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MONSTERS & CRITICS: Mama June: From Not to Hot Season 3 premiere exclusive: Pumpkin and Josh are enjoying married life

Mama June: From Not to Hot is headed back to WEtv and this season is jam-packed with drama. While June Shannon has quite a bit on her plate, it looks like Pumpkin and Josh are living it up as newlyweds and new parents while enjoying the perks of still living at home.

In this Mama June: From Not to Hot exclusive clip, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon talks about how great things are going between her and Josh with their new marriage and raising their baby.

One of the reasons things are going well because “we’re still living with mama, which is okay because we’re not having to pay rent.”

How does Mama June feel about that though? We see her reaction to the couple’s antics in the clip as well.

The From Not to Hot matriarch confronts Lauryn and Josh as their daughter, Ella Grace, continues to get into everything. Mama June is planning a trip to L.A. and she’s worried about the state of her house while she’s gone.

While she’s trying to talk to Josh about baby-proofing the house, Ella gets into something else and makes a mess all over the floor. So Mama June tells Josh that she doesn’t know how long she’s going to be gone but the house better be babyproofed before she gets back. She also asks the couple to clean up while she’s gone.

Will Lauryn and Josh do what Mama June asked while she’s out of town or will she come back to an even bigger mess? Or is this what leads to Lauryn and Josh moving out of Mama June’s house?

This is just the tip of the iceberg for Mama June on Season 3 of Mama June: From Not to Hot, as she has so much to deal with including a slip back into some old bad habits coupled with some unexpected pregnancy news and more legal trouble for her boyfriend Geno.

On this WEtv series produced by Thinkfactory Media, Mama June will be facing her arch nemesis, Jennifer Lamb, as the two compete to see who can slim down the most.

To get caught up on Mama June: From Not to Hot, WEtv will be kicking off premiere night with the special, Mama’s Most Outrageous Moments, which airs tonight at 8/7c on WEtv.

Mama June: From Not to Hot Season 3 premieres on Friday, March 15 at 9/8c on WEtv. 

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*Sadly, we have reached the season finale of “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition,” and after 10 days of Boot Camp, the couples must decide; will they stay together or leave apart?

Has Lil’ Mo finally had enough of Karl’s lies? Will Soulja Boy pop the question? And after Jessica’s deception, will she and Shawne leave engaged or enraged?

Find out when the season finale airs Thursday, March 14, at 10/9c on WE tv.

In the meantime, in our exclusive clip above of the finale episode, Tiffany and Lil Fizz face the judge — famed Judge Lynn Toler to be exact, and Lil Mo notes how she hopes the couple “make it” because while she doesn’t ever see them fighting, the singer has observed how “it just gets weird” between them.

This season, some of the biggest names in Hip Hop moved under one roof to put their relationships to the test, including Soulja Boy and Nia Riley, Waka Flocka and his wife Tammy Rivera, Lil’ Mo and her husband, boxer Karl Dargan, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Jessica Dime and her NBA fiancé, Shawne Williams and Lil’ Fizz of B2K and his lady-love Tiffany Campbell from “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.”

Catch up on all the episodes of this season on We tv!

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HOLLYWOOD LIFE: ‘Marriage Boot Camp’: Lil’ Mo Threatens to Embarrass Karl After His Cheating Scandal

After 10 days of ‘Marriage Boot Camp’, the couples must decide, will they stay together or leave apart? Has Lil’ Mo finally had enough of Karl’s lies?

In this EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the March 14 season finale of Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop EditionDr. Ish and Dr. V tell Karl Dargan that he “should be worried” about Lil’ Mo leaving him. Especially after he lied about who he was Facetiming with in the kitchen late one night during boot camp, while Lil’ Mo was upstairs sleeping and unaware of the situation. As the married duo stands face-to-face for the final ring ceremony, Lil’ Mo tells Karl, “Every time I forgive you, you get mad at me when you get caught.” And then she asks, “What did I do?”

According to Karl, Lil’ Mo’s done “nothing.” But he also says, “I’m not worrying about you going anywhere.” And when she asks, “Why?”, Dr. V insists that he “should be worried.” Lil’ Mo then says, “Like I can really, in front of these cameras, embarrass you in front of the whole world [if I were to dump you right now].” Karl then says, “I ain’t got nothing to say.”

