Jana Duggar and an assortment of other Duggar women were recently spotted out and about with a camera crew, but TLC still refuses to confirm that it’s working on a new TV series with the Duggars. However, a recent flurry of activity on the Jill & Jessa: Counting On Facebook page could be a sign that TLC is about to make an announcement regarding what the network and the Duggars are cooking up now.
On Friday, the photo below was posted on the Duggar family’s Facebook page. It shows Anna Duggar, Jana Duggar, Jessa Duggar, and Joy-Anna Duggar doing a little shopping together. Anna is holding her daughter, Mackynzie, and Jana is holding Jessa’s son, Spurgeon.
“Fun girls shopping day! #sisters,” the photo was captioned.
According to a fan of the Duggar family who lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jana and the others were being followed by a camera crew when the photo above was taken.
“Two days in a row at Potter’s! You must be finding some good deals. My husband and our twin babies talked to Jana and Jinger there yesterday,” Christy Cooper wrote in the comments section of the Duggars’ Facebook post. “They were shooting yesterday. I wonder if they have a new special coming?! I can’t post my pics on here.”
The Duggar girls were filming inside Potter’s House Thrift, a store that raises money for the Potter’s House ministry. On its website, the organization says that it provides “families in Fayetteville with a hope and a future,” with the “hope” that it provides being Jesus.
According to Cooper, Jana Duggar and her sister squad were making purchases at the thrift store, not dropping donations off. This is probably a good thing, because the last time the Duggars decided to donate items to a thrift store, they caused a mini-scandal by only pretending to be charitable.
According to RadarOnline, the Duggars announced that they would be giving food to the needy at the Compassion Center thrift store in Springdale, Arkansas late last April. They reportedly showed up an hour late with a 19 Kids and Counting camera crew in tow, and the TLC producers picked a family for the Duggars to be charitable to. This family wasn’t even at the thrift store for the Duggars’ staged food drive – they were shopping for clothing.
The producers told the family to act like they needed a handout, and they were coached on how to act thankful when the Duggars handed them a box of junk food. The Duggars were filmed loading the food into the family’s car, but they took the box back out and put it in their own SUV after the cameras stopped rolling. Footage of the faked charity donation never made it to TV – 19Kids and Counting was cancelled in July 2015 after Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation scandal severely damaged the Duggars’ reputation and shone a spotlight on their controversial, patriarchal religious beliefs.
It’s starting to seem pretty inevitable that the Duggars are going to return to TV, no matter how questionable their filming practices may be. According to RadarOnline, Jana Duggar, her twin brother John David, and a few of the younger Duggar children were spotted filming with a TLC camera crew earlier this month at Ridout Lumber in Fayettville, Arkansas. They reportedly spent $3,500 on lumber to build a tree house.
The same week Jana Duggar and her twin were filming at the lumber yard with TLC, the network’s general manager, Nancy Daniels, was speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour. When Daniels was asked about the network’s future with the Duggars, she kept mum about whatever the family is filming right now.
“We’re still talking and considering it, but we have not made a decision yet,” Daniels said about the possibility of TLC airing a new TV series or special starring the Duggars. According to Variety, she was “clearly frustrated” by questions about the Duggar family.
It’s possible that TLC is only filming footage of the Duggars right now and hasn’t decided whether it will use it in a future special or series, but some recent activity on the Jill & Jessa: Counting On Facebook page could be evidence that TLC has already decided that it’s not ready to end its relationship with the controversial family. Anna Duggar’s recent statement about Josh’s cheating was reprinted on the TLC website, and a link to it was posted on the official Jill & Jessa Facebook page. A link to a baby Israel photo album was also shared on the Facebook page on January 20. Obviously, TLC is making an effort to keep fans of the Duggar family engaged.
If the Duggar family does return to TV, do you think their new show will be successful?