Honey Boo Boo Among Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating People of 2012

Journalistic icon and The View co-host Barbara Walters has named Honey Boo Boo as one of her Most Fascinating People of 2012, US Magazine reports. So why did Walters choose the energy drink loving 7-year-old?
"It's a love story," Walters tells Us of the bond between Alana and her mother, June, on TLC's breakout hit. "It's a very sweet, loving story."

"A lot of people will say, 'For heaven's sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5 or 6 years old entering beauty contests,'" she says. "But the relationship between Alana and her mother -- that's the story, the two of them. It's very touching."

Honey Boo Boo can certainly be described as fascinating; just like a so-awful-you-can't-stop-watching Tori Spelling Christmas TV movie is fascinating.

Long Island Medium Scares Up Ratings For Katie

Katie’s decision to call in the Long Island Medium scared up more viewers than usual for the talk show. According to Broadcast & Cable, a visit fromTheresa Caputo channeled Katie’s best single-day rating to date on October 8. It climbed 35 percent over the previous week.
Katie was up for the week as well, adding 12% to a 1.9 in the week ended Oct. 14. That's the show's best performance since debuting at a 2.0 in the week ended Sept. 16. Among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54, Katie improved 10% to a 1.1.

Rosie O’Donnell Compares Honey Boo Boo to Shirley Temple?!

Rosie O’Donnell has revealed her love for headline-snatching, TLC reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in a hilarious new chat with People. She even went as far as to compare Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson to legendary child star Shirley Temple!
O'Donnell praises the show's 7-year-old star, Alana Thompson, and compares her to the ultimate child star, Shirley Temple. "She has a presence and an intellect that goes way beyond her years," says O'Donnell.

Mark Steines Reveals Why He Left Tabloid TV For ‘Home and Family’

What would make one of television’s most popular celebrity journalists walk away from a red-hot career? For Mark Steines, it was all about family. The former Entertainment Tonight anchor is now hosting Hallmark Channel's new daytime talker Home & Family with Trading Spaces Paige Davis. Here's what he told our buddies at Zap2it about making the switch:
That was my home for 17 years, and when you think about it, that's about the age your children are when they leave for college ... but I needed a change. I was looking for something new and different, and this opportunity is such a sweet spot for me.

Paige Davis and Mark Steines to Host Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family

Former Trading Spaces host Paige Davis is heading to the Hallmark Channel. Davis will co-host Hallmark's new daytime talk show, Home & Family, with former Entertainment Tonight anchor Mark Steines  The daily show will center on parenting, lifestyle, home improvements, health and fitness. Hallmark Channel has ordered up 220 two-hour shows, set to air over 44 weeks. Home & Family debuts Oct. 1.

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Ricky Paull Goldin’s Seeing Vs. Believing Premieres May 2

Ricky Paull Goldin's (Jake Martin, All My Children) new TLC special Seeing vs. Believing special premieres on Sunday May 2 at 8 pm. In the special, Goldin and co-host Jeff Gurtman attempt to explain the unexplainable and let viewers decide if each case is truth or fiction. In an interview with TV Guide Magazine Goldin talks about the upcoming special and balancing it with his day job at AMC.
If Seeing Vs. Believing sells as a series, won’t this really shake up your life?

And I’m ready! This is no reflection on my day job. I love All My Children but this is something I really need to do. I’m extremely excited about where this journey might take us. I consider my life and career to be like a golf game and I’m at the halfway house having a burger and a shake. Now I’m ready to do the back nine! I hope the folks watch and support this, because we promise to bring all the great stories to the forefront. I’m not into crazy sensationalism. I like relationship-type shows, shows that have the real human touch, and that’s what this is. A whole lot of people in this world have had paranormal or psychic experiences. We all have the same questions. We wonder what happens to us after we die. We look up into the night sky and wonder what else is out there. And this has gone on in every culture for millenniums. Surely, there must be something to some of this. It can’t all be a big nothing.

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