19 Kids and Counting Could Make Return to TLC TV Schedule

Although the controversy is surrounding the “19 Kids and Counting” show, it could return the TLC lineup.

Discovery Communications, which owns the network, has yet to cancel the program despite the revelation that Josh Duggar admitted he molested several teenage girls including his sisters, 12 years ago.

The show follows Jim Bob, Michelle and the rest of the Duggar clan, in which Josh, who is the oldest boy of the family, is a key figure. All of Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids have “J” names.

The company hasn’t made a decision on whether or not the show should go on or if it needs to be cancelled. However, if the show were to continue, it would need to do so without the oldest Duggar boy, placing an emphasis on other Duggar family members. The series just concluded its most recent run, but Discovery decided to take it off the Web and TLC channel.

The Duggar family released a statement saying it supported their son. Josh has stepped down from the job he worked at the Family Research Council, which is a Washington D.C.-based conservative-Christian lobbying organization.

According to the anonymous source, Discovery is taking a methodical approach to the deliberations, letting the Duggars handle the crisis. The source said the show is not in production at the moment.

Advertiser support for “19 Kids and Counting” has wavered. Choice Hotels Internationals, General Mills and Payless Shoe Source have opted to work their ads but away from the show. In the majority of cases, the advertisers have a bigger deal with the networks or the Discovery-owned outlets instead of individual shows. No advertisers have said they would pull ads from Discovery or TLC.

Discovery has had its rounds of controversial programs. In 2011, TLC released “All-American Muslim”, which was a reality show that followed Dearborn, Mich. Muslim families. The largest home-improvement retailer Lowe’s pulled support within a few weeks after it was contacted by the Florida Family Association, an advocacy group. While the show wasn’t cancelled by TLC, the network decided not to produce another season because of the low ratings.

TLC, in 2014, had to deal with reports that “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” mother June Shannon was in a relationship with a man who had been convicted of child molestation. That show was cancelled.

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