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Now Here’s A Show I’ve Gotta Watch

Okay, I am a reality TV junkie. I should admit myself to a 12-Step Program for Crap TV. “Hi! My name is Maureen and I’m addicted to bad TV.” “Hi, Maureen.”

I do usually watch shows like “Top Chef,” “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” “Scott Baio is 45 and Single/Pregnant,” “Intervention,” “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars,” anything on Bravo (“Real Housewives,” etc.) — shows that aren’t totally without redeeming qualities (okay, “Housewives” doesn’t have any, but whatever). And every so often a show comes along that I know will totally suck brain cells out of my head, and I watch it anyway (“Rock of Love”—go Heather!).

I got sucked into “Celebrity Rehab” last season to the dismay (no, absolute disgust) of my husband. “Really?” he said as he stomped out of the room (translation: I can’t believe I married this chick). I wasn’t planning to watch it, but it was on before or after something else I was watching at the time (the usual way I pick up random TV shows). Aside from the fact that serious drug addiction (no, not me or my husband) hits a little too close to home, watching celebrities undergo treatment for addictions didn’t seem like lighthearted Sunday morning viewing. But yet there I was, week after week, glued to the tube. There was something about Dr. Drew’s no-nonsense approach. He didn’t coddle the celebrities and there was something genuine in his desire to help them get their shit together. Plus, let’s be frank: there’s that car accident factor. How can you NOT stop and watch a drunken porn star, a cracked out musician, a MMA fighter with gambling issues and a fourth runner-up on “Idol” puking over and over?

Today they announced the lineup for the second season of “Celebrity Rehab”:

From the VH1 Press Release:
Similar to the first cycle, the second season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” will follow the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at a center in the Los Angeles area. The show will follow Jeff Conaway as he checks back into rehab after a series of back surgeries, setbacks and subsequent reliance on pain medications. Joining him in rehab are Sean Stewart (Sons of Hollywood), Amber Smith (model/actress), Rodney King, Nikki McKibbon (American Idol), Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses) and Tawny Kitaen (Actress). Gary Busey, who is 13 years sober, will also be joining the cast to share his experiences and thoughts on the recovery process.

Rodney King? Are you fucking kidding me? With Gary Busey and Tawny Kitaen? This is the ultimate in crap TV. I’m in. Filming just started and the new season is slated to air in October. I’m setting my DVR now.

6/20 NOTE: I just heard from a friend of mine who’s going to be working on this show in an on-screen capacity! Woo-hoo!

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2 Responses

  1. Dude. I LOVE Scott Baio is 45 and Single/Pregnant!! (Although my best girlfriend gave me total shit for watching it. WTF does SHE know?) Some more great reality: Project Runway, The First 48 (real dead bodies!) and Ghost Hunters…uh, more dead bodies now that I think about it. Huh. I might need therapy. Anyway, I’m setting my DVR too!

  2. Yeah, I hear I have to add “Project Runway” to my DVR but I have so much other stuff Tivo’d I don’t know when I can watch. However, I tried to make a deal with my girlfriend—I’d watch “Runway” if she’d watch “Gossip Girl.” So far, doesn’t look like it’ll happen.

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