Jill Dillard became a 19 Kids and Counting breakout star after getting engaged and subsequently married to Derick Dillard. Now sources say TLC wants to further capitalize on the Dillards’ popularity by giving them their own show.
“There is huge interest in this couple,” a TV executive told Naughty But Nice Rob last month. “They are the anti-Kim and Kanye West. Expect a spin-off special to be announced very soon.”
This is one rumor I have no problem believing… TLC already demonstrated they want a Duggar spin-off by granting a special to cousin Amy Duggar, which went into production before Jill got engaged. And, while A Duggar Leaves Home was a perfectly amusing program, there’s definitely way more interest in Jill, her adjustments to married life and her family plans. (Sorry, Amy.)
Also good news for TLC: Jill’s proven to be a bankable star who, like the rest of her family, really appeals to a certain group of advertisers. Her show would likely supplement the ratings of the increasingly popular 19 Kids and Counting, which is returning in the fall… Besides, with 18 other siblings on that show, there are plenty more story lines to explore.
Would you watch a 19 Kids spin-off with Jill and Derick?