[10/15/08 - 12:09 PM]
Introducing the World's First Super-MannY... Mike Ruggles from Chicago Helps the Marko Family of California, on "Super-Manny," Friday, November 14 on Abc
The backdoor pilot will air "Supernanny's" usual Friday, 9:00/8:00c home.

[via press release from ABC]


On FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), America will meet Mike Ruggles, the world's first Super-Manny, in a one-hour special aptly-titled "Super-Manny" on the ABC Television Network. Mike is warm Chicagoan with over 16 years' experience as a teacher and developmental therapist for children. With an M.A. in psychology from California State University, Northridge, he has always loved helping kids, even when he was a youngster himself. When he was in sixth grade, he volunteered to work in the special education class at his elementary school and was hooked. Now Mike can share his ideas, techniques and enthusiasm for helping parents relate to their kids with millions of viewers.

Mike shares a number of approaches with "Supernanny" -- an emphasis on structure, boundaries, consequences, consistency, time-outs and positive reinforcement -- but he's got his own inimitable style. Rather than have an observation period, he kicks the parents out of the house and gives the kids a voice by using role-playing techniques to determine some of the root problems, as the parents watch from a monitor. In the case of the Marko family of Temecula, California, parents Doug and Tracy have their hands full with three young daughters, Gwen, 7, Alexa, 4 and Jacinda, 8 months. Gwen seems to be the instigator of trouble�she treats her parents disrespectfully, yelling "Leave me alone, woman!" to her mother, and homework time can run over two hours with her antics. With Alexa now learning from Gwen, an overwhelmed Doug and Tracy are at their wits' end. The house is, sadly, filled with anger and chaos, but Super-Manny is here to give the Markos a call to action.

Mike quickly discovers that Gwen feels very negatively about her relationship with her Dad, who often resorts to smacking and spanking the children, which Mike doesn't approve of. He introduces some key tips for diverting Gwen's anger, such as the "Whack-a-Pillow" technique, as well as for minimizing Doug's own temper, as he vividly demonstrates the domino effect when Doug cannot maintain his cool. Mike shows the Markos how to ease homework heartache by calming the environment around Gwen and changing the way they interact with her when her frustration rises.

When Mike sends Tracy out of the house and puts Doug in charge all day long, Gwen freaks out. But Super-Manny is prepared. His technique involves coaching Doug through some of the toughest challenges via an earpiece dubbed "Mini-Mike," while Mike watches their interactions on a monitor in another room. He can literally adapt his advice moment-by-moment to suit the family's needs. Later in the episode he also uses a play-by-play demo to show the parents where their parenting skills are succeeding and where they need bolstering.

"Super-Manny" is produced by Ricochet, Ltd. Executive producers are Nick Powell, Nick Emmerson, Eddie October and Jen O �Connell. "Super-Manny" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

  [october 2008]  


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