I have covered pop culture long enough to be cynical about most anything.
For instance, I rolled my eyes when I heard "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" announced it was providing "Scratch & Sniff" cards in People and US magazines for the second-season debut of the TLC show July 17. Cute enough but comically retro.
Then my "seen it all" persona melted away when I heard this news:
The cast of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" will face off in Atlanta later this month in a taping of "Family Feud" with the cast of sister TLC show "Cake Boss." It's Jersey vs. Georgia in a big-time smackdown/train wreck, presumably for charity.
The show is taped in the building next to the Atlanta Civic Center where SciTrek used to be and hosted by Atlanta's Steve Harvey.
This is a taping so we won't see the episode until sometime during the 2013-14 season.
Question: how good could an eight-year-old such as Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson be at "Family Feud"?
Or the more important question: Will it matter?
Harvey, for sure, will have a good time messing with Sugar Bear & Co.
And since you know how we roll, we'll be covering this extensively.
Besides, haven't you had enough of "Sharknado"?
Gloria Bigelow, a Spelman College graduate, will be featured in an OWN comedy special hosted by Wanda Sykes called "Herlarious" that is focused on female stand-up comics.
Bigelow, who is openly gay (like Sykes) and has many family members who live locally, said she's in her seventh year in comedy. She was tickled pink to spend time with Sykes.
"We absolutely had a lot of face time," she said. "We had a roundtable discussion with her. It's amazing to see how quickly her mind works. It seesm like she’s constantly able to set up a joke. Her mind is that fast."
She's appeared in comedy specials on Logo and Showtime prior to this OWN opportunity but believes her seven minutes on air on this special will be her biggest exposure to date. She hopes to eventually perform in Atlanta as well.
Here's a sampling of her stand-up:
"Wanda Sykes presents Herlarious," 10 p.m. Sunday, July 13, OWN