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I'm going to be totally honest, which seems to be my theme with these Here Comes Honey Boo Boo posts.  Here's the deal, one hundred percent of the time when I'm writing, it's because I love to express my opinions through the written word.  Eighty percent of the time I'm snarking, it's because I find humor in such crass sarcasm, and seventy-five percent of the time I'm watching these shows, I'm watching because I'm deeply enthralled…not just on the level of reality television, but as if I'm a sociologist with the stars, the viewers, the blog commenters, and Andy Cohen all as my study materials.

If I had to create a Venn diagram with each circle encompassing writing, snark, and a genuine affinity for programming (respectively), I can only guarantee that one show would make it to the center of that triad on a consistent basis.  That series is, of course, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  If you take the viewers, the haters, and the family, you have such a study in socioeconomic groups, family dynamics, gender stereotypes, childhood obesity, charity, pigs as pets…the list is infinite.  Alana Thompson and her family are literally taking pop culture by storm.

I am likely to get skewered as this post continues, but I owe y'all the thanks for my thick skin.  Maybe it's because I'm from the South (and no, I have never seen a family like the Shannon-Thompsons on a regular, non-televised basis), or maybe it's because I spent a lot of time teaching in the public school system where I met my fair share of Alanas who didn't have the support at home, but I look at this family and see something special.  Call me uneducated (you'd be wrong), call me lacking in taste (let's call it a draw), or call me high on a fried chicken binge (I should be so lucky), but I adore this crew.  If you've never watched it because you're disgusted, I can't blame you one second.  I think only my teaching background (there are things with those children you can't un-see!) afforded me the luxury of not gagging during the majority of the season.  However, before you jump to judgment having never viewed anything more than a forklift foot promo commercial, I implore you to read on about Mike "Sugarbear" Thompson's (you know, Alana's dad with the dip and constant subtitles) homosexual younger brother.  Without further ado, I present to you a Poodle retrospective.   

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This is a big deal for me, but I'm going for it.  I dare you, and I mean I DARE YOU, to have something negative to say about my one true love Honey Boo Boo and her family.  Time and again, I've tried to spout off about how amazing this crew is, yet I don't feel like I've gotten all of y'all on board.  Are they sometimes disgusting?  Yes.  Do they have a weird obsession with cheese balls?  Of course.  However, beyond those minor faults, this family is extraordinary.  Not only do they want to maintain status quo, they want to make sure they are giving back to their community.  Ever heard that from a housewife?

Alana Thompson was thrust into the public eye thanks to Toddlers and Tiaras.  When her family was catapulted into the limelight with TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, many people had not so nice things to say about Mama June and company and their love of dumpster diving, sketti, and being together.  Such a crime.  I'm getting up on my soap box to say that I think we could all learn an important lesson from Honey Boo Boo's family.  Charity is their middle name, and I, for one, think it's amazing. 

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Here are some reality TV news bites for your Tuesday afternoon. 

Fans of the special-effects make-up artists reality competition show "Face Off" will be happy to hear that it was renewed for a fourth season!  The third season has managed to average 1.7 million viewers and continues to rise.  I've caught a few episodes of this and the things they create are pretty incredible!

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Smoochie!  You have to love Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!  Actually, I know a lot of you don't, but I'll be honest–I just don't get it.  While there may be an over abundance of cheese balls and neck rust, there is also an over abundance of love.

If you've been following the the lives of Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Sugar Bear, Chickadee, Chubbs, and Pumpkin, you are not alone.  The family has garnered national attention for doing nothing more than living their own lives by grossing out half the population…and engrossing the other–including comedienne Rosie O'Donnell.

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Ah my fellow readers, it appears that we aren't the only ones completely traumatized and in need of medication to deal with the trainwreck that is the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion(s)! 

Anderson Cooper stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and the two men revealed they're both hooked on the show – and completely stressed out by it.  Anderson and Jimmy dished (and did some HILARIOUS impersonations) about the Jersey Housewives, with Anderson admitting he need to take an Ambien to get to sleep after the first reunion last Sunday! 

Anderson also tells Jimmy about being bullied on Twitter over his "botched" first interview with Teresa Giudice – by her family (and as we all know, he invited her back the next day)!  Watch the interview's two parts below – they're a riot. 

They also chatted about their love of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and even got in a dig about the Kardashian Krew.


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I already love the family from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but if I hadn't already, I would after learning more about them.  They may act like a backwoods sideshow a lot of the time, but the truth is that June and her daughters are much more grounded than many of us would be if we got a taste of reality fame.

After catching America's eye as a then five-year-old Alana downed go-go juice on Toddlers and Tiaras, the family has garnered both fame and criticism for their lack of manners and poor eating habits (sketti, anyone?), as well as their unconventional family outings.  In their show's first episode, fifteen-year-old Jessica "Chubs" went bobbing for raw pig's feet, and later in the season the family went dumpster diving while talking about their penchant for eating road kill.  It's easy to see how some people could turn up their noses at this family, if it weren't for one small fact.

This family totally loves one another.  There is very little drama, and no question about how much mama June loves her four daughters.  If you can understand Sugar Bear with his mouth full of dip, you would know he feels the exact same.  While their show has been green lighted for a second season, the group still continues to live their regular lives in the tiny county of McIntyre, Georgia.  June is doing everything she can to make sure that fame affecting her family is not an option.

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Last night was the hour-long season finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which means it was 60 whole long minits (57 if you do math like Mama does) of kuntry-kussin and hollerin! Anna finally had Kaitlyn, Honey brought the sass in a last-minute pageant, and freaking gnats drove everyone waving, slapping, shushing, cussing, flapping crazy. 

So it all started out innocently enough. Mama had the grand idear of doing a famlee photo shoot in 100 degree heat down by the boat water. So they all trundle down these big rocks – even super prego Anna – to pose as the four sisters while Mama stands under the bridge directin' things. Everybody has dressed up – which means even Mama put on some make-up and I must say she looks sweet. Family star Alana is dressed to the nines, but she left her A-game pageant attitude back at the convenience store down the road cause she was crotchety all day. And she got mud alover her clothes within five minites of gettin' thayre. 

Alana says she doesn't do well with heat. After much bickering and Sugar Bear showing up in a t-shirt, claiming he only dresses up for funerals – the family gets  some cute photos. The photographer has already changed her number just in case they ever call her again. She just doesn't have the stamina for Boo Boo bickering. Apparently holding hands and walking together was the most challenging part of the day for them – getting along, unlike couponing, is not their strong suit. I think they should make those free family coupon books – like, 'This coupon is good for one free hug.' Remember those?

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Reality shows are still big business and today's list of series renewals proves just that. 

TLC announced today that they have ordered additional episodes of the surprise hit series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"! The first half of season 1's finale is tonight, but TLC promises they will be back with several more episodes! In a statement they shared, "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." 

Love it or hate it, Honey Boo Boo and her crew aren't going away anytime soon!

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