MTV Tunes Recession Chic With New 16 and Pregnant
Down-to-earth shows much more in tune than 'Hills' et al.
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 7:28 PM CST

(Newser) – MTV is definitely hip to the recession, with the proof no further than the new season of 16 and Pregnant, airing tonight. That show, plus others like Jersey Shore, show that “audiences seem to have tired of the contrived dramas” of The Hills or The City, “and the impossibly glamorous lives led by a bunch of idiots who don’t deserve them,” Sara Libby writes.

“In better times, it might have been fun to watch Heidi Montag explain to her mother the benefits of having 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day,” Libby continues for True/Slant, “but I’ll take watching the day-to-day struggles of Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant any day, where life is less glamorous, but the stakes actually matter.”