish Ceila ( played by Shirley jones) and Tracy. Jay ( Robert Torti) was Kate's boyfriend for a time, before she and Oswald decided to become engaged during the 1997-1998 season. At the last minute they called it off. Besides the gang's dating misadventures, they started their own micro-brewery, Buzz Beer, hosted a back yard bash for much of Cleveland , and took spur-of-the-moment road trips. Among the highlights of the series were the occasional elaborately produced musical fantasies, in which everyone danced and sang, and the parodies on current films like The Full Monty.


Later seasons brought comic twists and turns as the series verged more and more toward the surrealistic ( Drew's fantasies while in a coma, multiple marriages, dance numbers, various takeovers of the department store by unlikely people ,etc.) Drew's brother Steve ( John Carroll Lynch)came to town and married Mimi, with whom he eventually had a baby, Gus in 2001. Drew decided that his true soul mate had been Kate all along, so they began dating during the 1999-2000 season, and at various times he was "married " to Kate, Nicki ( who came back) and Mr. Wick ( who needed to marry a U.S. citizen to stay in the country). In 2002 Kate abruptly left Cleveland and married handsome fighter pilot Kirk ( Cameron Mathison), throwing Drew into a profound depression. Nicki, his sometimes homicidal ex-girlfriend , now badly overweight and with low self-esteem , moved into his house , as did pretty newcomer Kellie ( Cynthia Watros), a former schoolmate with a crush on Drew. The two women did not get along. Drew decided to search for a wife , a task hindered by the disruption of his career when Winfred-Louder went bankrupt. The store was taken over by two annoying young techno -nerds , Evan and Scott ( Kyle Howard, Jonathan Mangum), and turned into an neverendingstore.com They considered Drew " the old guy," but eventually gave him his old job back.


During the summer of 2003 Drew continued to look for love, meeting a rather scary Southern woman named Lily (Tammy Lauren) who he brieftly married.Mimi was back on the dating scene, having been abandoned by Steve and forced to raise their son Gus alone. Eventually she moved in with Larry Almada ( Ian Gomez), who had once been a co-worker of Drew's at Winfred-Louder. Egged on by his mother Beulah ( Marion Ross), Drew increasingly ralized that his true love was Kellie. Kellie became pregnant in 2004 and their on-again/off-again relationship became more intense until in the series finale they were finally married -just as she gave birth to Drew, Jr. In the final scene Drew was shown playing pool in the rain ( just as in the series premiere), thanking the audience for nine great years.


A Review from Variety


The Drew Carey Show
((ABC, Wed. Sept. 13, 8:30 p.m.))
By TONY SCOTT


Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios by Mohawk Prods, and Warner Bros. TV. Executive producer, Bruce Helford; co-executive producers, Clay Graham, Les Firestein; producers, Deborah Oppenheimer, Robert Borden, Drew Carey, Rick Messina, Richard Baker, Larina Adamson; director, Michael Lessac; creators-writers, Carey, Helford.

Cast: Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Christa Miller, Ryan Stiles, Kathy Kinney, Alaina Reed Hall, Victor Helford, David St. James, Ian Gomez, Lauren Katz, Natasha Silver.


Pilot for new series headed by standup comic Drew Carey goes in for establishing working-class characters. All amiable enough folks, they could use sharper dialogue and fresher observations.
Carey and three friends gather at his house in Cleveland. Kate (Christa Miller) is the snappy-looking tomboy whose blatant talk isn't as smart as writers Carey and Bruce Helford think it is. Oswald (deepvoiced Diedrich Bader) aims to be a deejay, and Lewis (lanky Ryan Stiles) is a janitor at a pharmaceutical company. The kitchen's the meeting place to talk over activities , but the talk's routine, the reactions predictable.


Carey's in personnel at a department store, where he's trying to hire a woman for the cosmetics counter. Approached by bitter, job-seeking Mimi (Kathy Kinney), he gets in hot water for not handling her interview well. Happens Kate's out of a job, and she wangles him into hiring her.


Carey's affable, and some of the stuff is funny. But a car-pool seg doesn't work, and the talks around the kitchen are ho-hum -- at least in the opener. Michael Lessac's direction, though, is inventive, and Carey seems comfortable slung between "Ellen" and "Grace Under Fire."


Future depends on stronger verbal sallies among the principals and on giving them something to do other than parley; opening sequence in a bar is a hopeful sign of things ahead.



An Article from Entertainment Weekly
Published on May 24, 1996


TV Review
The Drew Carey Show


By Ken Tucker



Drew and his goofball buddies spent the season finale of The Drew Carey Show trying to launch their own new caffeine-laced microbrew, which they dubbed Buzz Beer (slogan: ''Stay up and get drunk all over again''). As is true of everything else they do in their dank little Cleveland lives, Carey and company screwed it up but had a good time doing it anyway.


