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The Baby Borrowers’ EP Richard McKerrow talks about the show
July 30th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: 1 ]


Tonight is the finale of the amazing show The Baby Borrowers on NBC at 9p and before it airs, the Creator and EP Richard McKerrow talked about the show that he exported her to the United States.

Seriously? OMG! WTF? – How did you come up with The Baby Borrowers? And what made you being it to The States?
Richard McKerrow – I HAD A MOMENT OF INSPIRATION WHEN WONDERING IF IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE TO GIVE PEOPLE PARENTING ON FAST FORWARD AS A WAY TO HELP THEM DECIDE IF THEY WERE READY TO BECOME A PARENT. THINKING FURTHER ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF TEEN PREGNANCIES IN BOTH THE UK AND THE US MADE US THINK WE COULD APPLY IT TO YOUNG TEENAGE COUPLES. IT MIGHT ALSO ENCOURAGE THEM NOT TO TRY AND GROW UP TOO FAST.
WE BROUGHT IT TO THE USA BECAUSE WE FELT THAT THE STRUGGLES OF BEING A PARENT ARE SIMILAR HERE AND SO ARE THE HIGH RATES OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY AND DIVORCE RATES. ITS A SHOW THAT VALUES THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING IN A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING THE BEST PARENT YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE.

SOW – TBB was postponed from February to June, could you believe the timing of your new premiere date coinciding with all the current news about teenage pregnancies like Jamie Lynn Spears and the pregnancy pact?
RM – OBVIOUSLY TEEN PREGNANCIES AND TEEN PREGNANCY PACTS ARE NOT SOMETHING WE LIKE TO SEE OR ENCOURAGE. BUT WE’RE PLEASED THAT THE SHOW’S EDUCATIONAL NATURE MEANT THAT IT COULD FORM PART OF AN IMPORTANT NATIONAL SOCIAL DEBATE.

SOW – What do you say to all the critics and groups that are against the show without ever seeing it?
RM – WE WOULD URGE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THE SERIES TO WATCH THE SERIES FIRST AND INQUIRE ABOUT ALL THE NECESSARY MEASURES THAT WERE TAKEN PLACE TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE SHOW, ESPECIALLY THE BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN. IRONICALLY THE VALUES THAT ARE CLAIMED BY MANY OF THE CRITICS AND THE GROUPS WHO HAVE CRITICIZED THE SHOW ARE THE VERY SAME VALUES WHICH THE SHOW PROMOTES.

SOW – Were you surprised how the teens reacted to all the different stages of parenthood?
RM – THERE ARE ALWAYS SURPRISING MOMENTS THROUGHOUT THE SERIES BECAUSE WE GENUINELY COULD NOT HAVE PREDICTED THE MOMENTS OF DRAMA AND SOME OF THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE. HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO REMARKABLE TO SEE HOW THE TEEN COUPLE PARENTS REACTED IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS THE STRUGGLE OF REAL PARENTS IN DAILY LIFE WHEN COPING WITH THE VARIOUS STAGES OF PARENTHOOD.

SOW – Which couple amazed you the most? What couple are you most proud of?
RM – I WOULD HATE TO PICK OUT ANY SINGLE COUPLE BECAUSE THEY ALL DID WELL IN VARIOUS DIFFERENT WAYS. AND THEY ALL STRUGGLED AT VARIOUS STAGES. I WAS PROUD OF THEM ALL BECAUSE THEY EMBRACED THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT WITH AN HONESTY AND SINCERITY WHICH WAS VERY BRAVE. YOU COULD ARGUE THAT MORGAN AND DAYTON WERE BRAVE TO DECIDE TO PART WAYS. I ALSO FELT THAT THE PARENTS OF ALL THE “BORROWED” KIDS WERE FANTASTIC AND THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THEM AND THE TEENAGE COUPLES WAS FANTASTIC TO OBSERVE.

SOW – What has been the reaction to people watching the show? What is some of the comments that you have gotten about the show?
RM – WE HAVE HAD A FANTASTIC RESPONSE TO THE SHOW HERE AND HAVE BEEN GENERALLY DELIGHTED THAT A HIGH CONCEPT REALITY SHOW WITH SOCIAL PURPOSE AT ITS HEART HAS BEEN SO RECEIVED SUCH A GREAT RECEPTION.

SOW
– What have you learned from the series and watching the teens?
RM – I HAVE LEARNED THAT THE PARENTING REMAIMS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT YOU MAY EVER DO SO IT IS BEST NOT TO TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED AND TO TRY AND ENSURE, WHATEVER AGE YOU ARE, THAT YOU ARE READY TO BECOME A PARENT AND THAT YOU ARE WITH THE RIGHT PARTNER. I HAVE ALSO SEEN THAT TEENAGERS HAVE A CAPACITY TO LEARN THAT CANNOT BE UNDERRATED. AND THAT A LOT OF THE WAYS THEY STRUGGLED WITH VARIOUS STAGES OF PARENTING REFLECT REAL PARENT STRUGGLES.

