Supernanny Jo Frost courtesy Bob D'Amico/ABC
This winter, Supernanny Jo Frost will work her magic on the ABC reality series' first celebrity family. Wilson Phillips singer Wendy Wilson and her husband Dan Knutson invite the British nanny to move in to their home six weeks after Wilson gives birth to their twins, Willem and Jesse. Between midnight feedings, play dates for sons Beau, 3, and Leo, 4, and drastically different parenting styles, the couple is sleep-deprived and overwhelmed when Supernanny arrives for a crash course in tough love. Wilson is also in the midst of rehearsals for a Wilson Phillips tour with her sister Carnie, who drops by in the Feb. 20 episode."They applied just like every other mom and dad," says U.S. casting director Johnnie Raines. "Wendy Wilson is a mom of four and two of those kids are newborn twins so that's a lot for anyone to deal with whether you've got a Grammy or not!" Dana Meltzer Zepeda
Scheduled to debut next season are four new comedy entries Carpoolers, Cavemen, Miss/Guided and Sam I Am; along with seven new drama series Big Shots, Cashmere Mafia, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies and Women's Murder Club. Oprah's Big Give is also slated to debut.In addition to the new series, ABC previously announced season renewals for Brothers & Sisters, Men in Trees, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Bachelor, Supernanny, America's Funniest Home Videos and Wife Swap. October Road and Notes from the Underbelly will also return for second seasons.As previously announced, Saturday Night College Football will return for a second season on Saturday, September 1 (8:00 pm, ET).ABC's fall prime-time schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern, with new shows in bold):MONDAY: 8 pm Dancing with the Stars9:30 pm Sam I ...
Nanny 911's Yvonne
Are your kids sneaking into the pantry as you read this? Quick, go check. Are they taking over your bed at night? Stop right here. Nanny Yvonne disapproves, and she says there is a way to change it. Relieved? Currently in its third season, Fox's Nanny 911 (Fridays at 8 pm/ET) is reviving families across America one by one, and we wanted to know how they deal with all those screaming monst-, er, children. Yvonne visited TVGuide.com and told us who put her up for the show, where she learned her caretaking techniques, and the No. 1 thing parents everywhere should be doing to keep the peace at home.
TVGuide.com: You've had about 20 years of experience working with children, right?Yvonne: It basically started when I was really young. I come from a single-parent family and I have a handicapped brother who I used to look after when my mom went to
ABC has granted early pickups to not one or two but three reality series: America's Funniest Home Videos, which will return for an 18th season of dogs sniffing crotches, and Supernanny and Wife Swap, both of which are currently in their third cycles.
Not much to mention on this Monday full of CBS and CW repeats, other than: The Billboard Music Awards placed fourth over its two-hour run, drawing just 6 million total viewers. Heroes (15 million) slipped 500,000, as it did last week. Hiro, find that sword! Supernanny returned to an audience of 10.54 mil, a 600K improvement over its previous season premiere, and 2.6 mil more than time slot predecessor The Bachelor's most recent season opener. At 10, Studio 60 stayed in place with 7.42 million, while What About Brian surged 810,000 from its previous outing, netting its best numbers since Oct. 30.
Jo Frost, Supernanny
Have you ever stood in the Naughty Corner? We don't think you'd like it much, considering it took Jennifer Bowersock — the frustrated mom on the Season 3 premiere of ABC's tantrum-taming Supernanny (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET) — hours to keep her stubborn daughter there for more than a second. After getting a sneak peek of the episode — which will certainly amaze viewers with its harsh punishments and emotional turnarounds — TVGuide.com asked Supernanny Jo Frost why she puts up with all the screaming and what she hopes parents will take away from the new season.
TVGuide.com: How do you like being in New York this time of year? Jo Frost: It's rather like London, rainy and dark. But New York's great.
TVGuide.com: Lots of children taking in the holiday-season sights, right?Fr
ABC's official fall schedule just crossed the wires and those crazy kids over at the Alphabet net are moving Grey's Anatomy to Thursdays at 9 pm. The complete press release is below.ABC UNVEILS 2006-07 PRIMETIME SCHEDULESix New Comedies, Six New Dramas and Three New Alternative SeriesWill Join a Slate of Returning ShowsNew Series Include Betty the Ugly, Big Day, Brothers & Sisters, Day Break, Help Me Help You, In Case of Emergency, Greg Behrendts Wake-Up Call, Just for Laughs, Lets Rob
, Men in Trees, The Nine, Notes from the Underbelly, Set for the Rest of Your Life, Six Degrees and Traveler Returning Series Include Greys Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ...
Brad Garrett, 'Til Death
After attending the networks' upfront presentations all week, the Biz has this analysis of the coming season. (Click here for next fall's grid and new-show descriptions.)
CWYou've got to wonder what went wrong in CW's new-series development process if the network had to bring back 7th Heaven — even though the show lost a reported $16 million for WB this past season.
But the decision to have CW's inaugural schedule made up of established shows from WB and UPN may end up being a blessing. Many of the shows have small but rabid followings, and promoting new shows on a new network will be tough. The fans of shows like One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars will track them down on their own. Viewers in the 18-to-34-year-old demographic that CW targets don't watch networks, they watch shows. (According to recent survey, only one in four 1
Jo Frost, Supernanny
If you've ever seen children in a restaurant running wild and screaming at the top of their lungs, then you've glimpsed the kind of behavior Jo Frost is exposed to every single day. On ABC's Supernanny (Monday at 9 pm/ET), Frost enters a home for 10 days and tries to transform unruly tots into kids who do chores and have manners — and all without raising her voice. How does she do it? A spoonful of sugar, perhaps? Read TVGuide.com's Q&A with Nanny Jo, or else we'll have to put you on the naughty beanbag!
TVGuide.com: As a new mom, I've been watching your show and committing it to memory, so I'll be prepared when my child gets a little older. Jo Frost: The point is that you're watching the show, and that puts you
The fun (and confusion) never stops as the networks continue scrambling their schedules, with a new wave of mid-season changes kicking in the instant the Olympics and February sweeps conclude.
As a helpful guide to get you through the exhausting month of March, here's a night-by-night rundown of what to expect (until the next changes are announced):
March 1: After a 90-minute American Idol, Fox airs a preview of quasi-improvised slacker sitcom Free Ride (it will regularly air on Sundays starting March 12, replacing American Dad for a while). Invasion is preempted for the annual Oscar-themed Barbara Walters Special, which for the first time is not airing on Oscar night.