9:51am PT by Kate Stanhope
TLC Orders Specials Centered on Duggar Daughters Jill and Jessa
The Duggars are returning to TLC. At least, some of them are.
Two months after the Discovery-owned cable channel canceled 19 Kids and Counting over Josh Duggar's sexual molestation admission, TLC has ordered several new specials centered on his two sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard.
Production is slated to begin soon for a targeted year-end premiere for at least one of the specials, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The untitled specials will center on Dillard, her husband, Derick, and their infant son as they prepare to move to El Salvador for missionary work, and Seewald, who is expecting her first child with husband Ben on Nov. 1. Two or three specials are currently planned.
Over 19 Kids and Counting's 15-season run, Jill and Jessa became two of the family's most famous members, appearing on magazine covers documenting their engagements, marriages and pregnancies.
The series, however, has not aired on TLC since it was canceled in July. The sisters most recently appeared on the channel in August in a special entitled Breaking the Silence that aimed to raise awareness of child sexual abuse nationwide.
In May, their brother confessed to having sexually assaulted several underage girls — including two of his sisters — 12 years ago. "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret," Duggar said in a statement at the time. "I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation." He most recently checked himself into rehab in August amid infidelity allegations.
Before 19 Kids and Counting was pulled in May immediately following the controversy, it was one of TLC's most watched programs.