The end of the first season of Bringing Up Bates is right around the corner, but fans have reason to celebrate rather than mourn that impending finale. UP TV has renewed the show featuring Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, along with their 19 kids, for another season. What’s the scoop?
Many 19 Kids and Counting fans were thrilled to see the Bates family get a new television show on UP TV. Gil, Kelly Jo, and their 19 children had done one season of a reality TV show for TLC called United Bates of America in 2012, but then the network didn’t move forward with additional seasons. After a bit of time away from television, the family connected with UP TV and created a new show.
So far in this first season, Bringing Up Bates fans have seen Whitney and Zach welcome baby Bradley, and Erin and Chad Paine have revealed their struggles with starting their own family. Erin and Chad are expecting a child now, and, on Thursday’s Entertainment Tonight, shares that Erin will be planning a gender reveal party.
Alyssa and John Webster are living near his family in Florida, and they are expecting a baby girl soon, as well. Episode 11, airing on March 12, will show the Bates family traveling to check in on Alyssa and John. Viewers have also seen the courtship progress between Brandon and Michaella, with a proposal anticipated to be coming soon.
Given all of the big developments transpiring for the Bates family in this debut season, fans made it clear that they want more. According to TV by the Numbers, UP TV decided not to waste any time in making a decision on this one. Bringing Up Bates Season 2 is on the way, and in fact, the family is already filming new episodes.
Though UP TV has been around for a bit, Bringing Up Bates is the network’s strongest series, and it makes sense that both the network and the Bates family would partner for another round of the show. Season 2 will have 13 episodes, and it will premiere in June.
While so far there has been no official courtship come together between the Duggar family and Bates family, even Erin Paine admitted that it probably is just a matter of time. The 19 Kids and Counting and Bringing Up Bates families have been close for years, and there is a lot of crossover in the fan bases. The Bates family has been seen frequently on 19 Kids, and though the shows are on different networks now, many viewers hope the Duggars can pop up on the Bates show, as well.
Tune in to Bringing Up Bates airing on Thursday nights on UP TV and stay tuned for more news from Gil, Kelly Jo, and the kids as both Alyssa Webster and Erin Paine welcome their babies in the months ahead, and Season 2 comes together with a fresh set of episodes.
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