"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"
As of Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" will descend upon viewers of TLC, bringing with it six-year-old "Toddlers & Tiaras" star Alana Thompson.
However, unlike "Toddlers & Tiaras," the series will focus solely on the Thompson family who will take fans on a journey through their on-a-budget pageant world. The self-proclaimed "rednecks" are sure to deliver plenty of wacky hijinx as Alana and her mother June maintain their infamous behaviour, all while giving viewers exactly what they want: shameless, ridiculous reality television.
But while some may decry "Honey Boo Boo" as yet another terrible reality show thrust upon unsuspecting viewers, it's those very viewers who are responsible for bringing the series into existence.
More than likely, few will admit to watching this show. Considering "Toddlers & Tiaras" have earned countless knee-jerk reactions (mostly of the negative kind), critics of this kind of reality television see this spin-off as simply adding to "the problem." While low-brow reality television constantly comes under fire, the success of shows like "Toddlers & Tiaras" proves it worthy of viewership (and the advertising dollars that come along with it). TLC never would have ordered "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" into production if they weren't fairly certain the ratings would be worth it.
Sure, you may cringe at the preview or resent the Thompson clan, but Alana and June were created by the fans. The fans watched "Toddlers & Tiaras," the fans passed around the YouTube video, and the fans are the ones who continue to post to Alana's Facebook page. If not for the fans' own doing, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" wouldn't exist, and no one would want to watch this:
However, according to TLC's on-screen "Heres Comes Honey Boo Boo" countdown, enough people do want to watch it. And whether they're watching in horror or in adoration, there's a reason shows like "Toddlers & Tiaras" continue to thrive: ultimately, there's an interest in these characters, and their lifestyles are intriguing. Even if we don't want to admit it.
So it's time to stop pretending anybody's being forced to watch these kinds of reality shows. Hundreds of TV channels exist, yet demand for the Thompsons was so much that they got their own series. True, acting out will earn you attention, but viewer devotion will make you a star.
June and her family may not yet be "Jon and Kate," but considering they were only being themselves when the public latched on, it's time to take responsibility for "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Apparently, this is what audiences have been waiting for.