Thursday, June 25, 2009

Action! Adventure! Philanthropy!

The Philanthropist—a new show about, in NBC's words, a "billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante philanthropist," debuted last night.

I didn't get to see it all of it, but in talking with AFP staff who did, we agreed that the show featured more Indiana Jones than Bill Gates. The lead character was shot at, bitten by a snake and arrested by both the local police and drug enforcement agents, all for trying to get a vaccine to a remote Nigerian village.

It was fun to watch at least. I enjoyed the lead actor, who puts enough gusto into being a playboy while having just enough acting chops to make his philanthropic motivations believable.

Nevertheless, it was so over the top that, on one hand, I can't believe many people would believe this was any sort of realistic depiction of philanthropists and how philanthropy works.

On the other hand, it would be great if the show at least referenced or spotlighted the actual strategic work and planning that goes into most philanthropy. But that probably wouldn't make for good television now, would it?

What do you think? Did you see the show? Much ado about nothing, or something to be concerned about?

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