May 15, 2008 07:40 AM by Jennifer_Brown
So all you people out there trying to figure out a way to get on Oprah’s Big Give and score a million bucks for yourself, you can stop now.
Although ABC loved the show and president Steve McPherson “would have loved to bring it back,” Oprah’s said no go to a second season of her philanthropy show. The Big Give, for those who weren’t watching, revolved around a group of ordinary everyday people who would be willing to take on challenges that would have them “giving big” to needy people and organizations–sort of like Amazing Race meets Santa Claus. What the show failed to mention to the players up front was that the winner would take home a million bucks, half for himself and half to give away (the winner, by the way, was Stephen Paletta).
Though in a February teleconference, Big Give producer Ellen Rakieten suggested that there could be more Big Gives coming down the pike, saying, “We’re very creative here. If we decide to do it again, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves,” for now, at least, you won’t be seeing Oprah’s Big Give on the ABC Fall lineup.
But if you like the philanthropy-reality TV twist, Fox has a “giving” show up its sleeve. Called Secret Millionaire, the Fox show will send some of the wealthiest people in America to live alongside some of the poorest, under the guise of filming a documentary.
The wealthy will live and work like “the other half” live and work. At the end of the show, the Secret Millionaire will give a $100,000 cash prize to the individual (or group) who most inspired them.
No official premiere date and time have been announced for Secret Millionaire, but expect a Fall run of the show on Fox. Stay tuned to Reality TV Magazine for more information as it is released.
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