TV reality show featuring Christian extremists isÂ filming a reboot after son's teenaged sex scandal, marital infidelities drove family off the air.
The only thing America's Christian extremists love more than a devout Christian conservative is one who has fallen from grace but claims to have been forgiven by God.Â
Six months ago TLC canceled "19 Kids and Counting" after realizing eldest son Josh Duggar's admission of sexually abusing several young girls when he was a teen, including some of his own sisters, was just too toxic for the show to continue. His later admission of being "addicted" to pornography and having affairs seemed to seal the decision permanently. Duggar also was forced to quit his job at the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council Action where he served as its executive director despite having little previous work experience, sans a job at the family's used car lot.Â
It was also revealed that Duggar had two paid accounts at AshleyMadison, the extramarital dating site, and was accused of hiring prostitutes and having rough sex with them.
Not exactly a "family show" by the religious right's standards.
But now TLC is bringing "19 Kids And Counting" back.
"Fans of the TLC series '19 Kids and Counting' will be happy to know that the series will be back for another run," the Christian Post reports.
American Family Association's former spokesperson and present-day radio host, the virulently anti-gay Bryan Fischer, tweeted the news:
For fans of the Duggar family, "19 Kids and Counting" is coming back to TLC. https://t.co/rR5i5sMId6
â€” Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) January 28, 2016
"The Duggar family, without a doubt, is filming a new television series, which is being heralded as aÂ 19 Kids And CountingÂ reboot," theÂ InquisitrÂ notes, citing theÂ "unmitigated success ofÂ Jill & Jessa: Counting On, a mini-series that followedÂ Jill and Jessa Duggar in the aftermathÂ of the Josh Duggar scandals."
"Josh Duggar might be returning to television as TLC gears up for a new reality series about the Duggar family â€” this time, the series is rumored to follow Jana Duggar," the InquisitrÂ adds. "At the age of 26, Jana is a bit behind her younger siblings in the marriage and babies department, and the series is said to focus on the singletonâ€™s dating (ahem, courtship) and love life."
The religious right may be pleased, but not everyone is thrilled.
"Itâ€™s apparent that TLC is uninterested in the Duggar familyâ€™s vicious crusade of lies against LGBT Americans," blogger Joe.My.God. observes.
On Twitter, more reactions:
â€” Lauren (@ljohnson2006) January 28, 2016
â€” CS (@CSBBB) February 1, 2016
â€” Marguerite (@margcellent) February 2, 2016
@TLC are you seriously bringing back "19 Kids and Counting?" A show about a disgusting,anti-equality, molestation aiding and abetting family
â€” BikerBecca (@BikerBecca) February 2, 2016
â€” Lu Who (@LuWho2You) February 2, 2016