One of those is the Calm Down Corner, which we saw implemented first-hand with a young child. It's a matter of consistency and patience, which this father learned first-hand. By the time Tate exhausted himself trying to leave the Calm Down Corner -- after 106 escape attempts -- Dad was literally drenched with sweat.
She says that not only was the story about her starting a family totally invented by Shed Media, but that their new 'Supernanny,' Deborah Tillman, doesn't have the right credentials for the job.
Frost told 'The Daily Mail' that "I decided to leave after season seven, earlier this year. But then they [Shed Media] made up this story that I was running off to get married and have children. I am not at all happy. I feel like I worked really hard to get where I am. I am Supernanny. That's me. I only know that Deborah Tillman is an accountant and a businesswoman. She has never been a nanny."
Jerald and Marla Fernandez were high school sweethearts. But things aren't working out so well these days. The couple has three children: Desiree, 12, Elias, 5 and Eulisis, 3. The boys are out of control -- they scream and kick, and a trip to the store with them can be a disaster. Meanwhile, daughter Desiree's grades are slipping.
Through it all, dad Jerald just sits in his chair and smirks. He has a relaxed attitude. Or does he just have an "uncaring" attitude?
The parents have their hands full with their young brood, and they're also having trouble disciplining the kids. Their go-to method of discipline is "saucing" the three older children -- that is, putting a dab of hot sauce on their lips.
Jo visits the Atkinson family in Illinois, where mom Jennifer is having trouble with teen daughter Amanda. A lot of trouble. Amanda openly insults her mother -- to the point of saying she wishes her mom was dead. Jennifer puts up with it, for the sake of making peace. But this may not be the right decision.
According to the New York Post, Frost will tape one more season of the series focusing on teen mothers.
"I have decided to hang up my cape," she told the newspaper. "It was a very conscious decision, through much reflection. But I need to create more balance in my life."
Frost has been traveling the U.S. and Britain since 2004, helping parents with unruly kids, but now she wants to focus on her own life and start a family. "Proper balance will allow me to date and have a relationship and look at my own future of having a family," she said.
In other TV news ...
• 'Glee' star Jane Lynch will host a holiday special on Fox. 'TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special' will feature some of the most memorable holiday moments from TV. [TV Guide]
• Bravo has ordered a full season of Rocco DiSpirito's new series. 'Rocco's Dinner Party' will see four aspiring chefs competing to cater a dinner party for Rocco and his distinguished guests. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Joan Allen has joined the cast of HBO's 'Luck.' The new horse racing drama also stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina. [TV Guide]
Apparently so. According to Variety, 'Supernanny' star Jo Frost wants to quit the ABC series after the 2010-11 tube season. Frost, who debuted as the 'Supernannny' in England in 2004 and then brought her child-rearing tips to U.S. airwaves in 2005, is currently filming a final 13 episodes of the show, and then plans to quit.
"It feels like the right time for me to end my reign as the Supernanny," Frost said. "I've lived out of a suitcase for the past five years, visiting 47 states for the show. It's time to settle down in one place for the time being."
The network is going to film an episode of Supernanny that will feature a man in the nanny role. The episode will serve as the pilot for a new series titled Supermanny, which I think they should check to see if it's already a trademark of baseball star Manny Ramirez. Therapist Mike Ruggles will be the man(ny).
The show's producer says that having a man in the nanny role will be interesting because "with a man, he can connect with dads in a different way." He then added "and if we can get the two guys to actually get into a fist fight, that will be great for ratings." OK, I made up that last part, but if that did happen you know it will be heavily promoted.
Here's an idea for ABC: they could air a male version of The Bachelorette and call it ... The Bachelor!
A day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.
The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.
This time we have The Bad Girls Club, The Biggest Loser and other new shows.
Yes, yes, it's true. Even in this era of YouTube, there's an audience out there that still enjoys America's Funniest Home Videos. ABC has booked it for an 18th season, making it the longest-running primetime show in the network's history. Host Tom Bergeron will be back -- natch -- and more money will be awarded to the funniest videos, which are now DVDs.
According to this article in the U.K.'s Telegraph, kids on the reality TV show Supernanny have been intentionally made to cry to boost ratings. The show is successful in Britain and in the United States (on ABC) and has made host Jo Frost a household name.
My question is: why is this surprising? It's somewhat common knowledge that reality TV intentionally gets its participants into awkward situations in order to get good TV out of it. Hell, right before I started with TV Squad I appeared on a cable TV game show and I was amazed at how much the producers wanted me to behave a certain way in order to make for better TV.