TLC’s latest reality sensation, the precocious ‘Honey Boo Boo,’ has captured the hearts of millions of admirers, curious onlookers, jaded TV journalists, bored unemployed people and stoned college students across the country. The show, detailing the trials and tribulations of a cherubic young beauty pageant diva and her unapologetically foul family, pulls in over 2 million viewers per episode. In some cases, the program outperforms political conventions, major cultural events and actual entertainment. To say that the Thompson family is currently defining the American zeitgeist would be a gross understatement. In six month’s time, we’ll all be wearing muumuus and ‘extreme couponing’ until we just can’t take it anymore.
What you may not know is that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo actually had a multitude of working titles prior to its premiere. The title they chose is slightly less evocative of the show’s tone, and not nearly as explicit. The following list of unused alternatives gives you a rare look into the development of a cultural phenomenon.
1) Great Expliotations
2) Honey Boo Boo’s Anti-Depressant Medication Fundraiser Telethon
3) Who Farted? No, Seriously, Who Farted?
4) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse & Friends
5) Major Payne
6) Sugar Bear Jamboree
8) Guess Whose Breath?
9) Pigs in a Blanket
10) You’ve Seen Worse on A&E
11) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
12) Toddlers & Trailer Parks
13) The Gas Station Gourmet
14) The Decline of Western Civilization – LIVE!
15) The Human Stain
16) Britney Spears: The Early Years
17) 101 Recipes for ‘Sketti’
18) The Real Housewives of McIntyre, Georgia
19) Meme Generator
20) Extreme Makeover: Redneck Edition
21) OK, God Really IS Dead
22) The Schadenfreude Hour
23) Glitzy, The Magic Piglet
24) Deliverance: The Series
25) Here Comes Colon Cancer