Never fear, Honey Boo Boo is not going away

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo ends its first season tonight, but Alana Thompson and her family aren’t done with being mocked quite yet: TLC announced today that the network has ordered more episodes, including holiday specials that it’s calling “HOLLAday specials” (sigh). It’s not clear when those new episodes will air, but the specials are for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

TLC noted that the show “has averaged 2.3 million viewers to date,” and the network’s GM, Amy Winter, said the obvious: the show “has become a pop culture phenomenon.” It has also become a media phenomenon.

Tonight’s finale is a one-hour episode, for which you should make yourself some sketti. Here’s how:

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.