Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bates Family to Return to Reality TV

The Bates family has two big announcements to make. (Just to clear things up right now, they are not expecting their 20th child...yet.)

1. Zach, the oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children, and his wife, Whitney, welcomed the first Bates grandchild into the world yesterday.

first Bates grandchild
 Zach and Whitney Bates with son Bradley Gilvin Bates

2. Do you remember TLC's United Bates of America, which aired in 2012? Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children are set to star in another reality TV series. Bringing Up Bates premieres on UP TV on New Year's Day. Watch a video preview below:



In case you are unfamiliar with the Bates family, here's a family photo:

Birth order: Zach (& wife Whitney), Michaella (& boyfriend Brandon), Erin (& husband Chad), Lawson, Nathan, Alyssa (& husband John), Tori, Trace, Carlin, Josie, Katie, Jackson, Warden, Isaiah, Addallee, Ellie, Callie, Judson, Jeb

Click here to learn more about the Bates family.


Photos: Bates family

66 comments:

  1. YEAH! I'm so happy, cant wait. We need more quality programming like that.

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  2. Awesome! I cannot wait for the new show. I love the Bates and the Duggars!!!

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  3. I definitely will be watching, I think if this show is better produced than the Duggars show has been lately they should think about switching to that network.

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  4. Bradley is so cute (and smiling?!). I'm glad all went well. Also, now Gil & Kelly can attend Jessa & Ben's wedding. IF they can tear themselves away from that little angel, that is.

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  5. where will it be on in Canada if it comes here

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  6. My AT&T Uverse cable doesn't seem to carry UP TV. :(

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  7. Yes!!!!!!!! You are finally making some smart decisions TLC--Bates-Duggars-Little Couple--Rolofs Are good choices Now start thinking spinoff with Josh and Jeremy and their wives as Rolof's.

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  8. darleneroche@yahoo.comOctober 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Congratulations on your first Grandchild! What a blessing to be a grandparent!! Will be watching for your show.

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  9. Happy for Zach and Whitney! Such a special time in life. Good news about the new series for the Bates family.

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  10. Dear Duggar Family,
    My name is Alexandra. I am eighteen years old and a proud Catholic.I am a huge fan of your show "19 Kids and Counting." Thank you for spreading God's word to others. I hope one day I can meet you. You are an inspiration to people. God bless you!

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  11. Love them! So happy they will be back on television!

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  12. what network will it be on


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  13. Awesome!! Glad to hear they are coming back!

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  14. Congrats! Look at that baby looking at his mama! So very glad the Bates are back

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  15. yeh!! except I don't get UP tv... But I am pleased to see more wholesome television shows coming on.. God bless ya'll for not being afraid to share your faith

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  16. Yay! Congrats to Zach and WHit. Can't wait to see the new show.

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  17. Best. New(es). Ever.

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  18. awesome, i like the bates too, 2 awesome familys

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  19. I've never heard of up tv before it sounds interesting! I hope I'll be able to watch the new show.

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  20. I love the Bates and Duggars. .congratulations on your first grandchild can't wait for your show

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  21. Congratulations Zach and Whitney! I've been praying for y'all. Glad to see the Bates will be coming back on tv on the UP channel!

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  22. This totally made my day!!! We still watch and re-watch "United Bates of America" alongside our Duggar collection. With so little quality TV and so few moral role models out there, my family and I truly appreciate the Duggars and the Bates!!! :)

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  23. Michael and boyfriend Brandon?

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  24. Robin Trickett GoehrenOctober 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Jana, dear: You did a brilliant job sewing for Jill's wedding. In case you haven't thought of this yet, you really could have your own business. Besides midwife skills, you know the lifelong value of sewing. May we get a peek into your hopes and dreams? If it's not too invasive, I want to get to know your heart better. You are a very beautiful, talented young woman. Much joy and love to you, Robin G., Phoenix, AZ

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  25. Great news to hear the the Bates are returning to TV! I love the Duggar and Bates family. So nice to see a reality show about 2 amazing families with great values. Don't have to worry about small children being in the room when watching these reality shows :) Here is hoping I have the channel they will be on.

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  26. It may seem strange that a TV show could change ones life. You have brought me closer to my Lord

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  27. Congratulations Zach and Whitney!

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  28. I can't wait to watch Bringing up Bates on New Years Day! I love the Bates.

