Teen Mom OG: 13 Shocking Secrets From The Show’s Creators

  
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11. Day 1: Catelynn and Tyler

Of course, it was different with Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra as they had made the decision to give their daughter up for adoption. Musnik and Savage both said how incredibly “mature” they both were. “I was just blown away by their emotional intelligence and how well they could put into words the very complex things they were feeling,” Musnik added. Meanwhile, Malone revealed her somewhat scary first day filming with Catelynn and Tyler on Teen Mom, saying she “fell in love with them instantly,” but their family made things hard. Everything was going great as they were all at Butch and April’s house, who were together at the time and where Catelynn was living, so Malone posed the question, “Hey guys, can you talk about where everything is going with the adoption?” “From there, Catelynn threw a lighter at Butch, and Butch is screaming, ‘You got a tattoo of a kid you don’t even have.’ I was hiding under the stairs watching this instantly break out. Catelynn was crying; she was fighting with her mom […] And from that moment on, I was so linked in with Catelynn — and every time they cried, I was behind a monitor or camera crying through one full day of every shoot with them.”

Source: MTV

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10. Creating Teen Mom

As it turns out, after 16 and Pregnant came to an end, MTV had no plans or thoughts about extending the series and continuing the story of the girls with their newborn babies. It didn’t take too long, however, for that to become an obvious necessity for the network. Dolgen explained, “The first season was so well-received, and obviously it connected with the audience in a really big way. I think there are a lot of reasons for that: It was so authentic, it was like life on steroids. It was like, ‘I totally know what it’s like going to prom’ to ‘Oh my god, prom with a baby!’ Everything was amplified; there was something with this that the audience totally connected to. My boss at the time had said we should think about spinoff potential with this series, so we had a discussion about how we would approach that. It was a creative, joint effort where we said, ‘Let’s pick four girls and follow them through their first year of motherhood.’ We would follow them separately and cross-cut their stories.”

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