Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew
Empty10 p.m. Thursdays
I know what you're thinking because I was thinking it, too. Here we go with another exploitative series filled with titillating video of D-list celebs who consented to be on camera as a first step toward reviving a moribund career.
I admit it. I was wrong. Oh, sure, there's a little teasing and titillation but, overall, this is an incredibly honest series about the nature of addiction and the nearly superhuman effort required to overcome it. After previewing the first two episodes, I was struck by the candor of Dr. Drew Pinsky as well as the nine celebs who agreed to take part in the 21-day program.
Several of them, including Jeff Conaway (young Bobby on "Taxi") and actor/director Daniel Baldwin, had been in and out of rehab many times. Others, such as porn star and California gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey, "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra and "Family Matters" alumna Jaimee Foxworth, were relative newcomers to the detox program. Also in the mix were former pro wrestler and Playboy subject Chyna, actress Brgitte Nielsen and Seth Binzer, lead singer of Crazy Town.
These are people who are using to having their own way and who can't envision life without drugs or booze. Seeing them try to break their dependency is not pretty. In fact, it's downright painful to see them stripped of their glamor, shaking, crying, barfing and struggling to escape from their self-imposed mental fog. It is an unforgettable wake-up call, far more effective than a thousand "Just say no" campaigns.
If you've ever been the least bit curious about what really goes on in rehab, look here for the answer.