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'America's Top Dog' offers intense canine, civilian challenges

Luaine Lee, Tribune News Service on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

Frost tells me she began when she was 17.

"I used to work in a maternity shop and I was at college, but I started babysitting in the evenings," she says. "I started then to professionally nanny full time, I was in sole charge when I was 18. I finished college and then I didn't go on to do anything else. I started to professionally help families, and I chose not to go to training for professional nannies.

"I just didn't want to be molded into any particular type of career and back then, Norland Nannies would never be on the floor with the children playing. They were very suited and booted and up here on the sofa," she says.

"The institutions for child care were not something that I cared to do because I felt the best training that I would have would be working in the field, working with different families, professionally nannying and consulting. So I became a professional nanny helping different families and became what they call a 'troubleshooter.'"


Those who've always been fascinated by the antics of James Bond or Jack Ryan or Jason Bourne will dig Bravo's new competition show, which ferrets out the most crafty and illusive spies. "Spy Game," premiering Jan. 20, pits 10 would-be agents against each other in a high stakes game of spy vs. spy.


The contestants live together in a secret cell and are charged with gathering intelligence on each other. They must prevail over a series of numbing challenges designed by three former agents: one from the CIA, one from the FBI and one from the Secret Service. The contestants that show the canniest skills at espionage activities will move forward in the game. But, alas, there can be only one winner in the clandestine caper, and they will take home $100,000.


Alert to all parents: If you want to watch a show the whole family can enjoy, try on "The Waltons," a vintage series that's being revived by MeTV Wednesday and will air every weekday at noon. It's the tale of the struggles of a rural family in Virginia during the Depression and into the era of World War II and on. The series ran for nine seasons beginning in 1972 and scooped up dozens of awards, which it richly deserved.

Richard Thomas starred as John-Boy, the oldest of seven children in the family. A peerless actor, Thomas went on to star in many other projects, but none of them ever eclipsed his performance in "The Waltons."


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