WHEN THE CANTONI HOUSEHOLD REVOLVES AROUND A THREE-YEAR-OLD'S
WHIMS, AND DAD IS A PUSHOVER, IT'S SUPERNANNY TO THE RESCUE
"Cantoni Family" -- Nina and Paul Cantoni are at odds on how to raise their children -- Nicholas, 6, Gabrielle, 3, and Giana, 10 months. Mom is overwhelmed, especially by the headstrong Gabby who is prone to biting and tends to dominate the family dynamic. Dad is wrapped around Gabby's finger, and thinks he's defusing the tantrums by giving into them, undermining Mom as she tries to hold a hard line. Big brother Nicholas could use more quality time with Dad, but strives to get attention by acting out and talking back. Bedtime is a farce -- the household falls into turmoil as Gabby stalls goodnights by requesting drink after drink, changing her mind about her beverage preference, with Dad hopping to it. This family is spiraling out of control, and even Supernanny pegs Paul as a "big marshmallow" when it comes to discipline. Can Jo get these parents on the same page? Find out, on "Supernanny," MONDAY, MAY 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Hailed by the New York Times as "fascinating" and "required viewing;" praised by Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Kelly Ripa; acclaimed by such publications as Newsweek, Hollywood Reporter and The New Yorker; and lauded by parents and nannies across America, "Supernanny" is a hit. Jo Frost, as Supernanny, can tame the wildest toddler, soothe the savage six-year-old and get the most difficult child to overcome problems with behavior, sleep, mealtime, potty training and other challenges that have vexed parents around the world for centuries. After just three episodes of the show aired in the U.K. in summer 2004, Jo Frost became Britain's hottest new TV star and godsend to desperate parents who were dazzled by her amazing results with misbehaving children. She debuted in America in early 2005 and captivated Americans as well with her practical, no-nonsense style, honed over 16 years of nannying. "Supernanny" is now an international phenomenon; it airs in 47 countries, almost all of them with Frost as Supernanny. Her books, Ask Supernanny and Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children were both New York Times bestsellers.
On the show, Jo observes how the parents handle their day-to-day obstacles with their children. Once she's assessed the pitfalls, she works with the parents, instilling her tried-and-true methods for transforming unwanted behavior. Then, after demonstrating just how well the new style will work and getting unbelievable results from the children, the parents must fly solo with the Supernanny techniques. For several days they try to implement Jo's suggestions, and she revisits them at the end of the program to help keep them on track for the future. When parents witness Jo's results and -- even better -- achieve them on their own, they are truly believers in the Supernanny way. Best of all, children and adults alike can enjoy the lasting benefits of a more harmonious family life.
Nick Powell is the creator and executive producer of both the American and British versions of the show. Craig Armstrong is executive producer and Tony Yates the co-executive producer of the American version. "Supernanny" is produced by Ricochet, Ltd.
"Supernanny" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.