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Everything You Need to Know About 'Intervention Canada'

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Sep 7th 2011 11:00AM
Ever wish you could talk to an interventionist about what you just saw on 'Intervention'? The addictive show, which offers a window into the life of an addict, often leaves viewers thinking and talking about what they just saw for hours -- or even days -- after watching.

'Intervention Canada' is debuting this week on Slice, and AOL TV jumped at the chance to preview an episode and discuss it with one of the show's interventionists, Maureen Brine, and producer Karen Wookey. We decided to bring along superfan Trish Appleyard, a Kingston, Ont.-based lawyer, to represent 'Intervention's devoted fanbase in this unique discussion.

The episode we screened featured Andrew, a lovable young Windsor man who found himself sleeping behind dumpsters after his crack addiction led him to rock bottom. His older sister and grandparents desperately want him to kick the habit and get his life back on track. His troubled mother Leela also wants the best for him, but she's facing demons of her own. This moving episode culminates in a surprising double intervention -- something Brine and the producers didn't see coming.

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Do Rehab Shows Take Advantage of Their Subjects?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 5th 2011 5:00PM
'Celebrity Rehab'We'd like to think that when we watch shows like 'Intervention' or 'Celebrity Rehab,' we're seeing people better their lives through the help and support of addiction professionals. But according to some people in the rehabilitation field, the reality shows might be doing more harm than good for their subjects.

In an interesting feature on rehab shows that ran this weekend in the Los Angeles Times, Dr. David Sack of Malibu's Promises Treatment Center said he worries that the shows take advantage of people in their most vulnerable, altered states.

"Our concern is that people who are in the throes of an addiction should not be signing a release for something that will be shown on TV over and over," he said.

Leif Garrett, a participant in the current season of VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,' told the Times that the 'Celebrity Rehab' crew coerced him into using heroin on-camera after living clean for four days. "They asked to get some footage of me using, and I said, 'I haven't been using,'" he told the paper. "They said, 'We really have to get footage of you using.' Anyway, I was easily talked into showing them."

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'Intervention': Why It's OK to Watch

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 30th 2010 10:30PM
Talking to Dan Partland -- one of the producers of 'Intervention' -- last week, I told him I was a fan of the show. But that's not really the right word. I enjoy watching 'Intervention' about as much as I would enjoy being put through my top-loading washing machine, yet I continue to do it.

I do it for all the reasons that critics have cited over the show's eight seasons -- because it's moving, terrifying, hopeful and voyeuristic. Some critics think it's exploitative, that it serves to titillate the audience with scenes of depravity. Others praise it for its sympathetic depiction of the addicts and their families. Whichever side you take, there's no denying that 'Intervention' is one of the few television shows that increases our knowledge of the world.

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What to Watch: August 30 - September 5

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 29th 2010 2:42AM
Shattered - Wednesday September 1, 10 pm ET/PT, Global

The latest Canadian police procedural debuts tonight, with Callum Keith Rennie as a cop with Multiple Personality Disorder who drags his new partner into a murky homicide investigation. Originally slated to air on Showtime, this has more in common with 'Durham County' than 'Rookie Blue.'

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Why We Watch: A&E's 'Intervention,' 'Hoarders' and Soon 'Obsessed,' Too?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 27th 2010 12:00PM
a_and_e_network_hoardersIn some ways, A&E has cornered the television market with reality documentary programs that deal with specific psychological ailments. You know the shows -- 'Intervention,' which deals with addictions and how they affect the individuals and the people in his/her life, and 'Hoarders,' which tackles the syndrome that has people unable to throw away objects to the extent that they are buried alive in debris.

On Monday, June 28, A&E relaunches a show that's in a similar vein called 'Obsessed,' focusing on compulsive disorders.

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Appeal Made to Crack Addict, Former Boxing Champ on 'Intervention' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 6th 2010 6:14AM
Former Boxing Champ Rocky on 'Intervention'Former two-time world boxing champion Rocky Lockridge admits he's become a "homeless, crack-head dope fiend," as 'Intervention' (Mon., 9PM ET on A&E) follows him through the streets. Then in a heart-wrenching scene, his two sons confront him, sharing how his drug addiction has affected them.

"Ever since you left I cried every day hoping that I would see you again," says one. "Please change my faith in my father," says the other. Will he accept treatment?

Watch the video after the jump.

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TV 101: How Keith Olbermann And Glenn Beck Eat Your Soul

by Jay Black, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:02PM
Are these the two most evil people in America? Trick question: they aren't human!America, we need to talk.

There was a time when you were my favorite country in the world. Sure, you invented the Snuggie and insisted on airing multiple shows about making cakes for some reason, but you were always pretty stable. Well, that's changed and I think I know why.

You're addicted, America. You're addicted to something more insidious than nicotine or cocaine or Pokémon: you're addicted to Opinion Based News Shows.

Don't deny it! I've seen the signs! What started as an innocent attempt to have more talking points at parties has begun to rage out of control. Sometimes it seems you can't even make a move without a little taste of Keith or Glenn just to get you "right".

Well, I'm not going to watch my friend go down without a fight. This is your wake-up call America. This is your intervention.

