Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald will star in “two or more specials” that certainly sound like a precursor to a 19 Kids and Counting spinoff.
The Associated Press broke the news about the specials–set to air “later in the year,” on Thursday.
“A production source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the programs will not include 27-year-old Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar siblings and the subject of revelations last May that, as a teenager, had fondled four of his sisters, including Jill and Jessa. More recently he publicly apologized for a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife. The source said he will not appear on any future TLC programming,” the report reads.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) September 24, 2015
“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. “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.”
Jill Dillard and her husband Derick have a baby boy named Israel. The family has spent the past couple of months going back and forth between El Salvador and Arkansas, but are preparing for a more permanent move. Jill and Derick serve as Christian missionaries in Central America, and have been attended language classes there, and getting to know people in the village where they will serve.
Derick and Jill Dillard have come under fire recently for soliciting donations for their mission work. Many have asked why they are asking for donations when they can afford to fly back to the U.S. to attend weddings.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) September 22, 2015
Jessa Seewald and her husband Ben are expecting a baby on November 1, which is also the couple’s first wedding anniversary.
Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald appeared in a TLC special abuse sexual abuse and its victims in August. Called Breaking the Silence, mom Michelle Duggar appeared on the show alongside them.
Are you a 19 Kids and Counting fan? Are you happy to learn there will be a spinoff of sorts starring Jill and Jessa on TLC?
Do you expect if these specials earn good ratings that a spinoff will be the next TLC move?