Does the world really need one more teens-a-mess reality show?
According to Lifetime, yes. The network picked up eight hour-long episodes of a new series titled Teen Trouble. The show's host, Josh Shipp, is a teen behavior specialist, motivational speaker, and former advice correspondent for MTV's Total Request Live. He's also the author of The Teen's Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness.
In Teen Trouble, Josh will "embed himself" into the "hidden lives" of teens who are abusing drugs and alcohol, stealing from family, and otherwise breaking the law. He will then confront the teens and parents with a few harsh truths.
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Josh's goal is to help the teens identify the root of the problem, shock them with real-life examples, and motivate them to change their path and move forward with their lives. Those real-life examples include spending time with former troubled teen who still suffer because they didn't get help, hearing stories about troubled teens who have lost their lives, and meeting others who have successfully overcome similar teen troubles and are now living happily.
In some cases, Josh will throw the kids into unpleasant experiences, including spending time in prison, sleeping in a morgue, and living on the street with prostitutes.
Teen Trouble premieres December 28 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Lifetime.