March 06, 2006 12:03 AM by Joe Blackmon
Cheryl Carsley is a harried single mom with five children, including two sets of twin boys. She’s in school full-time, training to be a teacher, but at home her kids — Chantal, 7, Nicolas and Caleb, 5, and Bobby and Elijah, 4 — rule the roost. The house looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in years, but worse than that is the way the kids treat their Mom and each other.
A bitter divorce has left the children emotionally scarred; they hit their mother, scream at her, fight with each other and throw fits. The kids don’t listen or treat Cheryl with respect, and every technique she has tried has failed. On top of this, how can a single working mom find one-on-one time with each child? It’s the most extreme U.S. household Jo has seen yet. Can she get Mom to take charge so she can build a better life for all them? Find out when "Supernanny" returns to ABC’s schedule, MONDAY, MARCH 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Hailed by the New York Times as "fascinating" and "required viewing;" praised by Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Kelly Ripa; acclaimed by such publications as Newsweek, Hollywood Reporter and The New Yorker; and lauded by parents and nannies across America, "Supernanny" is a hit. Jo Frost, as Supernanny, can tame the wildest toddler, soothe the savage six-year-old and get the most difficult child to overcome problems with behavior, sleep, mealtime, potty training and other challenges that have vexed parents around the world for centuries. After just three episodes of the show aired in the U.K. in summer 2004, Jo Frost became Britain’s hottest new TV star and godsend to desperate parents who were dazzled by her amazing results with misbehaving children. She debuted in America in early 2005 and captivated Americans as well with her practical, no-nonsense style, honed over 16 years of nannying. "Supernanny" is now an international phenomenon; it airs in over 47 territories, almost all of them with Frost as Supernanny. Her book, Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller.
On the show, Jo observes how the 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 truly 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 and Tony Yates the co-executive producer of the American version. "Supernanny" is produced by Ricochet, Ltd.