Following the runaway success of its documentary series “16 & Pregnant,” 22 year old associate producer for MTV, Jordyn Baker, announced today that the network will debut a new installment in January 2012 called “36 & Pregnant” that will follow a group of “middle-aged” women as they navigate motherhood
“We wanted to explore the other end of the spectrum,” said Ms. Baker. “We’ve obviously already shown what happens when you get pregnant really young, so now we’re looking at what happens when you wait until your eggs start dying.” Show creator Emily Barthok, 24, explained that “ ’16 & Pregnant’ is like a train wreck you can’t look away from,” while ’36 & Pregnant’ will be “like a ride in Amtrak’s quiet car with, like, your grandma. Except–surprise!–she’s pregnant.”
Fans of the teen franchise should expect a few changes. For starters, the new cast all have their own homes and, in most cases, jobs and husbands. Meddling, alcoholic grandparents have less of a presence, as most of them are either dead or happily ensconced in retirement communities. Perhaps the biggest change, though, is that these moms failed to get pregnant after one-night stands in the beds of pickup trucks. “The women have been trying for awhile to conceive, so they really want their babies,” said Ms. Barthok. “There’s a lot less neglect. Which is disappointing from a ratings standpoint, but can be really heart-warming.”
“If this takes off,” said Ms. Baker, “We’re going to do a spin-off, just like we did with ‘Teen Mom’”.
“We’re thinking of calling it ‘Menopause Mom,’ ” said Ms. Barthok, adding with a grin, “We already have interest from Bethenny Frankel.”