Several months after the network was forced to cancel 19 Kids and Counting amid Josh Duggar’s
molestation scandal, ET can confirm that the family will be returning to TV.
TLC is set to start production on at least two specials,
with the first planned to air by the end of the year. According to the
Associated Press, one will be focused on 24-year-old Jill Duggar Dillard, her
husband Derick, and their son, Israel, as they continue their mission work in
El Salvador. Perhaps the show will also address the recent criticism
surrounding the family’s mission has been under fire recently as they have been
flying home frequently.
The other special will document Jessa Sewald, Jill’s 22-year-old
sister, who is expecting her first child with husband Ben this November.
"We know that our audience is really excited about
what's been going on with Jill and Jessa as they move into young
adulthood," TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels told AP. "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."
None of the specials are said to include their 27-year-old
brother Josh, who was at the center of the scandal that brought down the show.
It was revealed in May that the oldest Duggar sibling molested four underage
girls, including both Jessa and Jill, when he was then 15.
It was also revealed that Josh had two accounts with Ashley
Madison, an online dating service for married men that was hacked over the
summer. He later apologized to his wife Anna for having a secret addiction to
pornography. "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," Josh wrote on
the Duggars' official website. "While espousing faith and family values, I
have been unfaithful to my wife."
Josh has since checked into a faith-based rehabilitation
facility in Rockford, Illinois and has not been seen in the public eye since.
The family has been slow to forgive Josh in the wake of all
the revelations. In September, Jessa took a stand against her brother by
sharing a Facebook post written by her father-in-law, Michael Seewald, in which
he called Josh a "hypocritical Christian."