Upfront week continues with ABC.
The American Broadcasting Company (often known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. It first broadcast on television in 1948. Corporate headquarters are in New York, while programming offices are in Burbank, California, adjacent to the Walt Disney Studios and the Walt Disney Company corporate headquarters. ABC is among the most successful networks as of 2006.
The formal name of the operation is American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and that name appears on copyright notices for its in-house network productions and on all official documents of the company, including paychecks and contracts. A separate entity named ABC Inc., formerly Capital Cities/ABC Inc., is that firm's direct parent company, and that company is owned in turn by Disney. The network today, in fact, is the last of the Big Three broadcasting networks to keep its full name; the Columbia Broadcasting System adopted an initialism in 1971, and the National Broadcasting Company did so in 2004). The network is sometimes referred to as the Alphabet Network, due to the letters "ABC" being the first three Roman letters.
One of the major national television networks. Originally called the Blue Network, the system was formed in 1927 as the second member of the National Broadcasting Company, along with the Red Network. In the 1940s, the Federal Communications Commission imposed regulations that forced the sale of the Blue Network. It was purchased in 1943 by Edward J. Noble, chairman of Life Savers, Inc., and in 1945, the name was changed to American Broadcasting Company (ABC). In 1986, ABC was acquired by Capital Cities Communications, Inc., and the new corporation became Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. In February 1996, the corporation was purchased by the Walt Disney Corporation, creating a company with combined assets of more than $30 billion and a market capitalization of some $50 billion, making it the world's biggest media and entertainment conglomerate. In the ABC Television Network Group, the corporation distributes programming to 224 affiliated stations. It owns and operates ten television stations, six of which are in the country's top ten markets. The ABC Radio Network serves more than 3400 radio stations and owns and operates 21 AM and FM radio outlets, all in major U.S. Markets.
In addition, the ABC Cable and International Broadcast Group is the majority owner of ESPN and ESPN2 in the United States and overseas and is a partner in the Arts and Entertainment (A&E) and Lifetime Cable Networks in the United States. ESPN reaches more than 66 million cable subscribers, or approximately 70% of U.S. Television households, and is seen in 130 countries in 11 different languages.
ABC Prez: George Lopez Out, Geico Caveman In
Sitcoms are so easy, even a caveman could do it. (Courtesy Geico)
Usually, it’s only mildly shocking when TV execs spill the beans on which shows will be getting the boot and who will be coming back to their major network in the fall. But this year ABC’s president Steve McPherson dropped a real bomb when he announced that the second-longest running sitcom starring Latino actors, "George Lopez", would not be not renewed, and it would be replaced by "Caveman". No, not Captain Caveman (though that would be just as cool), but a sitcom starring those lovable, yuppy Geico Cavemen.
George Lopez, the star of the show, is ticked that he’s being replaced by a sitcom likely to be as thought- provoking as NBC’s ALF.
In a statement posted by Defamer.com, Lopez lashed out at ABC and even whipped out the race-card:
"I get kicked out for a… caveman and shows that I out-performed because I’m not owned by [ABC Television Studios]… so a… Chicano can’t be on TV but a… caveman can?" (Cue the Geico commerical where the cavemen are offended by Lopez’s comments). "And…" Lopez continued, "…a Chicano with an audience already? You know when you get in this that shows do not last forever, but this was an important show and to go unceremoniously like this hurts. One hundred seventy people lost their jobs. TV just became really, really white again."
First of all Lopez, how do you know all cavemen are white? And secondly, your comments are the kind of cavemen stereotypes the show will fight against. Get all your odds from film and television in the Bodog Sportsbook.
ABC released its 2007-08 prime-time schedule this morning during a press conference conducted by Steve McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment.
Returning: Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, October Road, Notes from the Underbelly, Men In Trees, Brothers & Sisters, Wife Swap, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, Lost, Supernanny, America's Funniest Home Videos, Boston Legal, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, 20/20, Primetime (specials and special series)
Out: The Nine, Six Degrees, The Great American Dream Vote, Show Me The Money, Day Break, In Case of Emergency, The Knights of Prosperity, What About Brian, George Lopez, According to Jim (finally!)
