VH1 spins off separate Sex Rehab show in addition to a third Celebrity Rehab

The sex addict rehab show that’s currently in production and stars Dr. Drew Pinsky will be an entirely new series on VH1, not a third season of Celebrity Rehab, although the network has officially ordered that, too.

Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew is the second-spin off of the franchise after Sober House (which was not on VH1’s list of renewed shows), and eight one-hour episodes will premiere this fall. Celebrity Rehab 3 is currently casting and may also air this fall, as VH1 said in a press release that the show “aims to start filming sometime in late spring for a fall 2009 premiere.”

On Sex Rehab, VH1 says “Dr. Drew will treat a group of people in Los Angeles who are struggling with this disease.” In other words, they’re not celebrities, and VH1 executive Jeff Olde confirmed that to the New York Daily News, saying, “We really wanted to go with very real people because we didn’t want the celebrity issue to be a detraction from the process that people have to go through to deal with it.”

The list of rumored participants includes porn stars and Amber Smith, who aren’t necessarily household names, but then again, neither were some of of the Celebrity Rehab cast members. Thus, whether the list is accurate probably won’t be known until VH1 officially announces the show’s cast.

VH1 Celebrates New Series Milestone… [VH1 press release]
VH1 and Dr. Drew leave celebrities behind for new show ‘Sex Rehab’ [New York Daily News]

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