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VH1 orders 'Celebrity Rehab'-like OCD treatment facility reality series

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/15/2009 

VH1 is apparently obsessed with rehab-themed reality shows.

The network has ordered a new reality series that will feature ordinary people suffering from severe forms of obsessive compulsive disorder, Daily Variety reported Sunday.

Tentatively-titled The OCD Project, the new series will follow a group of participants suffering from OCD as they live together for several weeks in a treatment facility and undergo both individual and group treatment.

"I feel our viewers will also see something of themselves in these patients as I think everyone has a little bit of OCD, making it surprisingly relatable," VH1 programming executive Jeff Olde told Variety.

"We want to open people's eyes and hearts to a very real side of this disorder that can often ruin careers and relationships. ... Our goal is to bring some real understanding to this disease."

VH1 is already home to rehab-themed shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, the third season of which is slated to premiere early next year, and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, a Celebrity Rehab spin-off that began filming in April.

In addition, The OCD Project is similar to A&E Network's Obsessed -- a new Intervention-like reality series that follows individuals suffering from extreme anxiety disorders and premiered earlier this month.

The OCD Project is being produced by 3 Ball Productions, with JD Roth serving as executive producer.

"3 Ball's brand has always been about transformation," Roth told Variety. "The OCD Project will be another example where regular, everyday people afflicted with severe symptoms take their lives back from an out-of-control situation and inspire viewers to do the same."

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