‘Counting On’: Should Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Get Their Own Show?
Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar have turned out to be the rebels of the Duggar family. Family followers would have never guessed that rule-following Jill would be the one to break away from her family and make decisions that are markedly against the family’s beliefs. There she is, though, doing it. Now, fans would love to see the duo get their own reality TV show, but should they open their lives back up to television cameras?
Counting On seems to be on its way out
There is reason to believe that Counting On may be on its way out. The Duggar family has worked with TLC since 2004, when the family’s very first special aired on the network. The network was even willing to work with the family after back-to-back scandals led to viewer outrage. Things are a little bit different now, though.
The show has gotten pretty stale. After all, there are only so many engagements, marriages, and homebirths that one can stand to watch. Daily Soap Dish alleges that the ratings are dipping because of it. Low ratings could lead to the demise of the show. Although a season is reportedly currently being filmed, it is looking more and more likely that the upcoming season could be the last.
Do Jill and Derick want their own show?
Jessa Duggar and Joy-Anna Duggar have both taken to YouTube in recent months to share videos with their fans. The current interest in alternative revenue streams has led many followers to believe the family’s show is on the chopping block. While Counting On could be headed towards cancelation, another Duggar couple could potentially get their own show. Family followers are interested in seeing a show about Jill and Derick. They’d like the show to focus almost exclusively on how they’ve broken free form the family in recent months.
While neither Derick nor Jill have come out and suggested they are open to filming, Derick did like a social media post that asked TLC to hand Jill and Derick a reality TV deal, according to TV Show Ace. Derick has stated multiple times that’s he is interested in writing a book and that he’s currently in the process of drafting the memoir. How much that work will focus on the Duggars, however, is unknown. If Derick is into the idea of publishing, it’s possible he could be persuaded into filming a reality TV show. That is if the price is right.
Would they deal with TLC ever again?
If Jill and Derick were to get their own show, it seems unlikely that TLC would carry the series. Derick, in particular, seems to have some bad blood with the network. He’s called them out on social media several times since he was axed from the series back in 2017. His complaints about the network have become more vocal in recent months.
Derick has accused the network of helping Jim Bob Duggar deceive the Duggar kids. He also claims that he and his wife were threatened with lawsuits if they refused to continue filming. With all that in mind, it doesn’t seem like Derick would be keen on working with TLC ever again. It’s unlikely that TLC would take a chance on such a loose cannon either.
That doesn’t mean another network couldn’t pick them up, though. It’s been years since they last appeared on the series. It can be assumed that whatever contract they signed, many years ago, has likely expired or will be expiring soon. If that happens, other networks would be free to pick the couple up, if that’s something that interests them.