According to TV Guide, Adam DeVine (Comedy Central's "Workaholics") has been cast in a recurring role as baby Joe's nanny. Exec producer Christopher Lloyd describes the character as an energetic Midwestern guy who "doesn't want to just take care of the baby. He wants to sort of revive the entire household, which leads to some territorial clashes with Jay [Ed O'Neill] and Manny [Rico Rodriguez]."
Oh, boy! Sounds like this could turn into a family feud!
While DeVine should have no trouble fitting into this "Modern Family," we can't wait to see if his character will measure up to these mannies of TV past:
Who can forget "The One With the Male Nanny?" The 2002 "Friends" episode introduced fans to Sandy, a super sensitive male nanny hired by Ross and Rachel (David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston) after baby Emma was born. Freddie Prinze, Jr. played the nurturing Sandy: A guy who came bearing puppets and homemade diaper-rash cream. Although Ross ultimately canned this manny for being "too sensitive" (hey, what's wrong with soothing baby to sleep via a flute solo of "Greensleeves"?), there were no hard feelings. Ross became misty-eyed while talking about his own childhood, and Sandy left him with these parting words: "Crying is good. It lets the boo hoos out."
Watch Freddie Prinze, Jr. on "Friends":
Charles: "Charles in Charge"
In 1984, Scott Baio said goodbye to his Chachi days when he landed the role of a male nanny on the sitcom "Charles in Charge." Baio played Charles, a college student who took a live-in sitting stint in exchange for room and board. But this manny changed up his charges, first working for the Pembroke family and later for the Powells. Fun fact: In real life, Baio dated Nicole Eggert, who played one of his teen charges!
Jesse and Joey -- "Full House"
The "Full House" kids got a double dose of manny action (and a whole lot of Bullwinkle impressions), when both their uncle and dad's BFF (John Stamos, Dave Coulier) stepped in to help raise them. One of Jesse and Joey's first nights in their manny role featured a hilarious diaper-changing scene that included a meat rack and a roll of paper towels. But one manny didn't exactly feel the (baby) love at first sight. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, John Stamos revealed that he asked producers to "get rid of" Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (the young twins shared the role of Michelle Tanner) because they cried too much.
Check out Jesse and Joey change an Olsen twin's diaper:
Tony Micelli -- "Who's the Boss?"
Part housekeeper, part nanny, part hunk, Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) was the complete package on the 1980s sitcom "Who's the Boss?" While single mom and ad exec Angela Bower (Judith Light) initially hired him to keep house while she brought home the bacon, Tony proved he was more than eye candy with a mop when he became the male caretaker and role model for her son, Jonathan. In a 1992 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Light said, "'Who's the Boss?' was very important, very cutting edge for the '80s. These were people who were not stereotypes. She was successful, and he was not afraid to be in the home. The show became not about the jobs but the people, and what happened to them over time."
Mr. Belvedere and Mr. French -- "Mr. Belvedere" and "Family Affair"
And sometimes, a dapper English gentleman fits the manny bill. On the 1960s sitcom "Family Affair," Sebastian Cabot played the formal Mr. French, a live-in caretaker who helped Bill Davis (Brian Keith) raise his orphaned nieces and nephew, Cissy, Buffy, and Jody (and a bonus: Buffy's doll, Mrs. Beasley).
Two decades later, Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett) helped out with the Owens kids on the ABC sitcom of the same name. Each episode ended with a journal entry written by the manny himself, and perhaps this one, from the pilot episode, said it best: "Although the individual members seem well intentioned enough, they do seem a bit out of touch with each other. But with a certain amount of patience and direction, I'm sure I can whip them into shape... They're damn lucky to have me."
See story time with Mr. French on "Family Affair":
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