Cable network holding auditions

Applicants to appear on Lifetime’s new program may be wise to arrive via umbrella. The femme-centric cabler has greenlit an unscripted series entitled “America’s Supernanny” and is holding open auditions for the title role.

The reality show is a U.S. remake of Brit program “Supernanny,” which follows no-nonsense child-minder Jo Frost. Series has since been retooled for Polish, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Israeli editions, among others.

“America’s Supernanny” won’t be the first “Supernanny” show set in the U.S., but it will be the first made explicitly for U.S. viewiers. Frost has been taming Stateside hellions for five seasons on the BBC, with reruns appearing in the U.S. on Style. Now, though, the format itself is being repurposed, and American moms and dads in search of some televised parenting aid will have a homegrown disciplinarian to tame their kids.

Eight hourlong episodes of the series will be produced by Shed Media U.S. for the network. The show will follow the title character around the country as she doles out life lessons to families struggling with childrearing issues great and small.

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