After their successful collaboration on the “LuLaRich” documentary series, Amazon Studios has given the green light to an investigation from the filmmakers themselves, about the Institute for Basic Principles of Life. This fundamentalist organization is associated with the Duggars, the famous reality TV family that has come under scrutiny since it was revealed in 2015 that Josh Duggars molested his sisters and other children. Earlier this month, Duggar was convicted of possession of child pornography and faces years in prison.
After Duggar’s crimes were exposed in 2015, TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” — sort of. The show evolved into a spin-off “Counting On,” which ran for 11 seasons until Josh Duggar was arrested in April of this year. TLC announced in late June that it would “no longer produce additional seasons of ‘Dependence,’ in order to ‘give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation in private. “
The untitled documentaries are currently in production, and are produced by The Cinemart, Story Force, and Chick Entertainment, as well as Amazon Studios. It will premiere on Prime Video late next year or 2023.
Here’s her line of reasoning: “In the wake of Josh Duggar’s explosive criminal trial, the untitled project will reveal the shocking connections between some of reality TV’s most famous big families and the Institute for Basic Principles of Life, a controversial fundamentalist organization and homeschooling empire. Plus, commentators will explore Notable writers and social media voices are the zeitgeist of the broader era of reality television, social media, faith, fundamentalism, patriarchy, and power.”
The filmmakers’ investigation of the Institute in Basic Life Principles and the Duggars will also focus on two other families of big reality TV: the Plaths, from TLC’s Welcome to Plathville, and Bates, from UpTV’s Bring Up Bates.