6 thoughts on “Five Times Networks Regretted Giving Shows Multiple Season Renewals

  1. The trick there is that it wasn’t until Season 4 started big with the wedding episodes that they gave it an early Season 5 renewal (and then changed their minds later on), so I didn’t think it quite fit as a multiple season renewal. I DID consider it and I wanted it to count! I would have had this piece up a lot earlier if I had felt that that one counted! 🙂

  2. It’s bizarre how The Drew Carey Show has just faded away from pop culture. It was a modest hit. It had a long, mostly healthy nine season run that dropped off the last few years, but as far as I can tell, it’s isn’t being run ANYWHERE anymore. You’d think that some streaming service somewhere would want to pick up a show that ran for 233 episodes. Or at least that it’d be running on TBS or something.

  3. For the record I have seen The Drew Carey Show occasionally offered on some local free digital stations like Laff TV in syndication, although it rarely lasts very long. At the time I remember it as the example of a “critical darling,” a show that always got four star reviews in TV Guide or whatnot but fewer and fewer real people watched.

    Animation is different but I also wonder if FoxKids’ Spider-Man from 1994 counts. The network approved multiple seasons (four seasons) after the first was barely underway, but as the series drug on Marvel went bankrupt for a time and the animation quality started to suffer. Then FoxKids failed to renew it after season 5 ended in 1998, yet seemed to immediately work with Saban to make a new Spider-Man carton, the much maligned Spider-Man Unlimited, in 1999. If they wanted a new Spidey cartoon that season, why not just have done a 6th season with a staff already in place versus starting from scratch? Besides, FoxKids clearly regretted it because about 3 weeks in, they canned the show for more anime reruns. Then burned off the rest the next year.

  4. The Drew Carey Show is one of a number of shows that is a “victim” of Warner Bros. TV and its hardball policies regarding streaming. Basically, unless they get a sweetheart deal on streaming, they prefer to only sell their shows into syndication. Roughly speaking, it’s “If you want to see it, syndicate it.” It is the same reason why none of their hit 1950s/1960s series are available to stream, as well as more recent hits from the 1980s that aren’t quite popular enough to get sweetheart streaming deals, like Murphy Brown, Alice and Perfect Strangers.

    Luckily, especially with its parent company, Warner Discovery, pushing for content on HBO Max, it has been working out more and more deals (it recently did a sweeping release of a number of its Black-centric 1990s shows to HBO Max). Plus, as Amazon pushed for more content on its IMDBTV/Freevee platform, Warner Bros. TV worked out a deal with them to release a number of “new” Warner Bros. TV shows to streaming for the first time (like L.A. Law).

  5. The saddest thing about the Drew Carey Show is that only Season One in available on DVD.

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