TLC may be the home of Sex Sent Us To The ER, Buying Naked, My Crazy Obsession, Hoarding: Buried Alive and the Duggars, but at least it has not foisted Kate Gosselin on us in more than two years. That streak will end on June 19, however, when the network debuts Part 1 of its two-parter, Kate Plus Eight: Sextuplets Turn 10, following the season premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. You can watch a preview clip here, but consider yourself warned:
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EXCLUSIVE: Authentic Entertainment, the reality-TV production company behind Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Toddlers & Tiaras, Flipping Out, etc, has turned to Kickstarter to try to raise the $350K it says it needs to pilot its first scripted program, Project Moonbase. Beth Riesgraf, Erika Christensen, Greg Behrendt, Erin Daniels, and Jenni Pulos star. Ironically, the show, set in the year 2043, is about a space administration that turns to Hollywood to finance its space base — allowing a cast of reality TV rejects to join its astronauts in exchange for the money it needs to keep the base operational. At time of publishing, the crowdfunding campaign has raised raised a little more than $10K with 27 days remaining.
Weddings are crack for female viewers, so it’s maybe no surprise last night’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo commitment ceremony between Mama June and Sugar Bear clocked that TLC series’ biggest audience ever– 3.2 million viewers – and finished No. 2 in its 9 PM time slot among all TV programs, broadcast or cable, with women 18-34.
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The Boo Boo clan closed out its season ranking No. 1 at 9 PM among ad supported cable networks in virtually all key demos. TLC nabbed its biggest audience in the timeslot, and it biggest female demo numbers, since a Trading Spaces: Home for the Holiday telecast in 2002. For the night, TLC enjoyed its biggest overall audience and best female demos since December of ’10. (Shhh–don’t tell Boo Boo fans Mama June recently told Ryan Seacrest she opted for a commitment ceremony versus a traditional wedding because it’s not legally-binding.)
Howard Lee has been named EVP Production & Development for TLC based in the company’s Silver Spring, MD headquarters, the network’s GM Amy Winter said today. Lee will continue to oversee the network’s bi-coastal production and report to Winter. He also will continue as executive producer of the reality hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which he created and co-developed. His other unscripted credits include Breaking Amish, Long Island Medium, Cake Boss, Sister Wives, Toddlers & Tiaras and The Little Couple. He joined the Discovery Communications-owned network in 2008. Before that he was VP Development and Production for the 2007 launch of Planet Green, which Discovery rebranded as Destination America last year. Prior to that, he was VP Development for the Travel Channel.
One day after tiny pageant sensation Alana Thompson’s parents actually tied the knot, TLC has announced that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will be back for a second season this summer. The hit redneck reality series returns July 17 at 9 PM for another cycle. “This summer, get ready to watch the family take part in hijinks like butter rolling, tap dancing lessons and wrestling events,” said TLC in a statement this morning. On Sunday, June “Mama Bear” Shannon and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson got married in a ceremony where guests were encouraged to attend in full redneck attire but not allowed to bring cameras, according to the invite. The couple’s three daughters, including 7-year old Alana, were in attendance. The wedding will be part of the new season. Read More »
Discovery Networks says it has invested “millions” in the UK and Ireland launch of TLC which will go live on April 30. The channel will be available on the Sky, Virgin Media and BT platforms and also on the TalkTalk Player from YouView. The new TLC will incorporate U.S. originals like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo which it will launch into the UK and also add original British series to the mix.
There’s going to be more of tiny pageant sensation Alana Thompson and her family on TV. TLC said today it ordered more episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the redneck reality series that has become something of a pop culture phenomenon. In addition to adding to the show’s initial 10-episode order, the network will air three Boo Boo holiday specials this year — for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. “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,” said Amy Winter, general manager of TLC. The Authentic Entertainment-produced series has been a ratings hit since its August 10 debut, averaging 2.3 million viewers an episode. The first half of Honey Boo Boo’s debut season ends tonight with a special one-hour episode.