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"Toddlers & Tiaras", "Eden’s World" & "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

Idea: “Let’s film those ridiculous kiddie beauty pageants and make stars out of the contestants!”

That Led To: “Toddlers & Tiaras” (TLC, 2009-present)/”Eden’s World” (Logo, 2012-present)/”Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” (TLC, 2012-present)

Did It Fail Miserably? Sadly, no. TLC’s “Tiaras” has been happily exploiting tantrum-throwing tykes for five seasons now, and now it’s breeding: “T&T” breakout star Eden Wood (all of 7 years old) got her own Logo spinoff last year, and now TLC is enjoying big ratings for its own spinoff following 6-year-old Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo) and her hilarious hillbilly family. Can we put this whole genre in a permanent time-out, please?

12 Terrible Ideas for a Reality Show

August 28, 2012

While some reality TV concepts are inspired, others just make us feel terrible about humanity. (Many, many others.) In honor of the latest reality TV travesty, TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” we’re looking back on a dozen reality TV ideas that never should’ve seen the light of day. — Dave Nemetz, Yahoo! TV