From the Makers of ‘Intervention’: A Spinoff Called ‘Relapse’

by | January 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM | TV News

A new season starts Sept. 14. (A&E)

A new season starts Sept. 14. (A&E)

A&E’s “Intervention,” the shocking show about real-life addicts and their suffering loved ones, is spawning a spinoff.

The new series, announced Friday, is called “Relapse,” and it will follow the activities of “sober coaches,” people who work closely with addicts who kick their habits for a time but unfortunately return to abusing alcohol and drugs. In its announcement, A&E notes that more than half of all addicts relapse after achieving sobriety.

The Emmy-winning “Intervention” — seen Monday nights at 9/8c — gets its name, of course, from the emotional meetings featured in each episode in which family members and friends, with the help of a professional interventionist, confront the addict in their midst with an ultimatum: Either accept the help we’re offering today or get out of our lives forever.

On “Relapse,” the counseling is one-on-one, with each sober coach “jumping into the lives of their clients, forming a bond … and making them face their demons head on,” A&E said.

“Relapse” is being produced by the same company that produces “Intervention,” GRB Entertainment. A&E has ordered five one-hour episodes of “Relapse,” which is expected to premiere in late spring.

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