As my roommate was forcing me to endure the Today Show this morning (all they ever talk about is head scarves, I swear to god), I experienced a TV promo that had me doing double take after double take after double take. It's called Baby Borrowers, and its tagline is "It's not TV, it's birth control". I'm serious. That's really its tagline. The show follows a bunch of dumb teens who think having a baby in high school is an awesome idea (this is an epidemic, apparently) as they try to raise some poor bastard's real live baby for a little while. You see, according to the promo, it turns out raising a baby is actually pretty annoying and expensive and not really something 16 year olds should try to do after all. Somehow these kids are too dumb to know this, so I'm not sure I want them procreating ever, much less now. But that's beside the point.
You've probably heard about this Baby Borrowers show, right? You know, the one where five teenage couples are given the responsibility of caring for infants, toddlers, teenagers, and the elderly... Good luck! It will be like watching Jamie-Lynn Spears and her fiancé care for their new baby girl. Although I haven't yet seen the show, I can already determine the outcome just by looking at the preview clip (see below). They think they are responsible and well equipped to handle screaming babies at 2 AM. You know, because they are "mature" for their age. Give the couples five hours, they will be crying, screaming at one another and pulling their hair out. Give them one week and they are exhausted, need a break, and realize this is a lot harder than it seems. Give them the full six weeks and all five couples realize how much work caring for another human being really is. The social experiment will hopefully teach them what it really means to compromise and to take on adult responsibility. I don't even need to watch the show to know what happens, but it might be pretty entertaining to watch ten teenagers fail miserably... or maybe learn a thing or two.