New: Big Shots, Carpoolers, Cashmere Mafia, Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money, Cavemen, Miss/Guided, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Sam I Am, Women's Murder Club, Oprah's Big Give
Moving: Men In Trees moves from Thursdays at 10 to Fridays at 8. Notes from the Underbelly and October Road (along with Cashmere Mafia) will premiere when Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor end their seasons. Lost will begin airing in February and show no repeats, in a Wednesday time slot that's still to be determined.
Knights of Prosperity
What About Brian
The Great American Dream Vote
Show Me the Money
In Case of Emergency
According To Jim (it's about time)
This fall, ABC is going to look like a whole new network, complete with nine new prime-time shows.
Grey's Anatomy spinoff leads ABC lineup
NEW YORK – ABC's Grey's Anatomy spinoff will air next fall on an all-new Wednesday night schedule, one of 11 new series the network plans for next season.
Private Practice features Dr. Addison Shepard, who leaves Seattle for work in Los Angeles. A special Grey's Anatomy that effectively served as the show's pilot was seen by 21 million people earlier this month.
Veteran TV actors Merrin Dungey, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs and Amy Brenneman will join star Kate Walsh in Private Practice, which will air at 9 p.m.
Two other new series will air Wednesdays on ABC in the fall. Pushing Daisies, described as a forensic fairy tale, features a boy who can touch dead people and bring them back to life. Dirty Sexy Money is a prime-time soap opera about a wealthy New York family.
ABC also gave the go-ahead to Cavemen, a comedy adapted from the Geico insurance commercials.
The network cancelled the comedies George Lopez, Help Me Help You and Knights of Prosperity. What About Brian did not make the cut, and ABC is still debating the future of According to Jim, while leaving it off the fall schedule.
The first prime-time series from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions, Oprah's Big Give, will debut in midseason. It's a reality series where contestants compete in philanthropy.
In contrast to last year, when Grey's Anatomy made its successful switch to Thursday nights, ABC plans no major shifts of its existing series. Men in Trees moves to an earlier time slot on Friday nights.
Lost will return in midseason, but ABC made no commitment Tuesday on where it will land on the schedule.
Other new series that ABC plans for next season:
–Big Shots, a drama about four hard-charging friends who are dysfunctional CEOs. Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, Joshua Malina and Michael Vartan play the lead characters.
–Cashmere Mafia, ABC's attempt to inherit the Sex and the City mantle. Four women, friends since business school, juggle their personal and professional lives in New York. NBC has a similar new show – with three women.
–Eli Stone, a drama about a top lawyer in San Francisco who begins having visions because of a brain aneurysm.
–Women's Murder Club, based on James Patterson novels, is a drama about four women in San Francisco – a detective, district attorney, medical examiner and reporter – who work together to solve crimes.
–Carpoolers, a comedy about four men from different backgrounds who get together each day for some male bonding on the drive to work.
–Miss/Guided, a comedy about a former high school geek who returns to her alma mater as a guidance counsellor, only to see an ex-cheerleader and former nemesis come back as an English teacher.
–Sam I Am, a comedy with Christina Applegate about a woman who awakes from a coma with no memory, only to find out she was a creep before.
ABC Unveils 2007-08 Primetime Schedule
ABC has unveiled its 2007-08 primetime schedule, which includes seven new dramas, four new comedies and one new alternative series. The full press release follows:
Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment, today outlined ABC's plans for next season and unveiled the network's 2007-08 fall schedule before a crowd of ABC affiliates and representatives of the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Scheduled to debut next season are four new comedy series: "Carpoolers," "Cavemen," "Miss/Guided" and "Sam I Am"; along with seven new drama series: "Big Shots," "Cashmere Mafia," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Private Practice," "Pushing Daisies" and "Women's Murder Club." Alternative series "Oprah's Big Give" is also slated to debut.
