October 19, 2008 02:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Supernanny move over, here comes your man! ABC has announced that Supermanny, a “back-door pilot” for a male-fronted spinoff of the network’s Supernanny reality show, will air on Friday, November 14 at 9PM ET. Supermanny will feature Chicago-based child therapist Mike Ruggles as he attempts to fill the child-rearing expert role that British Nanny Jo Frost currently fills on Supernanny.
ABC has said that the format of the show will be similar to Supernanny, andMike’s approach to dealing with the children will be similar, but hedoes however have his own inimitable style.
While they both believe in structure, boundaries, consequences, consistency, time-outs and positive reinforcement, Ruggles doesn’t use an observation period. Instead, he kicks the parents out of the house and uses role-playing techniques to determine some of the root causes of the family’s problems. The parents view the counselling techniques from a monitor.
The pilot for the show will feature Supermanny attempting to help the Marko family of Temecula, California, where parents Doug and Tracy have their hands full with three young daughters; 7-year-old Gwen, 4-year-old Alexa and 8-month-old Jacinda.
ABC began developing Supermanny last year and had ordered the pilot in August with the intention of airing it as a special in one of Supernanny’s Friday night timeslots this fall. Once the pilot airs, the network will decide whether to give Supermanny a regular series pickup.
“It feels different to have a guy come in to work with your kids,” executive producer Nick Emmerson told The Hollywood Reporter in August. “A woman has a woman’s touch, and people are more accepting and ready for her advice. We had to find the right person who has real authority and a gentle touch as well.”
Supermanny is being produced by Ricochet Ltd, the same production company that produces Supernanny and executive produced by Emmerson, Nick Powell, Eddie October, and Jen O Connell.
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