More than two months after TLC pulled the plug on the Duggar family's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," the network confirmed that Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard will return with "two or more" TV specials.
"What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child," Nancy Daniels, TLC's executive vice president and general manager, told the AP. "And we'll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in."
Jessa is expecting a baby with husband Ben Seewald later this year. Jill is currently on a Central American Christian mission with her husband, Derick Dillard, and their son Israel. It's not known exactly when Jill will return to the United States.
Rumors had long persisted that TLC wanted to do more with Jessa and Jill and a spinoff was believed to be in the works until network officials canceled the show in light of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal. Later, it was revealed that Josh had multiple accounts on the cheating website AshleyMadison.com, and he admitted to having a porn addiction.
The first of the Duggar girls' specials is expected to air by the end of the year, the network says.
Originally sources said that family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar didn't want his daughters doing a side show. He simply wanted the family to get their reality show back. "He absolutely wanted to be back on TV and was never thrilled about the show suddenly shifting focus," a source said in July. It seems that he didn't really have a choice and that TLC wasn't interested in reviving the family's show.
It's very likely that the girls will avoid speaking about Josh's indiscretions. In fact, the family apparently isn't really ready to welcome the eldest son back yet.
"It is going to take a long time before we forgive," an anonymous member of the Duggar family told ET. "In the long term, eventually, we will forgive, it will be in our best interest to forgive. Won't happen soon. Won't happen fast. Just because we forgive doesn't mean we trust ever again. We are still extremely upset. We are all still hurt. Josh is still in rehab, nobody is warm and fuzzy to him yet. It still feels like he is a stranger."
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