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the duggar weight loss challenge begins

The popular TLC show '19 Kids and Counting' will feature the start of a 90-day weight loss challenge this week between Jim Bob Duggar and his eldest son Josh Duggar.

The father-son duo had a rude awakening when they get on a treadmill at their local medical facility. After a through evaluation they head home to begin the task of getting healthier.

On Tuesday's episode we'll see their warehouse transformed into a fitness center where Josh and Jim Bob will firm up and slim down during their three month weight loss competition.

Other action covered tonight will include a segment about John David earning his pilots wings, the middle boys building a greenhouse and Joseph leaving home for the first time to attend bootcamp.

Josh and Anna continue to plan for their third child by embarking on a hunt for a new house that will better meet the needs of their expanding family.  Daughter Mackynzie is 3-1/2 and son Michael turns two in June ... right about the time their second son is due to arrive.

Check out video clips from tonight's show below:


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duggar announce another baby on today


Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their large family appeared Monday on the TODAY show to promote the new season of their TLC reality show '19 Kids and Counting.'

The logistics of transporting a group of 24, including a daughter-in-law and Duggar grandchildren Mackynzie, 3, and Michael, 20 months, is no easy feat.  They told TODAY co-host Natalie Morales that the Duggar mob arrived in NYC on four separate flights from their home in Arkansas.

Most of their exclusive appearances on NBC's TODAY include a baby announcement and this time was no different.   Josh and Anna Duggar revealed that she is six months pregnant with the couple's third child.

The new baby will likely receive an M name, a new twist on the J naming convention of Jim Bob and Michelle's brood.  Josh suggested that maybe they would change it up this time ... but we don't believe it.

For fans of the show, you'll be interested to know that Anna's sister Priscilla Keller Waller is also pregnant and due any day now.  Her wedding to Christian mission worker David Waller was featured on '19 Kids and Counting' in December 2011 with many of the Duggars in the wedding party.

sisters priscilla and anna due at the same time

A series of three TLC specials covering the Duggar family trip to Japan and China begins March 12, 2013, followed by the season 11 premiere on April 2, 2013.

Check out a video clip from their TODAY appearance and the big announcement below:


josh and anna duggar with mackenzie and michael

Photos:  Facebook-Josh and Anna

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the duggars and kate upton play nice

Anyone who has followed the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting will immediately see the incongruity of Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar sitting together on the NBC set of TODAY with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model Kate Upton - see her SI cover here.

We'll try to explain just how painful this must have been for the conservative Christian couple who don't believe in exposing skin because "our eyes don't need to be focusing on body parts."  Upton's plunging neckline would certainly have been an eyeful for the pair who speak publicly about faith and family values.

Their nine daughters wear only skirts and for swimming don WholesomeWear garments that harken back to the bathing costumes from the late 1800's.  The ten boys and dad never remove their shirts despite the oppressive summer heat in Arkansas.  The kids have also vowed not to kiss or engage in any pretext of sexual behavior until their wedding day.

Matt Lauer seemed delighted with the situation and remarked, "Well this is a scene we bet you never thought you'd see."  Michelle and Jim Bob looked straight ahead and we're guessing he'd have been in big trouble had he dared to glance at the gorgeous Kate seated not very far away.

For the first time ever, the interview did not cover whether Michelle Duggar plans to have more children.  Ann Curry was sensitive to the fact that mom recently suffered a second trimester miscarriage and the family went through the pain of a funeral and burial for their daughter Jubilee Shalom eight weeks ago.

The new season of 19 Kids and Counting premiere's tonight on TLC at 8:00 central.

Photo:  NBC-TODAY

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amy duggar blackmailer goes after tlc

The Duggar family of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting reality show have been faced with a new dilemma that is not in keeping with their normal low-key Christian values.

Amy Duggar, the 25-year-old niece of Jim Bob Duggar, is speaking out about a case of extortion that was perpetrated against her and TLC within the past few weeks.

An Iowa woman, Teresa Hunt, sent a letter to the cable network demanding $10,000 and the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting in exchange for photos showing Amy Duggar in "intimate situations" with a 56-year-old male acquaintance and fellow musician.

Hunt was arrested on Feb. 1, 2012 after The Discovery Channel turned over an envelope to the FBI that included the woman's name and a Bettendorf, Iowa address.

The envelope contained a business card for Perfect Pictures and bore the name of Teresa Sullivan Hunt.  Among the other contents were a typed letter and a handwritten note threatening to go to national magazines with the story and compromising images.

She has been charged in U.S. District Court in Davenport, Iowa.

Amy, who accompanied the Duggar family during a 20-day European world tour that was filmed for their reality show, has issued a statement denying the allegations.

She said: "It's totally untrue.  James is a long time family friend who has always been supportive of my music career.  He's a good Christian and it's upsetting that his generosity has been exploited like this."

Check out a family photo that was captured during the family's European travels.  Amy is seen standing next to Uncle Jim Bob:

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