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Fox's 'Nanny 911' reality series to premiere November 3

By Reality TV World staff, 10/19/2004 

It looks like another Fox copycat of an upcoming ABC reality series will once again beat the ABC series that inspired it to the airwaves. Fox has announced that Nanny 911, the "nanny to the rescue" series that it picked up after losing out to ABC in the bidding for the American rights to Britain's Supernanny series, will premiere Wednesday, November 3 at 9PM ET/PT.

Unlike ABC's Supernanny, which will center around a single nanny, Jo Frost (the same "supernanny" that stars in the British edition of the series), Fox's Nanny 911 will follow the efforts of a rotating team of English uber-nannies managed by Head Nanny Lilian, who runs "Nanny Central" with the assistance of her trusty butler Fraser. A charming and impeccably mannered grandmother who has been nanny to the British upper crust for over 25 years, Lilian will evaluate each new child-rearing emergency and determine which of the group's nanny team she feels is best suited to the challenge at hand.

Joining Lilian as "specialist" members of her Nanny 911 team will be:

• Nanny Deb - A 20-year veteran of the nanny wars, Deb is creative and energetic, and relies on her sense of humor to deal with difficult situations. Deb's motto is "'I want,' doesn't get."

• Nanny Stella - The outspoken nanny of the group, Stella takes a no-nonsense approach to kid crises. Stella believes children need lots of love - and lots of structure.

• Nanny Yvonne - A firm believer in respect, Yvonne treats kids the way she would like to be treated, and she'll do whatever it takes to keep her charges safe.

Nanny 911 is produced by Granada Entertainment, the British production company that's had both success (A&E's Airline) and failure (ABC's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here) with its previous American reality television efforts.

Seemingly stacking the deck against Granada is the involvement of Bruce Toms, who along with Paul Jackson serves as the program's executive producers. Toms co-produced Fox's abysmal Love Cruise series, as well the network's more successful (but equally sleazy) Paradise Hotel series. More recently, Toms served as an executive producer on The WB's Boarding House: North Shore and on Fox's (even more sleazy -- and completely disastrous) Forever Eden series. How any of those shows qualify one to produce a program that Fox bills as "family-oriented" is unclear, however given Toms' track record in non-wholesome reality fare, perhaps a change in professional focus is worth a shot.

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