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A&E's Hoarders is a record-breaker

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 2nd 2009 4:00PM
hoarders_a_and_eIf your garage looks like this picture, you may have a bit of a problem. The fact that this is somebody's kitchen means they have a BIG problem. This is an image from A&E's hit series Hoarders. I can't even fathom how somebody puts so much stuff into a kitchen to make it look like that, but I assume they're not doing any cooking on that stove or opening that refrigerator.

Hoarders has become a sensation on A&E. Monday night's season two premiere of Hoarders was a record breaker. More people watched it than any other A&E season opener ever -- 3.2 million viewers. That was more viewers than Intervention, which has been A&E's big drawer.

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'Intervention' & 'Hoarders' Premieres: Crazy? Or Crazy Good?

by Daynah Burnett, posted Dec 1st 2009 11:00AM

New seasons of 'Intervention' and 'Hoarders' premiered last night on A&E, and while both feature uncomfortable portraits of people hitting rock bottom, 'Hoarders' is ultimately way less of a bummer than 'Intervention.'

For seven seasons, 'Intervention' has gripped audiences with intense true stories of how addiction ruins real lives, and the eighth season premiere, 'Linda,' was no exception. Profiling a failed actress with an addiction to painkillers, the episode gave audiences equal parts sideshow spectacle and family drama, a recipe the series has long-since perfected since it began airing in 2005.

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PGA Awards: Showtime Leads With Noms for 'Dexter,' 'Weeds'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Nov 30th 2009 6:02PM
Showtime got the most love today from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as the guild announced nominations for television series (scripted and non-fiction). Showtime leads with four nominations ('Dexter,' 'Californication,' 'Weeds,' and the non-fiction 'This American Life.' AMC, Bravo, CBS, NBC and HBO each netted two nominations.

The nominated shows are listed below in alphabetical order by category:

Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Comedy
'30 Rock' (NBC)
'Californication' (Showtime)
'Entourage' (HBO)
'The Office' (NBC)
'Weeds' (Showtime)

Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Drama
'Breaking Bad' (AMC)
'Dexter' (Showtime)
'Lost' (ABC)
'Mad Men' (AMC)
'True Blood' (HBO)

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What to Watch: November 30

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 30th 2009 6:00AM
'Intervention' (9PM, A&E) season 8 premiere and 'Hoarders' (10PM, A&E) season 2 premiere
If it's light viewing you're looking for, surf on over to another channel. But though this duo of powerful reality series isn't easy to watch, the shows have more impact than most series on the tube. On 'Intervention,' which nabbed the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, we meet Linda, a formerly successful Hollywood extra who's hooked on painkillers 100 times more potent than morphine, while the 'Hoarders' season premiere introduces Augustine, whose hoarding habits led her to lose custody of her son and now threatens to send her to jail.

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What to Watch: September 28 - October 4

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 28th 2009 6:00AM

Ace of Cakes (Thursday,10 pm, Food)

Here's my call: 2010 is the year of cake. 'Ace of Cakes' will be the new 'Dog Whisperer' and soon we'll all talk with confidence about fondant the way 'Project Runway' has taught us to talk about draping. Get geared up with a visit to the Cake Wrecks blog.

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A&E cancels The Cleaner

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 26th 2009 3:40PM
The_Cleaner_Benjamin_BrattWhile a lot of shows seem to be thriving in cable, in the last couple of days, two series have bitten the dust. TBS dumped The Bill Engvall Show after three seasons, and now A&E Network has canceled The Cleaner, opting not to give the drama series another year. Hmm... does that mean Benjamin Bratt is available to return to Law and Order?

Probably not. Been there, done that, you know. But the TV pro is now unemployed although I doubt that'll be for long. The Cleaner just never really clicked for A&E. It was as intense as the network's hit reality show, Intervention, but it wasn't nearly as compelling.

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Whitney on Oprah, day two

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 15th 2009 8:36PM
Whitney Houston on OprahIf you tuned in to watch the first part -- day one -- of Whitney Houston's interview with Oprah Winfrey yesterday, you weren't alone. The overnight ratings were gangbusters for The Oprah Winfrey Show, the best premiere in three years, which is just what Oprah had in mind when her producers booked Whitney on her comeback trail.

And Whitney benefited, too. Her new CD debuted at number one on the Billboard chart, a fact confirmed at the end of the second half that was broadcast today. So Whitney won and Oprah won and Clive Davis was happy and smiling, probably because he had orchestrated the whole thing behind the scenes.

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Whitney on Oprah: part interview, part intervention

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 15th 2009 3:12AM
whitney_houston_sittingYesterday was the season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show and the big "get" -- as you probably know -- was a two-part interview with Whitney Houston. According to Oprah, this was the best interview she's ever done. Now, was that hype or was it really a great interview?

Judging by part one, it was a pretty powerful interview for Oprah. She was on her game. The setting was an empty theater, just Oprah and Whitney. Presumably, this was a no-holds-barred session, so I expected Oprah to ask the tough questions about Whitney's dysfunctional marriage to Bobby Brown, her drug use, the days she spent holed up in a stupor. It wasn't exactly A&E's Intervention, but for Oprah, it was penetrating.

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