Picks and Pans Review: Oprah's Big Give

updated 03/10/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/10/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC, March 2, 9 p.m. ET |

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REALITY

With Oprah Winfrey as executive producer and occasional on-air presence, Big Give is rife with big emotions, big money, big names—Oprah operates on a scale that would exhaust a pharaoh. Ten contestants pair off on a philanthropic mission to assist worthy cases: a widow in danger of losing her home, a med student whose college debts hamper his desire to help poor kids, etc. The contestants, enlisting under the impression that this is something like The Amazing Altruistic Race, don't know that Oprah will bestow a $1 million prize at the end. The show (with future appearances by Jennifer Aniston and John Travolta) is stoutly, predictably good-hearted. But the best moment in the premiere comes when one team wastes a day locating the person they're meant to help. The joy of do-gooding gives way to snippiness.

What's On This Week

SUNDAY, MARCH 2

HERE COME THE NEWLYWEDS
ABC | 10 P.M.
Reality contest with seven couples fresh from the altar. The photo shows a driving test, by the way, not a hostage situation.

DIRT
FX | 10 P.M.
Courteney Cox Arquette returns as a ruthless tabloid editor. In the premiere, she bounces back from being stabbed by an actress. Ask your physician if gossip is right for you!

MONDAY, MARCH 3

THE ROYAL FAMILY
ABC | 8 P.M.
Barbara Walters hosts a two-hour special, filmed across more than a year, about the Windsors' daily lives. That queen, she's a workhorse with a tiara.

THE SECRET LIFE OF A SOCCER MOM
TLC | 10 P.M.
Premiere of a reality series that lets stay-at-home moms live out their fantasy careers for a week. Tracey Gold hosts.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4

DELIVER ME
10 P.M. | DISCOVERY HEALTH
New documentary series about three women who run an OB-GYN practice. Tears, crises and birth wails.

THURSDAY, MARCH 6

CRIME 360
A&E | 10 P.M.
This new series applies fancy computer visualizations to the solving of gritty real-life crimes. Like a down-home CSI.

CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR. DREW
VH1 | 10 P.M.
Finale of the grimly fascinating show about minor stars in major trouble. Reunion airs March 13.

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