VH1 has no plans to air one of its franchise series this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The network isn’t using the word “canceled,” but neither “Celebrity Rehab” nor its spinoff “Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House” is included in VH1’s plans for 2012, the story reports.
"Celebrity Rehab" focused on Dr. Drew Pinsky helping celebrities deal with their addictions. The shows have attracted controversy as celebrities featured on the programs later struggled. Former "Taxi" star Jeff Conaway appeared in early seasons of the show, and died in 2011 from pneumonia, while reports noted that his addictions delayed him from seeking treatment, the piece adds.
Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who was featured in the third season, died in March, with Dr. Pinsky saying his death was the result of an prescription overdose, the story says.
VH1’s crowded lineup and Pinsky’s busy schedule were cited as reasons for taking the shows out of the rotation. But the story notes that numbers have been falling, with the season five finale, which aired last September, attracting 510,000 viewers — losing almost half of the audience from the previous season’s finale.