Will the Teen Mom franchise ever conclude on MTV?
If a recent casting call is anything to go by, no.
MTV is looking to launch a fourth iteration of the popular reality series. In addition, a casting call was released for a new season of the show that started it all: 16 & Pregnant.
When you think about it, it's actually a good idea. Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 are still on the air, with the likes of Farrah Abraham, Jenelle Evans and Leah Messer giving viewers much to talk about.
With the two editions getting older, it makes perfect sense for MTV to try to find their next batch of young mothers to exploit and edit to look like terrible mothers.
The official casting call for Teen Mom 4 reads:
MTV is casting for a new season of the thought-provoking documentary series Teen Mom. This hit series follows the journeys of strong-willed and opinionated women who faced an unexpected pregnancy as a teen and now, in their early 20’s, are navigating the difficulties of raising a child.
Our goal is to give viewers a look inside the realities of motherhood — from balancing school and/or work responsibilities to navigating incredibly difficult decisions and relationships with boyfriends and parents. MTV is looking for young mothers from diverse backgrounds who had children in their late teens and those children are now between the ages of 4 and 7; who would like to share their dramatic personal stories about their complicated journeys.
If you are outspoken, unfiltered and funny, we want to hear from you! Please email us as soon as possible at MTVTeenMom2017@gmail.com. Include the city and state you live in, your contact details, a picture and the reason why you’d like to share your story as part of the Teen Mom series. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Applicants should appear to be between the ages of 16 and 25.
With Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 already part of the roster, the network will be looking to make this version a success.
Teen Mom 3 was the most recent addition to the franchise, but poor ratings concerned the network and the show never made the cut for a second run.
If you recall, the cast members engaged in a bitter feud with the stars of the other two series in the franchise. They were clearly bitter about the fact their show was canceled.
The casting call for 16 & Pregnant reads:
MTV is casting for the thought-provoking documentary series “16 and Pregnant.” This series follows the journeys of young women as they face unexpected pregnancies and navigate the difficulties of becoming parents at a young age.
Our goal is to give viewers a look inside the realities of teen pregnancy — from morning sickness and balancing school responsibilities to navigating incredibly difficult decisions and relationships with boyfriends and/or parents, ultimately to the day of the baby’s arrival and beyond.
MTV is looking for young women from varying backgrounds who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to share their personal story about this life-changing and complicated journey.
If you would like to share your story in order to raise awareness about this issue, please email us as soon as possible at 16andPregnantCasting2017@gmail.com. Include the city and state you live in and the reason why you’d like to share your story as part of “16 and Pregnant.” Applicants must be at least 16 years of age as of February 1, 2017 to apply.
16 & Pregnant has not been on the air since 2014, but there have been rumblings over the past few years that MTV always planned to reboot the franchise.
The Teen Mom franchise is the only one that's doing well for the Viacom-owned network right now. Both series on the air now are managing to hit the sweet spot with the young demographics.
The same cannot be said for the network's scripted slate. The network's highest rated drama this season is Teen Wolf, but it averaged just a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 for the first half of Season 6.
That's a fraction of what the Teen Mom franchise is pulling in, so look for MTV to continue to get rid of their scripted slate and move more towards reality TV.
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