Earlier this week, the Duggars turned to several social media platforms to revive their fans' support on television, launching the hashtag campaign "#BringtheDuggarsBack," although it did not achieve trending status on either Facebook or Twitter. It may be a signal that fans may have ceased to care anymore.
A low-performing first season of "Jill and Jessa: Counting On," with ratings continuing to fall, the lack of new angles to work from, as well as advertisers pulling out support have brought the Duggar family to this position of seeking help from their fan base. Recently though, Jill Duggar Dillard may have stumbled upon a story idea which may help get their show a second season.
She thought of trying to search for her mother-in-law Cathy Dillard Byrum's mother, ostensibly so her young son Israel could meet his great grandmother. Cathy had been adopted as a child, a tidbit which had been brought up on the show, "Counting On."
With TLC airing the show "Who Do You Think You Are?" which delves into celebrity genealogies, the idea would have worked well with the last episode's talk of adoption brought up by Jill and her sister Jessa, although Jill's husband Derick butted in to say his next child with Jill may possibly be a biological one.
Talking of Israel Dillard's great grandmother, some followers easily found the woman through the Find A Grave website, and it was learned that Cathy's birth mother had died in 1992.
Now, almost a month after the season 1 finale, TLC has not renewed "Jill and Jessa: Counting On." When it decided to do the show, the network might have believed it would perform the way "19 Kids and Counting" would. Sadly, it failed to do just that.
It would seem that, ever since the controversy involving the eldest Duggar son, Josh, things have not been the same for the ever-growing family. It can be recalled that their first reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," which had ran for 10 seasons on TLC, had been canceled after Josh's Ashley Madison cheating scandal and molestation admission broke out last year.
Some believe that the public outrage that scandal sparked may need more time to settle down. In the meantime, Josh has been reportedly banned by his wife, Anna, from using smartphones. And this was not because the Duggar patriarch, Jim Bob, disallows the use of smartphones among his younger sons because it "steals away the soul."
It is said that this could be an offshoot of his previous actions and a way to safeguard him from becoming tempted to cheat on his wife again, if provided access to pornography sources and online contact with other women.
According to In Touch Weekly, a source with close ties to the family revealed that from Josh's time in rehab, he is not "allowed to have one of those," adding that he keeps "a little phone with a tiny screen and he can't send or receive picture messages on it."