We’ve watched them go through labor, sleepless nights and first birthdays. We’ve seen them fall in and out of love, study for exams, pursue careers. Now the stars of Teen Mom 2 may be facing their biggest challenge yet: cancellation.
Sources tell the New York Post that MTV is planning to shut down production of the show in the middle of its third season. Although the series is still popular, producers are reportedly worried that its message is being lost amidst the drama of costar Jenelle Evans’ life.
While her fellow TM2s Leah Calvert, Kail Lowry and Chelsea Houska have been thriving, Jenelle has been through a whirlwind of bad relationships, a troubled marriage and a pregnancy that ended in miscarriage. Her alleged drug use hasn’t helped matters, either. So rather than wait for more trouble to arise, the network is ready to call it quits.
As disappointing as that might be for fans, it could actually be the best-case scenario for everyone involved. Here’s why:
1. The show has served its purpose. Since the original 16 and Pregnant series (the springboard for the Teen Mom shows) aired, teen pregnancy rates have declined. Is it because girls everywhere are watching the show and deciding that a night of passion isn’t worth decades of childrearing? Possibly. But whatever the reason, it doesn’t seem necessary to keep hammering the message home indefinitely.
2. The series can end on a (mostly) high note. Three of the four TM2 stars are living proof that teen parenthood doesn’t have to be a one-way street to misery. Chelsea is well on her way to reaching her dream of finishing cosmetology school and opening her own salon. Kail met and married Javi Marroquin, a devoted stepdad who’s entering a career in the service. Leah is also happily married to a good, loving man and expecting a new baby. They’ve got their happy ending; why not let them enjoy it in private?
3. Jenelle can focus on getting the help she needs. As a reality star, she spends her days either in front of the cameras or having her every move scrutinized by tabloids and Twitter followers. It’s hard enough to handle when your life is happy and stable; for someone like Jenelle, it’s disastrous. In addition to her substance-abuse problem, she has bipolar disorder, which makes her prone to mood swings and rash decisions, particularly where relationships are concerned. If she wants to pull herself back together and work to get custody of her son back, she needs time and professional assistance. Not having to worry about the show would help her do that.
4. The kids can get a break, too. If the moms are the stars of the show, their children are the featured players – and unlike their mothers, they didn’t ask to have their lives shown to millions of people every week. If they soil their training pants or throw a tantrum, there’s always a chance it’ll be captured on film. And when they’re older, they’ll have to carve out their own identities and learn how to deal with people who say, “Hey, wasn’t your mom the one who had that huge fight with your dad at your birthday party?” We may miss seeing their cute faces every week, but it’s worth it if it means they can go about their lives in peace.
What do you think? Will you be sad to see Teen Mom 2 go?
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