Honey Boo Boo and the gang are coming around again for a second season. The show, a spin-off of TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras, features 7 year-old beauty pageant contestant Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo aka Smoochie) and her self-described redneck family. On the night of the show’s first season finale, TLC announced that they are welcoming back the hysterical, yet highly controversial, family show for another season and holiday specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ has become a pop culture phenomenon,” said TLC General Manager Amy Winter. “What you see is what you get and we are excited to share even more of Lana and her family’s unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers.”
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the show follows the small-town-Georgia family around their daily lives as well as coined some new terms for the American vocabulary. The family includes father Mike (aka Sugar Bear), mother June (aka Mama aka Coupon Queen) and sisters Lauryn (Pumpkin), Jessica (Chubbs) and Anna (Chickadee), who, at 17-years-old, recently had her first child. Alana, or Honey Boo Boo, was made famous with phrases such as “You’d better redneckognize” and “A dolla makes me holla.” The show is criticized for possibly mocking small-town Southern life while also indulging in the “unhealthy ways of American culture,” in the words of Hollywood.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, an absolute hit despite the criticism, averages 2.3 million viewers during the first eight-episode season. The season finale Wednesday night, titled “It Is What It Is,” featured the birth of Anna’s daughter Katelyn, the Sparkle and Shine pageant, a visit from Uncle Poodle (real name Lee) and a Thompson family photo.
TLC has not announced a date for the premier of the next season but it is expected to air next spring.