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TV bits: 'Honey Boo Boo' huge in Poland, 'Walking Dead' production back May 6

Honey Boo Boo
TLC

U.S. television is popular all over the world but not just the classy fare. We export even classier options such as TLC's Georgia-based  "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

TLC recently told the New York Post that the show is a huge hit in Poland. And the Brits already redneckonize her.  The U.K. Daily Mail covers her religiously.

“In Poland, where it just started airing, it’s already No. 3 in terms of viewers,” Luis Silberwasser, executive VP and chief content officer for Discovery Networks International, told the Post.

And brace yourself rest of the world: the show will expand Boo Boo domination to Australia, the Netherlands, Italy and Latin America.

The challenge, the story notes, is how to translate a show that is already subtitled for Americans who aren't used to their heavy Southern accents.

Jimmy Kimmel joked about it here with an "advertisement" for Rosetta Stone: Honey Boo Boo Edition.

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"The Walking Dead," which shot mostly in Senoia season three, resumes production for season four May 6 and two producers, zombie make-up extraordinaire Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse are elevated to equal status with Dave Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd and comic book creator Robert Kirkman. Luse, based in Atlanta, manages and oversees the day-to-day production of the series.

I presume they will be soon soliciting for more zombie extras, too. There can never be enough!

The episode count will be the same as season three: 16 episodes, split eight at a time in the fall, then in the winter/spring.

Writer Scott Gimple takes over as the show's third showrunner after Frank Darabont, then Greg Mazzara. Gimple has been on board since the beginning of season two.  Here are Gimple's creds from the press release:

Gimple has written some of the most celebrated and talked-about episodes from seasons two and three including episode 306 (Hounded) and last season’s climatic mid-season finale episode 207 (Pretty Much Dead Already), which revealed Sophia in the barn. Gimple previously worked on NBC’s acclaimed series “Life” and ABC’s cult favorite “Flashforward.” “Flashfoward” began as a collaboration with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel) with whom he co-wrote both the Sony feature film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and episodes two and three in the upcoming inaugural season of Starz’ “DaVinci’s Demons.” Gimple also worked for Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics, where he wrote and edited “Simpsons Comics.”  He has also written stories for the comic books “What If?” and “Spider-Man Unlimited.”

I just screened this Sunday's 12th episode of season three. All I can say is it's as self-contained episode featuring Rick, Michonee and Carl scrounging around for more weapons in preparation for a full-out war with Woodbury and the Governor. In other words, this is the first episode this season that doesn't feature either Woodbury or the prison.

Ratings for this past Sunday's 11th episode remained strong despite going up against the Oscars: 11 million viewers and a 5.7 18-49 rating. That's basically the same as a week earlier and not far off the series record Feb. 10 of 12.3 million, when it returned after a two-month-plus haitus.

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