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TV's going South — and taking us with it

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Shows like 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,' 'Duck Dynasty' and 'True Blood' lay it on thick, and we love it that wayBy Kati JohnstonSpecial to MSN TVHere comes Honey Boo Boo -- and all of her deep-fried, super-twangin', buck wildin' Southern brethren. Along with little pageant hopeful Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo (whose second season debuts July 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC [aka The Learning Channel]), the South has risen again, and it's fixing to take over our TV screens like never before.Maybe it's not all that surprising. There has always been a fascination with the Deep South as "the other," especially from the Yankee media centers of New York or Chicago or L.A. Yet the outsider is also a persona Southerners embrace, too. Shows like "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Green Acres" and "Hee Haw" entertained, and polarized, audiences over many decades. The food, the accents, the climate, the landscape, the defining history, and the slow, languid feel of the place have helped shape families, occupations and lifestyles you just won't find anywhere else.Bing: 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' | More on Alana ThompsonWhat's your favorite Southern-fried series? Tell us at MSN TV on Facebook and Twitter.The Season 2 premiere of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" airs Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.(TLC)
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