Ion picks up 'Drew Carey'

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Ion Media Networks has acquired rights to "The Drew Carey Show" from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution.

The sitcom is set to launch on Ion Television with a New Year's Eve marathon from 7-11 p.m. EST. It will be added to the network's weeknight primetime schedule starting Jan. 1, with airings at 9 and 9:30 p.m. EST Monday-Thursday.

Ion and WBDCD declined comment on the financial terms of the deal.

The show "advances our plan to broaden our network's appeal by targeting a contemporary audience with timeless humor and entertainment," Ion Media Networks CEO Brandon Burgess said.

"Carey," produced by Mohawk Prods. and Warner Bros. Television, aired for nine seasons -- from 1995-2004 -- on ABC. The series was created by Carey and Bruce Helford.
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