We all said our goodbyes to the original Teen Mom cast a few weeks ago.
Together, we celebrated the girls, Amber Portwood's eyelashes, the babies, Farrah Abraham's never-ending supply of puppies, the good times, Catelynn Lowell's fashion evolution, the bad times, and Bentley pissing on Maci Bookout.
Personally, I thought the series finale and Dr. Drew's reunion special (part one and part two) were send off enough. However, despite the inevitable spin offs to come, somebody (starts with a 'm' and rhymes with 'teevee') isn't ready to cut the cord.
MTV has announced three new Teen Mom specials. Perhaps the most unexpected one, though, is a half-hour interview with Amber titled Amber Behind Bars: An MTV Special set to air on October 9!
MTV's press release:
In this exclusive half-hour interview, Dr. Drew sits down with Amber Portwood inside the Rockville Correctional Facility for an intimate discussion about what life has been like behind bars, the status of her relationship with her daughter Leah, ex-boyfriend Gary, and her family, and her hopes for the future. As Amber reflects on her situation, she gives viewers an open, honest look inside the intense ups and downs she’s faced during this journey.
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MTV will also air an hour-long Teen Mom Farewell Special on Tuesday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. MTV describes this special as a final look back at Maci, Catelynn, Farrah, and Amber's individual journeys through 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. The special will show never-before-seen footage, including their original casting tapes, secrets, and updates. Let's hope these "updates" are more recent than the six-month-old postmark on the reunion special.
Amber Behind Bars: An MTV Special will air the following Tuesday on October 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Amber Behind Bars will be immediately followed by Teen Mom: Ask the Moms, when the stars will answer questions about filming, their love lives, and their overall experience.
Interesting stats via MTV:
Since its launch in 2009, Teen Mom has captivated millions of viewers with its honest depiction of the lives of teen moms. The final season, Season 4, averaged 2.4 million total viewers per episode, and ranked as the #1 cable program among P12-34 in its time slot. The Teen Mom franchise consistently ranks as one of the most-watched cable series among P12-34.
The teen birth rate recently dropped 10 percent, marking the steepest decline in over 60 years. However, 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. 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.”
HEAD'S UP! REALITY TEA WILL BRAVE THE SADNESS AND ANGER TO BRING YOU A COMPLETE RECAP OF AMBER PORTWOOD'S INTERVIEW. WHICH SPECIAL ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO, IF ANY?
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