MTV Considers A New Series Called ‘Married Young’
Kids dress up as a bride and groom. (Getty Images)
May 29, 2011
Confession: I am 31, and sometimes I feel like I’m not ready to get married yet — that it’ll still be a few years before I’m ready to sit down in a roller coaster car with someone, lower our safety bar, and ride the ups and downs of life together. (Yeah, that’s not my best analogy ever.)
But different strokes for different folks — I mean, my mom got married at age 20 and has had a pretty awesome life thus far.
What I’m trying to say is that I’m totally fascinated by people who get married when they’re 17, 18, 19, 20, or 21 since it’s such a big commitment to make at such a young age.
Apparently, MTV feels pretty compelled by this topic, too. They’ve ordered a pilot for a new series called «Married Young.» The concept is very similar to «16 and Pregnant»—the idea is to show teenagers put in a situation where they have to grow up fast.
Each episode will follow a young couple—they don’t define the age range, but I’m hoping for 21 and under—through their first year of marriage, documenting their trials and triumphs, issues and tender moments.
I am very excited for this prospective show. MTV does an amazing job with documentary television—»True Life,» «16 and Pregnant,» and «World of Jenks» are all wonderful. This concept of course makes me think of Leah and Corey, the couple who had twins together on «16 and Pregnant» and had their wedding captured on «Teen Mom 2.» While things didn’t work out for them, I feel like I learned a lot about the nature of love and commitment from watching their story. Here’s hoping that the youngsters on «Married Young» will be equally as compelling.