In addition to the new series, ABC previously announced season renewals for "Brothers & Sisters," "MEN IN TREES," "Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Boston Legal," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Dancing with the Stars," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "The Bachelor," "Supernanny," "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Wife Swap."
"October Road" and "Notes from the Underbelly" will return for second seasons as well.
"We're heading into the new season with a strong lineup of returning shows that we've developed and nurtured over the past few years," said McPherson. "That solid foundation will help us launch an exciting development slate as we continue our forward momentum this fall. We're dedicated to working hard week after week to deliver the best stories and most memorable characters on TV."
During the 2006-07 TV Season, ABC's first season in decades without "Monday Night Football," the network solidified its dominance with women and in all upscale measures. And with the addition of "Ugly Betty," "Brothers & Sisters," "October Road" and "MEN IN TREES," ABC has added a new generation of broad-appealing, young, accessible dramas to its roster. ABC is the #1 network with Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, and is currently in second place for the season among Adults 18-49, leading both NFL-fueled CBS (with "Super Bowl 2007") and NBC (with "Sunday Night Football").
Excluding sports from the mix this season (to account for the loss of "Monday Night Football," the 2006 "Super Bowl" and the Bowl Championship series) ABC is the No. 2 network to Fox among Adults 18-49. The network airs 7 of the Top 20 TV series in the key young adult sales demographic. ABC retained 99% of its Total Viewers, 100% of its Adult 18-34 audience and 95% of its Adult 18-49 audience year to year in the "non-sports" averages. Additionally, ABC marked its second straight season as the No. 1 television network among advertiser-prized upscale, high-income Adults 18-49 (with/$100K+ annual income). And ABC is the only network whose May Sweep performance is up from a year ago.
As previously announced, "Saturday Night College Football" will return for a second season on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (8:00 p.m., ET).
Editors please note: Shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2007-08 season. Photographs are available on www.abcmedianet.com.
ABC's fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern, with new shows in bold):
8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
9:30 p.m. "Sam I Am" (new comedy series)
10:00 p.m. "The Bachelor"
8:00 p.m. "Cavemen" (new comedy series)
8:30 p.m. "Carpoolers" (new comedy series)
9:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show"
10:00 p.m. "Boston Legal"
8:00 p.m. "Pushing Daisies" (new drama series)
9:00 p.m. "Private Practice" (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. "Dirty Sexy Money" (new drama series)
8:00 p.m. "Ugly Betty"
9:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
10:00 p.m. "Big Shots" (new drama series)
8:00 p.m. "MEN IN TREES"
9:00 p.m. "Women's Murder Club" (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. "20/20"
8:00 p.m. "Saturday Night College Football"
7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9:00 p.m. "Desperate Housewives"
10:00 p.m. "Brothers & Sisters"
"Cashmere Mafia," "Notes from the Underbelly" and "October Road" will premiere after "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor" conclude their fall seasons.
Following, in alphabetical order, are descriptions of the new series joining ABC's primetime schedule next season:
This is the story of four friends at the top of their game...until the women in their lives enter the room. Lines between boardroom and bedroom blur when these competitive but dysfunctional CEOs take refuge in their friendship, discussing business, confiding secrets, seeking advice and supporting each other through life's surprising twists and turns.
Michael Vartan ("Alias"): James Walker
Dylan McDermott ("The Practice"): Duncan Collinsworth
Christopher Titus ("Titus"): Brody Johns
Joshua Malina ("The West Wing"): Karl Mixworthy
Nia Long ("Premonition"): Katie Graham
Paige Turco ("Party of Five"): Lisbeth
Peyton List ("Day Break"): Cameron Collinsworth
Wendy Moniz ("Nash Bridges"): Stacey Walker
Jessica Collins ("The Nine"): Marla
Amy Sloan ("The Heartbreak Kid"): Wendy
EP/Writer: Jon Harmon Feldman ("American Dreams")
Director: Charles McDougall ("Desperate Housewives")
Warner Bros. Television
Four ambitious and sexy women, who've been best friends since business school, try to balance their glamorous and demanding careers with their complex personal lives in the city that never sleeps. They've created their own "boys club" to protect each other and discuss their ups and downs as they try to have it all. What good is it to break the glass ceiling without girlfriends to share in your success?
