TLC Orders More 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Episodes, Specials

The Hollywood Reporter
TLC Orders More 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Episodes, Specials

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo -- again.

On the eve of what was to be its season finale, TLC has ordered more episodes of its hit reality show, a spinoff of Toddlers & Tiaras. Though there is not yet a premiere date for the new batch, the network also announced that there will be three holiday specials timed to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has become a pop culture phenomenon,” said TLC GM Amy Winter “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.”  

The series revolves around the daily lives of 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant Alana Thompson -- aka "Honey Boo Boo Child" -- and her family, a group of self-described rednecks from a small town in Georgia. That includes her mom, June; (aka "Mama"); dad Mike ("Sugar Bear"); and sisters Lauryn, 12, ("Pumpkin"), Jessica, 15 ("Chubbs") and pregnant Anna, 17 ("Chickadee").

The show's Aug. 9 debut scored a 1.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo and drew a whopping 2.2 million total viewers. It has averaged 2.3 million viewers over the course of its eight-episode first season. That makes Honey Boo Boo TLC's third highest-rated series this year behind top-rated Long Island Medium and Breaking Amish, which pulled in 3.1 million viewers for its Sept. 9 premiere.

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Honey Boo Boo is produced by Authentic Entertainment, which in August received a series pickup from TLC for a docuseries about young cheerleaders titled Cheer Perfection. The eight-episode show is set to debut in December.

The first half of the season ends Wednesday, Sept. 26, with a special one-hour episode titled “It Is What It Is."

As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, TLC also recently ordered a new series about competitive teen cloggers titled Down South Dance, which will premiere Sept. 26 on the heels of the Honey Boo Boo finale.