SOW – You have done The Baby Borrowers in The UK before you did it here in The States? What has happened to those couples? What was the reaction of the show over there?
RM – THE REACTION TO THE SHOW IN THE UK HAS BEEN TERRIFIC. WE HAVE DONE TWO SEASONS AND BOTH HAVE BEEN VERY POPULAR, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNG VIEWERS. BBC LEARNING HAVE ALSO PUT TOGETHER A BABY BORROWERS LEARNING PACK WITH SHORT DVD HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SERIES WHICH ARE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT UK SCHOOLS AS LEARNING TOOLS.

SOW – What is up for you next?
RM – FOR LOVE PRODUCTIONS, WE HAVE MADE SEVERAL SHOWS IN THE UK WHICH WE WOULD LOVE TO BRING TO THE USA: FILTHY RICH AND HOMELESS (WHERE WEALTHY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS); YOUNG MUMS MANSION (TEN SINGLE MUMS AND THEIR KIDS LIVING TOGETHER); BOYS AND GIRLS ALONE (ONE VILLAGE OF 10 YEAR OLD BOYS AND ANOTHER VILLAGE OF 10 YEAR OLD GIRLS LIVE TOGETHER ADULT-FREE, BUT THEIR PARENTS ARE WATCHING ON).

Thanks to Richard McKerrow for taking to the time to do this interview! Hopefully we will be seeing more of his shows over here in The States soon!
BTW don’t forget that next Wednesday at 9p, you will be able to see Richard McKerrow, the teen couples and the parents of the borrowed kids talk about how the show effected them in a Town Hall meeting on NBC.

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The experiment ends on The Baby Borrowers tonight
July 30th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: 1 ]


Tonight is the season finale of The Baby Borrowers and I want to thank NBC for being brave enough to air this show. The Baby Borrowers was more than a show it was birth control. Five teenage couples entered the show ready to be parents, and since they have started we have seen two of them break-up and none of them ready to settle down and become parents. We watched as they tried to take care of babies, toddlers, pre-teens, teens and tonight they are given senior citizens. Every three days as they were given an older group of kids, and we watched as they themselves grew up a little more each time. Five couples who thought they were ready to be grown-ups, learned they are way too young to be so old.
While I have not seen tonight’s episode, my friend who has told me she cries every time she sees it. This show is an inspiration and if you are parent or a teen, it is not too late to see why this is more than a show, it is birth control.
So tune into NBC at 9p tonight to see the final part of the experiment on The Baby Borrowers and be amazed how two weeks changed the life of these 5 teens couples and us! The experiment might be ending tonight, but the lesson will stay with them and us for a long time.
Next week NBC brings the five couples and the parents of the kids together for a town hall to see how the changed them. Plus some of the teens in the rumored pregnancy pact from Gloucester, Ma will be there and we will see if they wish this show would have changed their minds before they got themselves pregnant at 15.
Thanks to David from NBC for keeping me in the informed on this brilliant and important show!

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It’s preteens night on The Baby Borrower
July 16th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: 1 ]


Last week the teens thought they had it had bad when they had toddlers on NBC’s The Baby Borrowers, but that is nothing compared to what they get tonight…preteens and their pets! As one parent told them last week, preteens are worse than toddlers because at least toddlers are still cute and cuddly. I can’t wait to see how they handle preteens and which one of the couples has a meltdown on this week’s show. This show lives up to its promo line and it’s not TV, it’s birth control…at least for me.
So tune in to The Baby Borrowers tonight on NBC at 9p to watch these couples go through puberty again. And if you missed the toddlers episode check it out at 8p!!!

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The toddlers invade The Baby Borrowers tonight on NBC
July 9th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: none ]



The 5 teen couples on The Baby Borrowers barely survived taking care of a baby for three days, now we will see how they do with toddlers tonight on NBC at 9p. From the looks of it it doesn’t look like it will be easy.
For all you haters saying that this show will mess with the kids mentality in the future because for three days they are taken away from their parents, the parents of the kids that participated on the show are leaving messages on NBC’s The Baby Borrowers site responding to those claims and how the experience effected all of them. Also NBC ordered a reunion/town hall special on August 6th according to The Live Feed, and we get to see if this experiment worked. Which I hope it does!

“The coincidence of this unique series has drawn media attention to the very important subject of the recent rise in teen pregnancies as well as to recent related news ranging from the high school students in Gloucester to pregnant teen celebrities such as Jamie Lynn Spears,” said Craig Plestis, executive vp alternative at NBC. “This special should shed more light on a controversial subject that deserves more personal discussion beyond the social experiment that we provided to entertain audiences this summer.”

