Secret Millionaire Back on ABC

I loved Secret Millionaire when it first showed in the US. It really is an amazing show with a great message. I still think about some of the moments I saw on the Secret Millionaire. If you haven’t seen it, watch for it. Here’s a description of it on the Summer Press Tour:

August 25, 2010 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

Secret Millionaire – Gurbaksh Cahal “G”

Check out the full video of Gurbaksh Cahal on Secret Millionaire:

I just finished watching it as I was catching up on some missed episodes and I cried like a baby again. The girl from Puerto Rico was so sad and I’m glad that “G” could help her out in some small way.

Of course, I like many others wondered why “G” was only shown giving away I believe $90k when the commitment was $100k. Well, “G” explains it all in his blog post:

After watching my episode of Secret Millionaire, I learned that reality-TV is all about post production. Even though the emotions and stories are all real – editing makes everything come to life. Nevertheless, here are some missing parts that never made the episode:
• The obvious shock, the show advertises that a millionaire will donate at least $100,000 of their money. I ended up gifting well over $100,000 – but the way editing was done – it made it seem I only gifted $90,000.
• Due to privacy issues (which I completely understand), one of the additional recipients that I gifted was completely edited out.
• St. Anthony’s is also a place where a lot of people go when they are trying to get their lives back on track. Even getting a job these days is all about getting on the Internet. So, I donated a new computer lab to St. Anthony’s.
• I was deeply touched by the kids that lived at Raphael House. So, I started a “birthday fund” so at the very least, they get a birthday gift on their special day.
• In the final part of the show – the millionaires go back into the community to follow up on the recipients that they gifted. That also did not make the final cut.
I know a part of making this show – is to keep it entertaining. So, there were certain scenes that were also edited in to add humor. I got a laugh out of them myself. I never actually said BAM four times in a row or said “grocery shopping – it’s not that easy.”
Nevertheless, my heart was always in the right place when I did Secret Millionaire. I’m proud of what I was able to do and blessed that God gave me the opportunity to start giving back at a young age. I’ve also continued to support St. Anthony’s and Raphael House throughout this year.
And, I’m sure philanthropy wise; this is only the beginning for me.

Secret Millionaire really is a wonderful show that presents the stories of a lot of people that wouldn’t be shown otherwise. It reminds you about the diversity of people and situations that exist in the world. Great stuff!

December 19, 2008 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

Season Premier of Secret Millionaire

I must admit that I was very excited to see the Secret Millionaire tonight on Fox. Turns out I wasn’t disappointed at all. The second episode with Todd and Gwen Graves wasn’t as good as the first, but they were both great.

The first episode featured the following millionaire:

Gregory and Cole Ruzicka, a father-and-son team from Newport Beach, CA and Maui, HI, respectively
Greg Ruzicka is the founding and managing partner of Ruzicka & Wallace, LLP, a law firm in Irvine, CA. He is also a principal broker of RS&W Realty, Inc; and an owner of Island Spirit Yoga Studio and Sportswear in Lahaina, HI. Since 1995, Ruzicka has acted as General Counsel to Real Estate Owned Managers of California (REOMAC), the national trade organization of the non-performing asset industry. Additionally, Greg has donated significant time to the surrounding courts as a Judge Pro Tempore. His son Cole is a college student, aspiring model and musician.

Gregory and Cole were awesome. They seemed sincere and honest in their experience. They really seem like they were moved by the experience and their hearts were changed. Todd and Gwen on the other hand seemed like they were still the angels coming to people’s rescue. Sure, they gave a ton of money. They gave to some incredible people. However, it still seems like they’re living in their rich world and they didn’t seem very sincere in trying to understand the importance of helping these people. It seems like understanding the people should be the most important part of living in poverty and Todd and Gwen seemed to miss the boat while Gregory and Cole seemed to soak it up.

I’m really looking forward to the next shows.

December 4, 2008 I Written By

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Secret Millionaire on Fox

When watching Fox recently I saw a commercial for a new show called Secret Millionaire. I loved the idea. Basically, the send millionaires into poor communities where they meet as many people as possible and then reward one of them a pile of cash. If this is produced right, it will be really interesting and eye opening to hear the stories of the people they meet. I love people and so I love to hear their stories. Let’s hope it’s presented the right way.

Here’s a full description of the show’s premise:

SECRET MILLIONAIRE is a dramatic unscripted series that takes viewers out of their comfort zones and into the heart of America’s social issues.

Each week, one of the wealthiest Americans, worth millions of dollars, will go undercover into one of the most impoverished and dangerous towns in America. Their job is to spend one week canvassing the town – meeting as many people as possible – some of whom will touch the millionaire with their dedication to helping others while others will have incredible stories of trying to overcome tremendous odds. On the final day, the Secret Millionaire meets with the chosen recipients and reveals his/her true identity and intentions – to give them a sum of money that is going to change their lives forever.
SECRET MILLIONAIRE will engage viewers in important social issues, extol the virtues of volunteerism and change the lives of disadvantaged people – and the philanthropists who helped them – in unexpected ways.

November 20, 2008 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.