Little People, Big World...
... murky future.
With this beloved TLC series having wrapped up yet another season just a couple weeks ago, fans around the country are now constantly refreshing their Internet browsers and asking the following question:
Will the show be renewed for 2021?
Before answering this question, or at least attempting too, we must begin with a caveat:
It's nearly impossible to predict anything about the future of television amid this novel coronovirus pandemic.
Every production in Hollywood has been shut down in understandable response to this outbreak and there's simply no way of knowing when filming on programs will resume.
And this is just for shows that have already been picked up, of course.
TLC has not yet made this announcement when it comes to Little People, Big World.
Which, to be clear, is perfectly normal for this series.
It almost always films through the end of the summer right until pumpkin season, which takes place in October and which gives the network plenty of time before it needs to make a decision about the program's future.
But who wants too wait? Let's speculate, shall we?!?
WHY MIGHT THE SHOW COME BACK?
One major reason, to be blunt? Because it's cheap.
This is why reality shows are so appealing across the dial: networks barely need to worry about a travel budget for a series that films on just a few locales; and the salaries for these "actors" almost always pale in comparison to the salaries of actors without the quotation marks.
Also, no writing room, no need to hire an expensive director, etc.
Little People, Big World also stands a decent shot at renewal because there are a few obvious storylines to follow on an upcoming season.
Tori and Zach Roloff welcomed a baby toward the end of November, meaning they are now adjusting to life with a pair of young kids at home.
Amy Roloff, for part, is engaged to Chris Marek and planning a 2021 wedding that would provide the show with plenty of fodder.
As for the ratings? It's difficult to find this sort of information, but Little People, Big World was the 29th ranked series among 18-49-year olds for the week of May 18, 2020.
It remains popular, that's for sure, especially when you consider the cast members' social media presence.
WHY MIGHT THE SHOW NOT COME BACK?
Because of Matt Roloff, basically?
The father of four has hinted on multiple occasions that he may be ready to sell the farm and move to Arizona full-time.
He also talked more openly this year than ever before about how Little People, Big World is edited and scripted, a rather huge admission that he may have been hesitant to make it he planned on a return.
He wouldn't have wanted to anger the producers, you know?
It's also worth noting that even if Little People, Big World itself is canceled, there's actually been talk of a spinoff.
Matt could essentially retire to Arizona and cameras could then follow only Amy and Chris around as they make wedding plans -- such a concept has been the basis for quite a few reality shows over the years.
Or how about this wild idea:
Audrey and Jeremy Roloff buy the family farm off their dad and become the subject of their very own series?!?
At this point, for reasons that center around the real world (Covid-19) and the entertainment world (it's simply too early in the schedule), there's no way of knowing the future.
But if you want our education opinion, we'd say that Little People, Big World returns in the spring of 2021.
That's only a guess, mind you.
Thankfully, however, the Roloffs will provide fans with plenty of social media content and photos in the months to come, making the enormous wait just a tad bit easier.