The Duggar family is returning to TV next year even though their TLC reality series, Counting On, has suffered from a loss of advertisers and lower viewership than its previous season.
On Saturday, the “Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray” Facebook page shared a photo that was taken at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. Jill Duggar and her husband, OSU alumnus Derick Dillard, were there, and they had a camera crew in tow.
As the International Business Times reports, there are only two episodes of the Duggar family’s TLC series left this season, and based on the descriptions of these episodes, it’s highly unlikely that Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were filming new footage for them.
It appears that TLC is stretching Season 2 out by tacking on two more episodes that will consist of recycled footage of the Duggar family from Counting On and 19 Kids and Counting. According to TV Guide, the November 1 episode, “Duggars at the Altar,” will take yet another look at Jill and Jessa’s weddings. The November 8 episode, “Courting Jinger,” is described as a “profile of Jinger” that will explore the bride-to-be’s “place in the Duggar household.”
— In Touch Weekly (@intouchweekly) October 26, 2016
The “Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray” Facebook page also shared a few screenshots of social media posts from friends of the Duggar family who are buzzing about a wedding that will take place next week. If Jinger Duggar is getting married during the first week of November, there’s no way the Counting On production company would have enough time to churn out a wedding special that can be tacked on at the end of Season 2.
In other words, TLC will likely treat Jinger Duggar’s wedding the same way they treated Jill and Jessa’s weddings back when the Duggar family’s reality show was still titled 19 Kids and Counting, and both girls appeared in almost a dozen wedding prep episodes before TLC finally aired footage of their ceremonies. These episodes followed the girls as they went dress shopping and chose their wedding venues.
The Hollywood Gossip also points out that TLC “dragged the storyline” of Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo’s engagement out during Season 2 of Counting On, and it’s hard to imagine the network not doing the same thing with their wedding.
Jessa Duggar also dropped a hint that a third season of her family’s reality series was coming during the Counting On “After Show” episode. Producer Scott Enlow asked her if there was anything exciting going on with the Duggar family that fans don’t yet know about, and she teased that something big will be revealed in the coming months.
“You’ll find out in the months to come,” Jessa said. “There are other things that you know not of that are exciting.”
— In Touch Weekly (@intouchweekly) October 27, 2016
Some critics of the Duggar family don’t understand why TLC keeps the controversial clan on TV.
“How can they keep doing the show with basically no commercial sponsors?” one commenter wrote on the Pickles & Hairspray Facebook page.
As the Hollywood Gossip points out, numerous advertisers did respond to the Duggar family’s sexual molestation scandal by asking TLC not to air their commercials during the show. However, there are still some companies advertising during Counting On, and TLC General Manager Nancy Daniels has downplayed the large number of requests to have ads pulled from the show. She told FOX411 that it’s routine for the network to place companies’ ads where they want them to be.
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— The Hollywood Gossip (@THGossip) September 26, 2016
Some Duggar family critics have also pointed out that Counting On’s ratings aren’t quite what they used to be. As the Inquisitr previously reported, average viewership hovers around 1 million, which is significantly down from the March 15 series premiere. According to Zap2it, that episode attracted 1.9 million eyeballs. However, the 1 million viewer total is actually pretty decent when compared to other TLC series like Toddlers & Tiaras.
The first season of the Duggar family’s TLC series ended at the beginning of May 2016, and the second season premiered near the end of August 2016, leaving a little less than four months between seasons. With this season of Counting On ending on November 8, the next one could begin at the end of February or in early March.
[Featured Image by Duggar Family Official Facebook]