The grass roots groups are the real inspiration and heroes, not the millionnaires. "Anonymous Millionnaire" with the focus on each group's story, highlighting the real heroes, would be far more moving.
The concept of showcasing wealthy people giving money to grass roots agencies is interesting but I think it misses the mark. I don't think the millionaires are the 'heroes'- the folks living the life in the communities, making the sacrifices every day, are giving so much more to the community than the millionaires. I'd be much more interested if the focus was on the groups - the challenges and triumphs they face, how they make a difference, how others can make a difference in their local communities. Most folks can't help by giving money, let alone thousands of money, but they can learn more about local efforts and become more involved in their own communities. It would be even better if it was an anonymous millionnaire - someone who didn't get any public credit. It would also be more appealing if the show could provide viewers with information about how to make a difference in their own communities.
I've just watched this show for the very first time. The concept is fairly straightforward: several multi-millionaires shed themselves of all the trappings of their wealth and live among the poorest of the poor in America, passing themselves off as one of them to determine which of them is worthy of a $100 000 prize to help get back on their feet.
Here is the biggest problem I have with this show: of all the people they come across, be it in a flophouse hotel, or a soup kitchen, or a homeless shelter, no one ever asks about the camera crew following this guy around! I can assure you that if any one of you were to have someone come up to you, introduce themselves as Mr. So-and-so and have a camera crew in tow, you would (A) ask about the camera and mike people and why they were following him around, and (B) you would reflexively look into the camera rather than carry on conversations with the person the crew is following and pretend they aren't there.
This is without doubt the most staged "Reality" show that has ever hit the air. I cannot fathom how any executive at Fox could have ever decided to bankroll this cheesy mess. Really? Five dollar a night motels have roaches? Who'd have thunk it?
The sad piano music throughout is the new definition of cheesy and is worth a laugh all by itself.
I love the show. I like shows that give back... including Extreme Home Makeover. They touch the heart and provide something to a small select group to help them overcome and grow. THEY KEEP HOPE ALIVE.
I hope the show comes to St. Louis, MO. Churches I go to are in need of money, they have bigger hearts to those in needs than they have pocketbooks. They are Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis and Rainbow Covenant Christian Ministries. Both are LGBT churches that have many needs as well as their congregational members and then they try to help those they can outside the community with immenant needs. Churches that serve not only their LGBT community but the community at large is to be commended. I've found myself in need when I got laid off this year and didn't know where I was going to get food, they not only provided but their spiritual counsel over the years has been heartwarming and provided me hope when I had very little hope. The resources they have from where ever they get them is never enough, they deserve more. One of the pastors has a severly disabled son, the other pastor has a disabled partner. Their hearts are open and put aside their own issues to help those inside/outside their congregation. They are to be commended for the service to their community.
Wow! What a FANTASTIC concept!! I would like to challenge the producers and staff of "Secret Millionaire" to encourage our Senators and Congressmen/women in Washington to participate. According to www.opensecrets.org (Personal Finances link), many would qualify and it is so needed for them to rub elbows with the people they serve. Maybe then we would have a government FOR the people.
They talk about sacrifice although they've proven to us all, during this financial crisis, they are clueless as to what it means to do without.
I'm not much for Reality TV, but this one has value and worth watching. Thank YOU!!
Now go get'em in Washington AND those now retired living off the taxpayer. Pleeeezz :|
Finally…a reality TV showing the positive side of all of us. I hope that FOX picks up a 2nd season of this show. If we have to keep reality TV, please keep the shows about the goodness in humanity and not the bad. I am hoping the the people who watch Extreme Makeover will find this show. The lesson that I take from this show--is that no matter if you have a million dollars or broke it doesn't matter--kindness doesn't come from just $$--it comes from one person willing to help another in a variety of ways. If each person who is reading this comment Paid It Forward to someone else and that person paid it forward to another, their community would be a better place. If their community was better , then their town, then their county , then their state, then who knows ...possibly the country. This show reminds me of a school event called Challenge Day-where you find out how people are more like each other than different.