Dr Drew


Last summer, Dr.Drew announced he no longer had time to do his show Celebrity Rehab, and it would be taking an indefinite hiatus. Now, it looks like the good doctor has found time in his schedule to host yet another reality show, but this time, it will feature regular people; young adults in their twenties with addiction issues.

A press release posted by VH-1 has more details on the new show with a working title of Rehab With Dr. Drew.

VH1 is once again partnering with Dr. Drew Pinsky to lead a group of addicts through the difficult process of getting clean and sober. The new season of “Rehab with Dr. Drew” (Tentative title) will not feature celebrities with substance abuse issues, but instead follow the real-life experiences of young adults who are struggling with addiction as they undergo the same detoxification and treatment plan at The Pasadena Recovery Center as utilized in “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” “Rehab with Dr. Drew” is set to premiere in the summer of 2012 on VH1 with eight one-hour episodes.

Has it finally happened? Has Dr. Drew simply run out of D-listers willing to put their lives on screen for a minuscule shot at a comeback by attempting the extremely difficult and private matter that is attending substance abuse rehab on a reality show? Well, that is up for debate.

Surely, regular folks will demand much less money than a known celebrity and will probably be far more willing to discuss their lives. While Celebrity Rehab did “go there” on many occasions due to the nature of the show, actors are still actors and I’d bet money that there were many things that were kept from the public.

The network claims the show’s format is changing due to “many people” who have decided to seek help due to the show. Dr. Drew hopes that this show will inspire others to take the same step, saying “”It is my sincere hope that this show will encourage people who are struggling to seek the help. Treatment works and there is hope and recovery is possible.”

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TELL US: WILL YOU WATCH DR. DREW’S NEW SHOW? DO YOU THINK A SHOW WITH NORMAL PEOPLE WILL BE MORE INTERESTING? DO YOU THINK THE SHOW WILL TRULY HELP VIEWERS WATCHING AT HOME?

Following five years of Celebrity Rehab the show is returning with a twist! This time, in an all new premise, the legendary Dr. Drew will check in with past patients in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Revisited.

In a series of four, “where are they now” specials Dr. Drew and his head counselor Bob Forrest will follow up with celebrity rehab graduates from the first four seasons. The show will feature new interviews and home visits with such patients as Andy Dick, Heidi Fleiss, Rachel Uchitel, Nikki Mckibbin and Janice Dickinson as well as several other famous “celebrity rehabbers.”

Dr. Drew will also address life in the months and years following addiction recovery and discussing the struggles of sobriety, and in some cases the updates won’t feature happy endings. “While many patients on the series have been successful with recovery, viewers will see that in some instances, not even Dr Drew’s patients are immune to the perils of relapse.” No word on who is doing well and who unfortunately may have re-succumbed to addiction.

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Revisited premieres Wednesday, November 20th (8/9c) on Vh1.

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Last night we bid a final farewell to MTV’s original Teen Mom cast. Well, not technically final, because I’m sure they will keep filming this train wreck as long as their are folks like me to watch it!

The finale resumes with a saddened Amber rejoining her mother on Dr. Drew’s sofa after the doctor goes to speak with her. At the end of the first half of the reunion Amber had stormed off stage because she was so upset discussing her younger sister’s death from SIDS when Amber was four years old. Dr. Drew assures Amber that SIDS is sadly a common killer of infants and no one is to blame.

Amber’s mother remembers that the mother-daughter relationship was very stressful before Amber got pregnant. Dr. Drew uses Amber and her mother as a tutorial for parents who are concerned about their child’s sex lives, discussing how to overcome the awkwardness of broaching the subject of sex with one another.

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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we met newbie Dana Wilkey who is very … well, ok she is tacky. Adrienne threw a Bar-B-Que for the ladies which also ended up being tacky thanks to Brandi – who is still having issues with Kyle. Lisa provided CNN with coverage of The Royal Wedding and Kim added to the speculation that she may have some substance abuse issues.

Kyle and Taylor are headed to Dana’s house for lunch. Dana and Taylor met while a nine-months pregnant Dana was driving a Lamborghini. Dana answers the door wearing a tiara. And a hooker pagent dress. Seriously, she looked like a busted up Miss America, with fake boobs up to her eyebrows. As Dolly Parton said: “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!” Taylor describes Dana as liking things over the top. She seems nice, but desperate. And she gives me a grifter vibe. Maybe it’s her friendship with Taylorexic?

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The all new 4th season of Celebrity Rehab only started filming a little over a week ago and there is already drama on the set.

RadarOnline is reporting that professional mistress Rachel Uchitel walked out on the show while filming this week.  Rachel told producers “I quit” and ran away from the set, getting away to a swanky Beverly Hills hotel after an intense day of filming drove her over the edge.

So what drove Rachel over the edge?  According to TMZ, it was an intense talk about her father’s death. Sources tell TMZ that Rachel’s breaking point came during a recent one-on-one therapy session where the main topic was her dad.

Rachel’s father died of a cocaine overdose in his 40s, and Rachel was 15 at the time.  Rachel’s exit was however short lived as she returned the next day because her ‘Rehab’ castmates called and urged her to rejoin them.

