12 Things To Know About MTV’s ‘Teen Mom: Young And Pregnant’
MTV has become known for dominating the reality TV genre thanks to shows such as The Real World, Laguna Beach, Jersey Shore and more recently 16 and Pregnant, which spawned two massively successful series Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2. After five seasons of 16 and Pregnant, and the failure of a third spinoff Teen Mom 3, the series ceased to produce new seasons, but now MTV is reviving it with a Teen Mom/16 and Pregnant mix. The new series called Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, follows the journey of five young women becoming mothers for the first time. Here are 12 things you need to know about Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant:
12. Minds Behind
In order to hopefully achieve the same success they found with 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, MTV tapped the same minds for Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. Morgan J. Freeman, Dia Sokol Savage, Larry Musnik, Lauren Dolgen and Kendra McLeod are all serving as executive producers on the new show. Of first coming up with the idea of 16 and Pregnant, Dolgen said, “I was flipping through People magazine, and I came across an article about teen pregnancy. It said that 750,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant in the United States every year. It was like getting punched in the stomach. I couldn’t believe it because it was happening to our audience.” Dolgen was working in development at MTV for the time and pitched the idea to her boss, who instantly loved it, and now the rest is history.
With a title like Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, it shouldn’t be too surprising that essentially the new show is a perfect mix of the things that made 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom successful. Unlike 16 and Pregnant which did individual episodes on different moms to create a season, Young and Pregnant showcases the same five moms throughout the seasons, like Teen Mom. Unlike Teen Mom, however; the series goes back to the months leading up to the birth, and shows the women becoming young mothers, like 16 and Pregnant. Young and Pregnant isn’t just about teenage mothers either as was the premise of 16 and Pregnant, as two of the stars are 20, one is 18, and two are 17. It is being presented as a 14-episode docu-series and will “introduce the diverse stories and backgrounds of five new young women as they navigate the complexities of being a Gen Z mother,” according to the press release from MTV.