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SECRET MILLIONAIRE
Air Date: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#311) "Debbie Johnston: Richmond, CA"
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BUSINESS OWNER DEBBIE JOHNSTON TRAVELS TO RICHMOND, CA SHARING HOPE AND CONTRIBUTIONS WITH A COMMUNITY IN NEED, ON ABC'S "SECRET MILLIONAIRE"

"Debbie Johnston - Richmond, CA" - It's the tale of two Richmonds as healthcare industry self-made millionaire Debbie Johnston leaves her home in Richmond, Virginia for the impoverished and crime-stricken streets of Richmond, California with a mission to find deserving people and organizations in need. During her week-long visit, Debbie meets a number of grass-roots organizations that touch and move her in amazing ways, including: Reach Fellowship International, a community center that provides job training, employment and medical education and services; NIAD Art Center, a studio art program and gallery assisting adults with developmental and physical disabilities; and Self-Sustaining Communities, an organization working with low-income residents and community members to create wide-scale, environmentally sustainable local food production. After a week of getting to know the amazing people behind these organizations, Debbie shares the surprise of a lifetime with them, on "Secret Millionaire" SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Debbie Johnston grew up on a farm in Virginia, one of six children. Her parents worked hard to provide for their family, and when Debbie wanted to attend nursing school, they scraped together her $3,000, three-year tuition for Johnston Willis School of Nursing. Following graduation, Debbie began working and rising through the ranks of the nursing profession. But while she felt she was making a difference helping people, she also felt that patient diagnosis was the prevailing criterion used by insurance companies for paying hospital bills, regardless of lengths of stay in hospital or patients' needs following discharge.

Wanting to change the industry, Debbie founded the home health-care company Care Advantage, Inc. in 1988. With more than 3,000 employees and 14 offices and sister offices throughout Virginia, Debbie's care is felt state-wide. Care Advantage is a leading home health care company that offers personal, companion and skilled nursing care to individuals in their homes, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes and other settings. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and range from assisting with everyday tasks like bathing, getting dressed and preparing meals to providing companionship and skilled nursing services, all tailored to meet individual patient needs. www.careadvantageinc.com.

Based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode of "Secret Millionaire" follows one of America's most successful business people for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and luxury jets, conceal their true identities, and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Their mission is to discover deserving individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible, life-changing experience, the Secret Millionaires attempt to remain undiscovered, coming face to face with extraordinary people battling the odds every day of their lives. On the final day, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities. Ultimately, the millionaires each give away a great deal of their own money, changing lives forever and encouraging others to keep giving back.

Narrated by accomplished actor Blair Underwood, "Secret Millionaire" is executive produced by Leslie Garvin. The series is a Zodiak USA Production. Zodiak USA's other credits include "Celebrity Wife Swap" for ABC as well as "Hardcore Pawn," "Lizard Lick Towing" and "Killer Karaoke" for tru TV.

"Secret Millionaire" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

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SECRET MILLIONAIRE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
12/3/08 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
3 (13 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its third season on 9/8/13; has yet to be renewed for a fourth season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, April 2012) SECRET MILLIONAIRE - PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) "Secret Millionaire" follows 13 of America's most successful business people as they spend a week in the country's poorest areas and ultimately gift deserving members of the community with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money. Originally based on the hit UK series of the same name, each episode follows one of America's most successful business people for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and luxury jets, conceal their true identities, and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Surviving on welfare wages, their mission is to discover the most deserving individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need, and ultimately encourage others to do the same. Throughout this incredible, life-changing experience, the Secret Millionaires will attempt to remain undiscovered, coming face to face with extraordinary people battling the odds every day of their lives. On the final day, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities. Ultimately, the millionaires will each give away a great deal of their own money, changing lives forever and encouraging others to keep giving back. "Secret Millionaire" is executive-produced by Claire O'Donohoe, Grant Mansfield, Natalka Znak and Leslie Garvin. Paul Osborne is co-executive producer. The series is a Zodiak USA Production.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Claire O'Donohoe as EP
· Grant Mansfield as EP
· Leslie Garvin as EP
· Natalka Znak as EP
· Paul Osborne as CO-EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Zodiak USA