January 04, 2012 08:45 PM by Ashley Lee
To all those celebrities out there hoping to to check into Dr. Drew’s drug rehabilitation facilities in California, you’re out of luck: VH1 has no current plans for 2012 editions of either Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew or Sober House. Is this the true end of two hit reality shows on VH1? And why are they being paused specifically at this time?
With five seasons of Celebrity Rehab and two seasons of Sober House, Dr. Drew’s reality shows averaged about 1 million viewers per episode – much higher than the network’s primetime average of 600,000 viewers per episode.
Thankfully, VH1 reports that the Celebrity Rehab programs are not cancelled and future editions are off the schedule due to scheduling issues. Past shows like Celebrity Fit Club have been paused and then revived, even after a year or more.
Is there another reason besides “scheduling issues” that the shows aren’t set for airtime this year? For one thing, host Dr. Drew Pinski is currently focusing on his daytime CW talk show, Lifechangers.
In addition, the shows stirred up controversy as two former cast members passed away from the addictions they initially sought to cure: actor Jeff Conaway died of complications from taking prescription medications, and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died after mixing Xanax and alcohol.
In place of the hit shows, VH1 will launch Relationship Rehab, which aims to mend fractured relationships.
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