’16 and Pregnant’: MTV Confirms New Format For Season 6

Show will now look a lot like 'Teen Mom'

Logo for MTV's '16 and Pregnant'

It’s official: 16 AND PREGNANT is getting a makeover.

For its sixth season, MTV’s long-running docu-series about high school girls coping with unplanned pregnancy will assume the format of its sister show, TEEN MOM.

“We are retooling 16 AND PREGNANT,” MTV programming boss Susanne Daniels tells TheTVPage.com exclusively.

“We decided to try something new.  16 AND PREGNANT was stand alone episodes [in the past] and we are going to use the TEEN MOM format for 16 AND PREGNANT this season.”

There will be no changes made to the format for the upcoming season of TEEN MOM.

Daniels confirms that there will only be four new girls introduced in 2015 (casting is currently underway) — and their stories will carry over from week to week.

“We wanted to try that format,” Daniels says.  “You can understand why, right?”

“There are pros and cons to closed-ended programming.  Obviously, you like it because it repeats and it is easy to show out of order.  But there are pros to ongoing as well.

“We find that the TEEN MOM ratings build over the course of the season as people get invested, so we thought, ‘Lets just look at that with 16 AND PREGNANT and see how it goes.’”

In 2014 a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that the popularity of 16 AND PREGNANT and the TEEN MOM franchises led to more searches and tweets about birth control and abortion — and ultimately led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births.

A premiere date for the new season of TEEN MOM could be announced as soon as the next 30 days.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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