ABC screens 'Videos' for 18th season


ABC has given early pickups to a trio of reality series.

"America's Funniest Home Videos" has been picked up for an 18th season, while "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap" have been renewed for fourth seasons.

"AFHV," which debuted in January 1990, is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in ABC history. In its 17 seasons to date, the show has given away more than $9 million in prize money to people submitting home videos and has evaluated more than half a million videotapes from viewers.

"AFHV," from Vin Di Bona Prods., is executive produced by Vin Di Bona, with Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway serving as co-executive producers.

"Supernanny," which got its start in the U.K. in summer 2004 and debuted on ABC in early 2005, features Jo Frost dealing with difficult children. It now airs in 47 territories, almost all of them featuring Frost.

"Supernanny" is produced by Ricochet Ltd. Nick Powell is the creator and executive producer of both the American and British versions of the show. Craig Armstrong and Nick Emmerson are executive producers of the American version.

"Wife Swap" debuted in the U.K. in 2003 and made its way to ABC in 2004. The show, featuring two families swapping wives for two weeks, has been sold as an acquisition or a format to more than 100 international territories.

"Wife Swap" is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive produced by Wendy Roth and Stephen Lambert of RDF Media and Michael Davies of Embassy Row. Cristin Cricco, Stephanie Schwam Adams and Mike Gamson are the co-executive producers.