WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 —Tonight the premiere of season two of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” at 9 p.m. on TLC will have the dubious attraction of interactive participation with watch ‘n sniff cards.
TLC claims that over ten million of these cards have been distributed, but this latest gimmick to pull in viewers is just another example of the slippery slope of reality programming.
We first met Honey Boo Boo, (Alana Thompson) when she appeared on “Toddlers & Tiaras,” and the rest as they say, is history. Since then the TV audience has been treated to an inside look at the basement level ethics of reality shows in general.
To be fair to the pint sized redneck reality star, she is either an Oscar worthy actress or she really does enjoy her status as the poster child for all things wrong in the south.
The exploitation of the fringes of society for entertainment inches closer to the norm with each episode, and with it the quality of TV programming across the board. Instead of programming that entertains and distracts the viewer from their daily grind, we get an unnecessary dose of “reality” featuring people who behave badly for a pay check.
From “Jersey Shore” to “Buckwild” and all points in between, offensive behavior as a commodity is at an all time high. Tonight’s episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” features the allure of road kill, despite the fact that Mama June and company get $50,000 per episode.
Hats off to the producer who came up with this scenario, they should go far in the entertainment industry. Somewhere in the not too distant future a resumé that includes coming up with the hog butchering on Honey Boo Boo will be a plus for this person.
If we are going to call it reality TV, how about a show featuring a single working mom doing her best to raise her family on a minimum wage job? Despite the fact that a show like this would be as real as it can get, it will never be made. What we get instead is a wink and a nod from reality show producers who revel in the exploitation of ignorance and negative stereotypes. We all know it isn’t anywhere close to real, but apparently watching people acting stupid has become a national pastime.
The train wreck attraction of watching people behaving badly is the real problem, and as long as people tune in, expect reality show creators to continue their exploitation. As harmless as people may see shows like Honey Boo Boo, they feed on what has gone terribly wrong in this country. How can this be good for anyone in the long run?
Meanwhile, let’s hope Mama June has some sound financial advisers and an army of therapists at her disposal. She will need both.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Frankie tells the kids what she wants for Mother’s Day so one of them can clue in Mike; after repeatedly failing the driving test, Sue feels resentful when her friends get their licenses; Axl receives stunning news from Cassidy.
CBS: Big Brother: (New) The Power of Veto competition is held.
FOX: MasterChef: (Repeat) The home cooks compete to feed 100 hungry surfers.
NBC: America’s Got Talent: (Repeat) The remaining performers give it their all to make it to Radio City Music Hall.
CW: Arrow: (Repeat) A vicious criminal is released from prison and tries to regain his position as leader of the underworld. His first task is to take down his biggest threat, Arrow. Meanwhile, Oliver questions Moira about the names in his father’s notebook; and Lance makes a critical mistake that puts Laurel in danger.
ABC: Suburgatory: (Repeat) Tessa returns to Chatswin after spending summer with her grandmother; George finds Tessa’s renewed interest in her mother threatening; Tessa signs up for the Fall Follies; Noah and Dallas compete for Carmen.
ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) When the lead in the school’s production of “Phantom of the Opera” gets sick, Manny is willing to do anything to land the lead; Phil and Jay wind up in a golf-off with Mitch and Pepper; Gloria and Alex visit a psychic.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) The unit searches for a missing school bus full of children that disappeared near Washington, D.C.
NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) Acts perform at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Fox: MasterChef: (New) The remaining contestants create sausages for the mystery box challenge.
CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) Sam and Dean reunite with Castiel and discover a film in the Men of Letters files that could be the key to the third trial. Meanwhile, Crowley digs into Sam and Dean’s past.
ABC: The Neighbors: (Repeat) When the Weavers and the Bird-Kersees chaperone a school dance, Debbie tries to re-create a romantic moment with Marty; Jackie wishes she and Larry had a more interesting story about how they met.
ABC: ABC’s The Lookout: (New) Hypoallergenic cats; comparing flower arrangements ordered online to the pictures on the site; an FBI informant and former Russian mob figure who was allowed to live the high life before being implicated in a murder case.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) The CSIs investigate the death of a famous Cuban singer’s sister.
NBC: Camp: (New) Mack’s ex returns to Little Otter, wreaking havoc during an epic game of Capture the Flag.
PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons: (New) The series about the military hardware and technology created by Nazi Germany opens with a look at the Atlantic Wall, which was a series of coastal fortifications built along the Western European coast in order to protect against an Allied invasion.
New episodes of:
BBQ Crawl at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel
Million Dollar Listing New York at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo at 9 p.m. on TLC
Royal Pains at 9 p.m. on USA
Franklin & Bash at 9 p.m. on TNT
Wonders of Life at 9 p.m. on SCI
Love Thy Neighbor at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on OWN
Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Futurama at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central
Chef Roblé & Co. at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Blood and Oil at 10 p.m. on DSC
The Bridge at 10 p.m. on FX
Top Shot All-Stars at 10 p.m. on History Channel
Southern Fried Homicide at 10 p.m. on ID
Paranormal Witness at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 10 p.m. on SCI
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
South Beach Tow at 10 p.m. on truTV
Necessary Roughness at 10 p.m. on USA
Hot in Cleveland at 10 p.m. on TVLAND
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
The Exes at 10:30 p.m. on TVLAND
For movie lovers:
Sixteen Candles on AMC
21 Jump Street on ENC
Happy Accidents on FLIX
Tooth Fairy on FXM
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on IFC
Beware of Mr. Baker on SHO
My Own Private Idaho on SUND
Seven Faces of Dr. Lao on TCM
Halloween: Resurrection on TMC
Stargate on BBC
The Man with the Iron Fists on MOMAX
The World According to Dick Cheney on SHO
Lawless at 9:35 p.m. on SHO
See Holland Before it Gets Too Big at 9:44 p.m. on TCM
Columbiana at 9:55 p.m. on ENC
The Breakfast Club at 10 p.m. on AMC
Mr. Wrong at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Tooth Fairy at 10 p.m. on FXM
Phil Spector at 10 p.m. on HBO
Friday Night Lights at 10 p.m. on STARZ
The Blues Brothers at 10:30 p.m. on CINEMAX
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