If anything good can come of all the negative publicity to the Duggar Family it would have to be to the 2 new mothers,Jessa and Jill. TLC waited an ample amount of time for the drama to die down a bit and now the Duggar girls have announced that they are coming up for a 2-3 show stint. The famous network wants to see how well they do in the ratings. When the girls got married and became pregnant, the show had some of the highest ratings it had in years. It really got the executives thinking. They had to bow out of the situation with the Duggars and the molestation scandal with grace, but that doesn’t mean that the girls can’t still be a part of the network.
The Duggars have kept a low profile since the scandal broke. In fact, baby Jill and her husband Derick Dillard, packed up son Israel and headed to another country on a mission trip. Jesse and Ben Seewald stayed close to home posting pictures of the pregnancy progression online for all to see. In a convention near Orlando, Florida last week, Seewald hinted at what Duggar 2.0 would showcase. He told the fans that they would get to see what they wanted most, the girls being mothers and young married brides.
Even if the show hadn’t pulled “19 Kids and Counting” when they did, it was only a matter of time. The show had been on the air so long and had lost a great deal of fans. Their self-righteous attitudes and weird beliefs were increasingly hard with some people to connect with. Some are even saying that their untraditional methods of dating that require no hand holding until engagement and only side hugs once engaged could have been what contributed to Joshua Duggars problems of a sexual nature.
The new show will not focus on the entire family, and you probably won’t even see an appearance from the matriarch or patriarch. However, there is still something within the family that the public wants to see. There is a large fan base that watched Jill and Jesse grow up on television and so they are interested in their lives. There is also a new fan base that is enjoying see how these young girls live and deal with real, everyday situations. It’s safe to say that 2-3 episodes are just the beginning.
First son Josh has been accused of horrid crimes, but now daughter Jill Dillard is under the gun. It appears that she and her husband Dillion Dillard might be scamming their fans out of money. It’s true that when the Duggar girls were courting and got engaged and then married, the ratings for the popular television show went through the roof. Knowing they have a big fan base and now no television show, the Dillard family used their resources, so they say.
The Dillards have a charity they call “Dillard Family Ministries.” They are using this as a tool to raise money as the couple goes overseas to help those in need. The real problem came about when some fans who had been giving money to this organization check with the IRS to see if they were listed as a legitimate business. The family had stated on several occasions that they were listed with the IRS and registered a tax-exempt company. However, the records at the IRS didn’t match the statements made by the Dillards. This had many fans seeing red, especially since they thought they were funding missionary trips, and it appears they weren’t.
The Dillards haven’t made a comment on this case. However, a member for the IRS said the business was registered, yet when checked through other methods, there was no record of the business. This could be a coincidence, or this could be a big problem about to be uncovered. It was explained that the IRS doesn’t always update the site right on time, so there could be a small delay in the reporting. In other news, the Dillard’s wouldn’t even be going overseas if the drama here in the states hadn’t been too much for them to bear.
With all the drama surrounding Josh Duggar and the rest of the family, it appears that jumping ship might be a smart option. It wasn’t long after things blew up that the family decided to leave the rest of the brood and join the mission fields. The Duggar family has been active in missions before and this wouldn’t have been a real surprise if the timing had been a bit better. They just had a son at the beginning of the year and taking a baby to another country can be a dangerous experience. A child that is around 6 months in age is more susceptible to all sorts of diseases. With the state of the world too, begin so far away from their family is something that they probably didn’t choose lightly.
No official decision has been made about the history of “19 Kids and Counting” and if it would return or be put on a shelf. However, there is quite a large fan base that still wants the show to come back. Consequently, given all the secrets that have been dug up due to the investigations, it is highly unlikely that TLC will even air a Duggar program of any kind again.
The leaked trailer for Suicide Squad has now been released online, and it is safe to say that it is a promising look at the upcoming DC Extended Universe. For one thing, the trailer shows a lot of beautiful shots and cinematography. There are a lot of characters that are very interesting mostly because they are Batman Villains. The overall production design is amazing, giving a look and feel that is reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and showing even hints of films such as Blade Runner. The overall tone is very gritty and looks like it might even get an R rating.
It seems that Warner Bros and DC is getting ready to change the game with not one but two upcoming films. There isBatman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
, directed by Zack Snyder. Then of course there is Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, who helmed Fury. The one thing that sets Suicide Squad apart from the other comic book films is that this is a team of villains. It is like an Avengers but only for antagonists. The team consists of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc and other characters. Killer Croc has a good design. Many people who have seen the trailer view the appearance of Killer Croc as one of the highlights of the clip.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is another significant game changer. It has two of the most iconic figures of the DC heroes roster fighting against each other. It also features Wonder Woman and Aquaman. As the title suggests, the film marks the foundation of the Justice League. It is reported that the upcoming Man of Steel sequel has been filmed partially in IMAX. This parallels Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy when the first film was shot regularly and the subsequent films have been filmed partially in IMAX. Both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are going to be released for the Summer season with Dawn of Justice scheduled for March 16, 2016 and Suicide Squad scheduled for August 2016.