TLC’S “UNEXPECTED” RETURNS WITH AN UNFILTERED LOOK AT TEENAGE PREGNANCY ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 AT 10PM ET/PT
— Digital Mid-Form Series BABY BUMPS to Premiere on TLC Go on Sunday, December 13 —
(Los Angeles, CA) – TLC’s UNEXPECTED returns with an eye-opening look at teenage pregnancy and parenthood on Sunday, December 20 at 10pm ET/PT. The new episodes explore the life-altering journeys that teens and their families embark upon as they prepare for a baby, from the struggle to raise multiple generations under one roof to the inevitable tensions that arise when family members disagree on parenting decisions. Viewers can meet the young expectant moms and their families before UNEXPECTED premieres in the digital mid-form series BABY BUMPS, which premieres on TLC Go on December 13.
Returning this season are Tyra (17) and Alex (18), who are balancing baby duties, college classes and a long-distance relationship, and season one mom Lily (19) who is pregnant with her second child, but her first with boyfriend Lawrence (19). Fans will also be introduced to three new couples: Jenna (16) & Aden (17), Myrka (15) & Ethan (16), and Reanna (15) & Taron (16).
In the season premiere, Myrka is trying to fix her relationship with her mother who kicked her out of the house upon learning about the pregnancy, forcing Myrka to move in with Ethan and his family. Reanna recently decided to move over an hour away from Taron following their breakup so she could live with her mom. The former couple is no longer on speaking terms, and Reanna’s mother is adamant that they need to restore civility for the sake of their child whose arrival is coming soon. Jenna’s pregnancy led her to drop out of her strict Catholic high school and enroll in an online school. She and Aden met in sixth grade and now await the birth of their baby, supported by Jenna’s dad, who finds it hard to say “no” to Jenna whenever she asks for something, including a car for her birthday. Tyra has recently enrolled in college, and if she graduates, she’ll be the first of five generations of teen moms in her family to do so. With the school located several hours away from Alex and their daughter, it’s causing a strain on their relationship. Later in the season, viewers will be reintroduced to Lily, who is pregnant with her second child, and meet her boyfriend Lawrence, who is hoping to take their relationship to the next level.
For the fourth consecutive season, TLC is partnering with Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, to help viewers use UNEXPECTED as a way to spark meaningful conversations about unplanned pregnancy. There have been historic declines in teen pregnancy and meaningful declines in unplanned pregnancy over the past two decades, according to Power to Decide. However, progress doesn’t mean victory: large disparities still exist for youth of color, and for those living in poverty and rural areas. In fact, nearly one in four girls will get pregnant by age 20, and children of teen moms are more likely to become teen parents themselves. Based on themes that come up in the show, Power to Decide is creating custom discussion-starters, information, and tips for young people and their parents, mentors and allies to jump-start open conversations and ensure that all young people have the power to decide if, when and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child. These resources will help viewers get informed and think about how they might handle similar situations in their own lives. The resources will be available for viewers at www.PowerToDecide.org and will be shared by TLC.
UNEXPECTED will premiere immediately after brand-new episodes of 90 DAY FIANCÉ, which along with its spinoffs has helped TLC rank as the #1 Primetime Ad-Supported Cable Network with W25-54/18-49/18-34 in 2020 to date.
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About Unexpected TV Show
UNEXPECTED SEASON 5 - Premieres on Sunday, March 6 at 10PM ET/PT
Unexpected returns with three series-established moms: Tyra, Lilly, and Jenna, and two new soon-to-be moms: Kylen and Emersyn, all navigating the difficulties that accompany early parenthood and relationship battles. Returning mom Tyra manages her complicated relationship with her child's father and the dynamic between herself and her sister Tiarra and cousin Taylor, both of whom are pregnant. Lilly discovers independence, and the stress that comes with it, as she moves out of her mom's home and in with her fiancé, Lawrence. Coming from a broken home herself, Jenna desperately tries to make a happy family for her baby. Pregnant newcomer Kylen is forced to grow up alongside her overly confident boyfriend Jason as they prepare for the arrival of their son. New pregnant teen Emersyn must find a way to balance the restrictions put in place by her strict mother and the limitations of her unprepared boyfriend Mason. Unexpected is the story of young love, blind confidence of the unknown, parental tension and concern, and teenagers facing the complicated journey of early parenthood. Join the conversation using #Unexpected. UNEXPECTED is produced by Eastern TV for TLC.
The eye-opening show takes a raw look at several teenage couples' journeys through parenthood, and the responsibilities that fall upon each family as they struggle to raise multiple generations, oftentimes under the same roof. Not every family member sees eye to eye with the teens when it comes to child-rearing, and tension is inevitable when roles become blurred.
Returning this season are McKayla (18) and Caelan (20) who are expecting their second child, and Chloe (17) and Max (19), who are adjusting to their new life as first-time parents while simultaneously trying to maintain their relationship, despite Chloe's parents' disapproval. Viewers will also be introduced to four new couples who are trying to navigate the ups and downs of teenage pregnancy and parenthood, including Hailey (16) and Matthew (16), Rilah (16) and Anthony (18), and Tyra (18) and Alex (18), in addition to Tyra's younger sister Tiarra (16) who recently birthed her first child with her boyfriend Dee (18).
In the season three premiere, viewers find McKayla and Caelan at a crossroads in their relationship, and McKayla is ready to self-induce labor on her second child. Meanwhile, Chloe is essentially parenting Ava as a single mom while also attempting to maintain distance between her parents and her boyfriend Max, who may be facing jail time. Also, just days after her younger sister Tiarra gave birth to a baby girl, Tyra finds out that she is five months pregnant, and she is concerned about the health of her baby. And, much to Hailey's dismay, Matthew has yet to introduce her to his sister, who has serious doubts about Matthew's readiness to become a father.
As these teens transition from proms, to baby showers, to delivery rooms, their families stick by their side every step of the way, while helping to guide them from heartbreak and helplessness, to hope.
TLC is partnering with Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, to help viewers use UNEXPECTED as a way to spark meaningful conversations about unplanned pregnancies. There have been historic declines in teen pregnancy and meaningful declines in unplanned pregnancy over the past two decades, according to Power to Decide. However, progress doesn't mean victory: nearly one in four girls will get pregnant by age 20, and children of teen moms are more likely to become teen parents themselves. Based on themes covered in the show, Power to Decide is creating discussion-starters, information and tips for young people and their parents, mentors and allies to jump-start open conversations and ensure all young people have the power to decide if, when and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.
UNEXPECTED: BABY BUMPS is returning for season three. The original digital series will be available on TLC GO July 28. This five-episode digital series catches up with the returning moms and introduces three new expectant teens and their families.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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