Fine. I'll admit it. I watched some of Celebrity Rehab. But I'm not proud of that fact. It actually kind of made me depressed more than anything. And now, according to the New York Post they are considering taking these already whacked out celebrities from Rehab season 1, who are using their issues to cling to some scrap of fame, and putting them in a new show called Sober Living. Great. Just great. I mean, I'm all for the idea of these C-listers getting clean and getting on with their lives, but watching them in Surreal Life surroundings is something I don't need to see. This could be such a vicious circle. Drink or do drugs. Go to rehab. Say hi to Dr. Drew. Ditch bad habits. Go to rehab. Try and reclaim career. Realize no one cares about you if you aren't behaving badly. Go back to rehab. Repeat.
On the one hand, VH1 is kind of genius. They've gotten their hands on a bunch of celebs who they can use in various scenarios forever. On the off chance that someone gets clean and gets a career they can have their own reality show about that. If someone gets clean and opts out of the fame world, there's potential for a show there. Otherwise if they fail in this halfway house scenario, the Celeb Rehab series will never be lacking for people who crumble if they aren't in the spotlight. On the other hand, it is just a bad state that in this messed up world there is such an appetite for shows about people who are struggling to get their acts together. But if people keep watching, there will be shows. So I encourage you all to just say no to this spinoff. If for no other reason than these shows have taken all the joy out of "Where are they now" specials.
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