VH1 renews "Celebrity Rehab"

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VH1 Heads Back to Rehab With Dr. Drew Pinsky for a Second Season of
'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew'

Groundbreaking Project Returns to Help Additional Celebrities in a
Series Set to Premiere on VH1 October 2008

LOS ANGELES, June 10 -- VH1 has once again partnered with Dr. Drew
Pinsky for a second season of the hit reality series "Celebrity Rehab
with Dr. Drew." The series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is
slated to premiere October 2008.

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 from his cocaine
addiction, will also be joining the cast to take the journey with the
others and to share his experiences on the recovery process.

The series will chronicle the patients' intensive 21-day program with
both group and one-on-one therapy and non-traditional therapies like
art and music. Returning to the show to help Dr. Drew are drug
counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague who have
each spent years on both sides of the rehab fence. Dr. Drew is also
bringing in some additional prominent physicians to help him give the
patients supplementary one-on-one care. The patients' families will
also be more involved with their recovery programs and, in some cases,
will receive treatment themselves. After they completed the program,
the patients will be strongly encouraged to continue their treatment
in a sober living facility or treatment center for at least three
months at VH1's expense.

Dr. Drew is a highly respected practicing MD and assistant clinical
professor at KECK USC School of Medicine, who will once again give
viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process works and
what it feels like for participants. Dr. Drew hopes to use his
celebrity patients to humanize the process and show viewers that
treatment is a viable way to break the cycle of addiction.

"Over the course of the first season we were inundated with positive
feedback about the series from our viewers and those in the rehab
community. Dr. Drew is a powerful, positive force for those seeking
recovery and I am quite simply amazed not only by the quality of his
medical care, but for how much Drew and his team truly care about the
people they are treating," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President,
Original Programming and Production, VH1. "This series is a deeply
transformative emotional experience in front of the cameras and behind
the scenes for everyone involved and I believe it resonates with the
viewers because the stakes are so high and the journey is so very
human."

While most people know Dr. Drew as the host of the syndicated radio
show Loveline and the MTV show of the same name, Dr. Drew is a medical
doctor on staff at Huntington Hospital, a board certified
addictionologist and medical director of the chemical dependency unit
at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, where he has been treating
addicts for over 20 years. Although he is an associate professor of
clinical psychiatry at the KECK USC School of Medicine, he is not a
psychologist or psychiatrist. His book, Cracked: Putting Broken Lives
Together Again (Harper-Collins,) is all about what treating addicts is
like from a caretaker's perspective. Dr. Drew co-authored the first
academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The study was published
in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) in September
2006, and is the first systematic, empirical scholarly study of
celebrity personality. Dr. Drew can also be heard during the day
Monday thru Friday on the nationally syndicated radio show "Dr. Drew
Live."

As it did in the first season, VH1 will present on-air PSA's about
addiction and the possibilities of recovery as well as online
resources for those in need of assistance.

"Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" is executive produced by John Irwin
and Damian Sullivan for Irwin Entertainment. Dr. Drew Pinsky and
Howard Lapides are also executive producing. Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes,
and Noah Pollack are executive producers for VH1.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter
to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online
content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million
households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and
services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and
extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

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Now the real question is which fading celebrity is so messed up
that having to go to rehab and a reality series simultaneously seems
like a good idea?

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