The most difficult thing for a sitcom to achieve these days is a distinctive tone a unique attitude and rhythm in the jokes and over the course of its first season, The Drew Carey Show has managed to do just that. It helps, certainly, that Carey himself is such a striking specimen. He's shaped pretty much like a snowman, with shy slitted eyes almost hidden behind thick glasses. And he talks very quickly; when he was a stand-up comic plying his trade on talk shows, Carey delivered his punchlines so fast, he frequently had to wait a few seconds for the audience to catch up.


When Carey and cocreator-executive producer Bruce Helford launched The Drew Carey Show last fall, it bucked the Friends-clone trend by well, most obviously by featuring Carey, whose linebacker bulk is the antithesis of Friends' model-thin physical type. Carey's show also differs in its depiction of what it means to work for a living. No days spent lounging around an idyllic coffee bar for our Drew; he slaves away at a big Cleveland department store and spends his spare time downing pitchers of suds in a dowdy bar.


Where the increasingly exhausted but still brilliant Roseanne brandishes her working-class persona like a club (in her thumping obviousness resides her power), Carey's use of lower-middle-class animus is more subtle. His character wears a white shirt and tie and has the title of assistant director of personnel, but Drew certainly isn't a middle-class, middle-management type. He's a displaced worker, stuck behind a desk only because there's no better-paying assembly-line job left in Cleveland.


As the first season progressed, Drew acquired a steady girlfriend (the throaty-laughed Katy Selverstone) and an office nemesis whose role has increased substantially: the overly mascaraed Mimi (Kathy Kinney), secretary to Drew's boss. With her iridescent, mismatched clothes and unfortunate command of makeup, Mimi is a walking horror show. But she also has her dignity: She seems to hate Drew just because he exists, and the feeling is mutual. (As Drew remarked during the season ender, ''We're gonna go through life locked in a death grip, like Popeye and Bluto.'') I think one reason viewers really responded to Mimi is that, as exaggerated as her appearance may be, her character a snide stickler for office rules is a common annoyance for many people who work in a corporate setting.


Carey himself is such a guy's guy that it's been a pleasant surprise to see the interest his show takes in its non-stereotypical female characters. In addition to allowing Mimi to be her own self-actualized creep, The Drew Carey Show offers a model of just-pals, male-female friendship in Drew's relationship with Christa Miller's marvelous Kate. Kate is part of Drew's trio of best buddies, the other two being the interchangeable dumbbells Oswald (Diedrich Bader) and Lewis (Ryan Stiles).


Attempting to boost the show's viewership, Carey has periodically enlisted guest stars like Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. But they've just distracted from the real pleasures of the show, which certainly deserves renewal. I even offer a plot idea for next season: Drew goes farther into his neighborhood and visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he's mistaken for a bulked-out Buddy Holly come to life. B+


An Article from Entertainment Weekly
Published on May 24, 1996


Television News
The Kinney Report
Drew Carey's screaming Mimi


By Kristen Baldwin


Playing a nihilistic bitch didn't always come easy. In fact, actress Kathy Kinney, The Drew Carey Show's dressed-to-distress Mimi, says that in real life minus the psychedelic muumuus and electric blue eye shadow she looks ''like someone you'd want to care for your children or your aging mother. That's the kind of roles I usually get sent out on nurses, nannies, nuns. They used to send me to [play] Nazis. But I couldn't quite get the meanness.''


Not a problem anymore. As Mimi, Kinney has helped create the sitcom world's surliest, most blatantly cruel character an evil clown in a land of Milquetoast Midwesterners. (A recent Mimi-ism to Drew: ''Your doctor called about some blood tests. It turns out you really are a pig.'')


Yet despite her invective toward Carey, the show's hapless hero, Mimi's id-like tirades have gained her a following. ''I went to my bank, and I was all ready to [complain] about a problem. A male teller ran over and said, 'I just have to tell you that I love the show and I love Mimi!' '' recalls Kinney, 42. ''There's just something about her that [people] like. I think it's that everyone has anger they want to voice.''


To mine her own inner hostility, Kinney had to reach way back. ''I [told one reporter] that I had based Mimi on the naughty, mean little girls I had known growing up. My mom read the article and pointed out to me that I was one of the mean little girls,'' she says with a laugh. ''I definitely alternated between 'Look at the pretty kitten' and poking somebody with a stick.''


It's appropriate, then, that Mimi looks like a maladjusted child playing dress-up although that's not how Mimi would describe herself. ''She thinks she's Heather Locklear,'' says Kinney.


Kinney, a Wisconsin native, describes her own, more understated off-camera look as ''Amish,'' a fact she regretted at her audition for Drew Carey. ''I was dressed up in my faux Armani look, all black and white. I actually looked the best that I possibly could as a human,'' she says. ''I went in and apologized for looking attractive.''



