Rehab with Dr. Drew drops the celebrities

A report that VH1’s Celebrity Rehab wouldn’t air this year was only sort of accurate, as VH1 announced this morning that it will air Rehab with Dr. Drew this summer, the same show but without celebrities.

The eight-hour series will be set at the Pasadena Recovery Center but people who are in their 20s and 30s and are not celebrities or even quasi-celebrities.

“This show has always resonated with our viewers but we feel this expanded format will hold up a mirror to our core audience and hopefully give them some new insight to this disease that touches almost everyone–whether they are struggling with addiction themselves or know someone who is,” VH1 executive Jeff Olde said in a press release.

In other words, they ran out of celebrities. But I’ve always liked this show and seeing real people in this context will be interesting, especially since their experiences with addiction will probably be more relatable to viewers suffering with their own addictions–and even to those who aren’t.

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.