TV’s nanny mini-craze of the mid-’00s may be resurrected with the announcement Tuesday that Lifetime is getting into the nanny-show business with a new reality series.
In fact, Lifetime’s new show – “America’s Supernanny” – is being adapted from the now-legendary “Supernanny” series that aired on ABC from 2005 to just last spring.
Lifetime says it is now searching for “the country’s best nanny” to star in the new Americanized “Supernanny” series in the same role played by the British caregiver Jo Frost on the original English and American versions of “Supernanny.” In this new show, as in the old one, the new supernanny will travel the country visiting and counseling families in distress.
Of course, the only element undergoing Americanization here is the prospect of discovering this new nannying phenom here in America. To find her, Lifetime and producer Shed Media (producer of the original “Supernanny”) are putting out a call for candidates. Prospective supernannies are being asked to apply for this chance at supernanny stardom at myLifetime.com. In addition, parents seeking help with their out-of-control kids are invited to call 877-NANNYTIME (877-626-6984) or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for the series.
Meanwhile, there was no word on whether Nanny Jo would be participating in any way in the new series. It’s doubtful she’ll be involved, since her name appears nowhere in Lifetime’s Tuesday press release. Our take on that is that it’s too bad. We happen to think Nanny Jo was one of the most charismatic TV personalities of the past decade, but if Lifetime wants to go with someone else, then that’s their business.
In its heyday, “Supernanny” was one of two nanny shows on TV. The other one was “Nanny 911” on Fox. Nowadays, the only nanny show is “The Nanny,” the Fran Drescher sitcom – repeats of which air almost constantly on Nick at Nite (when they’re not airing “George Lopez”).
Lifetime hopes to get “America’s Supernanny” on the air later this year.