But once Dr. Ish comes down on Karl, he changes his tune. Dr. Ish tells Lil’ Mo, “You can make your relationship change by just changing you, and I see that change in you tonight. And I’m listening to a woman who’s tired of the foolishness, she’s tired of the mess, she’s tired of the intrusions.” He then turns to Karl and says, “It’s time for you to level up, Karl,” and he seems to agree. Karl then admits to Lil’ Mo, “The problem you have with me is me being to accessible. So, I’m going to have to shut it down. I love you. I’m going to change.”

To watch the full season finale of Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition, tune into WE tv at 10pm on Thursday, March 14.

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BOSSIP: “Marriage Boot Camp” Exclusive: Waka Flocka Admits He Was Failing At Wife Life And Tammy Talks Trust Issues!

It’s no secret that Waka Flocka and Tammy Rivera have come a long way in their marriage. We’ve got an exclusive first look at Thursday night’s episode of “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition” and it looks like the couple really got to the bottom of their issues. Check it out here:

Here’s more of what to expect from the episode:

After 10 days of Boot Camp, the couples must decide; will they stay together or leave apart? Has Lil’ Mo finally had enough of Karl’s lies? Will Soulja Boy pop the question? And after Jessica’s deception, will she and Shawne leave engaged or enraged?

Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition – “Re-Lit Or Quit”- Airs Thursday, March 14 at 10:00pm ET/PT on WeTV

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CHEDDAR: Mama June, Honey Boo Boo, and the Whole Family are Back in New Season of ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’

It’s been a busy year for the family as Mama June struggles to keep the weight off after her dramatic transformation two years ago, and Alana competes on ‘Dancing With the Stars Junior.’ Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson and Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Shannon stop by Cheddar with an inside look at the show’s new season, which premieres Friday, March 15 on WE tv.
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WORLDSCREEN: “Thinkfactory’s Story Factory”

No matter what genre Thinkfactory Media is tackling, story comes first. And that certainly holds true for its new event series, My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera, in which the production company is telling the stories of the ten “most deserving couples in America” as they throw them weddings they’re likely not soon to forget.

There’s a two-time cancer survivor. A son of a Charleston church massacre victim. Two wounded warriors. A lung transplant recipient. Resilient victims of Hurricane Irma. Survivors of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas. And nonprofit organizers committed to helping at-risk youth. Thanks to My Great Big Live Wedding—a brainchild of Thinkfactory CEO Adam Reed and Lifetime’s Gena McCarthy—they’re all getting the weddings of their dreams, planned and officiated by wedding maven David Tutera.

“It was one of the most difficult castings we have ever done because you have to treat it with the respect it deserves,” Reed tells TV Real Weekly. “You have to give the wish fulfillment but also tell the backstory. You don’t want them to be dark; you want it to be a hopeful, uplifting, amazing story of humans who are so well-deserving because of who they are and what they’ve been through in life.”

The premiere episode on Lifetime brought My Great Big Live Wedding to Southern California, where Redmond Ramos, a former Navy Corpsman combat medic who lost his leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, married his firefighting partner Krista Cona. Speaking to TV Real just days before it aired, Reed says, “It’s like literally every day this show gets bigger and bigger because these stories we’re telling, they’re so incredible that the deeper we
get, we just want to do a more amazing job for their wedding. And now I’m going, Okay, it’s time to go live, so here we go!”

“Typically, when you’re running a show, you go, Here’s your showrunning team, here’s your creative and you go. [With My Great Big Live Wedding], we have to make sure the casting and story teams are interfacing with the live team, who is interfacing with David’s vision and his team, and putting the wedding on,” Reed adds. “It really takes a village on this show to seamlessly integrate to pull this off.”

While My Great Big Live Wedding has its unique set of challenges, unscripted programs are familiar territory for Thinkfactory, which has been behind the successful Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Marriage Bootcamp and Mama June: From Not to Hot series, all of which have sold internationally.

“Everything we develop and sell here at Thinkfactory, we really try to look at it from a global perspective,” says Reed, who has little doubt that My Great Big Live Wedding will follow the same route. “You can easily go, Hey, who are the most deserving couples in the U.S., and now who are the most deserving couples in whichever territory that you’re in.”

