When “The New Dr. Drew” first aired, I felt upset. Where was the old Dr. Drew? Did we, the viewers, do something wrong? Why did he leave us? Did Samantha Schacher finally get fed up with him (he never really gave her much to do)? She snapped her fingers and the old Dr. Drew suddenly went up in smoke. She turned him into some kind of “New Drew,” one with a live studio audience, and he’s now like a master of ceremonies. My resistance to this “New Drew” was so strong that I couldn’t watch it at first. I would change the channel after only watching minutes of it.
Over on my Everyday People column, I noted that I have a tendency to resist new things. For instance, I wasn’t even alive when “Poltergeist” was released, but I’m so attached to the original that I couldn’t handle the remake. When I watched the remake, all it did was make me crave the original. There were some scary parts in the new “Poltergeist,” but why create new Poltergeist when old Poltergeist was so good? Why not just re-release it? It’s like remaking the original Star Wars trilogy and wondering why everyone would prefer a re-release. Do we really want to see a brand new cast and take on certain movies?
When I was young, I remember loving the Nickelodeon version of “Doug.” And then “Doug” ended up on ABC. It was renamed “Brand Spanking New Doug.” I never watched even one episode of it. There were two issues in my mind. First, “Doug” is perfect and there is never going to be a need for a new one. New episodes are fine with me, but the idea of a “new” Doug makes me cringe. ABC hired a new voice actor to play Doug, they gave Patti a new look, and I didn’t buy it. The second problem was that it was being called “Brand Spanking New Doug.” I had never heard the phrase “brand spanking new.” There was too much new stuff going on there, and it sounded lame. I passed on the ABC version of “Doug.”
I understand that “The New Dr. Drew” is not a remake of a show that was perfect. “Dr. Drew On Call” had its issues. That’s why I have made the effort to get over the fact that “New Drew” has the word “new” in its title. Dr. Drew isn’t new, and I just have to keep telling myself that. He’s actually the same Drew that has been around for years. He’s even a happier Drew, because Mike Catherwood has been coming on the show (Catherwood is a ball of energy) and keeps him loose. Right now, Drew is having a blast with his live audience and his show. Just because something is new, that doesn’t mean it has to be bad. Dr. Drew is just the old Dr. Drew goofing off with his buddies and chatting people up. Technically, that’s the old Drew. The new Drew was the one who was trying to play news anchor and struggling to find a credible reporter to talk to him about current events.