or


[01/03/08 - 02:16 PM]
ABC and Harpo Productions Announce Host and Judges for "Oprah's Big Give," a New Dramatic and Emotional Primetime Series
Nate Berkus will host the series, while its judging panel will include Jamie Oliver, Tony Gonzalez and Malaak Compton-Rock.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC AND HARPO PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE HOST AND JUDGES FOR "OPRAH'S BIG GIVE," A NEW DRAMATIC AND EMOTIONAL PRIMETIME SERIES

Oprah Winfrey, an Executive Producer of the Series, Makes Multiple Special Appearances Throughout the Eight Episodes

Popular Designer Nate Berkus is Show Host; Panel of Expert Judges Includes Renowned Chef Jamie Oliver, NFL Superstar Tony Gonzalez and Wife of Chris Rock and Charity Founder Malaak Compton-Rock

ABC and Harpo Productions today announced details about the much-anticipated new primetime series "Oprah's Big Give�," scheduled to premiere SUNDAY, MARCH 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network. In eight one-hour episodes, the series defies television convention with a bold idea� What if people could compete to give to others rather than get for themselves?

Cast members for this dramatic new series include host Nate Berkus and expert judges including world-renowned chef and philanthropist Jamie Oliver, NFL star and Boys & Girls Club Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, and wife of Chris Rock and charity founder Malaak Compton-Rock.

In "Oprah's Big Give," a diverse group of ten people from all walks of life receive the challenge of a lifetime -- to change the lives of complete strangers. In an intense eight-week competition, the contestants criss-cross the country, giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to unsuspecting people who are in for the surprise of their lives.

What will the contestants do to make dreams come true for people in need? Who will outgive the others? How will they use their cash, time, imagination and tenacity to try to win the title of "Biggest Giver?"

Each episode takes place in a different city where a mystery challenge is revealed. With the clock ticking, the competition, drama and emotion mount, as the contestants' stamina, creativity and drive are tested.

Throughout the episodes, some of the biggest names in Hollywood join " Oprah's Big Give," bringing their own passion for giving big and delivering surprising twists that raise the stakes at every turn. At the end of each hour, Oliver, Gonzalez and Compton-Rock make the tough call of who has given big and who is going home. Ultimately the biggest giver will become the biggest winner, with a major prize on the line for the contestant who has made the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Thousands auditioned across the U.S. to be a part of "Oprah's Big Give," and did so without knowledge of a prize. The ten individuals competing in the series will be announced at a later date.

The show will be hosted by Nate Berkus, a popular television personality, frequent contributor to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and O, The Oprah Magazine, and one of the world's most recognized interior designers. Berkus said, "Who wouldn't want to be a part of a show whose entire premise is what you can do for other people? I think it's fantastic." As a survivor of the devastating 2004 tsunami, Berkus knows what it's like to need help and get it.

The contestants will be judged by a panel of individuals who are respected and well-known for their "give big" spirit. The expert judges who will review the contestants on their creativity, leadership, presentation and accomplishments include:

� Jamie Oliver -- Known for his TV series "The Naked Chef," this best-selling author and popular personality is credited with getting the British government to increase funding for healthy school meals. Through his charity, Fifteen Foundation, Oliver also trains and mentors disadvantaged young people.

� NFL star Tony Gonzalez -- An All-Pro Tight End for the Kansas City Chiefs, in 2006 Gonzalez was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Alumni Hall of Fame. He has established a foundation that focuses on giving emotional and educational support to the medically-challenged and contributes to programs and services that enhance the development of disadvantaged youth. Recently Sporting News named him the NFL's #1 "Good Guy."

� Malaak Compton-Rock -- Wife of Chris Rock and mother of their two daughters, Compton-Rock is known for her philanthropic work, turning her passion for helping others into styleWORKS, a nonprofit organization that helps women on welfare and in shelters get back on their feet and enter the workforce. A Howard University graduate, she began her career in public relations within the entertainment industry and created styleWORKS when she realized that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others.