The idea of celebrating the nuptials of the “most deserving” couples sets My Great Big Live Wedding apart from other wedding-genre series—as does the fact that it’s live. Audiences, who serve as an extended guest list, root for the couples in real time and get to partake in surprises the show has planned for the newlyweds, while also being taken aback by twists even they don’t know are coming.

Though Reed acknowledges that a segment of the audience will tune in for the “what could go wrong” factor inherent in a live show, My Great Big Live Wedding’s live element isn’t the bedrock of the series.

“If you lead with live, you’re dead. This show has got to stand alone,” says Reed. “At the end of the day, we’re telling a story, and we’re sharing characters with the world. And if you don’t love a story, if you don’t love a character and there aren’t real stakes—if those three things aren’t available, it doesn’t matter how live a live show is; no one is going to watch. We really try to look at it as: live is the cherry on top, it’s never the ice cream.”

The stories, of course, are the ice cream in this metaphor. “The stories that we can tell, and the backstories of these people, that’s what’s going to suck you in,” says Reed. “If you’re not crying three minutes into the show, we haven’t done our job.”

With My Great Big Live Wedding, Thinkfactory has put together a wedding-genre series, a human-interest docuseries about some of America’s most inspiring individuals, a potential global format—and a live show. It fits in no genre and many genres. These are the sorts of formats, the sorts of programming risks that Reed is animated about.

“I’m excited to see more and more networks not only willing to take those risks, but recognizing that Thinkfactory is kind of on the forefront of trying to bust genres, and think a little bit extraordinary and figure out how do we elevate and stand apart from all of the noise that is out there,” says Reed.

“We’re known for literally producing in every genre of programming, and it’s the way we built the company,” Reed adds. “We never wanted to be, Hey, we’re just a doc company, or we’re just a format company or just a live company. We’ve done every genre of programming, and that’s why we’ve been so successful and continue to be.”

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KARE 11: “MN couple gets married on national TV”

Jennifer Jones and her fiance, Robert Ronnenberg, were dubbed one of America’s most deserving couples. Their wedding will be broadcast live across America as part of Lifetime’s My Great Big Live wedding with David Tutera. But the wedding almost didn’t happen at all.
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POST BULLETIN: “From viral video to the wedding of a Lifetime:

Probably the most personal moment in their lives so far — that moment you probably recall, when she, wide-eyed, took her first breaths with her newly transplanted, healthy lungs — was shared more than 100 million times online.

Now for the big encore.

Tuesday night on live television, Jennifer Jones and Rob Ronnenberg, of Byron, will be married on a nationwide reality show, Lifetime’s “My Great Big Live Wedding with David Tutera.”

It’s a newish weekly program that selects “America’s most deserving couples,” tells their touching stories and washes their nuptials in glitz and glamour.

Jennifer, 41, and Rob, 39, were contacted by the producers after they had posted a series of internet videos, starting with one in October 2017, showing Jennifer taking her first breaths following lung transplant surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Jennifer has cystic fibrosis, and her breathing problems had taken a severe turn by the summer of 2017, when she was listed for transplant at Mayo. The recovery, with some ups and downs, has overall been “fabulous,” she said, enabling her now to do “a lot of the little things,” like “playing with my kids or just walking down nine stairs to go tuck my kids into bed.”

“I can’t watch that video … without crying every time,” she said. “It’s just amazing being able to breathe again,” she said. “It’s a completely different world than what I was living in before.”

Yet, while they have a deserving story, they are also, in Jennifer’s words, “simple folk,” and in Rob’s words, “not really big attention people” — and thus really not the reality-TV types.

Sure, their description of what’s about to happen is peppered with all of the “amazings” and “incredibles” and “I can’t believe its” that many of us would probably use in their place. And, let’s be honest, it will be a ceremony and celebration beyond their wildest dreams.

But their participation in this, the couple says, boils down to just a small handful of big things — mainly one that is public and a couple personal.

First, the public one: “It’s given us a platform for our cause — cystic fibrosis awareness and the need for organ donation,” Rob said. “We do appreciate it from that angle.”

It’s not enough to just check the box on your driver’s license that says you’re a donor. “The important thing is to share your wishes with your family,” Rob said. “Your family has to make that decision. They can say, ‘We didn’t know.’ … They can choose not to donate.”

Speaking of donors: That’ll be one of the personal aspects of the ceremony for Jennifer, who plans to carry a small photo of Lacey, the donor whose lungs made Jennifer’s new life possible.

