Honey Boo Boo’s reality show is set to take over the world as the beauty pageant queen and her colorful family have their show broadcast internationally, it was announced today.
Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, has become famous in the US for her TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo features the antics of the charming 7-year-old and her mom June Shannon, dad Sugar Bear, three older sisters and gay Uncle Poodle at the family home in McIntyre, Georgia.
The family has already been popular with viewers in Eastern Europe, leading the TV network to broaden the show’s reach.
In the next few months, Honey Boo Boo will appear on screens in Australia, the Netherlands, Italy and Latin America.
Honey Boo Boo’s reality show is set to take over the world as the beauty pageant queen and her colorful family have their show broadcast internationally
Luis Silberwasser, executive VP at Discovery Networks International, told the New York Post: “In Poland, where it just started airing, it’s already No. 3 in terms of viewers.
“This is a slice of Americana – not typical America, but of a particular family in the South, and the international audience knows that there are many facets to American lives.”
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo follows beauty pageant enthusiast Alana Thompson taking part in contests but also the family’s life in general including one disastrous Thanksgiving dinner, quad bike rides and her sisters bobbing for pig’s feet at the Redneck Games.
However, Honey Boo Boo’s unique catchphrases – including “a dolla’ makes me holla” and “you’d better redneck-ognize” – might prove a challenge for foreign viewers.
Discovery said that it is working on ways to overcome the lingo that might be lost in translation – as the show already subtitles for English-speaking audiences. Other options include dubbing voiceovers and developing a more in-depth glossary of terms.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s finale for the first half of season one aired last night and TLC has already ordered more episodes.
The reality show stars pageant queen Alana Thompson, 7, and family members, dad Sugar Bear, mother June Shannon and big sisters Pumpkin, Chickadee and Chubbs.
Amy Winter, general manager of TLC, said yesterday: “Alana and her family have become a pop culture phenomenon.
“What you see is what you get, and we are excited to share even more of their unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers.”
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s finale for the first half of season one aired last night and TLC has already ordered more episodes
The Georgia-based family will also get three holiday specials – dubbed “HOLLAday” special shows, celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with America.
Since its debut in August, the show has averaged 2.3 million viewers per episode.
The reality show topped all individual cable and network broadcasts of the Republican National Convention on August 19 getting a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Honey Boo Boo’s family are reportedly asking for a raise for Season 2, hoping for $10,000 per episode.
The currently receive a reported $4,000-per-episode but TLC has not commented on the contract negotiations.
During the finale for part one of season one, the one-hour episode titled It Is What It Is will see Honey Boo Boo prep for her latest spectacle with her “rebelchious” Uncle Poodle.
Cartwheel lessons turn into a grass fight between Honey Boo Boo, Pumpkin and Poodle and fans can see the arrival of Chickadee’s two-thumbed baby Kaitlyn.
Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June Shannon, is seen showing off her “Bingo face” in a clip from tomorrow’s episode of the family’s TLC reality show.
June Shannon reveals herself to be an ardent fan of the game, which she insists “is a sport”, in the next installment of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
The new clip sees her steal the limelight from her pageant queen daughter Alana Thompson, six, aka Honey Boo Boo, when she reveals that her short-sightedness causes her to squint during games.
Honey Boo Boo's mother, June Shannon, showing off her Bingo face
She tells the camera: “Bingo and couponing is my all time favorite sport, but playing Bingo I have to be more intense because my eyesight isn’t that good.
“I have to squint a lot. I guess that’s like my Bingo face.”
The mother-of-four, 32, who recently became a grandmother, is seen taking daughters Anna “Chikadee”, 17, “Chubbs” (aka Jessica), 15, Lauryn “Pumpkin”, 12, and Alana to a local Bingo hall.
“Bingo is a sport. It’s a way to calm me down and relax,” June Shannon says.
“They say it’s an old person’s sport, but I don’t think so. I think it’s very fun. I’ve been doing it since I was ten years old.”
She adds that her goal is to win money to fund Alana Thompson’s pageant career, and admits as much to a fellow player.
“I’m looking to win the big jackpot at the end,” she says.
“$1,000 for the pageant next week.”
It appears to be Honey Boo Boo’s first time at Bingo, but being just six years old, she fails to grasp the concept – despite efforts from her mother and sisters to explain how the game works.
Instead, she is more entertained by the marker pens provided, doodling smiley faces on napkins instead of marking off the numbers called.
The same episode, which will air tomorrow, includes a trip to the beauty salon, tips from a local pageant queen and Honey Boo Boo’ seventh birthday bash.
Honey Boo Boo’s parents have been accused of child abuse, according to a new report.
Six-year-old pageant queen Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo of Toddlers & Tiaras fame, and her family, who live in rural McIntrye, Georgia, were visited by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in March, reported The National Enquirer.
A source told the magazine that authorities who made the unannounced visit “found reason to bring the case to court” but a “court-appointed attorney” for June Thompson, the youngster’s mother, convinced the judge to “throw it [the case] out”.
The source said investigators were called to the home as a result of June and Mike Thompson’s unorthodox, and highly-publicized, parenting methods which include feeding Alana caffeinated drinks as well as roadkill for dinner.
The family now star in their own spin-off reality series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which has also showed Alana Thompson go mud belly flop diving, adopt a pet pig named Glitzy, attend local food auctions with June and help her buy more than a dozen packets of chocolate milk powder, during one supermarket visit, using discount coupons.
Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo of Toddlers & Tiaras fame, and her family, who live in rural McIntrye, Georgia, were visited by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in March, reported The National Enquirer
The source added: “Honey Boo Boo’s upbringing raised eyebrows with neighbors.”
The initial visit by authorities is said to have occurred “shortly after filming began” on the new TLC series which premiered on August 8. It attracted 2.2 million viewers.
Although June Thompson sparked outrage back in January when she was seen on Toddlers & Tiaras feeding Alana “Go Go Juice”, a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull, the authorities visited the family after catching wind of an online video that showed Alana dancing for dollars in a bar.
The video, which can still be found on YouTube, was not filmed by the network however showed Alana Thompson in a darkened room, dancing atop of table as colored lights flash around her.
June Thompson defended her daughter’s actions by explaining that Alana Thompson had been dancing in a college bar, not a sleazy one.
The “Go Go Juice” incident, which saw Alana Thompson being fed the liquid after having downed 15 bags of Pixy Stix, tubes of powdered sugar commonly referred to as “pageant crack”, attracted negative criticism of its own.
June Thompson was filmed instructing Alana to take “two big gulps” from an unlabelled bottle.
Within seconds, the change was apparent and the pageant hopeful was seen rapidly swinging her arms over her head and spinning around on the floor, exclaiming: “My Go Go juice is kicking in right now!”
Beauty pageant insiders speculate that some mothers’ “special juice” blends may even contain alcohol.
Describing how the drink made her feel, Alana Thompson said: “Go Go juice makes me laughy, and play-ey, and makes me feel like I want to pull my mommy’s hair.”
June Thompson has stolen much of the limelight away from her daughter in the new reality series.
During its debut episode, she was seen grinding up against a young man as her daughter played in a giant mud pit.
She has also been filmed taking her family to the supermarket to help her shop using discount coupons and take Alana to their local food auction, June’s favorite weekly activity, in order to bid on what appeared to be sugary donuts.
June Thompson has also admitted that she is obsessed with “couponing”, labeling it “better than sex” in a teaser for tonight’s new episode of the reality series.
The coupon queen, as she is commonly referred to, continued: “Couponing is a serious obsession. Anybody who uses coupons will tell you that it is an addiction.”