Just when you think reality television can't go any lower (city-girl-meets-country-bumpkin Farmer Wants a Wife, Internet-hottie-meets-everyone A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila), another show comes along to remind us that there is still some digging left to do.
The latest show from onetime-music channel VH1 involves two of gossip rags' favorite subjects: celebrities and drugs. The long-rumored Celebrity Rehab was made official by the network yesterday, and in doing so, VH1 also revealed its host, participants, and start date.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, best known as Dr. Drew from the call-in radio show Loveline, will move from mentoring young adults and teenagers on the ways of safe sex and other issues to walking celebrities through their chemical-addiction problems.
Those looking for a Lindsay Lohan or Nick Nolte (oh man, that would have been sweet) among the twitching, nose-wiping cast will just have to stick to Us Weekly. These "famous" people were probably doing drugs for a reason--for most of them, their 15 minutes of fame was more like five.
Celebrity participants in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew include:
Daniel Baldwin--actor, Homicide: Life on the Street
Seth "Shifty" Binzer--frontman for rapcore band Crazy Town
Mary Carey--porn star, one time presidential "candidate"
Chyna--actress, former wrestler, Surreal Life star
Jeff Conaway--actor, Taxi, Babylon 5
Jaimee Foxworth--former Family Matters star-turned-porn star
Brigitte Nielsen--actress, former beau of Sylvester Stallone
Ricco Rodriguez--mixed martial arts fighter
Jessica Sierra--former American Idol participant
In the show, the celebs will undergo intense treatment at a Southern California treatment facility, then have the option of residing in a sober-living community for a few months.
Some of the cast, including Baldwin, Conaway, Nielsen, and Chyna, have previously appeared on reality programs such as Celebrity Fit Club and The Surreal Life.
VH1 has not revealed what addictions each star is going into treatment for, but many of the participants have pasts with alcohol and cocaine. This week, videos surfaced of Binzer gleefully smoking crack and Conaway snorting a white substance. The clips are allegedly from Celebrity Rehab.
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew will debut January 10 at 10 p.m. on VH1. The series will have eight one-hour episodes.