'19 Kids and Counting:' TLC to Air Spinoff Specials Starring Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jill Duggar Dillard

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19 Kids and Counting is coming back--well, at least a couple of the family members are set to return to TV. A production source announced that they will air specials later in 2015 that focus on Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard instead of the entire Duggar clan. Fans have been hoping against all hope for a 19 Kids and Counting spinoff. Now it sounds like their dreams may come true.

It was just a few months ago that the eldest of the 19 Kids and Counting children--Josh Duggar--admitted to having sexually molested five underage girls, four of whom are his sisters. TLC cancelled 19 Kids and Counting as a result of not just Josh's actions, but the way parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar handled them. Many people believe the Duggar parents simply swept what Josh did under the rug.

Since the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting, another Josh Duggar sex scandal has hit the media. This time the married father of four has admitted to not only having two Ashley Madison accounts, but to having an addiction to pornography and to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar.

The Duggars sell, however, so TLC has no doubt decided that in order to make money from the 19 Kids and Counting gang, they must make sure Josh Duggar is nowhere in the picture--hence the likely reason they are choosing to concentrate on sisters Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard.

TLC made an announcement via its Facebook page on Thursday.

New specials focusing on Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald to air on TLC later this year. More in the link below.

Posted by 19 Kids and Counting on Thursday, September 24, 2015

The shows--three are in production--will feature Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard, as well as their son Israel. The Dillard family is planning a move to El Salvador, where they presently serve as Christian missionaries. They will also feature Jessa Duggar Seewald and her husband Ben Seewald. They are expecting their first child on their first wedding anniversary, which is November 1st.

"What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child," TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels said during an interview with The Associated Press, "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."

19 Kids and Counting fans will no doubt be thrilled to learn this news. Even if it isn't the entire Duggar gang, at least some of the family is headed back to TLC.

If the shows featuring Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard get ample viewership, perhaps part of the 19 Kids and Counting family will stay on TV.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.