via press release:
MTV EXPLORES THE UNFORGETTABLE STORIES OF TEEN MOMS
CHELSEA, JENELLE, KAILYN, AND LEAH IN NEW DOCU-SERIES
“TEEN MOM 2” PREMIERING JANUARY 11TH AT 10 pm ET/PT
From Raising Twins and Custody Battles to Rocky Relationships and Earning Degrees, Series Goes Inside all the Heartbreak, Joy and Difficulties of these Young Parents
New York, NY – December 15, 2010 – MTV today announced it will document the journeys of four new teen moms in “Teen Mom 2” premiering Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT. The new docu-series catches up with Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah, from the cast of the second season of the thought-provoking show “16 and Pregnant,” giving viewers an intimate look at the challenges of raising a child as a teenager. Similar to MTV’s compelling and sometimes controversial hit show “Teen Mom,” the new series is told first hand by each girl, and goes inside the harsh realities, difficult relationships and tough choices these young moms make as they strive to give their children the best life possible.
As fresh-faced teenagers, the girls captivated audiences around the world as they dealt with the trials and tribulations of becoming a teen mother. In “Teen Mom 2,” viewers see Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah confront the next phase in motherhood, and all of the unique challenges that come with it:
A country girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, Leah is a former cheerleader from a small town and the mother of twin girls Alianna and Aleeah. Leah sacrificed everything her senior year in order to graduate, take care of her babies and try to make things work with her daughters’ father, Corey. But, Leah and Corey broke up after she cheated on him with her ex-boyfriend. When Leah discovers one of their babies is developing at a slower rate than her sister, she reaches out to Corey. As they cope with their daughter’s health issues, Leah and Corey’s bond strengthens and they try to reconcile in order to be there for one another.
Since giving birth to her son Jace, it’s been difficult for Jenelle to reconcile the responsibilities of motherhood with her love of partying. Jace’s father is completely out of the picture, so Jenelle relies heavily on her mother Barbara for help raising Jace. Jenelle struggles to prove herself as a mom, but still wants to hold on to her teenage life — which means lots of time out with her friends. As Jenelle continues to make choices her mother doesn’t approve of, Barbara takes matters into her own hands and sues her daughter for custody of Jace. Knowing she can’t afford to fight her mom in a courtroom, Jenelle signs over temporary custody of Jace. Trying to get her life on track, Jenelle enrolls in college classes, works to support herself financially, and along the way finds a new romance.
Popular softball star Chelsea dropped out of high school senior year while pregnant with her daughter, Aubree. Chelsea continues to have a tumultuous relationship with Aubree’s father, Adam, but luckily has a strong network of support from friends and family, and most of all, from her father. Now, Chelsea is moving into a place of her own with her best friend and Aubree. She dreams of enrolling in beauty school, but it’s proving tougher than she thought as she works to stay motivated and earn her high school diploma online. Meanwhile, her ongoing, emotional tug-of-war with Adam keeps escalating, and her friends and family get increasingly vocal about wanting him out of her life for good. Yet, Chelsea struggles to find a line between others’ expectations and her own desire to give her daughter a loving family with both parents in the picture.
A very motivated high school senior, Kailyn is the serious and stoic teen mom of baby Isaac. After finding out she was pregnant with her boyfriend Jo’s baby, Kailyn tried hiding the pregnancy from classmates and friends for as long as possible, but eventually the secret came out. After her mother left her with no place to go, Kailyn was taken in by Jo’s family who supported her throughout her pregnancy. Kailyn and Jo’s relationship begins to crumble under the stress of balancing their lives and raising Isaac, and the non-stop fighting begins to wear thin on Jo’s family. The two break-up and with nowhere else to go, Kailyn continues to live with Jo’s family, but is forced to move downstairs into the basement. Kailyn moves forward and struggles to support herself and Isaac, juggling two part time jobs to make ends meet, along with a full course load at community college, just hoping all of her hard work will one day pay off.
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, one out of every ten children in the United States is born to a teenage mother and about one quarter of all teen moms have a second child within two years, making it difficult to get an education or escape poverty. Additionally, children born to teen parents are more likely to repeat the cycle and become teen parents themselves. Despite the availability of sex education and access to contraception, the United States continues to have the highest rate of teen pregnancy and teen birth in the entire developed world.
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 and Rutgers University’s Sex Etc. are working with the show to provide additional information.
Viewers can also go to MTV.com for sneak peeks of the show including bonus/extended scenes and exclusive interviews with the moms.
The second season of “Teen Mom” with Maci, Farrah, Amber and Catelynn was MTV’s number #2 series in 2010, averaging 2.9 million viewers per episode amongst P12-34. Additionally, during season two, “Teen Mom” ranked number one in its time period versus all television competition among P12-34 and was Tuesday’s #1 original cable series.
“Teen Mom 2” is Executive Produced by Morgan J Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage. MTV’s Liz Gateley and Lauren Dolgen are Executive Producers. Kendra MacLeod is Supervising Producer. Jessica Zalkind is Executive for MTV. Concept by Lauren Dolgen.
Executive Producer Morgan J. Freeman (MTV’s Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, Laguna Beach, Taking The Stage) made a name for himself as the Sundance award-winning writer/director of Hurricane Streets, a film centered on the trails and tribulations of teenage life. Freeman’s latest films, Homecoming, a thriller starring Mischa Barton and Jessica Stroup (90210), and Just Like The Son (Mark Webber, Rosie Perez) were recently released on DVD.
* Source: Nielsen. 7/20/10-10/12/10. L+SD Cvg Rating/000s. Rank on 000s. P12-34.
About The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy:
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy so that a higher proportion of babies are born into wanted and welcoming circumstances. The National Campaign supports a combination of responsible behavior by men and women and responsible policies in the public and private sectors. Find out more at www.thenationalcampaign.org or www.stayteen.org.
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