DJ AM Series Still In Play At MTV
MTV intends to air DJ AM's drug-intervention reality series that was shot just before he died.
The status of "Gone Too Far" has been in question since DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was found dead last month in his New York apartment. Although a toxicology report has not been released, preliminary findings suggest he died from a drug overdose.
MTV, which declined to comment, has not made a final decision on whether to air the series, but sources say the network expects to air the program and has been in talks with Goldstein's family about the timing.
Since "Gone" is an "Intervention"-style series, with Goldstein playing the role of a sober and experienced tough-love guide for troubled addicts, there was concern the show would seem hypocritical or exploitative. Sister network VH1 recently decided against airing two reality series that became embroiled in a real-life controversy when they featured murder suspect Ryan Jenkins.
If handled properly, some believe "Gone" could successfully impart its anti-drug message, perhaps now even more so. Before he died, Goldstein reportedly told his sponsor he would return to rehab.
The MTV situation bears a stronger resemblance to A&E's Jackson family reality show than VH1's reality troubles. After the King of Pop died, A&E worked with the Jacksons and held off confirming the series while waiting for a toxicology report and media headlines to subside.
Eight episodes of "Gone" were shot; three days before his body was discovered Aug. 28, DJ AM tweeted that he wrapped filming. The show's original premiere date was Oct. 5, though launching that soon seems unlikely at this point.