Radar Online posted today that this will be the last season of Teen Mom 2. Although this seems to be an abrupt ending, given that ratings have remained high, and the girls are still filming, it’s been confirmed by an MTV production source that season 5 will be the last season.
What we do know is that Teen Mom 2 will have an extended 5th season. As of now, the girls have filmed a season 5 reunion show, but that was before the extended season was filmed. We know that Jenelle and Kailyn have been filming, and we can assume that Leah and Chelsea have also filmed, even though they aren’t as public about it. The footage that MTV has will be gotten since the reunion show was filmed will be used for a season 5b, which is essentially a whole new season, after a short break in the middle.
I can’t say that I’m surprised. Although ratings have been high, and the show has been number 1 in its time slot for most of the season, the girls are no longer teens. The children will be entering kindergarten soon, and filming in a public school would be difficult. Every child on the show has at least one parent who has had, or is pregnant with, another child. The unplanned pregnancies from this group of girls has been pretty high, and I just don’t know that the show is getting its point across any more.
What we do know, is that the girls are still under contract for filming until the end of April. This leads us to assume that they will film footage for the second half of the season through April, have a few months for MTV to prepare and edit their footage, and then they’ll either film a new reunion special, or head to Los Angeles or New York for publicity for the second half of this season.
My best guess is that MTV will air season 5 of 16 & Pregnant during the hiatus during Teen Mom 2′s final season. Although this isn’t confirmed, it would give MTV’s producers enough time to edit footage and film anything else that needs to be filmed, before airing the final few episodes.
There’s no news yet as to whether there will be a Teen Mom 4 with the girls from the next crop of 16 & Pregnant. If I had to guess, I would say that MTV will probably stray away from it simply because of the fact that Teen Mom 3 was a flop after only one season, and the viewers just weren’t able to connect with the girls as much as they could with the girls of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2.
I would also assume that there will be a farewell special that will star the girls of Teen Mom 2, much like there was for the original Teen Mom girls. Maybe we’ll even be fortunate enough to get some catch-up specials on Kailyn, Leah, Chelsea, and Jenelle a year or so after the season ends, just like we saw with the Teen Mom specials that aired a few weeks ago.