Teen Trouble: Lifetime Orders New Unscripted TV Series

Teen Trouble host Josh ShippLifetime has given the go ahead for a new unscripted TV series called Teen Trouble. Host Josh Shipp, a teen behavior specialist will serves as the last hope for troubled families who are desperate to save their out-of-control teens

The hour-long series will premiere on Friday, December 28th, at 10pm.

Here’s the press release with some additional details:


Compelling Series Follows Teen Behavior Specialist Josh Shipp as He Embeds Himself into the Secret Lives of Self-Destructive Adolescents

LOS ANGELES, (November 14, 2012) – Lifetime has picked up the all-new gripping series Teen Trouble, hosted by teen behavior specialist, author and motivational speaker Josh Shipp. In each episode, Shipp serves as the last hope for troubled families desperate to save their out-of-control teens and gives them the critical help they need to avoid tragedy. He will embed himself into the hidden lives of at-risk teens on dangerous, self-destructive paths – taking drugs, stealing from their families, abusing alcohol and breaking the law. Born an orphan and bounced around in many different foster homes until he figured out how to turn a mess into a message, Shipp has been through it all and has an unconventional method to get through to teens and their parents. The hour-long series will premiere on Friday, December 28, at 10:00PM ET/PT.

With his gritty approach, Shipp will confront the teens and their parents to identify the often deeply-seated roots of the problem and demonstrate the severity the teen’s issues using real-life examples of cause and effect. Each teen will meet an array of current and former troubled teens – those whose lives mirror theirs – who did not get the help they needed; who have suffered gravely; who experienced disaster and whose lives still hang in the balance.

Teens featured on the series will experience first hand what their future holds if they don’t make crucial changes – overnight stays in jail, spending the night in a morgue, sleeping on the street with prostitutes, being confronted with stories just like their own that ended in death. Shipp will deliver his brutally honest message of the damaging repercussions of rebellious decisions and actions, while his action plan for change will be positively reinforced. He will introduce the teens and their families to others who’ve experienced – and successfully overcome – similar challenges and are now living happy, productive lives, providing the hope and forgiveness necessary to make a major change.

At-risk teens have increasingly become a growing problem throughout the United States. According to The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, U.S. teens have the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse in the world. In addition, American teens are much more likely to be killed by violent means than their European peers. Another recent survey from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says about 17% of American high school students drink, smoke or use drugs during the school day.

Teen behavior specialist Josh Shipp helps adults understand teens and teens understand themselves. Abandoned at birth and thrown into many different foster homes, Shipp had a traumatic childhood. He was abused, addicted and suicidal, and knows what it means to be a teen in trouble. Thanks to caring adults, Shipp was able to overcome the most severe hardships and become a beacon for families in crisis. His work over the last decade has earned Shipp an international reputation as the “go to guy” when families need help. When teens are out of control and parents are out of options, he gets the call. Shipp, author of The Teen’s Guide to World Domination (St. Martins Press), was featured on INC. magazine’s “30 Under 30″ list in 2009 and named a “Young Person Who Rocks” by CNN. He has a broad network of parents, educators and mental health professionals he can call upon for additional expertise. Shipp, himself, has lectured at elite universities, such as Harvard and Stanford, on the psychology of getting through to adolescents and has influenced countless teenagers through his work. Shipp is a frequent contributor for MTV, CNN, FOX, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC and numerous other media outlets.

A+E Networks will handle global sales for Teen Trouble.

Lifetime has ordered eight episodes of Teen Trouble, which will be produced by Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, a division of RelativityREAL. Ellen Rakieten (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Losing it with Jillian) will executive produce with Bryn Freedman (Intervention, Who Do You Think You Are?), both mothers of teenagers, and Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, Stephen H. Schwartz and Sandy Varo of Lifetime.

ABOUT RelativityREAL

Under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kid Nation), Relativity’s television arm launched in June 2008. The division has quickly become one of the country’s largest suppliers of unscripted television. In addition, the division is developing a slate of scripted sitcoms, dramas, and sketch comedy series to be released in the upcoming year. Most recently, RelativityREAL partnered with YouTube and will be launching a channel in the fall. RelativityREAL’s executive ranks are bolstered by overall production deals with TV veterans Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh, Ashley Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions, executive producer Ellen Rakieten (The Oprah Winfrey Show) and Ray Ricord.


Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. In the Third Quarter 2012, the network posted major growth in viewership versus Third Quarter 2011, including a 14% increase among Women 18-49, +9% in Women 25-54 and +5% among Adults 18-49, marking the third straight quarter Lifetime has registered year-on-year growth among the key demographics. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

What do you think? Does Teen Trouble sound like it’s worth watching?

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5 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. christina ragucci says

    Hi Josh shipp,
    I just got done watching your show. The entire time i watched it, I kept thinking how could i have him come help me and my son. How do i do this?
    My name is chris. i have 4 wonderful children, 1 that i am very concerned about. I have tried every angle and approach to address my sons addiction. We have been trying to battle this for almost 3 years. It’s killing us all of us.I tried the caring, loving concerned. the guilt card, the tough love I’ve tried it all.Nothing has truely opened his mind/eyes. He just ya’s me to death. saying things that he knows i want to hear to basically get me off his back about rehab. I know deep down inside he doesn’t want this life but needs guidance to achieve a clean and sober life. I can not give him that. I don’t know how to do that for him. I’ve researched local programs, facilities and counceling programs. He says he will go but doesn’t. I fear for his life. At somepoint he may get bad bag of dope and I will never see him, hug him,or smile with him again.
    I have very little help getting people friends or family to join together to do some type of intevention.I am only one voice, and he has learned to tune out.
    I feel like i have lost him and the addiction won. I AM NOT willing to watch my son kill himself. I just don’t know what else i can do. I am a single mother and support my family on my income only. Because of this, i can’t even afford to send him to a rehab facility.
    please, please please if you can’t help me and tyler could you point me into the right direction.

  2. James says

    My name is james i am a nyc firefighter and single parent. My daughter gabrielle is an addict she is 18 yo and this has been goin on since 13. She has been in an out of treatment and has recently left treatment after 3 months. Las nite she was areested in brooklyn for possession. Ease help me i dont know what to do. I love my daughter but dont know what else to do? I have watched the show and really think you could help. Please i beg you

  3. Amanda says

    I’ve watched one of your episodes. I’m shocked of how little knowledge these kids have. There’s never enough education to show and teach these kids of drug and alcohol abuse. Peer pressure is always there, and it’s coming from those who also have not been educated in what abuse does to themselves and others. I would like to see episodes of the “aftermath”.

  4. Terry Rerich says

    This first episode, December 28, 2012, could not have come at a better time for me, my daughter and grandchildren. My grandchildren would have fit this episode to the “T”. I felt like I was watching my granddaughter. If I could have intervention for them, this is what I would want.

    I happened to call my daughter and tell her she needed to watch it, and she did.
    Dad is non-existent here because of having another wife and kid now. Story too long to tell.

    Issues are so out of control with my grandchildren that we are hanging on that last thin thread of even caring., Can someone respond information or help to us? Houston Tx area

    Thank you.
    Terry Rerich

  5. says

    This is really scary. In the first two “sneak peek” episodes, Josh sent kids to “troubled teen” programs that have many online accounts of abuse. The first one was Copper Canyon Academy, the second was Outback Therapeutic Expeditions. Both are owned by Aspen Education Group, who is currently being sued by over 30 people who say they were abused in a similar “troubled teen” program.

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