Premiering Monday, Sept. 19, the half-hour talk show "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" launches as part of The CW's daytime block, with daily back-to-back episodes featuring internist and addiction specialist -- and radio and TV host -- Dr. Drew Pinsky.
In addition to working on radio's "Loveline," his own daily show on HLN, and his stints on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House," the father of teenage triplets -- two boys and a girl -- heading off to college en masse is filling his empty nest with more media.
On this show, he aims to help ordinary people take the small steps to overcome the large hurdles to changing their lives, whether it's weight loss, parenting, addiction, medical issues, financial problems or relationship dilemmas.
"One of the things that comes across my Twitter feed all the time," says Pinsky, "is, 'How come you don't just deal with regular folks? Why the celebrities?' In point of fact, when we originally conceived of 'Celebrity Rehab,' I wanted regular people in with the celebrities, to make that point.
"But it became increasingly clear to me that regular people can't really consent for that. They don't know what it's like to be filmed when this kind of work is being done. So I'm very anxious here that we deal with mostly regular people."
It's also going to be a Pinsky family affair.
"My wife is going to participate in it," he says.
After all, with the triplets going off to school a continent away, Pinsky says, "How do my wife and I get to know each other again and have a relationship?"
Sometimes small things can make a big difference; sometimes more is needed. Says Pinsky, "Some of these stories are going to be small changes we can initiate and get through that day that we're filming. Some of them are going to be much longer arcs. Some of them are under way right now. The thing that I have been fascinated by so far is that sometimes relatively small changes in focused areas make a huge change."
'Dr. Drew's Lifechangers' is not for the rich and famous
Dr. Drew Pinsky
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