ABC says not so fast to Jo Frost
Terrible tots and bratty tweens can rest easier: The Supernanny might be hanging up her cape.
Jo Frost — who started out starring on the U.K. version of “Supernanny” in 2004 — is making noises that she’s prepared to exit the show.
But first, ABC — which debuted the American version in 2005 — has given “Supernanny” a 13-episode order for the upcoming 2010-11 TV season. Frost is shooting those segs.
After that, Frost said she’s ready to call it quits.
“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.”
ABC, however, said no decision has been made — particularly since next season is already spoken for, and Frost may still be under contract for the season beyond that — which might make her announcement a bit premature. Ratings have slumped recently, with a 1.1 rating/4 share among adults 18-49 in its last airing on March 12.
The show, produced by Shed Media, airs in 50 countries, with local formats in several more.
Frost is already busy with “Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance,” entering its second season in the U.K. on Channel 4.