For a couple of months, it wasn’t clear if TLC would be bringing back Counting On for a seventh season. But after The Hollywood Gossip reported that the show’s director of photography, John Rotan, was at the Duggar family’s house for Thanksgiving and eyewitnesses saw a film crew with Joy-Anna and Jana while they got pedicures, it became pretty clear that new episodes were in the works. So, when can fans expect the next season to start?
According to In Touch Weekly, Lily and Ellie, the webmasters of The Original Duggar Family Fan Blog, have revealed an official return date.
“This just in… Following the exciting announcement of Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo’s pregnancy, the Duggar family has another tidbit of news to reveal. New episodes of Counting On return to TLC Monday, Feb. 26!”
It’s hard to imagine TLC without the Duggar family, even though it almost happened in 2015 after the Josh Duggar molestation scandal. But, the demise of 19 Kids & Counting led to the spin-off Counting On, and even though the ratings aren’t as high as they were for the original show, the Duggar TV franchise remains strong.
In the coming year, the Duggars are doing what they do best: have babies. Three of the siblings and their spouses – Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth, Joseph and Kendra Duggar, and Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo – have all announced they are expecting in 2018. So fans will have a lot to look forward to in upcoming episodes.
Some people believe that Jill Duggar-Dillard will announce another pregnancy this year and many expect that oldest daughter Jana will finally find the right guy and begin courting. But what about the boys? Jana’s twin, John David, is reportedly courting a girl in Texas, and many believe that oldest son Josh’s increased presence in the family’s social media means he will be returning to TV.
As for Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, he will not be a part of the show after TLC cut ties with him because of his controversial remarks about fellow reality star, transgender teen Jazz Jennings.
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In a Reddit thread asking for Duggar predictions in 2018, many are convinced that Jessa and Joy-Anna will both announce another pregnancy and at least one sibling will announce a courtship. There is also an expectation that at least one more Duggar daughter will start wearing pants.
Another topic of discussion for fans is Josiah Duggar, who many believe to be gay. But, in a family who have made their views against homosexuality crystal clear, he may not ever come out. Instead, the 21-year-old will continue to live his life believing his fundamentalist church’s teachings that sexual preference is a choice and he can “pray the gay away.”
Tune in for new episodes of Counting On, February 26, 2018.