An Article from USA TODAY
Published on November 20, 1996


Carey steps lively in sophomore season


By Matt Roush
USA TODAY


This is Drew Carey's moment. No wonder he's kicking up his heels.


Tonight on The Drew Carey Show ( ABC 9:30 ET/PT), for the second time this season , Carey and company cut loose in an opening number that has nothing to do with the rest of the show but has everything to do with wowing the audience. Wearing period costumes from zoot suits and poodle skirts to hippie tie-dye and disco duds, the cast lavishly lip-syncs to Tower of Power's musical question, What is Hip?


As if they needed to ask.


The Drew Carey Show is as hip as it could hope to be. After barely squeaking through a renewal after its first season, it's now a solid top-20 performer. " A bona-fide sophomore hit," said ABC Entertainment President Jamie Tarses this week in announcing the show's move to a new time in December to anchor the 9 p.m. ET/PT hour.


Such a change from last spring, when Carey seriously considered shopping the show to another network in fears it wouldn't be picked up. " I didn't find out we were going to come back until the very last day they had to notify us," Carey says in a phone interview, waking from a nap during a rehearsal break.


Compounding his insecurity at the time, he attended an ABC gathering at Disney World and noticed ads posted for all the fall shows except his.


To feel better , he visited Disney World's Star Search Hall of Fame. Being a famous alumnus, he figured his name would be on the wall. " But no," he says with a sardonic chuckle. " I was like hanging my head and going, 'Ohhhhhh...'"


Now it's hard to miss him. He hosted Saturday's televised CableACE Awards ( " What I like about them is they don't take themselves seriously at all") and will appear Sunday with co-star/nemesis Kathy " Mimi" Kinney as guest villians on ABC's Lois & Clark.


Still he says, " I don't want to get too big for my britches or anything." ( You can almost hear Mimi bark, " As if ,doughboy!")He talks about not wanting to lose touch with his pals back home in Cleveland and disparages self-important stars who talk as if " they found a cure for cancer or something. I say, why not just give a check to the cancer foundation? I try to avoid all that."


He even emphasizes with his network bosses. At first he can't remember if it was ABC honcho Michael Eisner or ABC honcho Michael Ovitz who recently told him, " You're one of the few shows we don't have to worry about this year," then patted him on the back. ( He decides it was Ovitz.)


" I feel for those programmers sometimes . They're like plate spinners on The Ed Sullivan Show. They're responsible for so many things. And as long as your plate is spinning, they don't have to worry about you while they try to keep all the other ones from crashing."


Speaking of spinning...What gives with these toe-tapping musical sequences ? ( The first in the season opener was to the Vogues' Five O'Clock World.)" We think the funny thing about it is to see all these people dancing who shouldn't be." Shooting the number, with its multiple costume changes and camera setups, ate up an 18-hour day.


" It was the longest day we ever had. Usually the show's really easy to do and a lot of fun. That day, I couldn't wait to get out of there."


This from a guy who calls his set a happy one, " but it's still going to work. I always try telling everybody that having a sitcom is like winning the lottery , except you can't quit your job.?


An Article from Entertainment Weekly
Published on June 6, 1997


Drew Love
How a geeky fat guy turned his show into one of the few ratings picnics in a hit-starved season


By A.J. Jacobs


Drew Carey is doing the Time Warp again. And again and again. It's the rehearsal for The Drew Carey Show's trippy, Rocky Horror-inspired, season-finale dance number, and the big-bellied star has been jumping to the left, stepping to the right, and generally working his ample butt off for a couple of hours now.


Only when the music clicks off does Carey spot a goateed visitor who has slipped onto the soundstage for a sneak peek. The intruder: Matthew Perry, the star of another little sitcom that shoots on Warner Bros.' Burbank lot.


''Come on up here!'' dares Carey, 39, bouncing on the balls of his feet and making taunting kissy-kiss noises. ''Show us your moves! Show us what you got! Let's go, son! And bring your boys with you!''


If Carey is full of bluster, he's got a right to be. His sitcom about a cubicle-bound, brew-guzzling Everyshlub may not pull Friends-size ratings yet, but it did have a heck of a year: Drew broke out as a bona fide hit the only sophomore show on any network to do so leapfrogging from 48 to 18 in the overall rankings, and establishing itself as one of the few jewels in troubled ABC's crown.


Last year's threat of cancellation is a hazy memory. No longer do execs pepper Drew with nervous suggestions: Lose the dorky horn-rims. Nix the Eisenhower crew cut. Jazz up the low-key delivery. Sprinkle some pretty faces into the defiantly Regular Guy mix. In fact, ABC is now gushing about the very things that once made the show seem risky: ''So many sitcoms seem to be about single attractive women struggling in big cities,'' says Jeff Bader, ABC's VP of scheduling. ''This is as far from that as you can get.''


