‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ is an American reality TV series which first premiered on 24th February 2017 on WEtv. The show is executive produced by Gina Rodriguez, Lauren Gellert, Lauren Lazin, Natasha Fett, Adam Freeman, Leslie Greif, Moriah Muse, and Adam Reed. It is a spin-off of the TLC series ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’, which in turn inspired the spin-off ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’. The former is a reality show that focuses on the personal lives of the families whose children contest a child beauty pageant.
The show faced a degree of controversy for dressing children provocatively for this contest. ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is a spin-off of this show and is centered around Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson, a participant in the pageant. Alana and her family became rather popular during the ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ show, prompting TLC to make a spin-off documenting the family’s activities in McIntyre, Georgia.
Ironically, the series derives its name from a taunt Alana threw at another contestant of the pageant on ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’, but it was grossly misinterpreted by the viewers. ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ was harshly criticized for being exploitative, with The Hollywood Reporter launching a scathing attack, saying, “You know this show is exploitation. TLC knows it. Maybe even Mama and HBB know it, deep down in their rotund bodies. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a car crash, and everybody rubber-necks at a car crash, right? It’s human nature. Yes, except that if you play that card, you also have to realize that human nature comes with the capacity to draw a line, to hold fast against the dehumanization and incremental tearing down of the social fabric, even if this never-ending onslaught of reality television suggests that’s a losing effort. You can say no to visual exploitation. You can say no to TLC. And you can say no to Honey Boo Boo Child. Somebody has to.” Despite this, it was popular among audiences, and Mama June, Shannon’s mother getting her own spin-off, is proof of that.
‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ centers around June Shannon who is also known as Mama June. She has always been in the talks of comedians and other individuals of online media who make jokes on her weight. She falls in love with a mystery man named Sugar Bear. When she marries Sugar Bear, she starts facing health problems. She plans to lose her body weight and start a new life and do something hopeful but losing body weight is not as easy as it seems. She has to go through various challenges to get a slim body. The show focuses on her struggles to achieve the dream body and also showcases her endeavor by taking an intense workout session under a trainer Kenya Crooks. She also goes on a strict diet to change her body shape.
‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ has had two successful seasons so far. Here’s everything we know about its next season.
Mama June: From Not to Hot Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ includes June Shannon, better known as ‘Mama June’, her daughters Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson, Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Efird, Mike ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson, Alana’s father and June’s ex-husband, Jennifer Lamb, Mike’s new wife, which automatically makes her June’s rival, Geno Doak, June’s boyfriend, and Joshua ‘Josh’ Efird, husband to Lauryn and father to Ella, June’s granddaughter. The main cast is supported by the presence of Jo Shannon, June’s sister, Amber Busby, Jo’s daughter and June’s niece, Gina Rodriguez, June’s manager and an executive producer of the show, Kenya Crooks and Natasha Fett, June’s trainers.
In the upcoming season, we expect to see the main and supporting cast return, and we hope their presence will be bolstered by the addition of newer people in June’s life which will keep things interesting for her and for the viewers of the show.
Mama June: From Not to Hot Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ is pretty self-explanatory from the title. Ever since she gained fame from ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ she has been the butt of several jokes from comedians and people on social media who did not pass up a chance to comment on her weight. However, coming off her marriage to Sugar Bear, she discovers that he is getting married. Deciding to show up on her ex’s big day, while battling some health issues, Mama June embarks on a revenge diet and a strict fitness regime, in order to lose weight.
Her hopes are to slim down and start a new life with a new body, which might help her find a new love as well. While TLC has plenty of body positivity shows, this is definitely not one of them as Mama June seems neither comfortable nor happy in how she looks and wishes to change her appearance. This is partly motivated by the fact that she wants to make Sugar Bear, her ex-husband, jealous of how she looks currently, but Mama June’s obsession with beauty and external appearances extends beyond that. She also wishes to team up with her daughter Alana and try for a mother-daughter beauty pageant. If nothing else, the show is a true testament to how much we are willing to change about our lives if we have a set goal for ourselves, and how being comfortable in our bodies increases our confidence in everyday dealings.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, the show will continue in a similar manner and we will see Mama June finally finding herself in a happy place, emotionally, physically, and socially.
Mama June: From Not to Hot Season 4 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ Season 3 aired on March 15, 2019. However, Deadline reported on March 16, 2019, that Mama June and her boyfriend had been arrested in Alabama, following a domestic dispute and the discovery of drug possession. In this light, it is unsure as of now if the show will get canceled, in the eventuality that Mama June has to do time. Perhaps, WEtv might decide to chronicle how prison changes Mama June’s life, or even how the arrest changes Mama June’s life, and that could be what Season 4 is centered around. For now, there is no official release date, but in an unlikely scenario the show gets renewed it might release sometime in 2020.
Mama June: From Not to Hot Trailer:
Check out the trailer for Season 3 below to get an idea of what the show is about.
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