Rodney King, Gary Busey, Jeff Conaway, Nikki McKibbin, Tawny Kitaen reportedly check in to Celebrity Rehab

Celebrity Rehab 2 started production yesterday, and the cast reportedly includes beating victim Rodney King, American Idol‘s Nikki McKibbin, cocaine-possessing Surreal Life 6 cast member Tawny Kitaen, and Jeff Conaway.

The New York Post reports that “model/actress Amber Smith, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler and Rod Stewart’s troubled son Sean Stewart” are also in the cast. In addition, “Gary Busey, who claims 13 years of sobriety, is joining the cast to help the stars through the recovery process.”

Of those rumored to participate, Heidi Fliess dropped “out at the last minute, according to sources,” the paper says. Aaron Carter is also not mentioned, nor is Sebastian Bach, even though the New York Post itself said last week that he would be participating.

Jeff Conaway, last season’s most compelling and horrifying cast member, confirmed that he’s back. At the TV Land awards Sunday, he said, “It’s time to get off” the pain medication he’s still on, according to USA TODAY.

Rehab’s a Riot [New York Post]
TV Land Awards: Golden moments [USA TODAY]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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