16 and Pregnant Season 6 to feature 4 moms in Teen Mom format

16 and Pregnant Season 6 to be formatted like Teen Mom

MTV officially announced earlier this month that they were casting for a sixth season of their ground-breaking docuseries 16 and Pregnant, and we later shared reports that the network was considering the possibility of choosing four mothers from 16 and Pregnant Season 5 for a Teen Mom 4. But now it sounds like the actual truth is a mixture of those two stories as MTV has revealed the new season of 16 and Pregnant will be revamped and presented in the Teen Mom format with four mothers’ stories told over multiple episodes.

“We are retooling 16 and Pregnant,” head of MTV programming Susanne Daniels tells TheTVPage.com. “We decided to try something new. 16 and Pregnant was stand-alone episodes [in the past] and we are going to use the Teen Mom format for 16 and Pregnant this season.”

Daniels points out that “closed-ended programming” has its advantages, mainly because you can reshow episodes at any time that begin and end within an hour or two. So MTV can easily fill a time block on Saturday night, for instance, with a single episode of 16 and Pregnant — at least how it used to be formatted.

Why change things up now after five successful seasons? “We find that the Teen Mom ratings build over the course of the season as people get invested, so we thought, ‘Lets just look at that with 16 and Pregnant and see how it goes.’”

So the end result will essentially be a Teen Mom 4 with brand new moms that MTV viewers have not met previously on individual 16 and Pregnant episodes. That explains not only the reports that MTV might be considering a brand new installment of Teen Mom, but also the reports that they would be filming the new moms for a longer period of time.

When I first saw The TV Page article about the new format only one word came to mind… BRILLIANT! I shook my damn head and wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before. I never believed that an hour was nearly enough time to really get a true glimpse into these mothers’ lives, and even the occasional two-hour episode left me wanting to see a little more.

Of course, this will put a HUGE burden and a TON of pressure on the people responsible for casting the new season! Before, MTV could pick 16 girls or whatever and decide later based on ratings and fans’ reactions who to bring back. But now they are fully committing to four mothers pretty much based on applications and some audition footage. (I’m wondering if MTV won’t actually select six or more moms in the beginning and then later decide which four to commit to after they have a lot of footage to look at.)

Personally, the news has me really excited for the new season! And according to The TV Page, we may have a premiere date within the next 30 days! What do you think of the changes?

UPDATE – Well, the “next 30 days” thing obviously didn’t pan out, but TWO YEARS LATER it appears that MTV is giving this revamped format another go with multiple pregnant teens in New Jersey.



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  • nelly

    What if they get girls that are not in 16 and pregnant and get girls that have baby’s already

    • bambiglanville

      That would make so much more sense. And would also stop young girls from getting pregnant just for a TV show…

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  • Joelle Banks

    That’s a good idea. I hope they do it. Might make it worth watching again.

  • Over it

    They need to put an end to this nonsense. If the teen pregnancy rates really has dropped, then haven’t they accomplished what they set out to do? Mtv is just as bad as tlc for exposing these kids for ratings.

    • Joelle Banks

      What a silly statement. Do you stop trying to lose weight when you’ve only lost 25 of the 50 pounds you wanted to? There are kids that were younger that are now seeing the messages being sent. Teens are always there needing to know the repercussions of unprotected sex. Your statement makes no sense.

  • spottedgiraffe

    They should have just done this from the beginning. Look at the monsters MTV created by giving girls multiple seasons

  • Britt

    I haven’t watched 16 and Pregnant since 2010. However, I haven’t missed an episode of any of the Teen Mom series since day 1. Needless to say I will definitely be watching! Great idea.

  • Stop it, Leah!

    This is exactly what I was thinking the whole time. It’s harder to get invested in the girl’s stories if we only see one episode on them. But at the same time, they may really make a mistake on who they end up picking.