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‘Teen Mom 3′–Can it Live up to ‘Teen Mom’?

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Can Teen Mom 3 live up to MTV’s original Teen Mom?

Fans will soon have a chance to find out.

August 26th, a year after the original Teen Mom cast (Catelynn, Farrah, Maci and Amber) said goodbye forever; MTV is launching Teen Mom 3.

It will feature four new teenage mothers–Alex, Mackenzie, Briana and Katie–who previously appeared in 16 and Pregnant Season Four.

Like the original (and Teen Mom 2) this latest installment in the Teen Mom franchise will follow the mothers, their children and baby daddies as they face the harsh realities of teen parenting.

While this new cast may face the same struggles and deal with similar issues–including substance abuse, domestic violence, child endangerment– the new series is unlikely to gain the viewership or cultural relevance of the original.

Like most hit shows, Teen Mom premiered at the right time, and introduced America to a unique set of teen parents. Sure fans like me tuned in for the fruedenshade of watching Amber unravel or root for Farrah to finish culinary school–but Catelynn was the true heart of the series.

And without a Catelynn on the cast, Teen Mom 3 has little chance of living up to the original.

Level headed Catelynn, and her equally even-tempered boyfriend Tyler made the difficult decision to give their daughter up for adoption. (Although continued to play a role in her life.)

That decision was probably the number one reason the couple beat the odds and stayed together. Catelyn and Tyler became a couple beloved by millions of fans. We rooted for them and their success provided balance to the other–often more disappointing lives of the other Teen Mom parents.

They also single-handedly educated thousands about the advantages of open adoption.

For those reasons and more, I may tune in to Teen Mom 3 but I don’t expect to be as engaged as I was with the original.

Teen Mom 3 premiers Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 10/9PM Central. But you can check out the sneak preview below and learn more the stars of Teen Mom 3 here.

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Can Teen Mom 3 live up to MTV's original Teen Mom?

Fans will soon have a chance to find out.

August 26th, a year after the original Teen Mom cast (Catelynn, Farrah, Maci and Amber) said goodbye forever; MTV is launching Teen Mom 3.

It will feature four new teenage mothers--Alex, Mackenzie, Briana and Katie--who previously appeared in 16 and Pregnant Season Four.

Like the original (and Teen Mom 2) this latest installment in the Teen Mom franchise will follow the mothers, their children and baby daddies as they face the harsh realities of teen parenting.

While this new cast may face the same struggles and deal with similar issues--including substance abuse, domestic violence, child endangerment-- the new series is unlikely to gain the viewership or cultural relevance of the original.

Like most hit shows, Teen Mom premiered at the right time, and introduced America to a unique set of teen parents. Sure fans like me tuned in for the fruedenshade of watching Amber unravel or root for Farrah to finish culinary school--but Catelynn was the true heart of the series.

And without a Catelynn on the cast, Teen Mom 3 has little chance of living up to the original.

Level headed Catelynn, and her equally even-tempered boyfriend Tyler made the difficult decision to give their daughter up for adoption. (Although continued to play a role in her life.)

That decision was probably the number one reason the couple beat the odds and stayed together. Catelyn and Tyler became a couple beloved by millions of fans. We rooted for them and their success provided balance to the other--often more disappointing lives of the other Teen Mom parents.

They also single-handedly educated thousands about the advantages of open adoption.

For those reasons and more, I may tune in to Teen Mom 3 but I don't expect to be as engaged as I was with the original.

Teen Mom 3 premiers Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 10/9PM Central. But you can check out the sneak preview below and learn more the stars of Teen Mom 3 here.

Photo © MTV

Source: About.com
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