It's almost too appropriate: Carey has chosen to be interviewed at the calorie kingdom known as Bob's Big Boy. But as he takes a chomp of his double cheeseburger, TV's very own big boy makes a shocking announcement. This summer, he's going to slim down. Drop some of those famous 218 pounds. Eat healthy, exercise, the whole shebang. ''A new Drew,'' he promises with a grin. ''A bright, bold prince.''


Drew sans paunch? Isn't that like Seinfeld sans neuroses? Tim Allen sans tools? Fat jokes, after all, have been this show's bread and butter, with Drew getting called everything from ''Midwestern corn-fed lard ass'' to ''Chief Rubbing Thighs'' to, simply, ''Pig.'' Not to worry, promises the comic, chewing another mouthful of beef. There are still plenty of roads to humiliation: ''My haircut. My glasses. I'm a loser with women.'' And anyway, says executive producer Bruce Helford, ''we can always pad him.''


Most of Drew's ego whipping occurs at his Dilbert-like job as personnel manager of a Cleveland department store where he trades barbs with Avon-abusing secretary Mimi (Kathy Kinney). ''She really doesn't like Drew,'' promises Kinney. ''It's not a Moonlighting thing.'' This season, Drew got a new nemesis: a British, layoff-loving boss named Mr. Wick (Craig Ferguson). ''The producer wanted him to be a real a--hole,' '' remembers the Scottish-born Ferguson. ''I said, 'Okay, he'll have to be English, then.'''



In his off-hours, Drew lollygags around with Kate (Christa Miller) and two dim-bulb doofuses, Lewis (Ryan Stiles) and Oswald (Diedrich Bader), inventors of the bottle opener that fits on your steering wheel and numerous schemes to mortify their fumbling friend. This season, for instance, they doctored a department-store documentary to make Drew sound like a flatulence machine (a scene that made ABC a little queasy: "We got notes like 'Could this be a smaller, drier fart here?' " remembers Ferguson). Hardly what you'd call a dignified circle of friends. But then, Drew is as gleefully unglamorous and working-class, as Carey intended. A Cleveland native who toiled as a waiter and bank teller before trying stand-up comedy at age 27, Carey conceived of the show as an antidote to the sophisticated urbanites clogging the airwaves. "We pitched it as the anti-Seinfeld," he says. "You know, not as funny, not as popular."


But just as big a flop at the start. Like Seinfeld, Drew made barely a peep in the ratings its first year. This season, though, it got lucky: As Roseanne took a left turn into nutsville, Drew picked up the slack in the we-can-relate-to-that genre. "It's the great equalizer with our audience," reasons costar Bader. "None of us is too bright or too well dressed."


Drew also carved another, more surprising niche. The Joe Six-pack cast actually managed to slip musical theater into prime time something rarely dared since the cultural Chernobyl known as Cop Rock by donning silly costumes and stomping around to several retro hits (including the Vogues' "Five O'Clock World," which is sometimes their opening theme). "It's pretty severe dancing," says Stiles, who threw out his back wiggling to one tune. The much-hyped hoofing may have kicked up the Nielsens, but Carey says he'll limit himself to a single musical number next year. "Too many of them is like too much chocolate," explains the star, who helps set the show's tone, though he has no time to actually pound out scripts.


Also boosting Drew's sophomore ratings: savvy scheduling changes. Early this season, ABC switched the show from its original, post-Ellen 8:30 p.m. slot on Wednesday to 9:30, where it began to win its time period, regularly walloping NBC's Men Behaving Badly. Encouraged, the network then moved Drew to 9 p.m. in December, causing NewsRadio lots of static. "I don't care for Men Behaving Badly, so I didn't mind the havoc we wrought there," says Helford. "I felt bad about NewsRadio."


Next fall, despite a flurry of rumors to the contrary, Drew will stay in Wednesday's plum anchor slot, this time going fart joke to fart joke with a bigger foe, NBC's 3rd Rock From the Sun. "I'm so bummed out," sighs Carey. "I love 3rd Rock. It's like Frasier and Home Improvement on a much lesser scale.... But what can you do? If 3rd Rock kills us, they'll just move us again."


It's tape night, and Carey, dressed in a charcoal suit and rail-thin tie, is taking audience questions. "I read in the tabloids that you got a nipple ring," ventures one fan. Carey rolls his eyes. "They lie so bad in those things. I got two nipple rings!"


Such comments offer a glimpse into the strange brew that is Drew Carey. On the one hand, he shares with his character an endearing geek streak. The guy actually obsesses over chess, plays the trumpet, and likes polka music ("He listens to it damn loud," gripes trailer mate Ferguson).


Then again, there's the not-ready-for-prime-time Drew. Party boy Drew. Yes, even sex symbol Drew. The one who has dated an American Gladiator, woken up after a night on the town with the aforementioned piercings (he took one out because it hurt really), and enjoyed many an evening of what is politely known as adult entertainment. "Cigars are great, strip clubs are great," says Carey. "In my defense, I don't have a girlfriend. I'm not playing a priest on TV. I'm not saying one thing and doing another."


