CSI: Las Vegas star Gary Dourdan, whose on the verge of becoming a celebrity has-been, is joining several other celebrity has-beens on season second of VH1's reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew The actor was arrested in California in April (08) after police found drugs in his car. He agreed a deal in court requiring him pay a $4,500 fine and to complete a 16-class drug program. According to the National Enquirer, producers of the show approached Dourdan shortly after the plea bargain and asked him to take part in the series - and he agreed. A source tells the tabloid, "Gary knows he screwed up, but he wants to stay in the public eye. He didn't think twice about doing the show. He's used to being on TV." However, a spokesperson for the show refused to confirm Dourdan's involvement. It is rumored he will join Rod Stewart's son Sean, singer Tawny Kitaen, Grease star Jeff Conaway, rocker Steve Adler in rehab and Rodney 'Can't we all just get along?' King.
The 21-day program, lead by Dr. Drew Pinsky, will air in October of 2008. Filming began last Monday (6.9.2008).
Singer Amerie is set to undergo a career overhaul - after signing a deal with the record label which turned Rihanna and NeYo into international superstars. The singer has parted ways with Columbia Records and inked a deal with Def Jam, the company that secured the blockbuster track Umbrella for Rihanna in 2007, catapulting her to global fame. And Amerie, who has previously released two albums to moderate success, is hoping the new contract with Def Jam will help boost her career to even greater heights. A source tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "Amerie's first two albums did well, but she's ready to step it up a gear now. She was offered a deal too good to turn down and the promise to build upon her reputation for classy and sexy R&B." She is currently in the studio with producer NO ID (Usher and Jay-Z’s Best Thing). Well, I hope she can't finally receive some much needed album promotion with Def Jam. I was starting to believe that that girl was only capable of turning our one hit per album.
Below are images of Amerie attending the 36th AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring actor Warren Beatty at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood last Thursday (6.12.2008). The singer filled in for singer Mya during a performance of Ghetto Superstar (a song off the soundtrack of Bulworth which starred Beatty and Halle Berry) with former Fugees member Pras.