Lucy Liu ("Ally McBeal"): Mia
Frances O'Connor ("Windtalkers"): Zoe
Miranda Otto ("War of the Worlds"): Juliet
Bonnie Somerville ("NYPD Blue"): Caitlin
Peter Hermann ("Law & Order: SVU"): Davis
Julian Ovenden ("Related"): Eric
EP: Gail Katz ("The Agency")
EP: Darren Star ("Sex and the City")
EP/Writer: Kevin Wade ("Maid in Manhattan")
EP/Director: Peyton Reed ("The Break-Up")
Sony Pictures Television
"Dirty Sexy Money"
Some people say money is the root of all evil. They may be right. Nick George's whole life has been lived in the shadow of the Darling family, but as an adult he's leading the perfect life as an idealistic lawyer, until his father's suspicious death. The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York have asked him to take over his father's job as their personal lawyer, but the money that will allow him the freedom to be an altruistic do-gooder is only part of the picture. That same money pulls him into the dubious doings of the Darling clan. Power, privilege and family money are a volatile cocktail.
Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under"): Nick George
Donald Sutherland ("Commander in Chief"): Tripp Darling
William Baldwin ("The Squid and the Whale"): Sen. Patrick Darling
Natalie Zea ("Eyes"): Karen Darling
Glenn Fitzgerald ("Six Feet Under"): Rev. Brian Darling
Samaire Armstrong ("The O.C."): Juliet Darling
Seth Gabel ("The Da Vinci Code"): Jeremy Darling
Zoe McLennan ("JAG"): Lisa
Laz Alonso ("Stomp the Yard"): Colin
Jill Clayburgh ("Running with Scissors"): Letitia Darling
EP/Writer: Craig Wright ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP: Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP/Director: Peter Horton ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Matt Gross ("Day Break")
EP: Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns")
Many lawyers consider themselves prophets, but Eli Stone may be the real deal. Eli has built a successful career at a top law firm in San Francisco representing only the biggest and richest corporations that make a habit of screwing over the little guy. But after experiencing a series of odd hallucinations, Eli seeks to find a deeper meaning to life while trying not to lose his job and destroy his relationship with the bosses' daughter. When Eli discovers an aneurysm in his brain, he wonders if his condition is truly medical or if perhaps he now has a higher calling.
Jonny Lee Miller ("Melinda and Melinda"): Eli Stone
Victor Garber ("Alias"): Jordan Wethersby
Natasha Henstridge ("Commander in Chief"): Taylor Wethersby
Loretta Devine ("Crash"): Patti
Sam Jaeger ("Catch and Release"): Matt Dowd
Laura Benanti ("Take the Lead"): Beth Keller
James Saito ("I Think I Love My Wife"): Dr. Chen
EP/Writer: Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP/Writer: Marc Guggenheim ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP/Director: Ken Olin ("Brothers & Sisters")
From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy," comes a story about new beginnings and old friends. Addison Forbes Montgomery is a renowned neonatal surgeon, respected by her friends and colleagues at Seattle Grace Hospital. Deciding she can no longer healthily co-exist with her ex-husband, McDreamy, and her ex-lover, McSteamy, Addison heads to Los Angeles for sunnier weather and happier possibilities. Reunited with her once-married, newly divorced medical school friends, Naomi and Sam, Addison joins their chic private practice. Featuring an all-star cast including Kate Walsh, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly and Taye Diggs, "Private Practice" tells the story of a woman unafraid of change and willing to begin a new life.
