Remember when MTV showed music videos?
Ha! Of course you don’t; that was literally forever ago.
But you might remember a time when the network showed something other than round-the-clock Teen Mom with the occasional Catfish thrown in.
Well, those days are officially over, as MTV is now one step closer to celebrating bad decisions on a 24/7 basis,
According to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant — aka the spinoff no one asked for or seemed to have any interest in — has officially been renewed for a second season.
If you’re keeping score at home that brings the total number of 16 and Pregnant spinoffs to a whopping 79.
Just kidding, it’s four. But still …
The fact that some exec looked at the channel’s current lineup and said, “What we need? More unfit mothers!” is truly baffling.
But hey, TV is TV and ratings will always be the name of the game.
Which is one reason why the Young and Pregnant renewal is so unexpected.
The show had a very difficult time finding an audience in its first several weeks on the air.
Things turned around later in the season, but with more original content on the air than ever before, TV execs are much less likely to give struggling shows a second chance these days.
Adding to the surprise is the fact that the series is already having problems with disgruntled cast members.
Earlier this week, Young and Pregnant star Ashley Jones bashed producers on Instagram, accusing them of manipulating footage to make her look like a bad mom.
“The whole season I was edited to look like a monster,” Jones wrote.
“Joining this show was by far the worst decision of my life.”
“No trust for the producers or anyone else that works on the show and knows the kind of person that I am but says nothing to editing.”
Producers are used to that kind of talk from the likes of Jenelle Evans.
But Jenelle has been consistently delivering big ratings for over a decade.
Ashley, on the other hand, is much newer to the business and much more inconsistent in the ratings department.
It’s not hard to see how producers may have decided that Jones and fellow hot-tempered cast member
“A crew is up there with Ashley and will be filming throughout this week,” a source tells The Ashley.
“All the girls will be either starting to film or continuing to film over the next few weeks.”
The insider adds that while their exact salaries remain a mystery, the girls all got raises — and the second season is usually when the big money starts rolling in:
“Generally, for the other Teen Mom shows, the pay jump from Season 1 to Season 2 has been the most significant jump,” \
Man, those MTV PSAs about the downsides of teen pregnancy are getting less and less convincing by the day!
(Note to high school kids: We’re joking. Getting pregnant will almost certainly not make you rich.)