I am personally disgusted that OK! Magazine glamorized 17 year old Jamie Lynn Spears of the cover of their magazine this week. She has the means to raise a baby, but only a very few of the teenagers who becomes pregnant each year have those means. So please don’t follow Jamie Lynn’s example and watch The Baby Borrowers tonight at 9p because it seriously is birth control. And with teen pregnancies on the rise that is a really good thing!!!

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Must see TV is back on NBC tonight with The Baby Borrowers at 8p and 9p!
July 2nd, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: none ]



Did you ignore me last week when I said that NBC’s The Baby Borrowers is must watch TV. Well here is your opportunity to make it up to me and watch last week’s premiere episode at 8p and the conclusion of the baby part of The Baby Borrowers at 9p. These two episodes are some of the most educational hours of television I have ever seen and you know that I watch a lot of TV! When I say educational this show gives a glimpse of what parenthood is like. Just because you think you are ready to be a parent doesn’t mean you always are. There is such a difference between babysitting for a few and having a baby 24 hours a day. The Baby Borrowers shows not only what it is like to raise a baby, but what type of jobs are out there if you have your child straight out of HS. And that is not much and it is really hard.
Tonight’s episodes, you watch some of the teens step up to the responsibility and some of them that are so gung ho to be parents change their mind quicker than they change a diaper. It is amazing to watch the transformation of the teens on tonight’s The Baby Borrowers and this is only one/fifth of the experiment.
Parents please spend two hours watching NBC with your kids and discuss the show with them. But you don’t have to be a parent to appreciate the show, just the desire to be one is enough. So tune in to The Baby Borrowers tonight at 8 and 9p on NBC for some entertaining educational television that will leave you talking for the days to come. You know up until next week when they 5 couples get to take care of toddlers for three days!

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The Baby Borrowers is a must watch for everyone!
June 25th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: 3 ]


(video © NBC)

The Baby Borrowers was originally suppose to air in February, but NBC held the show until now and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. With the birth of 17 year old Jamie Lynn Spears’ baby girl last week and with 17 teens under 16 pregnant in one town rumored that most them took part in a a pact to became pregnant, this show could not be more relevant. Teens (and adults ) think it will be easy to be a parent, but these 5 teen couples realize that it is not. It is real life with no help and a life lesson that we all need to learn. So tell everyone you know to watch this show because it is one of the most important shows any prospective parent or parent of any age will and should watch.

Here is my review that I posted back in February.
So I saw the first two episodes of NBC’s The Baby Borrowers premieres tonight and all I can say is wow.
These 5 teen (18-20) couples think they are prepared to be parents and it was so compelling to watch how quickly that all changes when they are faced with real life like challenges. None of them (including me) realized how tough it is to raise a baby and that is only 1/5th of the experiment.
And for those of you who will try to bring controversy to this show saying how could any parent leave their kids with 2 teenagers who have no experience raising a child there is a nanny with them 24 hours a day and the parents monitor them from a near-by house and have the options to talk them or to take the kids away. There is nothing controversial about this show it is only beneficial.
So parents and teachers I highly recommend that you watch this show with your kids because it really shows that being a teen parent is not as easy as looks. Heck it shows being a parent isn’t as easy at looks.
BTW I can’t wait to see how this experiment changed their lives.

Here is what Amy Kramer, Assistant Director, Entertainment Media and Audience Strategy at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy told me about the show.

“The Baby Borrowers is a great, fun show with an important message: that taking care of children is hard work and it requires parents who are committed to each other as well as to their kids. 3 out of 10 girls in the US get pregnant at least once before age 20 and half of all teens never consider how a pregnancy will affect their lives — both good reasons to watch the Baby Borrowers. The teens who took part in this experiment had a chance to learn first hand about the challenges of parenting — if only every teenager who thought they were ready for a family had the same opportunity. Teens and adults alike will find the show compelling — it is funny and sweet and full of real life drama. The Baby Borrowers gets it right.”

Check out The National Campaigns to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s guide to watching The Baby Borrowers for parents and teens!

Lastly for anyone who says this show is controversial because how could parents let strangers watch their babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teens, watch the show and you will understand why they did it. What would you rather have another teen pregnancy by someone who is not ready to have a kid or a parent lending their child out for three days for the better cause.
So please watch The Baby Borrowers tonight on NBC at 9p because this show is so important and well done. I would not be so gung-ho on The Baby Borrowers if it wasn’t so f*cking important and such a good show!!!

