June 28, 2005 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
"Gorbea Family" – Robert (34) and Evelina (26) Gorbea have lost control of their family, and the power is in the hands of their two-year-old son, Adam. The toddler constantly latches onto his mother and explodes into ear-busting tantrums when he’s denied her attention. He also refuses to go to sleep in his crib, often keeping Evelina up until the wee hours of the night. This monopoly of mom’s time leaves Adam’s siblings, daughter Meya (8) and son Demetrius (9), feeling neglected.
Is Robert not helpful enough or is Evelina afraid to let her last baby grow up? The family is coming apart at the seams, but there is one woman who can sew it back together — Supernanny Jo Frost. When the parents run out of answers, it’s Jo Jo to the rescue, on "Supernanny," WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 3/7/05)
Supernanny Jo Frost catapulted to fame when the U.K. version of "Supernanny" debuted in 2004, and she’s considered by many to be a godsend to U.S. parents and media, counting Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Ripa, Newsweek and reporters nationwide among her fans. In addition her paperback book, Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children, made it to No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
On the television program, Jo observes how parents handle their day-to-day obstacles with their children. Once she’s assessed the pitfalls, she works with the parents, instilling her tried-and-true methods for transforming unwanted behavior. Then, after demonstrating just how well the new style will work and getting unbelievable results from the children, the parents must fly solo with the Supernanny techniques. For several days they try to implement Jo’s suggestions, and she revisits them at the end of the program to help keep them on track for the future. When parents witness Jo’s results and — even better — achieve them on their own, they are true believers in the Supernanny way. Best of all, children and adults alike can enjoy the lasting benefits of a more harmonious family life.
Nick Powell is the creator and executive producer of both the American and British versions of the show. Craig Armstrong is executive producer of the American version. "Supernanny" is produced by Ricochet, Ltd.