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Valerie Fairman of “16 and Pregnant” Dies at 23
Valerie Fairman, who appeared on MTV docuseries “16 and Pregnant,” has died of an apparent drug overdose. She was 23.
Born in Oxford, Penn., Fairman appeared on the show after becoming pregnant during her sophomore year of high school where her struggle with substance abuse was documented. In September 2009 she gave birth to a daughter, Nevaeh Lynn Fairman, who is now seven years old. Since appearing on the show, Fairman has had several run-ins with the law, per TMZ.
“We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing,” an MTV spokesperson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.”
Debuting on June 11, 2009, “16 and Pregnant” followed the stories of pregnant teenage girls in high school dealing with the hardships of teenage pregnancy. Each episode featured a different teenage girl, and the series ran until 2004. The show spawned three spin-offs: “Teen Mom,” “Teen Mom 2” and “Teen Mom 3.”
USA to Offer “This is Us” Binge
Viewers will have the chance to binge-watch the biggest network hit of the fall season, “This Is Us,” when all 10 episodes, to-date, of NBC’s relationship themed drama will air on sister cable network USA. The marathon kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday Jan. 7 with the pilot episode airing simultaneously on NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s USA, Bravo and E! networks. All episodes will then continue on USA through 11 p.m. ET.
Esquire Network to Offer “James Bond” Marathon
Esquire Network will present a full day James Bond theatricals, starring Pierce Brosnan, on Monday, Jan. 2, beginning with 1995’s “GoldenEye” at 7 a.m. ET. This was the first of the “James Bond” titles to star Brosnan. Next is “Tomorrow Never Dies” at 9:30 a.m. ET, followed by “World is Not Enough” (12 p.m. ET). “Die Another Day” (2:30 p.m. ET).
getTV Adds Three Classic Series to Daytime
Diginet getTV, the home of classic television, is adding three series from the past to its daytime line-up effective on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The first is Sally Field sitcom “The Girl With Something Extra,” which originally aired on NBC from 1973 to 1974 and co-starred John Davidson. Next is western “The Young Riders” with Josh Brolin, which ran on ABC from 1989 to 1992. And the third is drama “The Sentinel” with Richard Burgi, which had three-and-one-half season run on former network UPN from 1996 to 1999.
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