This week, Dr. Drew tweeted that he contracted Leptospirosis during a recent trip to the West Indies. In addition to putting Drew through an ordeal that has been “truly, truly brutal” (Wikipedia’s list of symptoms reads like horror microfiction), it has caused the postponement of the taping of the Celebrity Rehab reunion. It was supposed to shoot this week, but will now shoot and air live next week (it will maintain the previously announced air time of 10/9c on Wednesday, January 26). A live taping? Get ready for reality. This could be a blessing in disguise given the outspoken and explosive personalities the show is peppered with. Gentlemen, start your popcorn machines…
Some official info on the programming change is below…
Due to an unforeseen illness, VH1′s been forced to switch up production on the Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew reunion special, previously scheduled to tape earlier this week, and will now air the show LIVE on Wednesday January 26 at 10pm ET/PT. Members of the cast, which included Eric Roberts (The Expendables), Jeremy London (Party of Five, 7th Heaven), Rachel Uchitel (infamous party planner), Janice Dickinson (The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency), Leif Garrett (musician), Frankie Lons (Keyshia Cole’s mother), Jason Wahler (The Hills) and Jason Davis (socialite), will make a return visit to Dr. Drew and share their stories of courage and redemption and in some cases, relapse – without the safety of editing. This sure-to-be explosive special will broadcast LIVE from a studio in Hollywood this Wednesday, January 26th at 10/9C.
And some information on the ratings of this week’s Celebrity Rehab season finale is in the press release below…
The finale of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” Season 4, which aired on Wednesday 1/19 at 10PM, scored a .8 rating in the key 18-49 demo, making it the highest rated episode for the season (tied with the season 4 premiere.) Additionally, Wednesday’s night season 4 finale logged 1.3 million total viewers (P2+).
Season 4 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew follows the real-life experiences of eight diverse celebrity patients undergoing an intensive 21-day detoxification and treatment program at the Pasadena Recovery Center. As they each struggle with their own demons in their quest to get well they must also do this amongst some other very strong personalities who create more hurdles for each other than a helping hand.
Dr. Drew is a highly respected practicing MD, board certified in internal and addiction 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.
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 and assistant clinical professor of KECK USC School of Medicine. 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. Additionally, he is a New York Times best selling author with his work The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper Collins). Dr. Drew has also been the host of VH1’s Sober House and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew along with MTV’s Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant, Life After Labor.
Viewers can catch a sneak peekof thereunion special and exclusive commentary fromthe VH1BlogonVH1.comprior to the on-air premiere.For more video clips fromthe full season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew go to VH1.com.
Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew is executive produced by John Irwin and Damian Sullivan for Irwin Entertainment. Dr. Drew Pinsky, Howard Lapides and Joel Rodgers are also executive producing. Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, and Noah Pollack are executive producers for VH1.