"Oprah's Big Give" was created by Ellen Rakieten, Harriet Seitler and Jonathan Sinclair and is produced by Harpo Productions in conjunction with Profiles Television Productions, LLC. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Rakieten, Harriet Seitler, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri are executive producers.





  [january 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· OPRAH'S BIG GIVE (ABC)





[07/29/14 - 08:32 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelorette" Goes Out on Top
The show's full night finale puts ABC in front among both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/28/14 - 02:27 PM]
HGTV to Begin Production on "Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip" Featuring Derek Hough and Mark Ballas
Instead of dancing a perfect paso doble, champion dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas will be kicking up dust on their latest project - a home renovation series on HGTV.

[07/28/14 - 02:05 PM]
ESPN's Multiplatform Coverage of Little League Baseball and Softball Divisional Championships Begins July 30
The championship games will lead into ESPN's multiplatform coverage of the Little League World Series presented by Kellogg's Frosted Flakes from Williamsport, Pa, beginning Thursday, August 14.

[07/28/14 - 01:33 PM]
"Criminal Minds" and "Extant" to Swap Time Periods Starting This Wednesday, July 30
"Criminal Minds" will return to its regular 9:00/8:00c slot followed by new drama "Extant" at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/28/14 - 01:08 PM]
Don't Miss the Season Two Premiere of "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" on Sunday, August 3 at 10PM ET/PT Only on E!
Plus: don't miss an all-new episode of the hit series "Botched" airing Sunday, August 10 at its new time of 10:30/9:30c.

[07/28/14 - 01:06 PM]
NBC Sports Group's 5 Match Soccer Slate This Week Kicks Off with Manchester United v. FC Internazionale Tomorrow at 7 PM ET on NBCSN
NBC Sports Group's lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White will be on site to call both matches.

[07/28/14 - 12:20 PM]
Video: "Atlanta Exes" + Super Trailer + Monday, August 18th on VH1
Watch a sneak preview of the new series, featuring the once significant others of an elite list of A-list men, which has no shortage of fabulousness, ambition, love, and drama.

[07/28/14 - 11:46 AM]
Comedy Central(R) Announces Digital Content Partnership with Redd's Apple Ale for the Launch of the Original Weekly Improv Series "CC: Social Scene"
Socially inspired by Comedy Central's CC:Studios, the six-episode improv series is hosted by comedian Paul Scheer and directed by Rich Talarico.

[07/28/14 - 11:39 AM]
Investigation Discovery's Got Talent! August Slate Sizzles with the Return of ID's Most Beloved Stars: Paula Zahn, Susan Lucci, Joe Kenda, And Candice DeLong
First, tour the mind of infamous accused-ax-murderer Lizzie Borden in the season premiere of "Deadly Women" with Candice DeLong on Friday, August 1 at 9:00/8:00c, followed by the landmark 100th episode at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/28/14 - 11:39 AM]
CBS Summer Dramas Score Big Live+7-Day Playback Lift for the Week of July 7
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of July 7-13.

[07/28/14 - 11:27 AM]
Michelle Beisner Joins ESPN as NFL Features Reporter
Since 2006, Beisner has worked as a studio host and field reporter for NFL Network.

[07/28/14 - 11:15 AM]
Special Guest Jay Leno Mentors the Comics as the Final Five Move One Step Closer to Being the "Last Comic Standing" on Tues, July 31 (10-11 P.M. ET)
Only five comics remain in the competition, and the stakes have never been higher as they move one step closer to winning the coveted title of "Last Comic Standing."

[07/28/14 - 09:51 AM]
Showtime(R) Presents "David Bowie: Five Years" - Documentary Special Premieres Friday, August 1st at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
The film is the definitive portrait of one of rock's most influential stars.

[07/28/14 - 09:34 AM]
"Gypsy Sisters" Focus on Family in New Season on TLC
The series returns with a special two-hour season premiere on Thursday, August 21 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/28/14 - 09:34 AM]
El Rey Network And Celestial Pictures Boost Multi-Year Partnership To Bring Viewers The Best In Classic Martial Arts
The new deal will provide the network with access to 255 iconic martial arts titles from the Shaw Brothers vault - the world's leading martial arts collection, many on an exclusive basis.