A&E Cancels 'Intervention' After 13 Seasons and 243 Addicts

Friday, 24 May 2013 07:45 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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A&E is cutting off its Emmy-winning series “Intervention” after 13 seasons of stepping into the lives of the addicted in desperate attempts to turn their lives around.

The docuseries is one of A&E’s signature programs, winning the Emmy for best reality series in 2009 and nominated one other time. It also won five PRISM Awards. A&E said that the final five episodes will begin June 13.

“As ‘Intervention’ comes to an end, we’re proud to have paved the way for such an original and groundbreaking series,” said David McKillop, executive vice president of programming at A&E Network and Bio Channel. “We’re honored to have been a part of the 243 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, leading to the 156 individuals that are currently sober to this day.”

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Addiction specialists Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan, Donna Chavous and Ken Seeley return for the series' conclusion. A&E said the last episodes will include some of its most difficult cases as family and friends stage an intervention with addicts.

“Intervention” has brought attention to the social, economic and environmental cost of drug addiction, alcohol abuse and compulsive behavior.

Each episode follows addicts through their daily life and the devastation their dependency has brought to their family and friends. Upon reaching the brink, their loved ones stage a surprise intervention conducted by one of four specialists. In the end, they are pushed to get the help they need with the hope of turning their lives around before it’s too late. The show is produced by GRB Entertainment for A&E Network. Gary Benz, Michael Branton and Dan Partland are executive producers.

The show, though, is not without its critics. Boston Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert complained in 2005 that the show was exploitive and put ratings ahead of truly helping the addicts treated on the series.

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“Increasingly, reality TV shows are wearing saintly robes,” Gilbert said. “While they put damaged lives on display to attract our pitying eyes, they also pretend to repair those lives – with a new home, or a new face, or a contract to be pop culture's newest singer, model, or actress.”

In a testament to his infiltration into pop culture, “Intervention” has been parodies numerous times in series like “Saturday Night Live,” “Funnyordie.com,” “South Park,” “30 Rock,” “Tosh.O” and “True Blood.”

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