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