Nor is he embarrassed about owning two assault rifles and two handguns, bought soon after the 1992 L.A. riots. "I know this sounds bizarre," says Carey, who served in the Marines from 1980 to '86, "but I think the world would be a safer place if everyone had a gun." Likewise, he's refreshingly open about his bouts with depression, which, he says, prompted two halfhearted suicide attempts, one while at Ohio's Kent State and one right after graduating. "[I thought] Everything I did was wrong, I have no plans, I'm hopeless," says Carey. "Now I know how to bounce back. I can say to myself, 'You shouldn't be thinking like that.' "


For all his idiosyncrasies, Carey comes off, in the end, as a Midwestern mensch. Consider that he and Helford recently financed a Florida vacation for the cast and writers a trip that, for some, turned into a weeklong drinking binge. ("There were pictures of me in [the tabloids] wearing mouse ears," Carey laughs. "Yeah, I was wasted.") He agrees with the good-guy assessment to a point. "I think I'm nice in real life," he says. "Unless you're driving slow in front of me or breaking into my house."


Carey has in fact been chided for being too nice, for giving excess screen time to an overabundance of supporting characters. But, he argues, a one-man show would cause viewers' eyes to glaze over: "On The X-Files, I like David Duchovny, but when they leave out Gillian Anderson I go, 'Where is Scully?' "


Next year, expect the peripheral cast to grow, as Drew gets two new neighbors though they won't be a gay couple, as originally planned. "We were worried everyone would think we were copying Ellen," says Helford. As for their ratings future, "I think the show could be top five," says Helford, "which I would love on a greedy level." Carey, however, is typically lower-key. He'll be happy as long as the show does well enough that "I can make a lot of money, then bum around for the rest of my life." Eating nothing but healthy food, of course.



An Article from The New York Times


SIGNOFF; Now Roasting (and Toasting) Drew Carey

By JOSEPH SIANO
Published: October 25, 1998


The New York Friars Club, the 94-year-old club for entertainers, has up to now kept cameras out of its annual roasts, those insult-laced testimonials meant as a tribute to a different member each year. Considering the uproar surrounding the Whoopi Goldberg roast in 1993, in which Ted Danson donned blackface and made racial jokes that became public, maybe the secrecy has been to everyone's benefit.


On Wednesday night at 10:30, that veil will be lifted with the club's consent as Comedy Central, the cable channel, presents an hour of excerpts from its roast of Drew Carey early this month. (If you can swear that you remember watching celebrity roasts on television before this, you're probably thinking of Dean Martin's series of similar events in the 1970's.)


After a slow start in 1995, ''The Drew Carey Show'' has gradually worked its way into the Neilsen Top 20. ''When we first started, our crowd was shipped in,'' said Ryan Stiles, who portrays Lewis, one of Mr. Carey's friends, on the ABC show. ''We had the Marines as an audience for one show. Then we had the hemp society.''


Now, Mr. Carey is being relied upon to deliver audiences to other shows; the time slot after its 9 P.M. Wednesday slot was used in last season's rescue efforts for ''Ellen.'' And in the tradition of Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser and Tim Allen, who turned authorship into a merit badge of sitcom stardom, Mr. Carey has had a book of his humor published: ''Dirty Jokes and Beer'' (Hyperion, $22.95).


''Drew's kind of the king of the dirty joke,'' said Mr. Stiles, who was the master of ceremonies at the Friars roast. Such credentials would seem to make Mr. Carey prime roast material. But Mr. Stiles said that the kind of insult humor that is the main course at Friars roasts was not coming easily to him. ''I'm finding it hard to say bad things about Drew because he's such a nice guy and he's sensitive,'' said Mr. Stiles in an interview on the eve of the Friars event. ''I think the stories I can tell about Drew are funny stories but not put-down stories.''


It's also tough to insult someone who has invited the entire crew of his show to the Super Bowl, Mr. Stiles said. ''When you hit on Drew, you're going to hit on the glasses, the hair and his being fat,'' he said. ''But I'm not going to be too hard because I've got to go back to work with him next week.''


The sort of behavior that might be cannon fodder for other celebrities is no big deal in Mr. Carey's case, either. ''I think The stories I can tell about Drew are funny stories but not put-down stories.''


It's also tough to insult someone who has invited the entire crew of his show to the Super Bowl, Mr. Stiles said. ''When you hit on Drew, you're going to hit on the glasses, the hair and his being fat,'' he said. ''But I'm not going to be too hard because I've got to go back to work with him next week.''


The sort of behavior that might be cannon fodder for other celebrities is no big deal in Mr. Carey's case, either. ''I think The National Enquirer stopped writing about him because he's so open about his life,'' Mr. Stiles said. ''You'll never see anybody else riding around in a $98,000 Porsche with exotic dancers and an accordion around his neck.'' (The accordion certainly has a respectable purpose: Mr. Carey uses it to play background music for his show.)


