Is there room on TV for another supersized family? On Jan. 1, the Bates family, close friends of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” clan, debuted their new UP network reality series, “Bringing Up Bates.” And while the two families have plenty in common (19 kids each, for starters!), the Tennessee-based Bates brood isn’t aiming to become the new Duggars. On Wednesday, Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, who previously introduced their family to the world in 2012 on TLC’s eight-episode series “United Bates of America,” told FOX 411 their new show is very different from the Duggar family’s long-running reality show.
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