09/20/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Supermanny: ABC Plans Male-Based "Supernanny" Spinoff

ABC is moving forward with its plans for a male-based "Supernanny" spinoff.

The network will air an episode of "Supermanny" as a back-door pilot in the fall. The spinoff's format will remain similar to the original, with a child-development expert lending a family in crisis some tough-love guidance.

However, instead of professional nanny Jo Frost leading the living room intervention, gruff Chicago child therapist Mike Ruggles will step in.

"With a guy, he can connect with dads in a different kind of way," executive producer Nick Emmerson said. "It's really powerful stuff."

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