Oprah's Big Give

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O, No! Winfrey Takes Away Her Big Give

Oprah's Big Give by Chris Chavira/ABC

Oprah's Big Give won't be returning to ABC's lineup this fall.The show — where Oprah gives do-gooders lots of money to help strangers' dreams come true — was a favorite of the network, despite its ending after just one season. "We loved that show and absolutely would have loved to bring it back," ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson said. "But it was something (Oprah) didn't want to do." — J.R. WhalenBookmark our FALL TV GRID | Review All of Our FALL TV NEWS read more

Nate Berkus Breaks Down Big Give's Final Three

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As Oprahs Big Give winds down to the finale of its first season Sunday at 8 pmET ABC three philanthropists-in-training remain We asked host and Oprah pal Nate Berkus to give us the lowdown or in this case the high points of each of the final contestants who will return to their hometowns for the final big challenge Also look for a special drop-by from Jennifer Aniston Dotcom entrepreneur Cameron Johnson Because he achieved financial success at a very early age Cameron thought he had this in the bag But giving back using his incredible organizational skills and sales ability to help anybody else wasnt part of his vernacular Through the course of this show Cameron has really come to understand just what giving is able to give back to you Hes one of the most tenacious people Ive ever met but has he thought big enough every weekBeauty queen Brandi MilloyPeople underestimated her because shes pretty and that worked to her advantage and to her read more

Malaak Compton-Rock on Judging Oprah's Big Give

Malaak Compton-Rock, Oprah's Big Give

Malaak Compton-Rock preaches and practices "giving big" as founder of her own charity styleWORKS and as judge on the philanthropic reality show Oprah's Big Give (Sundays at 8 pm/ET, ABC), a gig that she describes as "my dream come true." TVGuide.com: When Oprah asked you to be part of the Big Give...Malaak Compton-Rock: I was in a state of shock. There was a tiny bit of hesitation, because I'm a mom and a wife, but, I will admit, it didn't take me that long to figure out how I could do it. TVGuide.com: How do you feel about all the traveling you have to do for the show? Compton-Rock: That's a lot of fun. You get an opportunity to see what the contestants are up to and meet the people that they are helping. I'm an "in the trenches" kind of girl, so to read more

Ratings: Indeed, Oprah's Give Is Big

Oprah's Big Give by Chris Chavira/ABC

Oprah Winfrey presents this Sunday's ratings snippet:8 pm/ETExtreme Makeover had a strong outing, delivering 14.78 million total viewers, a 2.3 mil jump from its last fresh episode. Big Brother (6.17 mil) gained 450K week-to-week. Everybody Hates Chris (1.45 mil) and Aliens in America (1.09 mil) returned from the strike to meager audiences.9 pmOprah's Big Give improved on lead-in EM:HE by five percent, scoring 15.55 mil in its debut. (That said, its audience wilted some nine percent over its hourlong run.) Fox's Unhitched did 7.1 mil, retaining 92 percent of Family Guy's viewership. Hooray for monkey assault!10 pmABC's Here Come the Newlyweds averaged 10.34 mil. Dexter, at 6.9 mil, saw a 430 thou week-to-week increase. read more

Oprah Scours the Country

Oprah's Big Give by Chris Chavira/ABC

By now you’ve probably heard all about Oprah’s Big Give, where she gives 10 contestants buckets and buckets of money in order to help strangers’ dreams come true. But how did these lucky 10 come to be? The queen of talk and her peeps pulled an Idol by traveling the country to find the perfect contestants—and just like Idol, the auditioners went all out to get noticed. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

Nate Berkus Designs a New Role on Big Give

Nate Berkus, Oprah's Big Give

Design guru Nate Berkus is wearing a new hat for his gig as the host of Oprah's Big Give (Sunday at 9 pm/ET, ABC). We caught up with him to talk about what to expect from the new show, how he approached hosting and what it's like to be in Oprah's inner circle. TV Guide: What's your role as host?Nate Berkus: Every week I give the contestants a new challenge. And I was nervous for them because I couldn't believe what they had to do and how they had to do it. It's like a roller-coaster with constant drama.These people are exhausted, they're away from their families, it's a pressure-filled, competitive setting. You see it all — glory, inspiration, breakdowns, tears, screaming matches. TV Guide: Are you a nice host or a snarky one?Berkus: I was me. [Laughs] TV Guid read more

Exclusive: Host Nate Berkus Gives His Take on Oprah's Big Givers

Nate Berkus, Oprah Winfrey and the Big Give cast

Oprah's Big Give, the media mogul's first prime-time show, premieres Sunday, March 2 (at 9 pm/ET). In a TV Guide exclusive, Nate Berkus, Oprah's favorite designer moonlighting as Big Give host, gives the lowdown on the 10 contestants chosen to cross the country fulfilling dreams for complete strangers. "People are going to get really involved not only with the stories of the people that we help but with the stories of people that are competing," says Berkus. "They're regular people who have to think fast and make huge things happen even faster. The truth is that we're looking for the next everyday hero." In this "Give big or go home" reality competition, one wannabe philanthropist is sent packing each week, while the "biggest giver" goes home with a cool million bucks. Here's Berkus on the Big Give player read more

Take a Look at Oprah's Big Give's Givers

Oprah Winfrey by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

We're finally allowed to announce the judges on Oprah's Big Give, ABC's philanthropic reality road show premiering March 2 at 9 pm/ET. "Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver, NFL player Tony Gonzalez and Chris Rock's wife, Malaak Compton-Rock — all of whom are known for their charity work — will choose the weekly winners among 10 contestants crossing the country "making dreams come true" by giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars to "unsuspecting strangers." Says producer Ellen Rakieten, "We wanted to pick people who have obvious credentials for their judging." Not that Oprah herself won't show up; we hear that she's in five or six of the episodes, usually presenting some kind of twist or surprise in the game. Alas, there is bad news for those of you hoping to be a recipient of the Big Give's largesse: Season 1 is already in the can. — Ileane Rudolph read more

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Premiered: March 02, 2008, on ABC
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Premise: Contestants vie to give money and other resources away in this series, which tests their creativity (how they can get the most bang for their bucks) and dedication (how much they're perceived as wanting to help others). One contestant is eliminated at the end of each episode. The series is based on an installment of Oprah's daytime show in which she gave audience members $1000 apiece and instructed them to use the money for charitable endeavors.

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