Earlier today, we reported that the Duggar family is desperate to return to television following the cancelation of their wildly popular reality series.
Most fans assumed that the Duggars were planning to slowly rebuild their reputation with an eye toward scoring a new deal with a new network.
Stranger things have happened, especially years down the road. But now, it seems the Duggars may be returning to the airwaves much sooner.
Radar Online is reporting that 19 Kids and Counting patriarch Jim Duggar has a plan "and it’s all about reclaiming their name and making money.”
“They’ve talked about filming their own ‘homemade series,” the source reveals.
“Bottom line, they’re not happy their show was pulled so they’re scrambling to make sure revenue keeps coming in.”
It makes sense that the family would be eager to return to TV, as the show was their main source of income, and raising 19 kids ain't cheap.
Unfortunately, it seems that Jim Bob and company are still failing to understand why the public was so upset by the scandal:
“Their thinking is, they put this behind them ages ago, so why wouldn’t the rest of the world?” says the source.
Yeah, the rest of the world has a tough time getting over horrific tales of prolonged, incestuous child molestation. Go figure.
Anyway, Jim Bob is reportedly unconcerned with converting the family's critics.
Instead, he wants to focus on the family's loyal niche and rally the Duggars' supportive base like some sort of underdog politician:
“He wants to capitalize on the God-fearing loyal followers who still worship the Duggar family,” says the insider, and not just on TV.
Jim Bob has already made plans for a speaking tour and a book deal.
We're predicting that the Duggars will in fact return to TV eventually (Jim Bob is something of a PR mastermind, after all).
But we're also guessing it'll take significantly longer than they think, given the breadth of the scandal they're trying to recover from.
Whatever the outcome, it's all but certain that the Arkansas family will never be the ratings juggernaut it once was.