Honey Boo Boo: Pop-culture phenomenon turns 7


Today’s crawl across the pop-culture crib finds a honey-fied celebrity, a singer who apparently is far from being over the hill, many other things, and the mystery music video.

HONEY HUSH: This isn’t Yogi’s sidekick, per the Los Angeles Times, “Alana Thompson, better known to the universe as Honey Boo Boo (or Honey Boo Boo Child to her ardent followers), became a frilly sensation following a breakout stint on the TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras" in January. Honey Boo Boo's over-the-top personality, stomach-talking talents, and lively stage performance — energized by "go-go juice," a blend of Mountain Dew and Red Bull — made her an overnight star.

“So naturally the spirited beauty pageant contestant landed her own spinoff show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," which reached a season high in its third week with 2.3 million viewers last Wednesday — positioning it as one of the network's highest-rated shows while turning the pint-sized star, who turned 7 on Tuesday, and her family into a polarizing pop culture phenomenon.”

S.H.I.E.L.D: Coming to a TV set near you, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Three weeks after Disney CEO Robert Iger announced Joss Whedon would create a Marvel-related TV series for ABC, the network has made good on his vow. ABC has given pilot orders to S.H.I.E.L.D, with the Avengers scribe on board to co-write the project based on the Marvel comic, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.”

MATERIAL MADGE: Tour comes home, per the New York Times, “A ritual, a blood bath, slacklining, a partial striptease, drummers in midair, traditional Basque harmonies, a psychedelic train ride — they’re all part of Madonna’s “MDNA” tour, which started its North American itinerary with an arena concert (in Philadelphia) Tuesday night. . . Madonna, at 54, isn’t giving in to pop obsolescence. The concert is a display of energy and nutty inventiveness, with Madonna costumed as everything from baton twirler to folk dancer.”

PRINCE HARRY: Drip, drip, drip, per Radar, “Cocaine was used in the hotel room where Prince Harry romped naked during a now-infamous Las Vegas party, an eyewitness tells exclusively. This latest bombshell follows Radar’s exclusive report that the Prince's nude "strip billiards" hijinx at the Wynn Hotel and Casino were caught on video, a development extending the Royal family’s embarrassment.”

MEANWHILE: Calm down, folks, per People, “According to the Palace, the Party Prince, 27, has nothing to be ashamed of. "He didn't do anything unlawful," a Palace source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "What he did was entirely his own business. And according to sources and royal watchers, as third in line for the throne, behind his father, Prince Charles, and brother William, 30, Harry won't likely be changing his stripes any time soon.”

TOO MUCH INFORMATION: Should have locked the door, per Rolling Stone, “Slash revealed that his mother had an affair with David Bowie in an interview with Australian radio station Triple M, recalling that he once discovered them naked when he was a little kid. "My mom started working professionally with David Bowie at first," said Slash, whose mom was a costume designer. "I'm pretty sure that's how it started and then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for a while after that."

NOT DEAD: Hey, hey, hey, per Us Weekly, “Relax, Bill Cosby fans. The 73-year-old Cosby Show star is not dead -- just the latest unfortunate victim of an internet death hoax. Rumors of the actor's demise surfaced Monday when Facebook user Jonathan Gorman created a group page on the social networking site called "R.I.P. Bill Cosby." The site quickly garnered 315,000 likes, causing Cosby to take to Twitter to dispel rumors of his own death.”

A BIG FAN: This is funny, per Entertainment Weekly, “Could next season of Modern Family feature television’s first dressage-themed gay wedding? First Lady nominee Ann Romney recently told Entertainment Tonight that Modern Family is her favorite TV show. ModFam co-creator Steve Levitan got wind of Romney’s praise and posted a reaction on his Twitter page yesterday: “Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.”

KATIE: Evening News not the right fit, per Deadline, “Katie Couric chose her words carefully in an interview with Good Housekeeping when asked about her experience at CBS while anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. While proud of the work she did, Couric said she knew it wasn’t where she would finish her career. “It wasn’t the right environment for me. In terms of the atmosphere, it wasn’t a good fit for my sensibilities and personality”, she said.”

BABY BUMP: Growing Holly, per E!, “Great news for the girl next door: Holly Madison is pregnant! The Playboy model and former Girls Next Door star is expecting her first child with boyfriend Pasquale Rotella, her rep tells E! News.”

WHAT DOES HE REALLY THINK?: Ah, the late-night wars, per xfinity, “Brash ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel had just two words to say when an interviewer asked him what he thinks of Jay Leno. “F— him,” Kimmel said. Kimmel evidently wasn’t joking when he used the four-letter F-word to refer to Leno Monday night (Aug. 27) on stage at the 92nd Street Y, a local community center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.”{ }

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)