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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bates Family on TLC

When season six of 19 Kids and Counting (premieres Feb. 14th) comes to a close, TLC will introduce another super-sized family. Who could that be? None other than Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children!

People Magazine has confirmed that the one-hour special will air on March 27th.

The Duggars and Bates are close friends with similar values. While Jim Bob and Michelle have stayed true to the letter "J," Gil and Kelly have chosen names from A-Z.

Duggar Family lineup:
Josh, 23; Jana, 22; John-David, 22; Jill, 20; Jessa, 19; Jinger, 18; Joseph, 17; Josiah, 15; Joy-Anna, 14; Jedidiah, 13; Jeremiah, 13; Jason, 11; James 10; Justin, 9; Jackson, 7; Johannah, 6; Jennifer, 4; Jordyn-Grace, 3; Josie, 2. 

Bates Family lineup: Zach, 23; Michaella, 22; Erin, 20; Lawson, 19; Nathan, 18; Alyssa, 17; Tori,16; Trace, 15; Carlin, 13; Josie, 12; Katie, 11; Jackson, 9; Warden, 8; Isaiah, 7; Addallee, 5; Ellie, 4; Callie, 2; Judson, 1; Jeb, 8 days

31 Comments (Click Here to Add Yours):

April said...

I'm wondering if the Bates and Duggars will some day be inlaws to each other???

Anonymous said...

Great! I love the Bates family too!

Eva said...

is going to be nice to watch Duggars again and see the Bates family also . nice idea. love to see how big familys run so smooth. and are there any kids from either family that would be interested in the other family

momto9 said...

That sounds like so much fun! Hope I get to watch it

Alexis said...

While I am really excited to see the Bates, is it a 1 hour show or a series? Also does this mean the Duggars are off the air after this?

Hope both get continuing series!

Thanks,
Alexis

Jennifer said...

Are the Duggars coming to a close after season 6?

Libby said...

thats cool!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen a Duggar or Bates male actually earning a living--by that, I mean actually going to work every single day regularly with regular business hours and not packing for more travels? I don't mean just Jim Bob, who is the head of the TLC earning compound. Other than doing political campaigning, owning tow companies, and car lots that they don't actually run? The average Joe cannot shut up business to travel abroad with his family at a young age for a month. Nor can they turn over the business to go do political campaigning. What example has Jim Bob set out on this show to show and inspire men? All I have seen is that Jim Bob and sons have a harem catering to the male every whim. If they are so against birth control, why is there not narry a child adopted in each of these families? Adam and Eve sinned or we would not all be here. And--hey, cut the cholestoral (spelling) and sodium by using baked torilla chips rather than Fritos, add some veggies to that disgusting recipe for kids by using ground turkey rinsed, beans rinsed, and add lettuce, tomato, and reduced fat sour cream.

Karen said...

This is great! Now there are at least two wholesome shows on TV that I can watch. Even though I have only one child, I marvel at the way both the Duggars and Bates handle these large families. Watching the Duggars over the past few years has made me get closer to God. I now read the bible everyday and make a point to live a life more pleasing to God. The Duggars have done their job well!

Anonymous said...

Well the dug gars have 18 chances left!! It will be interesting for me to grow up with the dug gars and try to follow their stories. I can't wait to see the bates, I have a personal letter/fan mail from them. They are great people!

Amber said...

Yay, yay, yay!! Oh goodness. How awesome is this? We love the Bates as much as we do the Duggars, so our whole family is excited to see the Bates new show. Whoo hoo!

Jordan said...

Are you saying that season 6 will be the last season on the Duggars? :( I hope not!

Brenda H. said...

That's great news! I read their blog and look forward to learning more about them.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like duggars are done with there tlc show . I hope not I love watch there show ..

Ann Marie

Rose said...

I've wondered the same thing!!

Lily and Ellie said...

Hi Alexis, Jennifer, and Jordan,

As of now, it looks like the Bates will just be doing a one-hour special on TLC, but that can always change. Nothing has been announced about the Duggars going off the air.

What the network has shared is this: After the season 6 finale of "19 Kids and Counting," there will be a one-hour special about the Bates family. That show will air on March 27.

Hope this answers all your questions. :)

~Lily and Ellie

Tabitha said...

So excited to see the Bates family hit the TV. Having lived in east TN and now following God to Northern NY I miss hearing the accent and watching people live out their faith each day. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

i now this is a blog for the duggars but can you add alink to the one hour bates show, that would be really cool, hope its ok thanks :)

Lucy said...

I believe that since the Duggars show has high ratings that TLC wants to test the waters and see if another "big family" show will gain equal ratings. If so, then TLC most likely will have the Bates show running while the Duggars are on hiatus after their season ends. Likewise, when the Bates' season ends, the Duggars will return. Continual high ratings for TLC and income for both families which is a blessing.

angelak said...

Awesome!

Denise said...

Yeah!!!! That is great news, I so love to watch the Bates when they are on, now we get them both!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi just is Bates family 19 will be on tv ever week like duggars family 19.
Plus there rating would go high.It would nice watch both family on tv on TCL. By Linda

Godly-young-widow said...

There are plenty of possibilities as far as an intermarriage between the Duggars and Bates. But probably it wouldn't be for awhile. It's always fun watching them interact, though.

Big Families Rock said...

I would really love to see both families get countuing shows. I also wonder if the Duggars and Bates will be inlaws one day.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy that TLC has nice family shows like the Duggars, and the Bates special. I wish they would re-consider and bring back Table for 12...that was another loving family and I nice them!

Anonymous said...

Hi wondering bates show will be ever week or one time .I love seening Duggars and Bates together.byLinda

Lily and Ellie said...

Hi Linda,

As of now, it looks like the Bates will just be doing a one-hour special on TLC (to air on March 27), but that can always change.

Have a great weekend!
Lily and Ellie

Anonymous said...

Not trying to be negative, but the Duggar family does not have high ratings. They are actually very low. Other TlC shows with similar or slightly higher ratings were cancelled.

Anonymous said...

I'd say that the one hour special might kind o be like a feeler pilot deal. Then maybe they'll get a show to

Anonymous said...

i cannot wait!!!!!
do the bates have a t.v?

ilse said...

PLEASE don't cancel the Duggars! You're right, Alexis, it would be great to have both families on TLC! :)

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