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Stone Cold Steve Austin Will Host 'Tough Enough,' HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 28th 2011 7:00PM
Stone Cold Steve AustinStone Cold Steve Austin will host the newly revived version of the WWE reality show 'Tough Enough,' Entertainment Weekly reports.

Austin will mentor wannabe wrestlers as they try out for a spot on the WWE roster. The show was previously on MTV, but will now air on USA beginning April 4 after Monday Night Raw.

The wrestler guest starred on 'Chuck' last year.

In other TV news ...

HBO picked up Aaron Sorkin's new pilot. The series takes place behind the scenes at a cable news show. Keith Olbermann will reportedly contribute on-air rants for the show. [Entertainment Weekly]

Greg Grunberg is set to star in the pilot 'Big Mike' for A&E. The actor will play a skilled plus-sized San Diego police detective. [Deadline]

People watch more TV when they're snowed in. Duh. [THR]

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Jason Wahler: 'Celebrity Rehab' Producers Asked Me To Drink

by Elena Cox, posted Jan 11th 2011 4:00PM
Jason WahlerJason Wahler may have cultivated a bad boy image during his stints on MTV's 'Laguna Beach' and 'The Hills,' but in his most recent foray into reality TV -- VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab' (season finale Wed., Jan. 12, 10PM ET) -- Wahler made a conscious effort to keep a low profile during filming.

"I wanted to show that I was taking my problem seriously," Wahler told TV Squad. "I was revamping myself and showing everyone I'm not drinking."

Wahler was arrested six times for alcohol-related offenses in the last few years before checking into the Pasadena Recovery Center with Dr. Drew.

Unlike a lot of his castmates, Wahler had kept sober for a short time before filming began.

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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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Demi Lovato Checks Into Rehab Center

by PopEater Staff, posted Nov 2nd 2010 11:55AM
Demi Lovato, the star of the Disney Channel's 'Sonny With a Chance' and 'Camp Rock' movies, left the concert tour she was on with the Jonas Brothers to enter a rehab center to get help for "emotional and physical issues," TMZ reports. Lovato entered the professional treatment center this past weekend.

TMZ.com reports the 18-year-old star is not seeking treatment for drug use.

Her rep released a statement saying, "Demi Lovato left her tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time.

"Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help. She is doing just that," the statement reads. "[Demi] regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future."

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2010 6:02PM
Sports NightHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Not sure why the first season of 'Sports Night' is being released again. Actually, the series has been released as "Complete Series" packages twice now (there were only two seasons), and the 10th Anniversary edition is still available so I'm not sure what 'Sports Night' fan would spend money on the first season alone. It doesn't look like there's anything on it that you can't get on the other set.

  • 'The Abbott & Costello Show' - Complete Series Collector's Edition
  • 'Alvin & The Chimpmunks' - Cinderella Cinderella
  • 'Ben 10: Alien Force' - Vol. 6
  • 'Celebrity Rehab' - Season 1

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Dr. Drew Could Have Helped Corey Haim, Says Dr. Drew

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2010 5:09PM
Corey HaimNot sure which TV doctor/psychologist/superhero has a bigger ego, Dr. Drew or Dr. Phil, but this week I'm going with the former. Dr. Drew Pinsky says that he and people from his show 'Celebrity Rehab' reached out to Corey Haim several times over the past few years and every time Haim angrily rejected their pleas for him to be on the show, saying that he didn't need help.

Now, beyond the fact that Dr. Drew is assuming that Haim died of a drug overdose before autopsy results are even complete*, I think he doesn't quite understand (or maybe he does and doesn't care) how much of an exploitative guy he is. So Haim didn't want to appear on your show where you get celebrities to look awful while they live in a house and try to break their addictions? Is that surprising? If I was an addict I wouldn't want to do that show either.

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Dr. Drew's Stalker Charged

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 5th 2010 7:36PM
Dr. Drew PinskyIt turns out that Hollywood's man for the mentally dysfunctional and perpetually codependent has someone who is addicted to him.

Police have charged Charles Pearson on suspicions that he stalked and threatened Dr. Drew Pinsky and his family on more than one occasion.

Pearson stands accused of posting threatening messages towards the doctor. He also showed up at a radio station event in Los Angeles where Dr. Pinsky does his nationally syndicated "Loveline" show on KROQ.

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Heidi Fleiss Calls Tom Sizemore a 'Loser' on 'Celeb Rehab' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 5th 2010 3:20AM
Celebrity Rehab, Heidi Fleiss, Tom SizemoreIt's heartening to see Mackenzie Phillips – or Mac Attack, as Dennis Rodman calls her – doing really well. "It is amazing that you are standing here today, doing 20 years of these hard, hard drugs," said Rodman, "but you keepin' it together, man."

But not all of the feedback was positive as the celebs came to the end of their stint on 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew' (Thu., 10PM ET on VH1). Heidi Fleiss looked at Tom Sizemore and said, "Tom, I'm gonna go very easy on you. I look at you, and I feel so good, because you're such a loser. And the thought of bein' with you would turn a woman gay."

