August 04, 2011 7:26pm PT by Lacey Rose
Dr. Drew's 'Lifechangers' Invites Viewers Into His Home
Dr. Drew assured a roomful of reporters Thursday that his new daytime talk show, Lifechangers, will showcase others' lives change as well as his own.
When Drew Pinsky's latest TV effort hits the small screen in September, he's prepared to invite viewers into his home. The Telepics-produced series, which will air on the CW as part of a two-episode block from 3 to 4 p.m., will not only introduce them to his wife but also delve into the couple's own adjustment to life as empty nesters. Pinsky's 18-year-old triplets, two boys and a girl, are heading off to college, leaving Pinsky and his wife to get to know each other all over again, he told the press during a stop on the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Among the other differentiators between this show and Pinsky's previous efforts, including Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew and Sober House, will be the opportunity for him to work with non-celebrties who are dealing with a variety of different personal issues.
"One of the things that comes across my Twitter feed is, 'Why don’t you deal with regular folks?' " said Pinsky, noting that he had originally conceived Celebrity Rehab as a concept that included both "regular" people and stars. "But it became increasingly clear to me that regular people can't really consent for that because they don't know what it feels like to be filmed when this kind of work is being done."
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He added, "I'm very anxious that here we work with regular people."
As for his own status, he was asked whether adding another show to his already full slate -- he hosts an HLN show in the evenings and Loveline at night -- will damage his brand. His response: "We’ll find out," he shrugged, adding that his apparent ubiquity isn't that uncommon in a splintering media environment.
"But there aren’t going to be more [shows]," he added, smiling. "I’ve filled my day up."
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