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ABC is moving forward with its plans for a male-based “Supernanny”spinoff.
The network will air an episode of “Supermanny” as a back-doorpilot in the fall. The spinoff’s format will remain similar to theoriginal, with a child-development expert lending a family incrisis some tough-love guidance.
However, instead of professional nanny Jo Frost leading the livingroom intervention, gruff Chicago child therapist Mike Ruggles willstep in.
“With a guy, he can connect with dads in a different kind of way,”executive producer Nick Emmerson said. “It’s really powerfulstuff.”
Ruggles’ approach to diffusing family disputes will differ somewhatas well. Ruggles encourages parents to learn how to play with theirkids and get to know them.
“It feels different to have a guy come in to work with your kids,”Emmerson said. “A woman has a woman’s touch, and people are moreaccepting and ready for her advice. We had to find the right personwho has real authority and a gentle touch as well.”
The project is from Ricochet Television, which also produces theoriginal series. ABC plans to air the episode as a special in thenew “Supernanny” time period, 9 p.m. Fridays. The spinoff has beenin development since last year, with the network hoping to buildoff the sturdy reality veteran series that’s performedcompetitively in various spots on its schedule.
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