Spinning off of its reality series 16 and Pregnant, MTV is next producing Teen Mom, which will examine not just the issues of being a pregnant teen, but all the challenges that come after the delivery. With 16 and Pregnant, each episode serves as a sort of miniature documentary following a teenager from early stages of pregnancy all the way through delivery, and we get a brief glimpse at how life is different for the teen once a baby enters her life. Teen Mom will "look back at the teens featured on Pregnant and see how they're facing the challenges of their first year of motherhood. Each installment will interweave the developing stories of the new moms."
I've seen several episodes of 16 and Pregnant and I actually find it riveting. I think the illustration/animated stuff in between scenes is a little hokey, and some of the parts that show the worst moments during labor are grueling to watch, but overall it's interesting. When some of the episodes have ended I have found myself wondering how the new mom and/or new family will do in the future, so I'll most likely check out Teen Mom.
If you've never seen 16 and Pregnant or if you'd like to catch some re-airings, MTV is having a "Labor Day" (yuk yuk) marathon on Monday.