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The much talked-about reality series is getting a new season next year.

Prepare yourselves; Here Comes Honey Boo is coming back for another round.

TLC has ordered 12 more episodes of the redneck reality show, which will premiere Jan 1 in the United States to get your year off to a backwoods start. The renewal comes a little more than a week after the season finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which featured a commitment ceremony between family matriarch June and her longtime companion Sugar Bear, and yielded series-high ratings for the show.

The new season kicks off with an "unconventional honeymoon that is sure to start fireworks", the network said.

"Now that the stresses of wedding planning have dissipated, it's time for June to ditch the bedazzled Keds and welcome back the familiar sights and sounds of rural McIntyre, Georgia. What better way to relax and unwind than with a romantic Southern getaway with Sugar Bear? Not in the world of Boo Boo!" TLC said.

"With the kids out of school for summer, the family is forced to spend every moment together and for better or for worse. The result: an unpredictable and bizarre family road trip that will go down in reality television history." — Reuters

Army Wives is cancelled


The long-running drama series will not be getting a new season.

Lifetime has cancelled its long-running drama series, Army Wives.

"There is no denying how special Army Wives has been to both Lifetime and the television landscape," Lifetime's executive vice president and general manager Rob Sharenow said in a statement.

"By taking on a very relevant and timely issue, it has brilliantly captured the challenges our military families endure and the bravery they and their loved ones display while serving our country," he continued.

After seven seasons, the cable network plans to end the series run with a two-hour retrospective special featuring cast members that will air early next year.

"It has been an honour to be the home of Army Wives," Sharenow added. "We also want to thank Army Wives' passionate legion of fans and everyone involved with the series: ABC Studios, Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin, Tanya Biank, every single cast member, as well as the crew and community of Charleston, South Carolina. Without their dedication, effort and loyalty, Army Wives' seven wonderful seasons would not have been possible; and for that we are very grateful."

Army Wives followed the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women living with their spouses and families on an active Army post. It was created by Katherine Fugate and based on Tanya Biank's novel, Under The Sabers: The Unwritten Code Of Army Wives.

Produced by ABC Studios, Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin served as executive producers. The series' ensemble cast has included Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Wendy Davis, Brigid Brannagh, Kelli Williams, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Brooke Shields, Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto, Elle McLemore, Jesse McCartney, Terry Serpico, Drew Fuller, Alyssa Diaz, J.J. Soria, Joshua Henry and Burgess Jenkins.

The drama has received numerous honours, including two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Sentinel for Health Award from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's Norman Lear Center, as well as numerous NAACP Image Award, NAMIC Award and Prism Award nominations. Once one of Lifetime's most-watched original series, its Season Seven finale in June attracted 2.41 million total viewers. — Reuters

Miss Piggy and friends at the Smithsonian


Some characters from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show will join Kermit the Frog at the museum.

Miss Piggy is finally getting the attention and recognition she desperately sought. Earlier this week, the glamorous, fame-seeking pig secured her place in history when she and some of puppeteer Jim Henson's other creations were donated to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

Twenty-one of Henson's puppets from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and other projects – including Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Fozzie Bear and the Swedish Chef – will join Miss Piggy's longtime squeeze, Kermit the Frog, in the Jim Henson Collection at the Museum of American History on Washington's National Mall.

The induction ceremony took place on what would have been Muppet creator Henson's 77th birthday.

Puppeteer Henson, the creative mind behind the long-running children's shows Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, died in 1990. His wife and collaborator Jane Henson died in April.

"I'm so happy to have my father's work be part of the cultural heritage of this country," said Cheryl Henson, one of the couple's children and president of the Jim Henson Foundation. "When you look at these different characters, you can hear their voices. They are like living beings."

Miss Piggy will be on view within the museum's "American Stories" exhibition starting in March next year. Several other Muppets and Sesame Street characters from the collection will be part of a broader puppetry display beginning in November.

"The Muppets are very much a touchstone to my childhood," said museum director John Gray, who called The Muppet Show, a comedy and variety show that ran from 1976 to 1981, "the best example of American vaudeville".

Karen Falk, archivist with The Henson Corporation, highlighted the importance of Rowlf, a scruffy brown dog character created for a dog food commercial in the early 1960s who later joined The Muppet Show as a pianist.

"Kermit was Jim's alter ego, but Rowlf was Jim's alter ego without the ambition. He was Jim on the weekend, Jim in a hammock," Falk said in an interview. — Reuters

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