‘Counting On’: Could the Coronavirus Shutdown Spell Doom for the Duggar Family’s TV Series?
Counting On aired the final episode of its 10th season in December 2019. Since then, several of the Duggar siblings have been busy picking up social media sponsorships and crafting content for YouTube. Their recent activity has led some followers to believe the end is near for the family’s reality TV show. It, however, appeared as though an 11th season was in the works. That was before the Coronavirus took hold in the United States and caused mass shutdowns across the entertainment industry, though. Now, with the virus continuing to spread, many believe the show is in peril. Could the Coronavirus spell doom for the long-running TLC show?
Fans believed the show’s 11th season would be it’s last
Before the Coronavirus became a massive concern across the world, family followers suspected Counting On was nearing the end of its run. TLC had long controlled the type of content the Duggar family could produce, and how family announcements could be made. That has changed significantly in recent months.
The Duggar kids have taken to social media and YouTube, sharing news as they see fit. The fact that TLC is no longer keeping a tight leash on the family could indicate that their contract has officially ended, or will in the near future. Neither TLC nor the Duggar family has commented on that speculation, though.
How will the Coronavirus impact the upcoming season?
Even though the Duggar siblings have been free to produce content of their own, an additional season of Counting On was in the works. Jinger Duggar added a shot of the camera crew to her Instagram Story before the state of California went into lockdown. It is assumed that TLC, like other networks that produce onsite reality TV shows, ordered the camera crews to head back home. MTV did the same with the personnel that was working on Teen Mom 2.
Without additional footage, TLC has a couple of options when it comes to the series’ 11th season. They could choose to continue filming after restrictions or lifted, effectively pushing back the season’s air date, they could offer fans an abbreviated season with the footage that exists, or they could scrap the idea, and walk away from the Duggar family entirely.
Will TLC continue filming when restrictions are lifted?
The Hollywood Gossip notes that the production company behind Counting On could decide to avoid filming when restrictions are finally lifted. In fact, the publication argues the current pandemic may result in the total cancelation of the long-running series.
Why would that be the case? The Duggar family hasn’t been interesting in years. Family followers note that the series has grown stale, and the Duggar kids are actually crafting more exciting content on their own. With dwindling viewership and mounting scandals, the current entertainment hiatus may be the perfect exit strategy for the production company, who, for reasons that remain unclear, has hung in there with the Duggars long past their perceived expiration date.