You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ABC picks up ‘Secret Millionaire’

Fox dropped reality series after first season

ABC has acquired six episodes of “The Secret Millionaire,” the feel-good reality show that bowed during the holiday season last year on Fox.

RDF USA, which is behind the show, wound up shopping it elsewhere after Fox didn’t pick up a second season.

ABC likely saw “Millionaire” as a good companion to some of its other emotion-driven reality entries, such as “Wife Swap” and the upcoming “Find My Family” (both also from RDF USA) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

“Even though we had a bunch of places calling about it, we preemptively went to ABC. It’s a great format and has great longevity in the U.K.,” said RDF USA chief exec Chris Coelen, who is exec producer with Claire O’Donohoe.

Show will resume production later this year for a midseason launch. “Millionaire” began as an RDF UK format, launching on Channel 4 in December 2006 as its highest-rated new show of that year. On Fox, “Millionaire” bowed to more than 10 million viewers.

Show revolves around millionaires who disguise themselves as ordinary folks and embed themselves in poor neighborhoods. They later reveal their identity — while handing over a check to the folks they’ve befriended.

More TV

  • AMERICAN IDOL - "114 (Top 10

    'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Revealed

    ABC has acquired six episodes of “The Secret Millionaire,” the feel-good reality show that bowed during the holiday season last year on Fox. RDF USA, which is behind the show, wound up shopping it elsewhere after Fox didn’t pick up a second season. ABC likely saw “Millionaire” as a good companion to some of its […]

  • THE BRIDGE - "Calaca" - Episode

    Endemol Shine Builds ‘The Bridge’ In Asia

    ABC has acquired six episodes of “The Secret Millionaire,” the feel-good reality show that bowed during the holiday season last year on Fox. RDF USA, which is behind the show, wound up shopping it elsewhere after Fox didn’t pick up a second season. ABC likely saw “Millionaire” as a good companion to some of its […]

  • Martha Stewart

    TV News Roundup: Martha Stewart Joins 'Chopped' as Guest Judge

    ABC has acquired six episodes of “The Secret Millionaire,” the feel-good reality show that bowed during the holiday season last year on Fox. RDF USA, which is behind the show, wound up shopping it elsewhere after Fox didn’t pick up a second season. ABC likely saw “Millionaire” as a good companion to some of its […]

  • Stephen CurryESPY Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles,

    Steph Curry Closes Multi-Year Production Deal With Sony

    ABC has acquired six episodes of “The Secret Millionaire,” the feel-good reality show that bowed during the holiday season last year on Fox. RDF USA, which is behind the show, wound up shopping it elsewhere after Fox didn’t pick up a second season. ABC likely saw “Millionaire” as a good companion to some of its […]

  • Roseanne revival

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Roseanne' Continues to Dominate

    ABC has acquired six episodes of “The Secret Millionaire,” the feel-good reality show that bowed during the holiday season last year on Fox. RDF USA, which is behind the show, wound up shopping it elsewhere after Fox didn’t pick up a second season. ABC likely saw “Millionaire” as a good companion to some of its […]

  • Westworld Season 2

    'Westworld' Season 2 Premiere Ratings Steady With Season 1

    ABC has acquired six episodes of “The Secret Millionaire,” the feel-good reality show that bowed during the holiday season last year on Fox. RDF USA, which is behind the show, wound up shopping it elsewhere after Fox didn’t pick up a second season. ABC likely saw “Millionaire” as a good companion to some of its […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content