The Duggars had a rough 2015 with news of Josh Duggar’s pornography addiction, unfaithfulness to wife Anna, and the media exposing the shocking molestation incidents that occurred in the family home. However, the family was determined to rebound from the horrifying series of events and were able to successfully return to the air via a three-part series of specials focused on newlywed Duggars, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald. The series, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, garnered millions of views and spearheaded a TLC comeback for the family. With Josh Duggar currently in rehab and out of the picture, it seems the Duggars are attempting to continue life as normal, which includes an ever-present film crew. The family is rumored to be “in talks” with TLC for a new series and it has been reported that crews are still filming the family on location in Arkansas.
Star Pulse reports that the Duggar family is ready to continue their life in the spotlight following the Josh Duggar scandal and has been seen filming with their old TLC crew. The family is reportedly filming their comeback series in Arkansas following the successful airing of the three-part series Jill & Jessa: Counting On. Following the revelation that the Duggar family had some dark secrets in their past involving the molestation of three of their daughters at the hands of brother Josh Duggar and the oldest son’s penchant for pornography, TLC cancelled the long-running series 19 Kids and Counting.
Despite the cancellation, TLC executives have admitted that they never cut ties with the Duggar family and wanted to continue to do what is best for the Duggar girls. Nancy Daniels, TLC‘s executive vice president and general manager spoke at the Television Critics Association panel about the choice to bring the Duggars back to the network following the scandals. Daniels noted that there were “challenges” with getting the family back on the air due to the negativity surrounding the numerous scandals of oldest brother Josh Duggar; however, she says that the network “still cares” deeply about the Duggar girls and continued communications with them after the cancellation.
“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.”
As a result of those communications, Jill & Jessa: Counting On was born and the network brought the family back to the network for a test run. With the three-part series doing fairly well during its initial run, Daniels admits that she is “still talking” with the Duggars about future episodes. Fashion & Style notes that the three-part series was put on the air because Duggar fans demanded it.
“We know that our audience is really excited about what’s been going on with Jill and Jessa as they move into young adulthood. And now they’re both at the precipice of big changes. With what was happening in their lives in the next few months, it felt like now is the time (for the specials), and we got going pretty quickly.”
With TLC remaining committed to the Duggar family despite the negativity it has garnered, it comes as no surprise that Radar Online is reporting that TLC camera crews are still in Arkansas filming the Duggar family. The publication reports that a local lumberyard owner has confirmed that Jana and John-David Duggar were at his lumberyard with TLC crews to pickup supplies to build a treehouse. He says that the TLC camera crew called before coming to ask if they could film and that John David followed up with a call of his own.
“The production company from Nashville called me last week, It was the day before they wanted to come in and film. Then the normal camera guy for the family called me and then John David did.”
With TLC camera crews still filming footage of the Duggar family after the limited run Jill & Jessa: Counting On series, it seems that the network is planning for the Duggars to return to the network.
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