Kate Walsh ("Grey's Anatomy"): Addison Forbes Montgomery
Tim Daly ("The Nine"): Dr. Peter Finch
Taye Diggs ("Day Break"): Dr. Sam Bennett
Paul Adelstein ("Prison Break"): Dr. Cooper Freedman
Merrin Dungey ("The King of Queens"): Dr. Naomi Bennett
Chris Lowell ("Veronica Mars"): William "Dell" Cooper
Amy Brenneman ("Judging Amy"): Dr. Violet Turner
EP/Writer: Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Marti Noxon ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy")
Director: Michael Grossman ("Grey's Anatomy")
From Bryan Fuller ("Heroes") and Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black") comes an unprecedented blend of romance, crime procedural and high-concept fantasy in a forensic fairytale about a young man with a very special gift. Once upon a time, a mild-mannered boy named Ned realized he could touch dead things and bring them back to life. Grown-up Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with an investigator to crack murder cases by asking the deceased to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated, as all tales do, when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead and keeps her alive. Chuck encourages him to use his power to help others, instead of merely solving mysteries and collecting the rewards. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she'll go back to being dead, this time for good.
Lee Pace ("The Good Shepherd"): Ned
Anna Friel ("Rogue Trader"): Chuck
Chi McBride ("Boston Public"): Emerson
Swoosie Kurtz ("Sisters"): Lily
Kristin Chenoweth ("The West Wing"): Olive
Jim Dale ("reader of the "Harry Potter" series audio books"): Narrator
EP: Dan Jinks ("Traveler")
EP: Bruce Cohen ("Traveler")
EP/Director: Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black")
EP/Writer: Bryan Fuller ("Heroes")
The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television
"Women's Murder Club"
Based on James Patterson's bestselling novels, The Women's Murder Club, four working women in San Francisco - a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner and a reporter - use their expertise and unique talents to solve murder cases. Each woman is successful in her own field, but because of their unique friendship, they realize that pooling their resources during investigations leads to undiscovered clues and answers in both work and their personal lives.
Paula Newsome ("Little Miss Sunshine"): Claire
Aubrey Dollar ("Point Pleasant"): Cindy
Tyrees Allen ("Alias"): Jacobi
Angie Harmon ("Law & Order"): Lt. Lindsay Boxer
Laura Harris ("24"): Jill
Elizabeth L. Ho: Yuki
Rob Benedict ("Threshold"): Owen
EP: Joe Simpson ("Employee of the Month")
EP: James Patterson ("Along Came a Spider")
EP/Writer: Elizabeth Craft ("Angel")
EP/Writer: Sarah Fain ("Angel")
Director: Scott Winant ("Huff")
20th Century Fox TV
Less about saving the environment than male bonding, four guys from very different backgrounds relish their daily commute as they commiserate about their lives, jobs and families in the carpool lane. There's Laird, the recently divorced playboy; Aubrey, the timid homemaker and breadwinner; the conservative and traditional Gracen; and eager newlywed Dougie. Together, between the pressures of home and work, these men find time to be themselves while driving to and from the office.
Fred Goss ("Sons & Daughters"): Gracen
Faith Ford ("Hope & Faith"): Leila
Jerry O'Connell ("Crossing Jordan"): Laird
Jerry Minor ("Arrested Development"): Aubrey
Allison Munn ("That 70s Show"): Cindy
Tim Peper ("The Guiding Light"): Dougie
T.J. Miller: Marmaduke
EP/Writer: Bruce McCulloch ("Saturday Night Live")
EP: Justin Falvey ("Las Vegas")
EP: Darryl Frank ("Las Vegas")
EP: David Miner ("30 Rock")
EP/Director: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo ("You, Me and Dupree")
Cavemen is a unique buddy comedy that offers a clever twist on stereotypes and turns race relations on their head. Inspired by the popular Geico Insurance commercials, the series looks at life through the eyes of the ultimate outsiders - three modern cavemen - as they struggle to find their place in the world. Joel, his cynical best friend, Nick, and easy-going little brother, Jamie, are contemporary cavemen who live in the suburban south and simply want to be treated like ordinary thirty-something guys. Despite their attempts at assimilation, Nick doesn't believe mainstream society will ever completely accept them, Jamie seems to take it all in stride and Joel straddles the middle, torn between his friends, his more traditional values and his loving fiance.
