VH1 renews 'Diddy,' 'Rehab,' 'Brooke,' Gotti's Way,' and 'Academy'
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/22/2009
VH1 announced it has renewed its Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, I Want To Work For Diddy, Brooke Knows Best, Gotti's Way and Tool Academy reality series for new seasons.
"VH1 is riding high on its most successful wave of original hit programming yet. We launched more new hit series than any other cable network in the first quarter of 2009," said VH1 programming executive Jeff Olde.
"Much of our momentum can be credited to many of the franchises and talent that we're renewing today. These upcoming projects will continue to set the mark for reality television while connecting with some of the most loyal viewers in all of television."
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew's third season will feature a format similiar to the show's first two editions and feature a group of celebrities who have volunteered to be treated by David Drew "Dr. Drew" Pinsky and his staff as they undergo a 21-day detoxification and treatment at a Los Angeles-area rehabilitation center.
Drug addiction counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague will both return for Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew's third season, which is still uncast but scheduled to premiere in Fall 2009.
I Want to Work for Diddy's first season premiered late last summer, and it's second edition is currently slated to film this summer and debut in the fall.
The Apprentice-like reality series will once again feature Sean "Diddy" Combs, who plays the Donald Trump role putting a group of contestants through a series of physical and mental challenges, many of which are supposedly based on the real life experiences of Diddy's previous assistants. The winner will get to work for Diddy as a personal assistant.
Casting for I Want to Work for Diddy's second season commenced this week.
Brooke Knows Best -- a spin-off of VH1's Hogan Knows Best reality series -- premiered last summer and followed Brooke Hogan as she relocated from Pinellas County to Miami where to manage her singing career and finances on her own and attempt to avoid the pitfalls of the city's nightlife.
The show's second season will also touch upon Hogan family matriarch Linda attempting to repair her relationship with her daughter -- which has been on the rocks since she filed for divorce from Terrence "Hulk Hogan" Boella.
Brooke Knows Best's second season is currently slated to debut this spring.
Tool Academy's first season aired earlier this year, and its second season will follow a similar format as "insensitive and clownish" boyfriends are schooled by relationship counselor Trina Dolenz.
In each episode, the bad boy who shows the least amount of progress is eliminated from the competition. Once eliminated, the ousted contestant then has to plead his case to his girlfriend, who then immediately decides whether she wants to keep him or kick him to the curb. The contestant left at the end wins a $100,000 cash prize.
Tool Academy's second season will premiere Sunday, August 2.
Gotti's Way 2 -- which will premiere Monday, May 4 at 10:30PM ET/PT -- will continue to follow record producer Irv Gotti, his estranged wife Deb, and their three children.
In addition to renewing the aforementioned shows, VH1 also formally announced it has ordered Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew -- a Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew spinoff that has reportedly been in development since earlier this year.