The A&E cable network will air “Intervention” this fall, a reality show in which viewers witness an addict’s decline and then participate in the crucial moment when family and friends confront the person with a choice of rehabilitation or banishment, the New York Times says. “I don’t care about the drama of it. I cared about the result,” said Jeff VanVonderen, an intervention specialist and a therapist for 26 years who is a crucial character in the show’s pilot. He conducts the confrontation at the heart of the drama.
VanVonderen pictures the show’s potential viewers as “these sad, tired people, sitting on the sofa watching TV…They love someone who is in trouble, they’re at the end of 10 years of trying to help and feeling there’s nothing they can do. Seeing this show might tell them there is something they can do.” VanVonderen, 51, said he wouldn’t have imagined being on a show like “Intervention” five years ago. “TV wouldn’t have shown this,” he said. “The medium has come to a place where you can do this.”