The Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 worlds are about to collide in a last “Hail Mary!” attempt to save the sinking franchise!
The Ashley can exclusively reveal that the shows’ producers have been brainstorming ways to save the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise, and have decided (although it’s not 100 percent yet, according to The Ashley’s sources) to combine ‘Teen Mom OG’ and ‘Teen Mom 2’ into one new show. With two shows becoming one, that will likely mean that some of the cast members will be getting the boot.
“This is like their last-ditch effort to keep the shows going,” one source told The Ashley, mentioning the plummeting ratings of both ‘Teen Mom OG’ and ‘Teen Mom 2’ in recent years.
(As The Ashley previously reported, the first episode of ‘Teen Mom 2’ Season 11 brought in only 459,000 live viewers. This means the episode had the third-worst ratings in the show’s entire history.)
Currently, there are five girls on each show, but it’s unlikely that all 10 girls will be kept for the new show.
The Ashley’s sources say that not all of the girls are aware of this plan.
“It’s circulating through the casts and crews but I don’t think it’s made its way to everyone,” one source said.
At this point, The Ashley is not sure what format will be chosen, as the higher-ups have considered keeping at least most of the cast and just featuring a different combo of girls for each episode.
“That way it would only cover the girls who actually had something interesting happening in their lives at that moment,” one source said, adding that they have also considered just keeping on a select few from each show.
Combining the shows also means that some of the ‘Teen Mom’ producers are getting the boot.
“There are just too many people working on this franchise and it’s not bringing in the ratings and money it once did,” the first source tells The Ashley. “They needed to come up with a way to keep the show going but in a cheaper way. The casts’ salaries are enormous and it costs a lot of money to fly all over the country to film the girls.”
One of The Ashley’s sources says that the show’s execs were “pleasantly surprised” by how easy it was to film the recent Teen Mom Family Reunion spin-off.
“Everyone was in one place, making the cost, scheduling and COVID protocols much easier than going to the girls’ homes,” the source said.
(‘Teen Mom Family Reunion’ was recently renewed for a second season.)
The second source tells The Ashley that the fact that all of the girls are either 30 or about to turn 30 is not lost on production, so it may spur yet another change for the new combo show.
“These girls haven’t been teens in over a decade. It’s ridiculous that they’re still on a show called ‘Teen Mom,'” the source said. “Fans have been saying it for years, so it’s likely that the [new] show’s name will not be ‘Teen Mom,’ or at the very least, will be changed to better reflect their current situations.”
As for the little sister of the franchise, Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant, it does not appear that its cast will be part of the new show. As The Ashley previously told you, ‘Young & Pregnant’ is currently filming a new season, and its fate after that has yet to be decided.
Again, this combo show idea has not been 100 percent signed-off on yet, but The Ashley will continue to provide updates as she receives more info! Stay tuned…