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Trivia / The Drew Carey Show

  • Casting Gag: Marion Ross played Drew's mom. Tom Bosley played Mimi's dad. When Shirley Jones played an older love-interest of Drew, they had to bring his mom in for them to meet. And Danny Bonaduce played her adult son.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Only the first season is available on DVD. Copyright issues over music have prevented further seasons from being released, as Drew Carey is insistent on the DVD release being identical to the broadcast. Another issue is the fact that Drew Carey no longer has a good relationship with ABC after the handling of the show's final season and the way the network unceremoniously pushed him out after he spent a decade doing everything they asked of him.
  • Screwed by the Network: The show was a ratings hit so ABC gave it a two season renewal after the seventh season. Then ratings started to fall during the eighth but ABC found themselves contractually obligated to produce and pay for two full seasons of a show they didn't want. The network, realizing that the contract didn't obligate them to broadcast the show at a decent time, got back at the show by putting it in strange time slots and burning the last episodes off during the summer.
  • Throw It In:
    • Mimi was not intended to be a regular member of the cast but her actress was so impressive in the first episode that the producers hired her to be Drew's arch rival.
    • A bit where Drew complains about his pants bunching up when he sits down (making it look like he had an erection) came from a censorship complaint.