The series, nominally meant to show the challenges young mothers face, has instead turned its moms into celebrities,which Farrah Abraham in particular has not only relished but found really unwise ways to exploit. And all that attention has most likely made some young women think that motherhood is a path to fame. But here's the official word from the show:
MTV today announced that the emotionally-charged docu-series “Teen Mom 3” will premiere with two back-to-back episodes on Monday, August 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers first met Alex, Briana, Katie and Mackenzie during season four of the groundbreaking series “16 and Pregnant,” where they captivated audiences as they faced the intense realities that come with being pregnant and having a baby at a young age. The new series chronicles their lives as they do their best to raise their children while struggling with increasingly difficult relationships, the pressures of balancing school and work, and trying to maintain a semblance of their teenage years.
Alex always had dreams of opening her own dance studio, but put everything on hold when she found out she was pregnant. Now, she juggles three part time jobs as she attempts to finish high school, all while raising her daughter Arabella with very little help. Alex does everything possible to keep her life under control, but her baby’s father and on-and-off again boyfriend, Matt, is a constant source of unwelcome surprises. After he returns from a 6-month stint in rehab, Alex hopes he’ll be the person she fell in love with again, but finds out quickly that he’s unable to meet her expectations.
By the time her baby Nova was born, Briana was far from on good terms with her baby's father, Devoin – and even left his name off of Nova’s birth certificate. She wants her baby to have a father figure though, and struggles with whether or not she can ultimately repair their broken relationship. Meanwhile, Devoin continues to show disinterest in raising his daughter – rarely visiting or providing financial support -- and even posts hurtful comments about Briana online which drive her to take him to court. Luckily, this young mother has an incredible support system with two strong women, her mother Roxanne and older sister Brittany, who stand by her side and help her raise Nova.
With memories of filling out college applications and her love of racing ATV’s with her friends in the past, Katie had to grow up extremely fast. A perfectionist, she desperately works to raise her baby Molli as best as she can while working a part time job and taking online courses at a local community college. Education is high on her priority list, and she dreams of transferring to a four-year university. But, when Molli’s father Joey proposes, her plans shift as he insists that it’s a waste of money to pay for an education. Joey working the overnight shift takes a toll on their relationship, and they continuously bicker over money. Despite having what appears to be a perfect home for their baby, Joey reaches his brink and makes a decision that threatens their relationship and crushes her dream of having the perfect family.
All–American cheerleader Mackenzie has always lived in the moment by her own rules. But, since the birth of her son Gannon, she’s had to make major life changes. She's from a large, Christian family – and her mother Angie steps in to help Mackenzie navigate motherhood so she can continue to go to high school. Meanwhile, her fiancé Josh is on track to become a rodeo star, but they continue to hit rough patches in their relationship as they struggle to communicate. Mackenzie becomes more and more frustrated, and as her junior year of high school progresses, this country girl quickly learns just how hard it is to balance school and cheerleading with raising a child and holding a relationship together.
The teen birth rate in the U.S. declined 25 percent between 2007 and 2011. Despite the steep decline in teen birth rates, more than 700,000 teenage girls in the U.S. still become pregnant each year and one out of every ten children in the U.S. is born to a teenage mother. The vast majority of these pregnancies are unintended, and one quarter of all teen moms have a second child within two years. In a recent poll by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 77 percent of teens age 12-19 that have seen “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” say the shows “help teens better understand the challenges of pregnancy and parenting.”
Since its launch in 2009, “16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” franchise has captivated millions of viewers with its honest depiction of the lives of pregnant teens. Season four of “16 and Pregnant” averaged 1.5 million viewers per episode, a +20 percent increase from the first season. “Teen Mom” followed four young mothers from the first season of “16 and Pregnant,” while “Teen Mom 2” went inside the lives of a new group of teen moms -- Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah. Both series have aired four seasons, averaging 3 million total viewers per episode. In addition to its ratings success, the franchise has been recognized by numerous organizations** as one of the most positive and influential sources of information on teen pregnancy, which is currently at the lowest rate ever recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More information about sexual health issues affecting young people, including unintended pregnancy, is available at www.itsyoursexlife.com, a public information resource developed by MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is working with the show to provide additional information.
Viewers can also go to MTV.com or to the “Teen Mom 3” Facebook page facebook.com/MTVteenmom3 for sneak peeks of the show including bonus/extended scenes and exclusive interviews with the Briana, Alex, Katie and Mackenzie. MTV.com will also offer an After Show with the moms hosted by Maci Bookout of Teen Mom. “Teen Mom 3” will debut internationally on MTV channels around the world in February 2014.
“Teen Mom 3” is Executive Produced by Morgan J. Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage. Lauren Dolgen is Executive Producer. Andrew Portnoy and Nick Predescu are MTV Executives in Charge of Production. Lauren Dolgen, Jessica Zalkind and Sara Cohen are Executives for MTV. Concept by Lauren Dolgen.
Executive Producer Morgan J. Freeman is the founding partner of 11th Street Productions. Aside from showrunning MTV's “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” franchise, Freeman made a name for himself as the Sundance award-winning writer/director of “Hurricane Streets,” a film centered on the trials and tribulations of teenage life. Freeman's other film work include Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck's “Desert Blue,” the thrillers “American Psycho 2” and “Homecoming,” and “Just Like The Son” which stars Mark Webber and Rosie Perez.