“It was important to me to somehow honor her through this,” she said. “Obviously, we wouldn’t be here without her.” Lacey’s mother provided the photo, which has been worked into the bridal bouquet.

And the ceremony will not be complete without a big role for one of Jennifer’s biggest backers.

“My dad walking me down the aisle is something that is very, very special to me,” she said. “I think that’s going to be a special moment for him and me.”

Most other aspects of Tuesday’s wedding are secret — the location in St. Paul; the wedding dress, which Jennifer tried on Friday wearing a blindfold; and a handful of other surprises waiting to be hatched on the couple, their guests and TV viewers.

Post-wedding, the couple will live in Byron, combining their families — Rob’s two grown children and 15-year-old daughter, and Jennifer’s 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. She is a photographer, he works in the Rochester Building Safety Department. They’ve been engaged for about three and a half years.

No honeymoon is planned for now. “We wouldn’t even be getting married yet if it wasn’t for this show and the dream wedding,” Rob said. “We didn’t have plans, and we’ve been focused on her health and everything else. This has really been an amazing thing.”

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AOL: “Mama June reveals she’s ‘gained weight back’ two years after lap-band surgery”

It’s been two years since June “Mama June” Shannon shared her incredible weight loss to the world thanks to a lap-band surgery. But has she gained all the weight back?

In a shocking new trailer of the upcoming season of Mama June From Not to Hot,  the WE TV reality star reveals she has once again packed on the pounds.

“I’ve gained a little bit of weight back but I’m not ever going to be 450 pounds again,” Mama June revealed.

The intense trailer shows highs and lows of the upcoming season, with Mama June’s weight struggles being a major cause for the family’s concern.

In the video clip, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson‘s mom is filmed munching on a giant cake, ice cream and fried foods! She also has a heart-to-heart with a woman who appears to be a trainer.

“I want you to be the biggest weight loss story of 2019,” the woman tells the star.

In August 2018, June admitted she gained 50 pounds back after the weight loss surgery.

Meanwhile, the trailer also shows Alana struggling to keep up with her dancing schedule and a blowout fight between Lauryn Shannonand her husband, Joshua Efird.

The new season of “Mama June: From Not To Hot” premieres March 15 at 9 p.m. on Bravo. Watch the trailer below.

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HOLLYWOOD LIFE: ‘Mama June: From Not to Hot’ Trailer: Is Mama June Pregnant? – Watch!”

Is June Shannon going to become a mama for the fifth time? That’s what the season 3 trailer for her hit show is teasing and the hints aren’t subtle at all!

Life is never boring in June Shannon’s household, especially when TV cameras are around. On Feb. 21, the trailer for season 3 of her hit show Mama June: From Not To Hot dropped and the latest plot twist is that the 39-year-old grandmother and mother-of-four could become a mom for the fifth time, thanks to her boyfriend Geno Doak, 43. The man doing the voiceover for the trailer lays out the situation, saying that June – who lost a jaw-dropping total of 300 pounds by the end of season 1 – is “in danger of packing on the pounds and proving the haters right.” The person adds, “Is she chowing down on stress? Or is she eating for two?”

Interwoven between these hints are clips of June gorging on food. At one point she says, “I’ve gained a little bit of weight back, but I’m not going to be 450 pounds again.” But, in another clip, she says, “Grandma Flow is a little late for her visit this month.” If those hints aren’t as subtle as a sledgehammer, a shot of June’s sister Joanne “Doe Doe” Shannonconfronting Geno drives the point home. She asks him, “Did you knock my sister up?”

If he did, Geno could be leaving June to raise “the baby” (according to the trailer), because he is filmed being arrested and walking out on her in two separate scenes. But June isn’t the only person facing relationship drama this season. Her newlywed daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 19, is arguing with her husband Joshua Efird, the father of her 14-month-old baby, Ella. “One lie turns into another and then our marriage is over,” she says to him in one scene. Joshua kicks down the door in another shot.

It’s not all depressing drama though. Fans will get to see behind-the-scene footage of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, 13, competing on Dancing With the Stars: Juniors and it looks like she has a crush on her partner Tristan Ianiero. Season 3 of Mama June: From Not To Hotpremieres on WE tv on March 15 at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central. In the meantime you can get your fix by watching the wild trailer above.

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