Dennis Rodman, Heidi Fleiss, Mackenzie Phillips, Joey Kovar, Lisa D’Amato cast on Celebrity Rehab 3

VH1 has announced the cast of Celebrity Rehab 3, and it includes Dennis Rodman, madam Heidi Fleiss, actor Mackenzie Phillips, country music star Mindy McCready, Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, and ex-Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche.

Also checking in for Dr. Drew’s help: Real World Hollywood cast member Joey Kovar, who left the show to go to rehab and then returned only to leave again (and later said, hysterically, that he ” failed to realize that Real World is known for getting bombed all the time”) and America’s Next Top Model 5 cast member Lisa D’Amato, who was named the 10th most villainous reality show cast member by TV Guide.

Both Bob Forrest and Shelly Sprague will return, and VH1 said in a press release that “Dr. Drew is also bringing in some additional prominent physicians to help him give the patients supplementary one-on-one care.”

The show will debut next year, and if it has started production, did so recently, since Dennis Rodman appeared live on The Celebrity Apprentice 2 finale, during which Jesse James called Dennis “stupid” for not realizing that Jesse was trying to help Dennis by discussing his substance abuse problems when Dennis was fired during a near-intervention episode that ended with an AA promo because Dennis drank his way through most of the tasks.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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