TLC ended its long-running and wildly successful series “19 Kids and Counting” last year, but TV viewers may not have been seen the last of the Duggars just yet. Following last month’s conclusion of the network’s three-part Duggar special, “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” TLC is teasing their plans for future Duggar episodes.
As most Duggars fans are aware, “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled in July 2015 after nearly a decade on air following Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal. Josh, 27, the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's brood of 19, was revealed to have molested five underage girls, including some of his sisters, as a teenager in May. TLC responded by immediately pulling the show off the air and officially canceling it two months later.
While TLC says Josh’s scandals — he was also revealed to have used the affair website Ashley Madison to cheat on his wife — were not the easiest to overcome, they’re "considering" bringing back the Duggars in some capacity, according to Us Weekly. “We are still considering doing more but haven't made a decision yet," TLC executive vice president and general manager Nancy Daniels said at TLC’s Television Critics Association panel Thursday.
It's unclear if the possible future specials would star all of the Duggars. In the middle of Josh's scandal, TLC announced two of his sisters and victims, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, would be starring in a special about child sexual abuse awareness. The documentary was followed up by their own program, “Jill & Jessa: Counting On.” The three-part series, which aired its final episode in December, followed the siblings as they navigated their lives as new wives and mothers.
Watch a scene from "Counting On" below:
While “19 Kids and Counting” lost several advertisers as a result of Josh’s actions, bringing back the Duggars could still be a profitable venture for the network. The “Counting On” specials were a success, according to Daniels. The LA Times reports that Daniels said the episodes brought more than 3 million viewers to the network.
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