TLC reality star Honey Boo Boo and her family are looking to double the money they earn for their TV series, if it makes it to a second season.
Discovery-owned TLC hasn’t made it official yet, but a second season for “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” seems like a certainty following its sensational first season this summer.
Honey Boo Boo — real name: Alana Thompson, 7 — is the kiddie pageant contestant from rural Georgia who’s so precocious that she and her family won their own show after distinguishing themselves on TLC’s kiddie-pageant show “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
Now, a new report from The Hollywood Reporter says Honey Boo Boo and her family are seeking raises in pay before saying yes to a second season.
A few weeks ago, stories emerged about what Honey Boo Boo and her family were earning, and the figures seemed shockingly low for a series that’s been drawing anywhere from 2 million to 3 million viewers a week, Wednesday nights at 10/9c on TLC. The family’s reported pay: Six people splitting an estimated $2,000-4,000 per episode.
Now comes word that the clan is seeking $10,000 per episode for a second season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” plus extra pay — known as a “location fee” — for providing the use of their home for filming the reality show.
Our take: At $10,000 an episode, TLC is still looking at a huge bargain — and the powers-that-be at the network probably know it. We expect they’ll give this family what they want in order to keep the Honey Boo Boo juggernaut alive. Not only did the show’s high ratings surprise everybody, but Honey Boo Boo and her family have become pop-culture figures as well — getting mentioned in late-night monologues, and even getting portrayed this past weekend on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”