“Celebrity Rehab” host inks deal for new show, launching in 2011
Dr. Drew Pinsky is joining HLN.
The star of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab,” "Sober House," "Sex Rehab" and longtime host of the syndicated radio show “Loveline” has inked a deal for a new show on HLN. Scot Safon — HLN’s executive vice president who took over for Ken Jautz earlier this year when Jaust was installed as the head of CNN — made the announcement on Monday.
The yet-to-be-titled show is expected to launch next spring. HLN did not indicate which timeslot the show will occupy, or whether Pinsky’s arrival means another primetime host – Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace or Joy Behar — would exit or be demoted. (Grace’s 8:00 p.m. show is replayed at 10:00 p.m., which would, in theory, provide an opening in the schedule for Pinsky.)
Safon did say that "no show is going away," though there will be "rejiggering" of the primetime lineup.
“Dr. Drew informs and inspires audiences on subjects that matter most to them and their families, and he is an ideal fit for the HLN network,” Safon said in a release. “Whether the topics are in the news or simply in the daily lives of our audience, Dr. Drew will shed light, provide crucial information and give viewers something to talk — and think — about.”
Pinsky said the show will “explore the stories behind the story and really explain the choices that people make.”
“Celebrity Rehab” is currently in its fourth season on VH1. “Loveline” has been running on Westwood One radio since 1984.
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