Mr. Stiles says there really isn't much ego to puncture, either. ''When the show was struggling in the beginning and now that it's a hit, Drew's always had kind of the same attitude: When it's over, he's going to go back to Cleveland and do stand-up.''



An Article from Entertainment Weekly
Published on May 26, 1999



Television News
Dance Partly



By Josh Wolk


''It's time for more rug-cutting on ''The Drew Carey Show'' when tonight's season finale (ABC, 9 p.m.) features yet another blowout musical number of the sort that has become the show's recurring Sweeps event. (Tonight the ''Drew'' crew swings to ''Brotherhood of Man'' from the musical ''How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.'') The cast ain't exactly the Joffrey Ballet, but they've learned the key is at least pretending they know what they're doing. ''(These numbers) used to bother me, when I tried to goof my way through them and make them a big joke,'' says Ryan Stiles, who plays Drew's gawky friend Lewis. ''But when you put 100 percent into it, the audience realizes you're really trying so they're more sympathetic. But you can definitely see that Diedrich (Bader, his costar) and I... are not dancers.''



Anyone who has seen Stiles' antics on ABC's hit improv show ''Whose Line Is It Anyway'' knows that it would take an awful lot more than a little soft-shoe to make him self-conscious. In one of this year's episodes, he pretended he was a foal being born and had his costar Colin Mochrie stand by the curtain while Stiles was...uh...''delivered'' from offstage slowly, via Mochrie's crotch. ''That's the fun of doing the show,'' Stiles says. ''I just whispered to Colin, 'Make your way over to the side, I'm coming out your a--.' And he just says, 'Okay,' and doesn't question why.'' Of course, anything that involves a--es makes the ABC censors nervous, and they initially wanted Stiles' scene excised from the show. ''We said, 'There's nothing bad about that,''' he remembers. '''I'm basically coming through his legs, but I'm not saying ''F---, f---, f---!'' as I do it.''' The bit stayed in the show.



ABC has renewed the Carey-hosted ''Whose Line'' for a full season and has ordered 26 episodes of ''Carey'' for next fall. (Stiles will work on the sitcom from Monday to Friday and the improv show on the weekends.) So he's giving his dancing legs a much-needed rest this summer. ''I was offered to play the Olsen twins' dad in some movie up in Toronto, but I can think of better things to do on my hiatus,'' says Stiles. '''Now you kids be good!' I'd rather sit home and have a scotch and soda.''



An Article from The New York Daily News


DREW CAREY'S LIVE SHOW IS A NIGHT AT THE IMPROV


BY DAVID BIANCULLI


Thursday, November 11th 1999, 2:11AM


THE DREW CAREY SHOE. Last night at 9 o'clock. ABC.


3 1/2 STARS


Last night's live episode of ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" at least the East Coast version, the first of three to be performed over as many hours by Carey and company was a hoot.


It also was like a head-on train wreck between Carey's two successful ABC series his self-named sitcom and his "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" improvisation game show.


Last night's "Drew Carey Show" had a script by Clay Graham and a central plot regarding the evolving relationship between Drew and Christa Miller's Kate that were pretty much standard sitcom fare.


Uniquely, though, the show also had guest star, and guest host, Brad Sherwood, whose job it was to walk into camera range, interrupt the proceedings and steer the cast into various quick improv exercises.


Sherwood is a recurring player on "Whose Line," and many other familiar faces from that show were there as well.


Others included Wayne Brady, a "Whose Line" regular (and the group's best improviser of song lyrics), musical accompanist Laura Hall and fellow "Whose Line" improv regulars Colin Mochrie (as Eugene) and Ryan Stiles (a "Drew Carey" regular, too, as Lewis).


Those players all have been tested at TV improv, but other "Drew Carey" regulars, including Kathy Kinney as Mimi and Diedrich Bader as Oswald, were on less firm ground. Would they be quick with a quip? Would they crack up? Would they find their way back to the scripted lines?


Kinney, forced into an improv musical duet with Brady, didn't really do much, but Miller kept her head and rubbed it up against Stiles' head when Sherwood thrust upon them a particularly absurd improv situation.


"Okay, here's another test," Sherwood tells their "Drew Carey" characters. "Kate, you want to tell Drew that you love him. Lewis, you just want to go get pudding. But you're Siamese twins joined at the head. Good luck. . . ."


The closest anyone came to losing it was when Carey and Bader stifled giggles both times Bader was forced to make up an alternate line of dialogue at Sherwood's behest (actually, at the ring of his bell).


"I saw him breathe life back into a baby bird," he told Carey the first time, speaking admiringly of another character. Then, after Sherwood rang his bell, Bader appeared stuck. But only for a moment.


"I saw him," he said, pausing a second, "teach a penguin to fly."


