ABC has given early greenlights to reality skeins “Wife Swap,” “Supernanny” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
All three will return next season with at least 13 episodes. They join the certain-to-be-renewed “Dancing With the Stars” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on the Alphabet’s 2007-08 reality roster, along with “The Bachelor,” now shooting its next season.
“Videos” will be back for what ABC is calling the show’s 18th season, having originally premiered in January 1990, just a few weeks after “The Simpsons” bowed on Fox. Skein was off the air for two years between 1999 and 2001.
“Wife Swap” and “Supernanny” have proven to be solid utility players for ABC, giving the net a presence on Monday nights vs. tough competish.
Chris Coelen, whose RDF USA produces “Wife Swap” for ABC, said the renewal will bring the skein’s total episode tally to 87 segs over four seasons. Skein has been a near-constant presence on ABC’s sked, with originals and repeats airing both in-season and during the summer.
“It’s amazing how well it’s done, considering that the show hasn’t really been rested at all,” he said. “It’s a really accessible format. Everybody can see a little bit of themselves in the show.”
“Wife Swap” is exec produced by Wendy Roth, Stephen Lambert and Michael Davies.
“Supernanny,” now in its fourth season, stars Jo Frost as the Blighty nanny charged with taming troublesome tykes. Nick Powell, who created the skein, exec produces with Craig Armstrong and Nick Emmerson via Ricochet.
Tom Bergeron hosts “Videos,” which Vin di Bona exec produces via his self-titled production shingle.