Will the Duggar family find salvation in the form of a new spinoff?
First went Honey Boo Boo, and now 19 Kids and Counting – TLC just can’t keep their TV shows from being marred by a dark past. But apparently the network is planning on plowing forward with the Duggar family anyhow. US Weekly reports that a spinoff of 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jill, Jessa and their husbands is still in the works after the molestation scandal involving brother Josh Duggar from the original show broke into headlines and scandalized the show’s fans.
The network has temporarily taken 19 Kids and Counting off the docket after Josh Duggar admitted that the child molestation accusations against him were true. Here’s what Josh posted to Facebook a week ago (May 21):
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”
TLC has yet to officially pull the plug on the program even as advertisers continue to pull money from the show. 19 Kids might be a sinking ship, but the new show might offer salvation for TLC just on the horizon. The Duggar girls Jessa and Jill along with their husbands Ben Seewald and Derick Dillard are shaping up to do their own reality show sans brother Josh. So will this be enough to keep the Duggar dynasty alive after a frantic rebranding?
The news isn’t hugely surprising considering Jill Duggar’s wedding launched the television program into the #1 spot on TV on a Tuesday night. But given the conservative demographic of the program, and the religious themes trumpeted in the show’s content, it might be difficult for viewers to forgive and forget so easily – even if TLC promises that Josh won’t go near the show. But if he does, we know that mother and father Jim Bob and Michelle won’t say a word.
Is moving forward with a Duggar family spinoff a really good idea considering what just happened?