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:

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.