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Hallmark's new show finds out 'Who's The Boss'

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MUMBAI: Family general entertainment channel Hallmark has added yet another feather to its cap by enhancing its already varied bouquet of offerings.

The broadcaster will air the sitcom Who's The Boss every Monday at 3:30 pm from 4 April. In the US the sitcom was a big hit in the 1980's on ABC.

Traditional sexual roles are turned upside down . For eight years, blue-collar male housekeeper Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) and his female boss, advertising executive Angela Bower (Judith Light) fought a battle of wits, but in the end, their employer-employee relationship became a romance. Of course, their growing attraction is obvious to everyone except Tony and Angela themselves.

At the start of the show Tony's world is turned upside down when an injury forced his early retirement from major league baseball, and his beloved wife passed away. Tony is determined to put his life back on track and prove he could earn a living and raise his daughter, Samantha, like any other loving, conscientious parent. Meanwhile Angela is having problems of her own in suburban Connecticut. A high-powered advertising executive, she was leading a frenetic life -- too chaotic to simultaneously pursue a career, run a household and properly raise her son, Jonathan. Therefore, her mother Mona hires Tony as a housekeeper, cook, nanny and role model in the Bower household.

"Meaningless, unproductive work" is what Tony does for the Bowers--and does well--but he and his daughter also become part of the family. Angela and Tony go on a number of dates with other people, but there's an obvious sexual tension between them. The show would continue to exploit that tension for eight seasons in the US to great success and even inspired a British version called The Upper Hand.

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