Harsh, Heidi. You'd better watch your back, girl. And maybe take a look in the mirror.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What to Watch: January 7

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:00AM
'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew' (10PM, VH1) season 3 premiere
Well, there certainly won't be a lack of drama this season, as Dr. Drew's cast members, er, rehabbers, this time around includes 'One Day at a Time' star Mackenzie Phillips, she of the recent autobiography that revealed her incestuous relationship with her father, and former couple Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss, whose tempestuous relationship ended in an assault and battery charge. And the rest of lineup: tabloid fave country star Mindy McCready, Dr. Drew's 'Sex Rehab' alum and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche, Dennis Rodman, Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr, 'Real World: Hollywood' alum Joey Kovar and 'America's Next Top Model' contestant Lisa D'Amato.

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TV's Dr. Drew saves a dying high school football player

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 3rd 2009 8:34AM
Dr. Drew saves a football player's life in California.On TV, Dr. Drew Pinsky saves people from drugs and sex. But, the Celebrity Rehab host came out of the stands at California high school football game last weekend to save the life of a dying player.

Pinsky was watching his son Doug play football at Pasadena Polytechnic when a Poly player took a shot to the head. I played football for years, and these things happen. There's no indication that malice was involved in the related hit.

The injured player, Jackson Allan, came off the field and headed to the bench to talk to his coaching staff and teammates. But, as is often the case with concussions and other head injuries, the brain can be deceptive. The condition quickly grew more serious, and paramedics were called.

But, Pinsky got there first to find Allan in a coma -- no longer breathing.

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Dr. Drew sends addicted viewers to Sex Rehab on VH1

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 14th 2009 9:04PM
Dr. Drew with take on sexual addition in VH1's Sex Rehab.Dr. Drew is taking on a sexier addiction, literally.

His new VH1 show, the unfortunately titled Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew (Is the title theme Motley Crue's' "Dr. Feel Good?") will take on celebrity sex addiction.

Addiction to alcohol and drugs, or eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, are already familiar topics on reality TV. But the VH1 release announcing the new show reports that sex addiction is equally common -- yet harder to identify and more difficult for some to accept.

Think about it. How many comedians would make some crack along the lines of, "Where do I sign up? For the disease, not the cure."

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What's On Tonight: Survivor, Chowder, Tim Gunn, Sarah Silverman

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2008 4:01PM
  • At 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Life On Mars.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, then new episodes of CSI and Eleventh Hour.
  • NBC has a new My Name Is Earl at 8, followed by new episodes of Kath & Kim, The Office, 30 Rock, and ER.
  • FOX has two new episodes of Kitchen Nightmares at 8.
  • The CW has a new Smallville at 8, then a new Supernatural.
  • NFLNet has Football at 8, the Jets vs. the Patriots.
  • TBS has four excellent Friends repeats starting at 8 (in case you don't want to watch Jennifer Aniston on 30 Rock).
  • Cartoon Network has a new Chowder at 8.
  • At 9, Spike has a new TNA Impact!
  • CNN has the special Escape From Jonestown at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, then a new Testees.
  • Bravo has a new Tim Gunn's Guide To Style at 10.
  • VH-1 has a new Celebrity Rehab at 10.
  • Also at 10: Sundance has a new Iconoclasts, with Venus Williams and Wyclef Jean.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Sarah Silverman Program.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Cast announced for the next Celebrity Rehab

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2008 4:41PM

Celebrity RehabThe first thing I thought of when I learned the celebrity lineup on the next edition of VH-1's Celebrity Rehab was "wow, this could get ugly." The New York Post is reporting that the celebs involved in the second edition of the show include Jeff Conaway (who was on the first edition but decided to leave before it was over), Gary Busey, Rodney King, Sean Stewart (Rod's son), former American Idol contestant Nikki McKibben, Tawny Kitean, Amber Smith, and former Guns 'n Roses drummer Steven Adler.

This is really sad for all of the obvious celebrities-doing-reality shows reasons, but I'm also a little irritated by Dr. Drew Pinsky, who is the leader/executive producer of this show. Once upon a time I'm sure Pinsky simply wanted to help people, but now, although I'm sure he'd rather see these people cleaned up than going through addiction and other problems (obviously), there's more than a whiff of exploitation in the air. Like Dr. Phil, he could easily counsel these people away from the cameras. Why does everything (and everyone) have to be on television now?

Filming for the season began on Monday and the show will debut in October.

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Stump the King - Jeff Conaway - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Feb 11th 2008 6:19AM

Jeff Conaway as KenickieConsidering how hypnotized I am by Celebrity Rehab on Vh1, this week's question is very appropriate.

"I'm trying to figure out what show I remember from the 80's here... It was a sword and sorcery/dungeons and dragons sort that has (all I can remember) 2 guys on horses (one seemed to be the main character and the other his sidekick/comic relief) Not much to go on (I think the main character wore white???)"

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Nov 27th 2007 6:23PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily, it's a bad day for headlines. For example:
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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