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by TV News Desk
Leading up to season three premiere of MTV's ground breaking series TEEN MOM 2 with Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah tonight, November 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the network will air back-to-back episodes from the second season beginning at 12 a.m. ET/PT, along with sneak peeks from the new season.
Additionally, MTV will air three special "Teen Mom 2" after shows hosted by Suchin Pak where cast members dish on the episode's biggest moments on Tuesday, November 27 and Tuesday, December 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT before new episodes of MTV's new scripted series, "Underemployed," and on December 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Online at MTV.com, Maci Bookout will keep the conversation with Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah going as the host of a series of after shows debuting on Mondays after each new episode.
The third season of "Teen Mom 2" goes beyond tabloid headlines and inside the emotional journeys of four young mothers as they face some of their biggest challenges yet, as their children enter into their "terrible twos." In the premiere episode, Leah struggles with her pending divorce from Corey and they head to mediation to discuss custody of their girls. Chelsea begins to take her relationship with Adam to the next level and works on getting her GED. Jenelle tries to stay clean on probation, and finally ends things with Kieffer. Meanwhile, Kailyn realizes she wants to get back together with Jo.
"Teen Mom 2" returns to air as teen pregnancy and teen birth rates in the U.S. are at historic lows, following impressive declines in recent years. Between 2007 and 2011, the teen birth rate in the U.S. declined 25 percent. Despite this decline, 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, and one quarter of all teen moms have a second child within two years. 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."
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 is working with the show to provide additional information.
Viewers can also go to MTV.com or to the "Teen Mom 2" Facebook page for sneak peeks of the show including bonus/extended scenes and exclusive interviews with the moms.
Since its launch in 2009, "Teen Mom" has captivated millions of viewers with its honest depiction of the lives of teen moms. Season two of "Teen Mom 2," ranked as Tuesday's #1 original cable series. The "Teen Mom" franchise consistently ranks as one of the most-watched cable series among P12-34, with last season of "Teen Mom 2" ranking as the #3 cable series of the year. On average, the season garnered a 3.2 P12-34 rating and 3.5 million total viewers per episode. When looking at Live+3, the average rating increased to a 4.0 P12-34 rating, and drew in 4.4 million total viewers.
"Teen Mom 2" is Executive Produced by Morgan J Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage. Lauren Dolgen is Executive Producer. Kendra MacLeod is Co-Executive Producer. Andy Portnoy and Janay Dutton are MTV Executives in Charge of Production. Lauren Dolgen, Jessica Zalkind and Sara Cohen are Executives for MTV. Concept by Lauren Dolgen.
Executive Producer Morgan J. Freeman is the founding partner of 11th Street Productions. Aside from showrunning MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" franchise, Freeman made a name for himself as the Sundance award-winning writer/director of "Hurricane Streets," a film centered on the trials and tribulations of teenage lifE. Freeman's other film work include Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck's "Desert Blue," the thrillers "American Psycho 2" and "Homecoming," and "Just Like The Son" which stars Mark Webber and Rosie Perez.
* Source: Nielsen. Live+SD, unless noted. Ranked on 000s. Dates: 9/26/11-9/30/11.
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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