Amazon Studios has greenlit an investigation into the Institute in Basic Life Principles, the fundamentalist organization associated with the Duggar family.
The famous reality TV family have recently become the subject of scrutiny since the eldest son, Josh Duggar, was exposed in 2015 of molesting his sisters and other kids, and earlier this year was convicted of possessing child pornography.
After Josh’s crimes were revealed in 2015, TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting to replace it with the spinoff Counting On, which ran until Josh’s arrest in April of this year. TLC announced in June it would n continue the show in order to “give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”
The docuseries, which is produced by the same filmmakers behind the popular LuLaRich docuseries, will “expose shocking connections” between some of reality television’s most famous large families and The Institute in Basic Life Principles, a controversial fundamentalist organization and homeschooling empire.
The series will include interviews and commentary from experts, writers and social media voices who will “explore the broader zeitgeist of reality television, social media, faith, fundamentalism, patriarchy and power.” The investigation will look into the Institute in Basic Life Principles and large families associated with it, including the Duggars, the Plaths of TLC’s Welcome to Plathville and the Bates of UpTV’s Bringing Up Bates.
The untitled docuseries is currently in production, but is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime last next year or 2023.