The studio audience also live roared and applauded. And with good reason.


Director Gerry Cohen captured the action perfectly a rather amazing achievement, considering how freewheeling much of it was.


It was a very rapid half-hour, utilizing all three primary sets workplace, bar, home and providing all the regulars and most of the guests with a shot to shine.


When the East Coast hour was over, Carey, Bader, Stiles, Sherwood and Mochrie all but Bader veterans of "Whose Line" had shone the most. But that was only take one.


Two more takes, for the Mountain and West Coast time zones, were still to follow, with the promise of different situations and different interruption opportunities for creativity on the fly.


An Article from The New York Daily News


UNCONSCIOUS HUMOR: 'DREW CAREY SHOW' FINDS LAUGHS IN A COMA


BY DAVID BIANCULLI DAILY NEWS TV CRITIC


Wednesday, February 7th 2001, 2:20AM


3 STARS


THE DREW CAREY SHOW.


Tonight at 9, ABC.


Drew Carey dies tonight - but don't get too emotionally involved. It's only a plea for attention.


It's not the comedian, but the character he plays on ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" who slips off this mortal coil in tonight's episode, the first of a two-part event for the February ratings sweeps.


Up against NBC's excellent "The West Wing" and Fox' repugnant "Temptation Island," "The Drew Carey Show" (at 9) needs all the attention it can get. Besides, with its history of presenting "April Fools" and live episodes, Carey's sitcom has primed its fans to expect, and accept, the unusual.


Throwing its main character in a coma, though, is strange even by "Carey" standards. Strange - and, based on the first half of this two-parter, quite funny.


In the late 1970s and early '80s, TV characters who lapsed into temporary comas were fairly common, at least in weekly dramas. The sitcom, though, didn't play the coma card much - yet tonight, it does so with gleeful abandon.


From the show's special theme song ("Girlfriend in a Coma," by the Smiths) to its special brand of shock treatment (Kathy Kinney's Mimi plants a kiss on the comatose Drew), "Carey" plays this malady strictly for laughs - at least in part one.


Part of the laughter comes from the audacity of the political incorrectness. Writer Les Firestein and director Gerry Cohen even has Diedrich Bader's Oswald trying to shake his friend awake - not out of love, but in hopes that Drew will inherit his role as the dimmest bulb in Drew's crew.


"Hey, now 'Mr. Brain Damage' is gonna be the dumb one," Oswald predicts gleefully, and begins shaking him. "C'mon, wake up, stupid!"


But Drew doesn't awaken. Instead, he experiences an inner alternate reality where he gets to fly above the Cleveland skyline (such as it is), awaken to the sight of negligee-clad beauties softly pillow-fighting with one another, and enjoy the pizza tree and beer fountain that, like the high-definition TV and subservient Mimi, are perks of his beautiful, beauty-full playboy apartment.


"At 2 o'clock," Mimi informs Drew, checking his coma-world schedule, "you have a threesome. At 3 o'clock, you have a foursome. And at 4 o'clock, you have sex with George Clooney."


Drew plays Trivial Pursuit with historical figures and holds wild parties, kicking Mimi at will to pass the time between orgies. Then his friends, in the real world, rally to save him - first with an injection, then by unplugging his respirator. Drew, from his giant TV, sees this, and hates it.


"I don't wanna go back there," he screams, asking to be shifted to an HMO facility. "I demand negligent care!"


The cliffhanger ends with Drew sucked into the light. There's more to come - and, surely, Drew will recover - but in the meantime, "The Drew Carey Show" makes comas look a lot more fun than usual. It also boasts what surely is a TV first: a rap song backed by a harp.



An Article from Entertainment Weekly
Published on March 7, 2002


News Summary
Carey-on Baggage
ABC won't let Drew Carey spoof airport security.


UNWANTED BAGGAGE Carey would like to think viewers can tell the difference between a parody and reality in the airport skit
Drew Carey: Jukie Dennis



By Gary Susman


TUBE TALK After a week spent alienating most of its top news stars over the possibility of replacing Ted Koppel with David Letterman, ABC has started in on its sitcom talent as well. Up in arms is Drew Carey, who complains that ABC threatened to pull the plug on an upcoming episode of ''The Drew Carey Show'' spoofing airline security unless script changes were made. In the episode, to be taped today, Drew's doofus pals Oswald (Diedrich Bader) and Lewis (Ryan Stiles) get airport security guard jobs; the network's standards and practices department insisted that the script add at least one security employee who would be portrayed as competent. ''I've never had a threat like that from the network,'' Carey told the Los Angeles Times. ''Everybody was kind of in shock.'' He told the paper that this was only the most extreme of many run-ins with ABC's censors this season. ''If you can't satirize authority institutions, what's the point?'' Carey backed down and changed the script, even though he doubted that viewers might have mistaken the airport plotline for documentary realism. ''I think we have a pretty good track record of not being serious on the show.''...



