Recent reports suggest that the Duggar family and TLC have parted ways for good, but a few clues on social media seem to suggest otherwise. While it's true that TLC hasn't announced a second season of the Duggars' 19 Kids and Counting spin-off reality series, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, the network and the controversial family that it just can't quit are certainly acting like the Duggar family's reality TV career isn't dead.
TLC Continues Updating the Jill & Jessa: Counting On Facebook Page
The Stir speculates that the Duggars are likely done because "there hasn't been a peep from TLC about renewing Counting On for a second season." However, TLC has started sharing daily Duggar-related posts on the Jill & Jessa: Counting On Facebook page. On Wednesday, TLC acknowledged National Best Friends Day by sharing a video clip of Joy-Anna Duggar and a Duggar family friend cooking together. This post was preceded by a link to a watch the full Jill & Jessa: Counting On finale and a deleted scene showing Anna Duggar and Jessa Duggar chatting about motherhood.
The last Counting On Facebook update before these series of three posts in a row was on May 25, so this recent flurry of activity could be a sign that TLC will soon make an announcement that the Duggar family's show is coming back.
Jill Duggar's Search for Long Lost Family That Wasn't Really Long Lost
As The Inquisitr previously reported, there was some speculation that Jill Duggar was trying to help TLC create a Counting On/Long Lost Family crossover episode when she asked her Twitter followers to assist her in her online search for her mother-in-law's birth mother. However, a few web sleuths discovered that Jill Duggar's mother-in-law, Cathy Dillard, had already tracked down the woman who gave her up for adoption years ago. In a series of tweets, Cathy revealed that her bio mom had told her that she wasn't interested in meeting her and that she would have aborted her if it had been legal at the time she was pregnant.
Cathy's bio mom can't have a change of heart because she passed away in 1992, but it's still possible that TLC filmed a Jill & Jessa: Counting On special focusing on Jill's search for her.
Joy-Anna Duggar Got Permission to Work with her Brothers
A few episodes of Jill & Jessa: Counting centered on the adult Duggar daughters who are still living at home, and the Duggar family seemed determined to prove that the girls are allowed to work. However, they were only allowed to do so if their brothers were around to supervise and do most of the actual work; 26-year-old Jana Duggar and her brothers were shown finding out how many Duggars it takes to change a lighting fixture, and 22-year-old Jinger Duggar and her male siblings filmed a staged car sale scene.
In a May 31 post on the Duggar Family Official Facebook page, the Duggars let their fans know that 18-year-old Joy-Anna Duggar was working with her brothers, and the wording of the post made it sound like the Duggars consider this a rare privilege for a female member of the family.
"Joy gets [emphasis added] to work with some of the boys today!" the Duggar in charge of the family's Facebook page wrote.
It's possible that Joy-Anna was only allowed to work with her brothers because TLC was filming another episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On.
Jill Duggar's Birthday Visit and TLC Tribute
Last month, TLC created a special tribute video for Jill Duggar in recognition of her 25th birthday. The Duggar family shared the video on their Facebook page, along with a few posts informing fans that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had flown out to Central America to help their daughter celebrate getting another year older.
Some critics of the Duggar family speculated that TLC paid for Jim Bob and Michelle's trip and filmed their birthday visit with Jill for an episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and there's a possible precedent for this. On February 12, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar informed their Facebook fans that they had visited Jill and her husband on the mission field. Less than two weeks later, Us Weekly broke the news that TLC had ordered the first full season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and Jim Bob and Michelle's visit was eventually featured in an episode of the show.
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[Image via Duggar Family Official Facebook]