News has been circulating this week about the fate of Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, with some sites reporting that the show was picked up for a third season, and others reporting that the ‘Teen Mom’ little sister show was cancelled.
The Ashley has been monitoring the situation for weeks and can now give you the exclusive report on what’s happening with the show as of Thursday. According to The Ashley’s production sources, all of the reports circulating right now are wrong.
“There has been no ‘official’ decision made for ‘Young and Pregnant,'” one source told The Ashley. “It has not been officially cancelled.”
That being said, though, all of The Ashley’s behind-the-sources agree that a cancellation is definitely coming.
“The chances of [the show] getting picked up are super slim,” another source told The Ashley. “It’s not official yet and the cast has not been notified, but it’s pretty much done.”
The source went on to say that the show’s producers have yet to submit a budget which, “never takes this long.”
“They should have submitted it way back in December or January, and now we’re in March and there’s nothing, and there’s no official order for more episodes,” the production source said. “That doesn’t happen unless the show is done. And there has been no filming at all. Usually, [with Teen Mom OG or Teen Mom 2] filming will continue, even without an official pick-up order because they know one is coming, but that didn’t happen here, which is not a good sign.”
The Ashley can also reveal that a replacement show is in the works and already filming, which also stacks the odds against ‘Young and Pregnant’ coming back. (The Ashley will have more details on that next week, so stay tuned.)
As The Ashley stated above, the show’s cast has been kept mostly in the dark about the poor outlook for ‘Young and Pregnant.’ Around the time the Season 2 finale aired in late February, many of the cast members were trying to rally fans to let MTV know they wanted another season. (There are no plans for a Season 2 Reunion. The ‘Y&P’ “Reunion” filmed during the ‘Teen Mom 2’ Reunion last year is the only one that was filmed.)
“They have been all over the place, promising us that we’ll hear if there’s going to be another season,” one cast member told The Ashley this week. “First, they told us we’d know by January, then it was the end of January. That came and went, and then it was end of February, once the rating and numbers came in for the season finale.”
(As Starcasm reported, the ratings for the Season 2 finale were slightly up, but nowhere near the ratings of, say, ‘Teen Mom 2.’)
“We have still not heard from 11th Street Productions and it’s now almost the second week of March,” the cast source continued. “They keep pushing back the timeline to give us the final word. We’ve been told that when Viacom and CBS merged, it messed with the show and that some people who work on the show have had their positions change and that’s supposedly the delay, but we’re not really buying it anymore.”
Unfortunately for the ‘Y&P’ girls, if their contracts are anything like the other ‘Teen Mom’ girls’ contracts, which The Ashley hears they are, they will have to wait one year from cease of filming to appear on another reality show without Viacom’s permission. (Of course, this does not mean that they can’t appear anywhere else; they just have to do so with the blessing of their former employer, which is not always granted.)
With ‘Young and Pregnant’ almost certainly on the outs, fans have asked The Ashley if ‘Teen Mom OG’ and ‘Teen Mom 2’ are in danger of being cancelled as well. The Ashley will say that, as of today, there has been no talk of cancelling either of those shows. The next season of ‘Teen Mom OG’ premieres later this month and will very likely get another season after that, provided the cast signs on.
As for ‘Teen Mom 2,’ it’s not going anywhere. In fact, The Ashley’s sources tell her that the upcoming Season 10 (which is filming now), has already been extended!
“In mid-February, MTV ordered another six episodes to be added to Season 10 for ‘Teen Mom 2,'” another behind-the-scenes source told The Ashley. “That would bring the episode count to 18, and will keep the show filming to at least August, which will show Kail [Lowry] having her baby and right up until the Reunion is filmed in August.”
When The Ashley hears the official cancellation has happened (or, if the show receives an out-of-the-blue last-minute pickup) she will post about it here! Stay tuned…
Until then, you can enjoy The Ashley’s “Rachel” ‘Young and Pregnant’ recaps here!