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Obama and Honey Boo-Boo!

Post by Digspeed » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:38 pm

If you are a fan of Prez O', please stay home this election year and catchup on "Honey Boo-Boo" TV. thank you for your support!

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

The cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Format Reality
Starring Alana Thompson
June Shannon
Jessica Shannon
Anna Shannon
Lauryn Shannon
Mike Thompson
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Producer(s) Authentic Entertainment
Location(s) United States
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel TLC
Original run August 8, 2012 – present

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a reality television program on TLC which features pageant participant Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo), along with her mother June Shannon, father Mike Thompson and her three older sisters. The show is mostly filmed in and around the family's hometown in rural McIntyre, Georgia, United States.

1 Series overview
2 Reception
3 Episodes
3.1 Series Overview
3.2 Season 1 (2012)
4 Specials
5 References
6 External links

Series overview

Honey Boo Boo is best known for her sweet demeanor and appearance on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras. After a YouTube clip of Alana’s appearance from "Toddlers and Tiaras" went viral, TLC quickly offered the Thompson family their own reality show.

Alana Thompson was born August 28, 2005, to June Shannon and Michael Thompson, who have been together eight years but remain unmarried. They are portrayed as a blue collar family. Mike is said to work seven days a week in the chalk mines to support them. Thompson never graduated from high school. Shannon became pregnant with oldest daughter Anna at age 15 and had to drop out of high school. She later earned her GED.

Shannon considered giving Alana up for adoption before her birth but refused to sign away her parental rights, and is sometimes criticized in the media for having four children, each with a different father. Shannon is the star of the show as much as her daughter with her extreme couponing with her family at the Piggly Wiggly, farting, sneezing, bingo playing and even her ketchup and spaghetti recipes.[clarification needed] June Shannon portrays the head of the household as a loving redneck woman. She believes the show is a success because many lower income families identify with her family.

The family lives in McIntyre, Georgia. The average family in McIntyre is below the poverty line with a median household income of $24,028. The chalk mines are the principal industry in Wilkinson County.

Reality families usually make a salary 10 percent of a show's per-episode budget. Yet controversy stirred up when it was reported TLC was only paying the family between $2,000 and $4,000 per episode. Jon and Kate Gosselin of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which first aired in 2007, earned $22,500 per episode. The Duggars of "18 Kids and Counting" are believed to be earning between $25,000 and $40,000 per episode. TLC says they're preparing for a second season and are in negotiations with the family regarding future earnings per episode.

Most reception to the show has been negative,[1] with some viewing the show as controversial.[2]

The A.V. Club called the first episode a "horror story posing as a reality television program",[3] with others worrying about potential child exploitation.[4]

James Poniewozik mostly praised the show, but criticized the producers for "the way that the show seems to assume that those viewers will look at this family and the world".[5]

A reviewer for Forbes criticized TLC as trying to "portray Alana's family as a horde of lice-picking, lard-eating, nose-thumbing hooligans south of the Mason–Dixon line", stating that "it falls flat, because there’s no true dysfunction here, save for the beauty pageant stuff."[6]

The Guardian also criticized the attempt to portray the Thompsons as something to "point and snicker at", saying, "none of the women or girls who participate in the show seems to hate themselves for their poverty, their weight, their less-than-urbane lifestyle, or the ways in which they diverge from the socially-acceptable beauty standard."[7]

The Hollywood Reporter pronounced the show "horrifying," explaining "...you know this show is exploitation. TLC knows it. Maybe even Mama and HBB know it, deep down in their rotund bodies. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a car crash, and everybody rubber-necks at a car crash, right? It’s human nature. Yes, except that if you play that card, you also have to realize that human nature comes with the capacity to draw a line, to hold fast against the dehumanization and incremental tearing down of the social fabric, even if this never-ending onslaught of reality television suggests that’s a losing effort. You can say no to visual exploitation. You can say no to TLC. And you can say no to Honey Boo Boo Child. Somebody has to."[8]

The Hollywood Reporter stated that the premiere episode did well, "scoring a 1.6 in the coveted 18–49 demographic and notching a whopping 2.2 million viewers".[
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Re: Obama and Honey Boo-Boo!

