SISTER Wives’ new season may be the last as the family’s story has come to an end, a source exclusively told The U.S. Sun.
Season 18 of the TLC show launched on August 20, and the premiere featured patriarch Kody’s strife with Christine, Janelle and Meri, and his strained relationship with last-standing wife, Robyn.
The same day the series premiered, Christine’s spinoff, Cooking With Just Christine, also aired on YouTube.
A source close to the famous family told The U.S. Sun: “Christine’s spinoff is a test to see fan reaction.
“TLC wants to see if people truly want to have a spinoff series on Christine and Janelle.
“If that’s the case, then I guarantee this will be the last season of Sister Wives.”
The source then said that the family’s story can be saved if there is a new sister wife brought on to salvage the father of 18’s polygamous lifestyle.
“If he can find a new wife and keep his story going, there will be more Sister Wives seasons.
“If not, it’s going to come to an end and there will be a spinoff – or spinoffs – and the family will move on with their next adventure,” the source claimed.
The first episode ever premiered nearly 13 years ago on September 26, 2010.
CHRISTINE & JANELLE
Fans are already witnessing a spinoff with Christine, 51, and Janelle, 54, in the works after the close friends announced their splits from Kody, 54, in November 2021 and December 2022, respectively.
The U.S. Sun previously reported the two pals were “gearing up” for a spinoff show without their ex.
Then in February, a source revealed their show was “in development.”
The insider shared at the time that the concept would be about “life after polygamy” and “female empowerment,” and would feature some of their kids who are “on board and all for it.”
Now, a source told The U.S. Sun that Janelle being featured on season three of Cooking With Just Christine is a “leeway to their now show.”
“This is the leeway to their new show that’s going to be probably coming out by next summer,” a source spilled.
“This is all planned by the network. They’re going to be focusing on Christine and Janelle because after all they’ve been through, they came out winning and still have each other and a lasting friendship.
“TLC wants to show fans that they are superwomen who are starting their lives over after being in a polygamous relationship for nearly 30 years.”
It comes as no coincidence that both ladies were featured on this week’s cover of People magazine, despite the entire cast taking part in the multiple-page spread.
The U.S. Sun has reached out to TLC for comment.
Christine, according to the source, is the “money maker” of the famous family.
The mom-of-six is currently engaged to fiancé David Woolley.
The “low-key proposal” was filmed by TLC cameras.
The couple is in the middle of planning their upcoming wedding in Utah, which a source confirmed will also be filmed for the show.
“The wedding most likely will be part of the spinoff, but they are still figuring it out,” an insider told The U.S. Sun.
In early July, the TLC star last informed fans that her wedding planning was “taking forever.”
She told her followers on Instagram at the time: “I know I haven’t been going live a lot and I’m sorry, but planning a wedding has been taking forever.”
With the attention being on Christine now more than ever, fans started speculating she secretly tied the knot.
Her recent Instagram video, in which she’s promoting her brand Plexus’ pink drink, sparked a heated debate among fans after a possible new ring was seen on her ring finger.
In new photos exclusively obtained by The U.S. Sun on August 15 showed a close-up of what appeared to be a new ring – a wedding band underneath her engagement ring, although not confirmed.
According to Utah court records, The U.S. Sun can confirm a marriage license hasn’t officially been uploaded in the online portal, so there’s a possibility she did not get married yet.
However, it’s not known how long it normally takes to upload into the system after a ceremony takes place.
For now, fans can continue to watch Christine, Kody and the other sister wives on new episodes of the show, which airs every Sunday at 10pm ET on TLC.