Ever so often there comes a show that touches the heart of everyone that watches. I am so excited for a show that is soon to be premiering on ABC called “The Secret Millionaire.” In this show, actual Millionaires voluntarily leave their mansions and prized possessions to experience life with those of lower socio-economic classes, in search of real life heroes that impact lives and make a difference in their community and world. The millionaires are undercover and after spending some time with these real life heroes, they reveal themselves and the fact that they are choosing to give money from their own personal fortunes to help sponsor and support their new found friends and real life heroes! Check out the Trailer below…the series premiers on Sunday March 6th at 8/7c.
One of the Millionaire’s is a woman named Dani Johnson. She is an Entrepreneur and Professional Speaker that motivates, educates, and inspires other people to pursue their dreams and live their best life now!
Six episodes of “Secret Millionaire” aired on Fox Broadcasting in December 2008.
The series has self-made successful business people spend a week in the nation’s poorest areas and give away hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money.
“Secret Millionaire” will air Sundays at 8 p.m. in place of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which will return to the time slot April 17.
“Secret Millionaire” had been scheduled to be part of ABC’s fall schedule, airing Fridays at 8 p.m., but was replaced by “SuperNanny” before the start of the season.
The Alphabet has ordered six more episodes of the show, which should fit in pretty well with ABC’s feel-good style of unscripted programming (a la “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Supernanny”).
Secret Millionaire’s prospects at ABC are getting better by the minute. First, the network pulled the new reality series from the low-profile Friday 8 PM slot where it was originally scheduled. Now I hear it is giving it Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Sunday 8 PM time period for a six-episode midseason run starting March 6. That is the Sunday after the Academy Awards, with ABC planning to heavily promote Secret Millionaire during the awards broadcast. For ABC, which has no football, the Oscars are the most-watched telecast of the year and the biggest possible promotional platform for its shows. Additionally, ABC has asked Secret Millionaire producer Zodiak USA to begin casting on a new cycle, an indication that the network is looking to order more episodes beyond the original 6. ABC’s Sunday 8 PM slot has already become synonymous with feel-good reality programming thanks to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, so it is considered perfectly suited for the similarly-inspirational Secret Millionaire. The move will avoid airing Home Edition repeats and, after the 6-week hiatus, the veteran home-rebuilding show will return to its Sunday slot with originals. But, with Home Edition aging and its ratings suffering serious erosion this season, it is not inconceivable to look at Secret Millionaire’s airing on Sunday as a trial run for a possible permanent spot there in the future.
Based on the Channel 4 series, Secret Millionaire follows successful U.S. businessmen who spend a week in the country’s poorest areas and at the end of their stay reveal their true identity and give deserving people in the community hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money. Secret Millionaire started gaining support among ABC executives when they began to see cuts at the beginning of the summer, with its fan base at the network growing with every delivered episode. After he joined ABC in August, new president Paul Lee, who is British and reportedly a fan of the original UK series, also liked it, and talk started about finding a better spot on the schedule for the show and giving it a proper launch. The ABC version of Secret Millionaire is said to be different from the one that ran as a strip on Fox in 2008. While Fox’s series went more for shock value in depicting poor people’s plight, the ABC has an emphasis on the emotional experience. It is faithful to the original but is faster-paced, and the actual giving is a lot more prominent.
With its new time slot assignment, Secret Millionaire will air on the same night as CBS’ similarly-themed Undercover Boss. Both originated in the UK but Millionaire preceded Boss by 3 years. Zodiak USA’s Grant Mansfield, who, as managing director of RDF UK oversaw the production of every episode of the original Secret Millionaire, is executive producing the ABC adaptation with Claire O’Donohoe, Natalka Znak and Leslie Garvin. Paul Osborne is co-executive producer. Here is ABC’s trailer for the show from this past summer (It has a reference to the old Friday slot at the end.)
NEW SERIES “SECRET MILLIONAIRE” PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 6 ON ABC
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Will Return with Original Episodes on Sunday, April 17. “Secret Millionaire,” the one-hour alternative series that follows some of America’s most successful, self-made business people on a once-in-a-lifetime journey — as they spend a week in the country’s poorest areas and ultimately gift unsung community heroes with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money — will premiere SUNDAY, MARCH 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will return to its regular time period with original episodes on SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).
Based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode of “Secret Millionaire” follows one of America’s most successful business people for one week as they leave behind the comforts of home and their true identities to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the country. Assuming new identities and living in local housing on welfare-level wages, their mission is to discover the most deserving individuals within the community who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible, life-changing experience, the Secret Millionaires come face to face with extraordinary people who put their own needs aside for the sake of others. At the end of the Secret Millionaires’ journeys, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities and donate their own money to these community activists, changing lives forever and encouraging others to keep giving back.
“Secret Millionaire” is executive-produced by Grant Mansfield, Natalka Znak, Claire O’Donohoe and Leslie Garvin. Paul Osborne is co-executive producer. The series is a Zodiak USA Production.