Bill English ("The Pavement"): Joel
Nick Kroll ("Arranged"): Nick
Dash Mihok ("Hollywoodland"): Jamie
Kaitlin Doubleday ("Catch Me If You Can"): Kate
John Heard ("Prison Break"): Trip
Stephanie Lemelin ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"): Thorne
EP: Daniel Rappaport ("Office Space")
EP: Guymon Casady ("Hope & Faith")
EP/Director: Will Speck & Josh Gordon ("Blades of Glory")
EP: Bill Martin ("Grounded for Life")
EP: Mike Schiff ("Grounded for Life")
Co-EP/Writer: Joe Lawson
Having navigated the awkward and sometimes traumatic world of high school, Rebecca Freely returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor, free of the insecurities and orthodontia of her school days. Amidst student behavioral problems and the persistent romantic advances of the male nurse, Gary, Rebecca is certain of one thing - she is interested in the hot auto-shop-turned-Spanish-teacher, Tim. However, much as in high school days of unexpected teenage angst, Lisa, a former cheerleader and nemesis of Rebecca's, returns as the new English teacher determined to make Rebecca relive her unpopular past, setting sights on Tim as well.
Judy Greer ("Two and a Half Men"): Becky
Brooke Burns ("Pepper Dennis"): Lisa
Earl Billings ("How I Met Your Mother"): Principal Huffy
Kristoffer Polaha ("CSI: Miami"): Tim
Jonathan Sadowski ("American Dreams"): Gary
EP: Ashton Kutcher ("That 70s Show")
EP: Jason Goldburg ("Beauty and the Geek")
EP: Karey Burke ("The Real Wedding Crashers")
EP/Writer: Caroline Williams ("The Office")
EP/Writer: Gaby Allan ("Scrubs")
Director: Todd Holland ("Malcolm in the Middle")
20th Century Fox TV & ABC Studios
"Sam I Am"
When a terrible accident leaves Samantha "Sam" Newly in a coma for eight days, she wakes up with no recollection of any past experiences, memories or events. Faced with amnesia, Sam must start over. To her dismay she discovers that she wasn't a particularly honest, good-hearted or loving person. In fact she was self-involved, narcissistic and devoid of real relationships - essentially a bitch. Sam must now struggle with her desire to be good and her temptation to be...not so good. Finding the line between good and evil is never easy.
Christina Applegate ("Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"): Sam
Jennifer Esposito ("Related"): Andrea
Kevin Dunn ("Prison Break"): Howard
Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls"): Dena
Tim Russ ("Without a Trace"): Frank
Jean Smart ("24"): Regina
Story By: Cecelia Ahern & Donald Todd
Teleplay: Donald Todd ("Ugly Betty")
EP: Donald Todd ("Ugly Betty")
EP: Peter Traugott ("Frangela")
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill ("Crossing Jordan")
"Oprah's Big Give"
The first primetime series from Harpo Productions centers on the competition, drama and emotion as millions of dollars are given away to make a difference in people's lives across the country. Each week contestants will face a "big twist" that will test their nerve, drive, ingenuity and passion. Big name stars will turn up throughout the series to join the "Oprah's Big Give" tour. During the eight episodes filmed in various U.S. cities, the field will be narrowed. The stakes will get higher and higher, with one person ultimately being chosen as The Biggest Giver. "Oprah's Big Give" is created and produced by Harpo Productions in conjunction with Profiles Television Productions, LLC. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Rakieten, Harriet Seitler, Jonathan Sinclair, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri are executive producers.