An Article from The Oakland Press



'Drew Carey Show' bowing out quietly





Web-posted May 3, 2004





By DAVID BAUDER
Of The Associated Press



For all of the attention given to this week's "Friends" finale, another long-running comedy taped its final episode a few weeks ago - and few people outside its Hollywood set were aware of it.
The finale of "The Drew Carey Show" is expected to air on ABC sometime this summer.



That the show still exists at all for its ninth season has more to do with a classically bad business deal than any sense viewers want to see it.



The finale of "The Drew Carey Show" is expected to air this summer. "You can point to a lot of things that ABC did - they did a lot of things that were dumb," said Sam Simon, who directed the final episode, "and I think this was one of them."



Smart and stylish - a blue-collar comedy set in Cleveland where the principals would occasionally break out into a show tune - Carey's show once was one of ABC's crown jewels. In the 1996-97 season, it averaged 17 million viewers, the first of three straight years in Nielsen Media Research's top 20.



The show's popularity was fading in 2001, but it still seemed savvy when ABC reached a deal with Warner Bros. Television, the show's producers, to keep it on the air through 2004.



Then the bottom fell out.



It's not clear whether viewers simply tired of the amiable, bespectacled comedian. Between his own show and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" he logged a lot of face time on the network.



Or they may simply have tired of trying to find "The Drew Carey Show." The program premiered on Wednesday nights, an evening on which it has inhabited four separate time slots. It's also been shown regularly Tuesdays. And Thursdays. And Fridays. And Mondays.



By the middle of last season, ABC took it off the air and burned off many of the show's episodes during the summer.



ABC didn't even bother putting it on this season. New episodes will premiere June 2, and the network will show two first-run episodes a week during the summer - the television equivalent of an afterthought.



If all of this annoys the star, he's not letting on.



"I don't have anything bad to say about ABC," Carey said. "I never will. I only tried to do a good show. After that, it's out of my hands."



Simon said the show was effectively orphaned, as is often the case in the creative community, because the people who greenlighted it lost their jobs.



"If the people who put the show on the air at ABC were still there, we'd still be on the air and we'd still be a hit," he said. "It's just an embarrassment to new regimes when other shows do better than the ones they put on the air."



ABC entertainment's most recent management team, Lloyd Braun and Susan Lyne, lost their jobs last month.



While ratings may have justified the show's eventual burial, the timing is still odd. It's not as if ABC is swimming in hits; the schedule has so many holes that there would seem to be room for Carey, particularly when ABC is paying about $3 million an episode for the show.



This would seem to be a deal ripe for a renegotiation: ABC agrees to pay Carey and Warner Bros. a tidy sum to go away and forget the final season.



Nobody at ABC or Warner Bros. would talk about whether that idea had even been broached. There's probably a financial incentive for Warner to continue production since the show is popular in syndication - where the real money is made in television - and this just gives it more episodes to sell.



So that means the final season of "The Drew Carey Show" has been produced in a virtual vacuum. Few people knew when, or if, the episodes would make it on the air.



It's still a lucrative vacuum: Carey reportedly made $600,000 to $750,000 an episode.



Money can't buy everything, though.



"I know you like people to see your work," said Simon, who considers Carey one of his best friends. "It's disappointing. A lot of the perks of being a hot star and being on a hit show, that stuff goes away."



Simon joked that he asked ABC to speed things up by running the season's episodes in split screen, showing two in one half-hour.



"On the other hand ... it was a little bit liberating," he said. "There were no notes coming from the network. They didn't even bother coming to the run-throughs. They didn't seem really concerned about the character arcs or about promoting the characters they think America wants to see."



Producers had a little fun, took some chances. Parts of some episodes were shot in a single-camera format, without an audience, instead of the three-camera format before a live audience, as seen on most sitcoms.



Longtime fans will enjoy watching the journey taken by some of the characters during the final season. Carey must decide whether or not to marry his pregnant girlfriend in the show's final episode.


To watch some clips from The Drew Carey Show go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=drew+carey+show&aq=f


To read about a crosover between The Drew Carey Show and Norm go to http://poobala.com/drewandnorm.html


To read about a fan's experience meeting Drew Carey go to http://web.archive.org/web/20091022202024/http://geocities.com/CollegePark/6255/drew.html


For a Website dedicated to The Drew Carey Show go to http://web.archive.org/web/20040905091614/http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/5927/drew.html


For a Website dedicated to Christa Miller go to http://www.christamiller.org/


For a Website dedicated to Ryan Stiles go to http://www.ryan-stiles.net/


For a Website dedicated to Cynthia Watros go to http://cynthiawatrosonline.com/


For a Website dedicated to Cynthia Watros go to http://cynthiawatros.com/



For 2 Reviews of The Drew Carey Show go to http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/drewcarey.htm and http://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/Drew-Carey-Show.html
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