April 23rd, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Tori Spelling's marriage drama shared on 'True Tori'

If anyone's going to air Tori Spelling's dirty laundry, it's going to be the actress herself.

On Tuesday's premiere of "True Tori," Spelling spills the beans on her troubled marriage to Dean McDermott, picking it up right after his infidelity caused him to check into rehab.

The reason Spelling and McDermott are opening up so extensively about what was initially a very private matter because Spelling wants to shape her own story in the midst of all the celebrity magazine coverage.

Back in December, rumors erupted that McDermott had stepped out on his wife of close to seven years, and with whom he has four kids. Initially neither star talked about the gossip, and when McDermott went into rehab, he simply apologized for causing his family pain without specifying what exactly he was receiving treatment for.

The mystery was over with "True Tori," as the first episode saw Spelling visit her husband in rehab. He was seeking treatment for alcoholism and depression, among other issues.

Spelling said she was "excited" to see him, admitting that she misses him. "I feel like that's the wrong thing to say, I feel like it makes me sound weak," she said. "But it's been really hard, and I miss him. I miss having my best friend. ... I had it for seven years, and it was just gone one day."

For his part, McDermott did apologize to Spelling and acknowledge the part he played in the implosion of their marriage.

The idea for the series, which airs on Lifetime, is that we get to follow along with McDermott and Spelling in moments like these, and watch as they "navigate the unknown road ahead" in their relationship. Giving that amount of access to a TV audience is risky, says People magazine, because that means Spelling's story isn't really in her hands.

"How can she capture the truth if she films her and McDermott's story as it's still unfolding?" the review asks. "You have a horse, and you have a cart, and they go in a prescribed order. It would be more honest to say that Spelling has had some lemons cruelly thrust into her arms, and has had the determination and skill to make lemonade."

Is it worth a watch? Perhaps for Spelling's fans, says Variety's TV critic, who warns that the general audience would be bored.

"(O)ne has to be pretty engaged going in to consider this fly-on-the-wall exposure worth the investment," the review says. "Clearly, the intent is to humanize the star, but it requires a good deal of charity to conjure that response."

If you're curious, you can check out the first episode here.

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