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  29. Wow, the Bates family has changed even faster than the Duggars. Congrats on first grandchild.

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  30. Congrats to the new parents! Like this family.

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  31. i love to see Jessa and Ben wedding !!!:) one more day - ;0) xoxo :!!!

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  32. So sad won't get to see this show, don't have this channel.

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  33. lily & ellie:
    do you know if there is a blog, similiar to yours, that is about the bates? (maybe a friend of yours?)
    also, if someone is able to record the episodes, will you be able to provide links to them for those of us who wont be able to watch on tv?

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  34. So exciting!! Can't wait!!! Congrats on the new baby/first grand baby!!

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  35. Oops! The typo was the first thing that caught my eye under the picture. 👀 Michaella & Brandon. Saw "Michael and Brandon" and it totally threw me off lol! I soooo can't wait for New Year's Day now! Love the Bates and excited and thrilled to see them on TV again! Another inspirational family show...and on Up TV! Thanks Ellie and Lily for keeping us posted on all things Duggar and Bates! Y'all do an amazing job! God bless you both!

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  36. I have spent hours on other sites getting to know the Bates a little better and i didnt know that there kids were so much more out there in the world as the Duggars. Most of the oldest kids have jobs and either went to college or are going to college.They seem a little more lax with the day to day life.However, that doesn't mean they are better, just different. I love them both:-)

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  37. Lily and Ellie, I was wondering if the lack of comments latey is due to the fact that people are upset with the season lately or is it the fact that we have to prove we are not a robot when signing anonymous is slowing things down.It just seems like in days past their were alot more.Just wondering?

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  38. I hope this network does a better job than TLC has been doing with the Duggars, ie, one episode after the other about Duggar "adventures", just doesn't cut it. Please keep the Bates show real about their every day lives. Families don't go on these exotic trips all the time like the network sponsored Duggar ones. If Gil Bates is just like Jim Bob, I'd like for him to say so, or how are they different in their parenting styles etc?

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  39. I think some are confused that the Bates will be on TLC again. No, they will be on another station called UP TV which stands for Uplighting TV.

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  40. To the person who questioned Michael and HER boyfriend, Brandon. The Bates named their DAUGHTER Michael. It's not two guys.

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  41. Yea! I love the bates! They seem genuine and actually like a normal family.

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  42. Michael Bates is a girl so no controversy there as much as you are looking for it.

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  43. I love the Bates new name for their upcoming show. I'm glad they've decided to do reality tv again.

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  44. Love the Bates family. Can those kids get any cuter!?!?!?! YAY!

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  45. I didn't think I had this channel, but found it using the UP website.
    http://up.viewerlink.tv/
    ^ The link should allow you to input your zip code and select a provider.

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  46. Congrats to Zach and Whitney! Bradley is very, very cute!

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  47. Michaella and erin are so pretty :)

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  48. did you guys change the pic of Bradley and his mom and dad? I know I saw a different one...........

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  49. Wonderful news....another quality program to watch.

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  50. Congratulations on the grandchild. Glad all went well. I don't dislike the Bates family at all, but I'm tired of "copycat" TV shows. That's all this one will be, IMO.

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  51. I am so happy to watch the bates show. They are another great big family and I love watching there show and I can't wait for it to air again!

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  52. I love the Bate's family! Can't wait to watch the show!

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  53. Very glad to know Momma & baby boy are doing well. God Bless

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  54. I'd much rather watch about the Bates family then the Duggar family.

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  55. Congratulations to the new parents! Excited to have this family back on TV. They are such wonderful family.

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  56. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous 13,

    "Bring Up Bates" will air on UP, a Christian TV network.

    ~Lily and Ellie

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  57. Just wondering why Michaella's boyfriend would be in a family photo. They aren't even engaged.

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  58. I am just thrilled to hear it. I loved United Bates of America and am very fond of the Bates Family. Can't wait to watch them again!

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  59. It will be good to see more of the Bates family. Can we watch this online?

    I don't really like the beginning to this series though. I prefer the one where they all sing for United Bates of America.

    God bless!

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  60. I love the bates and can´t wait for them to return on TV.

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  61. I love the Bates, another great Family!

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  62. I would love to watch this however i don't have cable do you know if it will be available on iTunes?

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  63. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous 64,

    We are still figuring that out and will let you know when we do. :)

    Lily and Ellie

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  64. Me my wife been watching like the show

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