Fans of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” which is centered around the Duggar family, may be glad to learn that the network is not closing its doors to reviving the show.
It can be recalled that TLC cancelled the show last year after the Duggars’ eldest son Josh was discovered to be involved in a sexual molestation case when he was just a teenager. He was also revealed to hold an account on Ashley Madison, a site that facilitates infidelity after the site was hacked. The eldest Duggar, after admitting to his sexual addiction, is now working through his issues in a Christian-based treatment facility.
However, the scandal that ensued prompted the network to pull the plug on the show because it was packaged as a wholesome reality series centered on family and family values.
TLC’s executive vice president and general manager Nancy Daniels admitted that the decision to cancel the show was not an easy one.
“Every decision we’ve made has been done very thoughtfully and very carefully about what is in the best interests of the people involved and the network,” she said.
However, the network did not sever all ties with the family as it aired a three-episode special on Jill Duggar-Dillard and Jessa Duggar-Seewald titled “Jill and Jessa: Counting On.”
“The audience clearly cares about these girls,” Daniels said after three million viewers tuned in to see how the now married Duggar sisters are building their own families.
The network executive also said that they are not discounting the fact that they might order more episodes of the show that are focused on the sisters after seeing the audience’s reception.
During a post-earnings conference call late last year, the network admitted that the cancellation of “19 Kids and Counting” has cost TLC roughly $19 million in revenue so itmight not be a long shot for them to consider a reboot show or a spinoff series, Huffington Post reported.