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Jamie Lynn Spears has her baby girl
June 19th, 2008 under Britney Spears, The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: 22 ]

(photo from OK!
Jamie Lynn Spears is a mother at the age of 17 and can kiss her youth goodbye. Jamie Lynn Spears had Maddie Briann today according to People.
"Just the family was there," says a source about the birth around 9:30 a.m. at a hospital in Mississippi, near her Louisiana hometown. "Everyone is healthy and happy."

Teenage pregnancies should not be glorified because teens are too young to be parents. Something that will be shown next week on NBC when The Baby Borrowers premieres on Wednesday at 9p. This is a show that everyone should watch and shows that being a parent as a teen or at any age is not an easy thing.


Here is a statement from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy:

“Every child deserves a warm welcome and we hope that Jamie Lynn Spears’ new daughter, Maddie Briann, will be surrounded by much love, support and comfort. But the media frenzy that is sure to now erupt, as it did when this pregnancy was announced last December, provides every parent, teacher, media outlet and more a chance to state the truth: babies need and deserve adult parents who are committed to each other and to decades of being the best parents possible. Hundreds of thousands of teens and unmarried young adults get pregnant and become parents every single year, and few of them have Hollywood beginnings or endings. Getting pregnant and bearing children is one of the most important steps that any person ever takes, and it deserves careful planning, thought and consideration.”

Check them out for statistics on teen pregnancy and prevention. Condoms good!!!

UPDATE: NBC’s The Baby Borrowers sent a congrats note to the new teen mom Jamie Lynn Spears!!! Shame this show wasn’t on before she got pregnant. Hopefully The Baby Borrowers will prevent at least one more teen pregnancy if not more!

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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on NBC’s The Baby Borrowers!
January 28th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: none ]


The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has seen all 6 episodes of NBC’s The Baby Borrowers and here is what they had to say about the show!

In the United States we’re seeing the first increase in teen births in 15 years – a situation that has us all concerned. Keeping the issue of teen pregnancy and teen parenting on the national radar screen is more important now than ever and “The Baby Borrowers” will do just that. The “Baby Borrowers” will no doubt lead to frank discussions about sex, birth control, pregnancy, and starting a family among anyone who watches it – a very good thing. This show provides a fascinating look at some of the challenges faced by real teen parents every day. It would be impossible to watch “The Baby Borrowers” and not come away with a better understanding and appreciation for the demanding task of parenting.

I know many people want to cause controversy with this show, but there is no reason to because there is a greater good to TBB. If it can makes teens talk to their parents about sex and teen pregnancy and prevent a few unwanted teen pregnancies than that is more important than those people who have not see the show and look for controversy.
So please make sure to watch this show, no matter what age you are on NBC starting February 18th at 9p!
In the meantime check out The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s website for information about the campaign and NBC’s The Baby Borrowers’ website about the show!
Thanks Amy!
UPDATE: The Baby Borrowers is no longer premiering on February 18th, it will be moving to later date yet to be announced.

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NBC’s The Baby Borrowers is better than I thought!
January 11th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: 3 ]


(video © NBC)

So I saw the first two episodes of NBC’s The Baby Borrowers that premieres on February 18th and all I can say is wow.
These 5 teen (18-20) couples think they are prepared to be parents and it was so compelling to watch how quickly that all changes when they are faced with real life like challenges. None of them (including me) realized how tough it is to raise a baby and that is only 1/5th of the experiment.
And for those of you who will try to bring controversy to this show saying how could any parent leave their kids with 2 teenagers who have no experience raising a child there is a nanny with them 24 hours a day and the parents monitor them from a near-by house and have the options to talk them or to take the kids away. There is nothing controversial about this show it is only beneficial.
So parents and teachers I highly recommend that you watch this show with your kids because it really shows that being a teen parent is not as easy as looks. Heck it shows being a parent isn’t as easy at looks.
BTW I can’t wait to see how this experiment changed their lives.

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NBC’s The Baby Borrowers looks freaking amazing!!!
January 9th, 2008 under The Baby Borrowers. [ Comments: none ]


(video © NBC)

NBC will premiering The Baby Borrowers on Monday February 18th at 8p and it looks like a show no one should miss.
In a day when teen pregnancies are up again and with someone like Jamie Lynn Spears, who is only 16 is glamorizing it, I think The Baby Borrowers is a must watch show. Teens and parents with kids need to sit down and watch this show and see that raising a baby is not an easy thing and giving up your youth for one is not as easy as it looks.
Personally I would have just been interested in watching the show if the teens who are 18-20 were just stuck taking care of the baby for the three weeks. But the fact that they have to also take care of toddlers, pre-teens and their pets, teenagers and senior citizens makes the show so much more interesting and educational.
So tune into this show on February 18th on NBC at 8p, it is so much more than just an hour of entertainment on TV.
BTW in the mean time put on some condoms and check out the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for more information on the recent rise in teen pregnancy rates.

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