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Run! TLC orders more Honey Boo Boo

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

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1:46 PM CDT, September 26, 2012

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TLC continues to summon the end of civilization: The network has ordered four additional episodes of its reality hit, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

Yes, that's right viewers. We'll be subjected to an extra regular episode, plus three HOLLAday specials to air at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They'll all star 5-year-old pageant princess Alana Thompson and her redneck family.

But it's your fault, America! The series averaged 2.3 million viewers in its first season, which ends the first half of its first season tonight. "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" follows Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo, her stay-at-home mom June, dad Sugar Bear, and sisters Pumpkin, Chubbs and Chickadee.

See, they all have cute nicknames. The full TLC press release is posted below, followed by a preview of the mideseason finale, airing at 9 p.m. Sept. 26 on TLC.

BONKERS FOR BOO BOO

America redneckognized pint-sized Alana Thompson and her self-proclaimed crazy family with HERE COMES HONEY BOO. In response, TLC has ordered additional episodes of the hit series, as well as three HOLLAday specials (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas). The show, which premiered in early August 2012, has averaged 2.3 million viewers to date. Its first half of the season ends Wednesday, September 26 at 10 PM ET/PT with a special one-hour episode titled "It Is What It Is."

"HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO has become a pop culture phenomenon," said Amy Winter, general manager of TLC. "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."

In addition to high ratings, the digital response to HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO has been unprecedented. From parodies on major TV shows to a Gangnam Style mash-up, Alana and her family have embedded themselves into the conversations of mainstream media. Since premiere, the show has been #1 on Trendrr.tv's cable chart for five weeks in a row with over 1.8 Twitter mentions and 1.7 billion impressions.

HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO follows Alana and her family: stay-at-home mom June, chalk-mining dad Sugar Bear, and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn "Pumpkin", 15-year-old Jessica "Chubbs", and 17-year-old Anna "Chickadee." From family outings to loud and crazy family get-togethers, HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO takes us off the pageant stage and into the outrageous family life of the Honey Boo Boo clan.


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