Post by Digspeed » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:16 pm

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For better or for worse, you'd better "redneckognize." Looks like we'll be seeing a lot more of the breakout reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child." TLC announced today the network has tripled the family's salaries for a new season.

After reportedly only earning between $5,000 and $7,000 per episode for their TLC series, the Honey Boo Boo Child family will now reportedly pull in between $15,000 and $20,000 an episode.

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The network also reportedly offered to find the family a new home (perhaps one that isn't a drifter's sprint from a passing train?), but "Mama" June reportedly turned the network down because of her love of decorating the house for the holidays, and her connection the community in McIntyre, Georgia.

"'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' has become a pop culture phenomenon," said Amy Winter, general manager of TLC, in a statement. "What you see is what you get and we are excited to share even more of Alana and her family's unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers."

June has also reportedly avoided signing with an agent because she's reportedly afraid it will require her to spend time away from the Boo Boo clan.

Following the reality network's decision to order additional episodes of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child," the ratings for the show's Sept. 26 mid-season finale were the highest yet. A record 2.8 million people tuned in to watch Alana, the former "Toddlers & Tiaras" star, and her family on the reality show's one-hour episode, according to TV by the Numbers.

Since premiering in early August, the reality series which portrays the everyday life of Honey Boo Boo Child, real name Alana, and her crazy "redneck" family, has become a runaway success averaging 2.3 million viewers per episode. Besides Alana, the family includes "Mama" June, chalk-mining, forever half-asleep dad "Sugar Bear," and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn "Pumpkin," 15-year-old Jessica "Chubbs," and 17-year-old Anna "Chickadee."

TLC has been rumored to pay big salaries to the casts of their biggest shows. Although networks typically do not disclose the deals made with individual families, details about TLC's reality stars' salaries have surfaced.

Jon and Kate Gosselin of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which first aired in 2007, earned $22,500 per episode, Jon told Larry King during an interview with CNN in 2009.

The Duggars of "18 Kids and Counting" are believed to have raked in even more, and they're far more terrifying. Reality families usually make a salary 10 percent of a show's per-episode budget, reality producer Terence Michael told E! News. Michael estimates TLC budgeted about $250,000 to $400,000 per episode, which would mean the Duggars earned between $25,000 and $40,000 for four or five days' work.

Keeping those figures in mind, if the Honey Boo Boo family really is asking for $10,000 an episode, TLC is still making out like bandit. Certainly begs the question: To just what extent is the network taking advantage of this family?

With TLC's order of "HOLLAday" editions of the TV show, we'll likely only have to wait until Halloween - or is that HOLLAween? - to get another buttery, sugar-filled taste of the Shannon-Thompson clan.

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child" has polarized critics and audiences since its name was first whispered. Most criticism has pointed to the show as another poor representation of lower class southerner life, built on disparaging, antiquated stereotypes.

Although, an Atlanta healthcare group, Children's Healthcare, strongly disagrees with that assessment, saying its much closer to real southern life than most would like to acknowledge.

"Locals are cringing with concern that the nation might view this family as an accurate portrayal of our state," Children's Healthcare writes in an opinion piece to be published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday Sept. 22. "However, based on the children and families we see at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the truth is that Honey Boo Boo and her family's health habits may be more of the norm in Georgia than everyone would like to believe."

One episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child" showed Alana enjoying a dinner of "sketti," a concoction involving butter, ketchup and pasta. In previous episodes of the TLC show, family members graze on cheese-puffs, make lemonade with five pounds of sugar, load up on "meat with a side of meat" at a barbecue restaurant and visit the convenience store next door for a junk-food run. In a couple of episodes family members weigh themselves. Matriarch June Shannon tips the scales at 300+ pounds.

In the opinion piece that ran in the Sept. 23 edition of the newspaper, Children's Healthcare noted that while the reality-show stars of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" seem over-the-top, their diets (and corresponding health concerns) aren't all that unique.

"With nearly 40 percent of Georgia families having an increased risk of health effects stemming from childhood obesity (regardless of socio-economic status)," Children's Healthcare wrote, "Honey Boo Boo and her family are not as different as everyone wants to believe."

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Re: Obama and Honey Boo-Boo!

Post by Digspeed » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:21 pm

Mother and Daddy Boo Boo!
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