TV Tidbits: ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Breaks More Records, Lance Armstrong OWNs Up

ALTHoney Boo Boo Spooks Up Some Ratings: Halloween may have come and gone months ago, but Honey Boo Boo still managed to celebrate in style — the ratings tour de force scared up a whopping 3.1 million viewers (the show’s most-watched episode) for its Halloween special, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: A Very Boo Halloween. Now that, my friends, is scary.

NBC Gets New Blood: Miss the dearly departed multiple reality drama Awake? You’re in luck! Err, sort of. Awake and Lie To Me scribe David Graziano is teaming up with Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) for an NBC pilot called Bloodline, a “contemporary pulp action thriller in the vein of Kill Bill.” It will star a young woman who is caught between two warring families, and has to kill her mother. Light fare, for sure. [Deadline]

A Brat-Packer Gets Awkward: Nothing was more awkward than the ’80s (except for maybe the ’90s) so it makes total sense that The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles star Anthony Michael Hall is set to recur on MTV’s hit teen drama, Awkward. He’ll play a sadistic creative writing teacher who likes to steal upperclassmen’s panties likes to push students out of their comfort zones. [EW]

OWN-ing Up To It?: Looks like Lance Armstrong will finally tell his side of the story. The disgraced former seven-time Tour de France winner will be the subject on OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 17 in a 90-minute special. This will be his first appearance since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged the cyclist with using illegal performance enhancing drugs during his career, and there’s no telling what he’ll say about the controversy, being stripped of all his titles, losing his corporate sponsors, resigning from his charity LiveStrong, or being banned from pro-cycling for life. [Deadline]

Making Her Soapy Comeback: Emmy-winning Genie Francis is returning to the ABC soap that launched her career: General Hospital. She will reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the daytime drama’s 50th anniversary this year. “I don’t know what the story is,” Francis says. “I have no idea, but [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] is very persuasive, energetic, infectious and has a sense of fun, a positive-ness that makes you want to work for the guy. He assured me there was going to be nice stuff to play. I am choosing to believe him!” [EW]

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