" David Bloom of the Sun-Sentinel thought the webcast was humorous. ", The Orlando Sentinel's Nancy Imperiale Wellons disliked the webcast and thought the episode was enough. It first aired on November 17, 1999 on ABC in the United States.
When the viewers become bored of Drew's life, Kate O'Brien (Christa Miller) is hired to play his girlfriend for the show.  Sequences include: Mr. Wick being tempted into his office by a woman wearing a dominatrix-cowgirl outfit; Ed McMahon bringing Drew a check for $10 million, only to find Drew is not home; the neighborhood dogs holding a party in the kitchen, dancing ghosts re-enacting a murder, and Oswald's "Belly Button Theater. While Drew is out, Lewis and Oswald decide to use the new washer before it goes.
" Network World's John Geirland concurred, calling the episode "one of the most ambitious experiments in convergence programming to date. Holly Hester was David Letterman's girlfriend for awhile in the 1990s. When David Letterman told the world about the extortion plot against him on Thursday night's Late Show, the host said he's slept with women on his staff. Parts of the episode were broadcast simultaneously on television and the Internet, a first for a primetime show. Co-creator of The Drew Carey Show, Bruce Helford ran with it, aware that a large number of viewers of the show had internet access.  Despite a small pre-air mistake, the episode and the webcast aired without any problems.  When Drew leaves his house, the webcams continue to stream events involving other characters that the television audience does not get to see. The episode was written by Holly Hester, based on an idea by Michael Becker, and directed by Sam Simon. Yesterday, Holly Hester became the second to claim she was one of the women David Letterman slept with during the 1990s. Hester's signature catchword is a loud "YUUUP!" But it's also a preview of TV's future.  ABC opted against simulcasting the full episode online as they were worried about a backlash from advertisers. , Since ABC did not own the online rights to The Drew Carey Show, the company had to negotiate with Warner Bros., where the show was produced. Holly Hester was David Letterman's girlfriend for awhile in the 1990s.
" Rik Fairlie from The New York Times branded the episode "one of the most ambitious, and winning, forays into Web/TV convergence. Lewis almost tells Drew what is going on with Kate, but he gets drunk and falls asleep before doing so. Mimi asks to be on Drew's show, so she can promote her talents, but Drew denies her request. Kate finally admits to Drew that she is in love with him. The basic premise is that Drew and his mates are selling everyone (including themselves) via the Internet. A preamble on our preview tape advises you to see www.winloud.com if you want to have more fun. "Drew Cam" received mixed reviews from critics, with some calling it ambitious, while others thought it was nothing more than a marketing gimmick.  These included: Akamai Technologies, Don Mischer Technologies, E-Media, Enron Communications, Globix, Ibeam, InterVu, SandPiper-Digital Island and Sonic Foundry Media Services. Questions? " John Geirland from Network World reported that companies spent more than six weeks debating who would host the webcast, how the web traffic would be shared and the details of promotion and advertising the event. " Robischon also said, "Sure, it's gimmicky. Lewis suggests Kate for the role and Mr. Wick accepts. While Drew is out, the webcams continue to stream events that occur in his house. It was the second highest rated episode of the fifth season.
 Keeping the connection speeds in mind, Simon got the actors to slow down their movements for the pre-taped webcast, so they would not create a blurry effect on-screen.
" Tony Davis of The Sydney Morning Herald included the episode in his "TV previews" feature, but gave it a negative review. " The episode was written by Holly Hester, based on Becker's idea.  It attracted one of the largest online audiences watching a streaming media event in internet history. The episode sees Drew (Drew Carey) becoming a 24-hour salesman for the Winfred-Louder department store. Lewis reminds Kate that Drew's therapist told him he is not ready for a relationship until he learns to love himself.  After being given the green light, Helford prepared scenes for the webcast, but most of his ideas rejected by the director Sam Simon and Carey himself.
She apparently worked as an intern on the show. Mr. Wick then informs Mimi that the board felt she might overshadow the appliances, therefore the webcams will be installed in Drew's house. He has this word imprinted on his trucks, T-shirts, and hats. Drew breaks up with Isabel, meaning he has to give back all the appliances.
Lewis is called outside by Kate O'Brien (Christa Miller), who shows him a letter she wrote to Drew detailing her love for him. Hester's son Dave Jr. occasionally appeared on the show with him.  Helford commented "You can't do regular scenes for the Web. when making a bid. Holly Hester is one of two women (along with Stephanie Birkitt)... With all the attention paid to Stephanie Birkitt - the former assistant David Letterman had an affair with, and whose cheating on Robert Halderman may have sparked the alleged extortion plot - Holly Hester has been all but forgotten. She also found the characters' dialogue during the episode was out of sync with the webcast. ", The idea for the episode came from Michael Becker, an ABC creative consultant. She said, "While it was a novel idea, and a tip of the hat to tomorrow's convergence of television and the Web, the gimmick was hampered by today's technological limitations.
 Helford predicted the event would be the biggest "in the history of the internet", even outperforming the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show webcast that aired earlier in the year. "Drew Cam" is the ninth episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and the 110th overall.  Richard Tedesco from Broadcasting & Cable reported that the video would be streamed using Microsoft's Windows Media Player. "Drew Cam" was seen by an estimated 11.2 million viewers, finishing inside the top 20 in the ratings the week it aired. The previous year, ABC.com's servers became overwhelmed when viewers went to the site to participate in an April Fools' Day competition. Webcams are installed in his house and he has to promote the store's range of appliances. It first aired on November 17, 1999 on ABC in the United States. —Patricia Vance, the senior vice president of ABC's Internet Group, on the episode.  The production companies set up Winloud.com to host the webcast, while their respective websites linked to it.
The following day, Mr. Wick tells Drew that the viewers dislike his boring life and he plans to get a woman to live with him for the show. Submissions? The episode was written by Holly Hester, based on an idea by Michael Becker, and directed by Sam Simon. Holly said she and Letterman were together for over a year in the early 90s, and that she would have married the hilarious late night comedian if possible.  The websites also hosted interactive features, exclusive features, cast biographies, photo galleries and video clips. Kate confronts her, causing Isabel to leave. She eventually tells Drew that she loves him during the webcast.  It received an 8.6 ratings share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, and was the second highest rated episode of the fifth season, following "Drew Live", which aired the week before.  In three hours, 277,000 video segments were downloaded.  Since "Drew Cam" was going to be broadcast in three time zones, bringing in potentially thousands of online viewers, other partners were brought on board to help out.
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