While the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” may be gone for good, it won’t be the last we see of the Duggars on TLC.
According to the Associated Press, the network is starting production on “two or more” TV specials that will focus on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's daughters Jill, 24, and Jessa, 22.
Viewers of “19 Kids and Counting” have gotten to know Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald well over the years. The two women are both married and starting families of their own.
Jill welcomed her first child, Israel, with husband Derick Dillard this past spring.
She posted this exuberant photo of her family Thursday afternoon, sharing her excitement about connecting with TLC for the new project.
And Wednesday, Jessa, who is pregnant with her first child, posted a radiant selfie on Instagram that revealed her huge baby bump.
Surely, fans want to know what life with a newborn is like for these two beloved couples, as well as what life has been like for the family since TLC canceled “19 Kids” last May.
“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 exec Nancy Daniels told the Associated Press. “They’re both at the precipice of big changes.”
Fans of “19 Kids” are probably also looking forward to some happy news surrounding the Duggars after the recent scandals surrounding Josh Duggar, 27, the eldest of the Duggar children.
TLC canceled “19 Kids” when allegations surfaced that Josh had molested five young girls when he was a teenager. Four of those girls were his sisters, and one was his babysitter. Jessa and Jill were among the victims. Josh confessed to his crimes and publicly apologized.
In an interview with Fox's Megyn Kelly this past June, Jill and Jessa said they had forgiven Josh. But TLC remained committed to its decision to cancel the show. Soon after, Josh was buried in even more controversy when he admitted to cheating on his wife and claimed to have an addiction to pornography. His email was among those that surfaced in the Ashley Madison leak.
A TLC source told the AP that Josh will not be appearing in the upcoming specials.