Little People, Big World has been a record-breaking success for TLC.
We mean this literally:
Last June, after a dozen years on the air, the program broke the Guinness World Record for the most episodes of a family-focused reality television show in small screen history.
Moreover, Amy Roloff recently soared past one million Instagram followers and Audrey and Jeremy (who, granted, left the series last summer) are the authors of a best-selling relationship memoir.
We say all of this to make the following point:
Little People, Big World is very popular.
Millions of people have an interest in Amy Roloff, Matt Roloff and their offspring — and yet there had been some doubt as to whether the show would be returning for a new season at some point in the season.
Thankfully, however, we’re here to put that doubt to rest.
At a book signing in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday night, Amy said very clearly that Little People, Big World has been renewed for another season.
The beloved reality star did not name a premiere date or cite the number of episodes ordered by TLC, but she did hint that she’s under contract for another two years and quipped:
"My retirement fund needs help!"
Amy dropped a handful of other nuggets during her chat at the event (e.g. Audrey is due on January 8; she hopes Jeremy one day takes over the farm; she isn’t getting married any time soon), all of which we’ll compile in an upcoming post.
But for now fans can rest assured that, despite concerns over how Matt and Amy aren’t getting along … and therefore they may not want to film together… or that executives may axe the series due to this tension…
… it is, indeed, coming back with new episodes.
Little People, Big World premiered in 2006.
It chronciles the lives of Amy and Matt Roloff and has continued to do so even after their divorce in 2016 after 27 years as husband and wife.
One of their sons, Jacob, walked away from filming about three years ago, while Audrey and Jeremy Roloff decided to move on in 2018.
But third son, Zach, and his wife Tori, along with their precious son Jackson, are still very much at the forefront of nearly every episode — as is the relationship between Amy and Matt, ex-spouses who work together on the family farm.
"I did not want to do the show, but sometimes you have to take that step outside your box," Amy said during her Grand Rapids appearance, adding:
"I was unsure and afraid and intimidated by how other people would respond."
Clearly, however, all these years later, the risk Amy took has paid off.
Not that it’s been an easy journey.
In her new book, Amy says that Matt betrayed her in their marriage with the way he acted toward his current girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, who worked previously as a manager on the farm.
There are clearly some bitter feelings here.
How will Amy’s critiques of her ex-husband play out down the line? How will this public flogging affect their interactions on air?
We don’t know.
We’re simply psyched over the confirmation that we’ll soon be able to find out!