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September’s finale of the original Teen Mom series in no way spells an end to the top rated MTV phenomenon. The second season of Teen Mom 2 finished in February with 3.5 million viewers, prompting the network to order a third incarnation of the 16 and Pregnant spinoff.
Freeman, who before his reality TV career directed a Sundance Film Festival award-winning drama at age 27 called Hurricane Streets, and his Manhattan-based 11th Street Productions staff are nostalgic about leaving the four women who started the franchise.
“It’s very satisfying, having told these stories,” he says, noting that they are “open-minded” about future spinoffs with the women and that a decision likely will come after the final Teen Mom season airs.
For now, 11th Street has three series in development, of which Freeman, 42, says, “We’re really looking to show certain class and political issues, with the teen experience as our target.”