Last December, FOX aired Secret Millionaire — a reality show about wealthy people who go undercover, looking for worthy people to award money to in distressed areas.
Though a version has been running successfully in the UK for four cycles, the series wasn’t a ratings winner in the US. FOX cancelled it after a six episode run.
Apparently ABC believes that they can do a better job with it. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the alphabet network has picked up the show for six episodes. It’s believed that it will be a better fit for ABC whose reality shows tend to have a more positive angle.
What do you think? Are you more likely to watch a show like Secret Millionaire on ABC than on FOX? Does the network make that much of a difference?
Watched all the episodes on FOX and was upset that the show cancelled, but was surprised to see it on ABC – watched 4 episodes so far. It was quite heart-felt, I know people are claiming it’s all staged – I feel from what they have captured it’s real feelings and the haters can’t generalize that this is the first time they opened up a checkbook; many give to private charities without the camera rolling. It’s about time we have more positive shows on TV, if anything kids could watch this show and see what poverty is really like and… Read more »
Is it possible to get any kind of professional assistance on the production of the show,we could be very happy to get any person from Fox or ABC, to provide me with contacts.
YE-AH. WAT SHE SAYD.
I absolutely loved this show! I’ve watched all 6 episodes and I had tears in my eyes at the end for all of them. It’s about time, that finally there is a show that is positive. We need more TV shows like that one. I’m looking forward to watching it on ABC.
HOW DO YOU SUBMIT A RECOMENDATION FOR THE SHOW? I am sure the story I have to tell would effect many. Please provide any info appropriate to honest, real life ,heart breaking stories only. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
So first off, this was not “original” programming for Fox either. It was first done, as the article notes, in the UK. I’ve seen that show and it is done much better there. First, I don’t like how Fox makes all the millionaires stammer and stumble on their way to apologizing for lying to these people (that they were poor). It comes off as staged, contrite and not very “real” at all. I seriously doubt that any of these people have issues with coming clean. Secondly, the UK version makes them live in the community for more than a week.… Read more »
Stumbled onto this show (reruns) on Fox while channel surfing yesterday. It’s AWESOME! Don’t know why Fox didn’t do a better job of promoting such an inspiring show, but we’ll be looking forward to seeing it on ABC.
If ever there was a time for some inspiring tv – something that shows -people giving something back, NOW is the time! I know a few kids with “entitlement issues” who’d benefit from watching this show!
I just started watching the reruns on Fox Reality Channel. I never knew that this show existed (great marketing Fox). This is a very powerful show. It makes people wake up to what really is important in our lives. Many people just need a little help and a little hope. The show reminds us that there are people in our own back yard that struggle to make it from day to day. By make it, I mean food, clothing, medicine, a job, a place to sleep and so forth. Many of us have no time to think about others because… Read more »
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@Peter: Those are reruns, I believe.
I LOVED THE SHOW! I WOULD LIKE IT TO COME BACK WEATHER ITS ON ABC OR FOX
It was a great show – True (not to mention rich) Americans showing real patriotism is giving to those in need.
the show will do great on ABC! Hope It Survives This Time!
If a show stinx, people won’t watch it regardless of the net it’s on. And that show STINX.
No wonder ABC has had so many flops lately. And raiding another net’s garbage can isn’t gonna help them, either. Are they gonna dip into the CW’s cemetery next?
Can’t they come up with enough ORIGINAL programming?
I actually enjoyed this reality series and am glad to read it will return. FOX was not the bext but with ABC, I think it might be a hit. Welcome back Secret Millionaire.
Considering the way FOX infamously treats the properties it developed and broadcasts and the way this show (which I did see and I thought with some reworking would have worked) jives better with ABC’s style of reality programming. Lets face it, most of the reality programming in North America falls into 3 catagories 1) Documentary/investigative Reporting 2) Educational/Enquiring/Service/Improvement 3) The Freak Show : During pre revolutionary France it was common to use money and Power to use the poor and disenfranchised as entertainment to laugh at and feel superior to. There were aristocrats that would put on shows not dissimilar… Read more »