16 and Pregnant: MTV Explores the Real Secret Life
From Juno to Secret Life of the American Teenager, recent portrayals of pregnant teens in entertainment have been largely scripted scenarios. Even Bristol Palin, Gov. Sarah Palin's teenage daughter who gave birth in December, was subject to orchestration at media events. But starting Thursday (June 11, 10 pm/ET), MTV's 16 and Pregnant will offer a fresh take on the topic, in a six-part documentary series that reveals what real teens go through when they try to juggle adolescence and adult responsibilities. TVGuide.com chatted with Maci, one of the teens featured on the show, about what she hopes other teens will take away from the series, how her pregnancy affected her relationship and how the media should approach stories like Bristol Palin's and other teens like her.