Secret Millionaire is going out with a bang.
On the show's season finale (Sunday 9/8c, ABC), multimillionaires George and Kym Rapier bestow more than a million dollars on the residents of Oakridge, Ore. Their donation is the biggest gift in the show's history.
ABC has resurrected Secret Millionaire, the reality show (formerly on Fox) based on a British series, about wealthy people who assume secret identities and donate thousands of dollars to charities. The first philanthropist to be featured on ABC's version is Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels.
A few years ago, the broadcast networks finally woke up from their summer slumber and realized they'd ceded too much ground during the warmer months. Cable was winning the battle for the hearts and eyes of summer TV viewers by offering heavily promoted scripted fare — and the networks were mostly in rerun hell. "People got used to going away from the broadcasters in the summer," says The CW president Mark Pedowitz. "Now you're dealing with viewing patterns and trying to change them."
Neil Patrick Harris
The Tony Awards hit an all-time low Sunday despite little competition elsewhere.
The 66th annual show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris for the third time, drew 6 million viewers and a 1.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. That rating ...
The Glass House
ABC is already getting into the singing competition game with this summer's Duets, and now it's taking on CBS' long-running Big Brother as well. The network has partnered with a former Big Brother producer to build The Glass House, which will air this summer.
Stars now have an alternative to divorce: Celebrity Wife Swap.
ABC has ordered six episodes of the reality series, which features celebrities trading lifestyles and partners for a week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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