There’s good news for fans that were disappointed at TLC’s decision to cancel “19 Kids and Counting.” The network has revealed that it’s bringing two of the family members back to TV by way of brand new specials.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is currently developing at least two specials focused on Duggar daughters Jessa and Jill. Production allegedly begins on both projects in the coming weeks with the network promising that the first of the two or three it has in the pipeline will air before the end of 2015.
The yet untitled specials will focus on the two eldest Duggar daughters as they navigate big changes in their respective personal lives. As previously reported, Jill and her husband Derick Dillard announced in June that they would be leaving the country to perform extended missionary work in El Salvador. Now they’ll have cameras along for the ride as they prepare to leave their home and venture to a foreign land. Meanwhile, her sister Jessa Seewald is expecting her first child with husband Ben Seewald on Nov. 1.
"We know that our audience is really excited about what's been going on with Jill and Jessa as they move into young adulthood," TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels told the Associated Press (via ABC News). "And now they're both at the precipice of big changes. With what was happening in their lives in the next few months, it felt like now is the time (for the specials), and we got going pretty quickly."
As previously reported, TLC felt the need to pull the plug on the Duggar daughter’s previous show, “19 Kids and Counting,” after news came to light that their older brother, Josh Duggar, inappropriately touched underage girls when he was a teenager, including two of his sisters. According to the report from AP, Daniels says that the network will not allow him to appear on air again.
“What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child,” she said, “and we’ll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in.”