I can tell you from personal experience that the worst show to binge on when you're holed up all by yourself on a couch with a tiny newborn is Intervention. The combo of postpartum recovery, maternity leave isolation, and lack of sleep left me a hysterical sobbing mess as the show inevitably trotted out the gut-wrenching footage of the addict as a happy young child, before cranking up the misery by conducting interviews with devastated family members -- and the idiotic thing is I KEPT WATCHING. Day in and day out, while my baby napped on my chest and I wept hot tears all over his downy little head and whisper-begged him to never, ever, ever do drugs.
That cheery story leads me to the point of this post, which is to tell you that after 13 seasons, two Emmy nominations, and 243 tear-soaked episodes, A&E's Intervention has been canceled. The final episodes are set to air starting in June, culminating in "one of the most difficult and dramatic episodes in the series' history."
It's not clear why the show was canceled, since it's consistently been among the network's five highest-rated series since its debut. Maybe A&E wants to focus on its current cash cow, Duck Dynasty? At any rate, the network's executive vice president of programming issued a statement about the show's conclusion, and in doing so mentioned the recovery rate statistics associated with the show:
As 'Intervention' comes to an end, we're proud to have paved the way for such an original and groundbreaking series. We're honored to have been a part of the 243 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, leading to the 156 individuals who are currently sober to this day.
(According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40% to 60% of people relapse after drug treatment.)
Intervention's final season will feature what the network is describing as "some of the most intense and gripping stories of the series." The premiere episode will focus on Jessica, a 29-year-old woman squatting in an abandoned house with no electricity or running water. She copes with her past by injecting heroin, a drug that was introduced to her by her own father. Other episodes include a crack-addicted mom, a young girl struggling with a fatal eating disorder, a man who uses drugs to deal with his mother's sudden suicide, and a once-generous son who now steals from his family to support his habit.
In other words, it's heartbreaking business as usual for the docuseries, so if you plan to watch the last five episodes, I suggest making sure you've got a Costco-sized stash of tissue on hand. Also, if you've just had a baby, take it from me -- DVR that shit until your hormones are squared away.
Are you sad to hear that Intervention's being canceled?
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