Two months ago, The Ashley broke the news that Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 were going to be condensed into one new show and now, she can exclusively reveal new details about the Great ‘Teen Mom’ merger project!
The Ashley’s behind-the-scenes sources tell her that the new show will be called Teen Mom Legacy.
“That’s the working title,” the source said. “It could change but they’re pretty set on that. They think the girls on this show have a ‘legacy’ because they’ve been on TV for so long.”
The Ashley hears that pre-production officially began on ‘Teen Mom Legacy’ in March, and that some of the filming is already started. There will be producers from both shows working on the new show.
The cast includes Catelynn Lowell, Maci Bookout, Cheyenne Floyd, Amber Portwood, Leah Messer, Jade Cline, Ashley Jones and Briana DeJesus, from what The Ashley has heard.
“Eight girls are filming for the show; whether or not all of the girls’ segments make it into the episodes will depend on how exciting their footage is,” another production source tells The Ashley. “Everyone agrees that the original shows have become stale and forced, with the girls desperately trying to come up with storylines. With this format, only the girls with actual events happening in their lives that are film-worthy will make the final cut.
“The producers hope this will keep everything exciting for the fans, and also for the girls who are filming,” the source added.
As The Ashley told you back in March, some of the ‘Teen Mom 2’ and ‘Teen Mom OG’ cast members will be getting the ax and will not be on the new show. As of press time, Kail Lowry and Mackenzie McKee are the cast members who will not appear.
“Kail was asked but she turned the new show down,” the first source said. “But she was asked. Mackenzie was not asked. She was basically ghosted by MTV and [her producers] and was never actually told she was not invited to be on the show. They just didn’t respond to her and left her hanging.”
The Ashley hears that some of the ‘Teen Mom’ cast members were unhappy that ‘Teen Mom Legacy’ will mean a pay cut for them.
“The cast only gets paid for the episodes they’re in. If their voice or image doesn’t appear in the episode, they are not paid, so with each episode only featuring select girls, this will be a real hack in their paycheck, especially to the girls who don’t really show much while filming,” the production source said.
The franchise’s other show, Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant will not be part of the combo show and will stay its own entity for now.
“They’re hoping to really build that one up,” one person behind-the-scenes tells The Ashley.
The Ashley hears that production is hoping for a late 2022 release for ‘Teen Mom Legacy’ but that is not official.
As The Ashley’s source told her in March, “This is like their last-ditch effort to keep the shows going…There are just too many people working on this franchise and it’s not bringing in the ratings and money it once did. 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.”
The Ashley will reveal more details soon! Stay tuned…
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