On Dec. 23, 2014, this column featured its first article. It’s called “‘Dr. Drew: On Call’ should find its inner Adam Carolla.” Of all the things a newly assigned Anaheim TV Examiner could cover, this Examiner decided to cover “Dr. Drew: On Call.” This wasn’t an assignment put out by byteclay.com; it was a completely spontaneous decision on the part of the writer. This may sound like a strange decision, because it’s not a hit TV show, but there is something about the TV show and Dr. Drew’s online podcasting efforts with Adam that made the topic fun to write about. Could a personality (Adam’s) that holds a podcast together also hold a TV show together?
On “The Adam and Dr. Drew Show” podcast, Adam will lay down the law in phone conversations (and even with co-host Dr. Drew), because he has the more aggressive personality of the two. In 2014, with no Adam on “Dr. Drew: On Call,” Drew used to have a lot of trouble maintaining control of his panel of guests. Not only were they quick to dig into each other, but they were also quick to talk over Drew and wrest control of the show from him. So, a year after the 2014 analysis of the show, did Drew find his inner Adam Carolla? Is he the law of the land on his own TV show?
Bold, unforeseeable moves were made on Drew’s part in 2015. Not only did he start cracking down on his guests, but he also completely changed the format of his show. “Dr. Drew On Call,” a show of talking heads, became “New Drew.” Suddenly, the talking heads became people sitting in chairs on a stage. A live studio audience was tossed into the mix, so he and his onstage guests could interact with them. Not only did Drew toughen up, but he decided to take his show in a new direction. It became similar to live theater, and he’s been on his toes, getting out of his seat, and improvising ways to get everyone to simmer down ever since.
On the last new episode of “The Adam and Dr. Drew Show,” entitled Reinforced Stereotypes, it seems even Adam has changed since his last podcast of 2014. Instead of bemoaning that his New Year’s Resolution is “everyone else needs to get their s*** together,” there was some sweet loving on Drew for the final 2015 podcast. Adam’s voice was cuddling up to the doctor like they were an old married couple. His voice was soft and soothing as he whispered what sounded like sweet nothings into Drew’s ear. Of course, if you do your best to figure out what Adam was actually saying, you figure out he was talking about toxins and mold. Still, the affection was there. The picture posted for that episode is of Adam with an arm around Drew’s shoulders. They look so happy together, they could easily be a couple.
Is Drew more similar to Adam, or is Adam becoming more similar to Drew? Perhaps they are meeting each other in the middle. Dr. Drew is asserting himself more, and Adam is being softer. The podcasting dynamic seems to be helping Dr. Drew on his TV show, where he has made a lot of improvements from where it was in 2014.