TV Daily

Friday/weekend: Will "Oprah's Big Give" make the world a better place? Plus: What did you think of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" on Thursday?

Topics: Television,

TV DailyOPRAH'S BIG GIVE™ - "Oprah's Big Give," the exciting and much-anticipated new primetime series that defies television convention with the bold idea of people competing to give rather than get, will premiere SUNDAY, MARCH 2 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The series premiere, "Episode 101," kicks off in Los Angeles, where Oprah hands ten contestants sealed envelopes with only a picture and the name of a complete stranger. Under intense pressure, they must give big to change this person's life in just five days. The contestants must use their creativity and resources to generate the most powerful and sensational ways to make a real difference, and with the clock ticking, the competition, drama and emotion mount and the contestants' stamina, creativity and drive are tested. This first dramatic challenge will send one person packing. (ABC/MITCH HADDAD) JAMIE OLIVER, OPRAH WINFREY

Weekend Pick

ABC / Mitch Haddad

If you think Oprah Winfrey can’t turn water into wine, watch her turn the typically crass genre of reality TV into a place where warm fuzzies can flourish safely. “Oprah’s Big Give” (9 p.m. EST Sunday on ABC) challenges contestants to make the world a better place by improving other people’s lives. In the first episode, this includes finding shelter for a homeless family, paying off part of a mortgage for a grieving widow, and helping a pure-intentioned doctor to pay down his student loans so he can offer his services to needy families in his community. Hosted by Oprah’s spunky sidekick Nate Berkus and featuring “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver, Chris Rock’s wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, and pro football star Tony Gonzalez, “Oprah’s Big Give” is entertaining and surprisingly heartwarming, and best of all, it demonstrates clearly what a huge difference one person can make … Um, particularly if that person’s name is Oprah.


On Friday, “Tender Mercies airs at 12:20 p.m. EST on FLIX, dancers and their parents team up for the latest dance contest on “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (premieres at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime), Kate comes to therapy with Paul on “In Treatment” (9:30 p.m. EST on HBO), and the tactics and weaponry involved in famous battles are examined on “Battle 360″ (premieres at 10 p.m. EST on History). On Saturday, “Seabiscuit” airs at 8 p.m. EST on ABC, while “Napoleon Dynamite” airs at 8 p.m. EST on Comedy Central. “Torchwood” continues at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America, the Dixie Chicks perform in a repeat of “Austin City Limits” (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings), and George Carlin performs live from Santa Rosa, Calif., in “George Carlin: It’s Bad for Ya” (10 p.m. EST on HBO). On Sunday, 20-something angstfest “Quarterlife” continues at 9 p.m. EST on NBC, the second-to-last episode of “The Wire” (9 p.m. EST on HBO) finds creative reporter Scott Templeton called into question by his editor, and on “Breaking Bad” (10 p.m. EST on AMC), cancer man Walter returns to his meth lab.

Thursday night

What did you think of “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” on Thursday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Courteney Cox, Josh Kelley

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Woody Harrelson, Sarah Bareilles

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Janet Jackson, Dr. Wayne Dyer

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

“Oprah’s Big Give” kickoff party

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings


Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST


David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Woody Harrelson, Tommy Tiernan

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

David Salmoni with animals, Patricia Arquette, Punch Brothers

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Samantha Power, Eric Bana

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST


Conan O’Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Christina Ricci, Jason Sudeikis, Shooter Jennings

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Coolio, Dweezil Zappa, Jason Randal

Contributors: Molly Eichel, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter, Charly Wilder

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Burger King Japan

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.

    Elite Daily/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    McDonald's Black Burger: Because the laws of competition say that once Burger King introduces a black cheeseburger, it's only a matter of time before McDonald's follows suit. You still don't have to eat it.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    Arby's Meat Mountain: The viral off-menu product containing eight different types of meat that, on second read, was probably engineered by Arby's all along. Horrific, regardless.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.

    Michele Parente/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake: The people's choice winner of a Canadian pizza chain's contest whose real aim, we'd imagine, is to prove that there's no such thing as "too far." Currently in development.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    7-Eleven's Doritos Loaded: "For something decadent and artificial by design," wrote one impassioned reviewer, "it only tasted of the latter."

  • Recent Slide Shows



Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>