MTV has had a great deal of success in the past sharing the stories of teenage relationships on shows like 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, Catfish and Engaged & Underage — not to mention the many, many True Life episodes — and it appears they will soon be adding one more show to their teen love repertoire with Save My Teen Marriage!
Bunim-Murray Productions (Project Runway, Real World, Bad Girls Club, Keeping Up With the Kardashians) issued the casting call back in September announcing they were looking for “couples who were married as teens and have now hit rocky times in their marriage.” It further clarified, “You don’t need to be a teenager anymore, but you do need to be at least 18 years old and appear to be less than 30 years old.”
Here is a casting call poster, but please remember CASTING IS OVER:
Judging from online profiles of those working on the project, it appears as though filming took place between November and December of 2014.
We had a tip that gay spouses David and Tre’Darrius Anderson, believed to be the youngest gay African America couple to wed in the United States, will be featured on the show, which seems to be backed up in an interview clip from the duo in December. (clip no longer avialable.)
In the clip the fellas are asked, “So tell us, what’s next for you guys?” And their response is coy, but telling, “Well, I’ll put a little hint out. There might be a little series we’re a part of next year, but I ain’t going to put too much information out about it.”
They also revealed that they are looking to have children (more specifically, two boys and a girl) via artificial insemination — which I’m sure would be a huge part of their Season 1 story line.
Here is a photo of David and Tre’Darrius getting married in Washington, DC:
If David and Tre’Darrius are featured on the show, it will essentially be a sequel for the reality show veterans as their wedding was featured on the show My Teenage Wedding that aired in early 2014 on Canada’s Slice TV. Here’s a description of their episode “Hashtag Gay Wedding” followed by the video:
David and Tre’Darrius, both 19, are young, black, and gay, and getting married in not-so-progressive Memphis. But the odds are stacked against them. Once very popular, David’s friends ostracized him after he came out in high school. Neither mother is responding to the wedding invite. And their only adult supporter, Tre’s uncle Theo, thinks they’re too young to marry. When flaky groomsman Rico says he might have to work on the wedding day, the couple is crushed. The biggest obstacle, though, is making the marriage legal. That means going to Washington, DC, but Tre must first get over his fear of flying!
There has been no official confirmation or announcement from MTV, but their parent company Viacom has registered the “Save My Teenage Marriage” trademark. With filming already wrapped up, we imagine that if the series gets a green light we will be seeing it some time in 2014, so stay tuned for more information!