TCA 2011: Dr. Drew Pinsky will now treat 'regular folks' on TV
“Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” “Sober House,” “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew,” “16 and Pregnant,” “Teen Mom” and “Dr. Drew Pinsky.” Breathe. Now add “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers.” Could there come a time when Dr. Drew Pinsky seeks his own services for treatment on overexposure?
When asked if others might perceive all his TV ventures as crossing the line into fame-monger territory, Pinsky replied: "I understand that people could think that ...We’ll find out.”
Pinsky is adding to his already full plate -- he began hosting "Dr. Drew Pinsky" on HLN in the spring -- with a new daytime series, "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers," on the CW this fall. The daily, half-hour show will air in a two-episode block from 3-4 p.m. (an original episode will be followed by a repeat) beginning in the fall. Pinsky and a panel of experts -- which will sometime include the likes of Halle Berry, Patrick Dempsey and Kelly Rippa -- will offer help to people dealing with various personal issues.
Viewers can expect to get acquainted with Pinsky's wife and triplet children. There will also be an element similar to "Loveline," the long-running radio show on KROQ that Pinsky co-hosts, which will be called Love Lab.
Pinsky said it was the ability to venture away from the celebrity world he's become immersed in that attracted him to the project.
"One of the things that comes across my Twitter feed is 'why don’t you deal with regular folks?' " he said. He added that he had originally intended "regular" people to take part in "Celebrity Rehab" along with the stars, but that those prospects fell through. "I'm very anxious that here we work with regular people."
-- Yvonne Villarreal