In other Rachel news, TMZ also reported a while back that Rachel has a major crush on Dr. Drew Pinsky, and her infatuation with him is what led her to sign on for the show.  Something tells us Dr. Drew’s wife will be making more frequent visits to the set.

It was also revealed last week that actor Eric Roberts had joined the cast, much to the surprise of many.  While Eric remains in Rehab, his wife is now speaking out on his behalf, and revealing his addiction.

“Eric quit drugs and alcohol in 1995,” his wife, Eliza Roberts (an actress and casting director), tells E! News. “He has no interest in anything, other than marijuana.”

As for how his addiction to marijuana came about, his wife adds, “He uses marijuana as a medication. He has a prescription.  However, a dependency is a dependency and he doesn’t want to be dependent on it anymore.”

So how is Eric’s famous daughter, Emma Roberts, and sister, Julia Roberts, reacting to the news? “Everyone in the family is very supportive of each other and of each other being their best self and being healthy.”

Money is likely the motivating factor for Eric’s appearance on the show, as the “celebrities” do get paid.  According to TMZ,  Rachel Uchitel is receiving $500, 000 while Jeremy London is only getting $40,000.  No word yet on how much Eric will be receiving, but one has to assume it will be more than what Rachel is getting.

The supertrailer for season two of Sober House is here! VH1 has released the upcoming preview, and judging from the video above, it is bound to be a dramatic season.

The second season features Tom Sizemore, Heidi Fleiss, Dennis Rodman, Jennifer Ketcham, Seth “Shifty” Binzer, Kendra Jade Rossi, Mike Starr and Kari Ann Peniche trying to stay sober.

Sober House with Dr. Drew is set to premiere Thursday, March 11 at 10/9c on VH1.

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VH1 has now announced the all new cast of their second season of Sober House, set to premiere Thursday, March 11 at 10PM ET/PT.

The cast this season will combine patients from both “Celebrity Rehab 3″ as well as “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky.” They include Tom Sizemore, Heidi Fleiss, Dennis Rodman, Jennifer Ketcham, Seth “Shifty” Binzer, Kendra Jade Rossi, Mike Starr and Kari Ann Peniche.

Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House will follow the above celebrities as they attempt to maintain sobriety and transition back into society free from addiction. Returning as the Sober House manager is Jennifer Gimenez from season 1.

More details below –

Addicts enter rehab as an emergency measure geared at saving their lives. But what happens after the twenty-one days of intensive, in-patient treatment are complete? “Sober House with Dr. Drew” chronicles the all-important transitional period beyond the safety of rehab when the real work begins and patients initiate their move back into society. World-renowned addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky facilitates the continued path to healing for several of his most challenging patients in eight new episodes of “Sober House with Dr. Drew.” The new season is set to premiere on Thursday, March 11 at 10pm*.

Dr. Drew and his staff will keep a watchful eye over all that goes on at the Sober House. Throughout the course of the experience, patients will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Drew in both one-on-one and group counseling sessions in an effort to understand and solidify their sobriety.

In the end, we will witness the real life struggles of these celebrity patients whose sobriety hangs by a thread as they experience the pressures of daily life outside of rehab. Dr. Drew and his team will strive to give the patients the tools they need to maintain sobriety when they leave the house and return to the public eye of their celebrity lives.

PHOTOS AND BRIEF BIOS OF EACH CAST MEMBER BELOW:

Kari Ann PenicheKari Ann Peniche (Sex Rehab, Celebrity Rehab 3) Kari Ann held the Miss Oregon Teen USA and the Miss United States Teen USA titles. When nude photos of her appeared in Playboy, she was stripped of her United States title. Kari Ann became a patient on VH1’s Sex Rehab, but was removed from the show early because of her erratic behavior. After successfully completing Celebrity Rehab, Kari Ann now continues her journey at the Sober House.

Heidi FleissHeidi Fleiss (Celebrity Rehab 3) – Former “Hollywood Madam,” in 1997, Heidi was convicted in connection with her prostitution ring with charges including procuring and tax evasion. Since getting out of prison Heidi has moved to Nevada where she lives in the desert with dozens of exotic birds. Dr. Drew treated Heidi for a severe addiction to methamphetamines in Celebrity Rehab 3, and now Heidi continues her journey toward sobriety in Sober House.

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The third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is set to premiere on VH1 on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10/9c. Above is a video preview which shows it’s bound to be a rocky and emotional ride.

You can see view the Cast Photos here!

The cast includes Mackenzie Philips of “One Day At A Time Show”, Heidi Fleiss, basketball star Dennis Rodman, country music singer Mindy McCready, America’s Next Top Model Lisa D’Amato, Mike Starr of Alice in Chains fame, Ex-Miss USA Teen Kari Ann Peniche and Real World Hollywood star Joey Kovar, and actor Tom Sizemore.

This should make for an interesting season as Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss used to date, and both had a very rocky relationship. In fact, Tom was sent to jail for physically assaulting Heidi.  Another familiar face is that of Kari Ann Peniche, who also appeared on Sex Rehab.  Mackenzie Phillips also recently made headlines when she admitted having an incestuous relationship with her father, Rock & Roll legend, John Phillips.

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