DrJays.com Debate: Has MTV “Gone Too Far”?
MTV intends to air DJ AM’s drug-intervention reality series Gone Too Far 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 to Billboard Magazine when asked for an official statement, 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 is concern the show would seem hypocritical or exploitative. Sister network VH1 recently decided against airing two reality series (including Megan Wants A Millionaire) that became embroiled in a real-life controversy when they featured murder suspect Ryan Jenkins.
Eight episodes of Gone were shot – three days before his body was discovered on August 28, DJ AM tweeted that he wrapped filming. The show’s original premiere date was October 5, though launching that soon seems unlikely at this point.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on whether you think the show should go ahead and get the greenlight to air?