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Duggar family returns to TLC via specials with daughters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald

Ben Seewald (from left), Jessa Seewald, Jill Dillard

Ben Seewald (from left), Jessa Seewald, Jill Dillard (holding her baby, Israel) and Derick Dillard will be part of two new specials from TLC. Photo Credit: TLC

The Duggar family will be returning to TLC this year with at least two specials starring daughters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald and their families.

"What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child," TLC executive vice president and general manager Nancy Daniels told The Associated Press, "and we'll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in."

The network canceled the popular Duggar family reality show "19 Kids and Counting" after seven years, following eldest son Josh Duggar's confession that he had molested five girls as a teenager. (Jessa and Jill were among those he said he molested.)

The program centers around Dillard, 24, her husband Derick and their newborn son, Israel, as they venture to El Salvador to do missionary work. The other special focuses on Seewald, 22, and her husband Ben as they brace for parenthood.

TLC aired the documentary "Breaking the Silence," which included sisters Jill and Jessa, after the scandal erupted in an attempt to raise awareness on child sexual abuse.

Josh Duggar, 27,  will not appear on either program and is currently at Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based rehab center.

Dillard took to Instagram to post a photo of her family, writing, "We are looking forward to reconnecting with everyone with the new specials on TLC -- many have asked about our mission work and about the challenges of taking our family to a different country, culture and learning a new language. We appreciate your prayers."


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