- - Wednesday, September 19, 2012

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” — again.

Seven-year-old pageant contestant Alana Thompson and her self-proclaimed “redneck” family are in talks to return to TLC for a second season of the hit reality series.

The show — which follows the daily life of the Georgia-based clan, which includes bobbing for pig feet, flatulence jokes and extreme couponing — has become a ratings sensation for the network, with more than 2.1 million viewers tuning into its Sept. 13 episode. The show even topped all individual cable and network broadcasts of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 19.

According to a source, the Shannon-Thompson family is negotiating with the network and producers to film a second season of the controversial show, which was spun off from TLC’s popular series “Toddlers & Tiaras” after Alana’s interview clips gathered more than 5 million viewers on YouTube.

A source says the cast — including Alana’s 17-year-old sister, who recently gave birth to her first child — is asking for a $10,000-an-episode payday; however, another insider suggests the family most likely will land closer to an $8,000-an-episode salary after negotiations with the network conclude. (That would double their season-one salary of $4,000 an episode and a possible built-in location fee, as the Hollywood Reporter first reported.)

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The show’s six-episode first season ends with a one-hour season finale on Wednesday.

A TLC rep declined to comment on a possible second season or salaries. Discovery Communications president Eileen O’Neill said a second season of the series is likely, but a final decision has not been made.

Jon Cryer wipes out on bike in L.A. triathlon

Jon Cryer cracks up viewers every week on his hit CBS sitcom. But now the “Two and a Half Men” star is aching from a crackup of his own.

During the cycling part of a triathlon on Sunday, Mr. Cryer lost control of his bicycle and skidded across the pavement. Nothing was broken, but he scraped his left side along a Los Angeles roadway.

And his difficulties didn’t end there. During an Associated Press interview in New York on Tuesday, he displayed one more injury he had discovered just that morning: a hangnail on his scraped-up hand.

Mr. Cryer said, “When I saw it, I said, ‘Really?!’ “

“Two and a Half Men” stars Mr. Cryer along with Ashton Kutcher. It begins its 10th season on Sept. 27.

Norah Jones tapped for ‘Artists Den’ premiere

Singer Norah Jones will perform in a former Brooklyn brass foundry near her home in the opening of a new season of PBS’ “Live From the Artists Den” in two weeks.

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