With America facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Fox is about to debut a new reality TV show that will feature rich people giving away money.

And one of those rich persons is Baltimore's Molly Shattuck, wife of Mayo Shattuck III, CEO of Constellation Energy and one of those corporate executives whose golden parachutes have become such a focus of discussion in recent months.


The series, which is called Secret Millionaire, will debut at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 on Rupert Murdoch's Fox television network.

Here is how the network's press release describes the show and Shattuck:

"The millionaires include an internet mogul worth $300 million, a husband-and-wife team who own a multi-million dollar magazine-publishing business, a successful Southern California lawyer, an owner of a restaurant empire, a Baltimore socialite and former NFL cheerleader, as well as a software inventor worth $50 million."

It continues: "The secret millionaires will leave their opulent lifestyles and go undercover to experience life in some of the most impoverished areas of the country including a community devastated by Hurricane Katrina, an old coal-mining town in Schuylkill County, Pa., and areas outside of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, where people in need live just minutes from those in upscale, gated communities."

Challenged with living on minimum wage, the millionaires will immerse themselves in situations beyond their comprehension. They will work side-by-side with community members and befriend those in need. During their stay, they decide who of their new-found friends, neighbors or co-workers should ultimately receive their extraordinary gifts of a lifetime – at least $100,000 of their own money."

Here's Shattuck as described by Fox: "Shattuck is married to Mayo Shattuck III, and is the mother of five children. Shattuck is also a civic leader in Baltimore, Md., where her many charitable efforts have focused on raising awareness and funding for the health, education and artistic development of disadvantaged inner city youth. Shattuck previously served as a Corporate Center Director for Sylvan Learning Systems and as a marketing associate for Alex Brown & Sons, Inc. She recently became nationally known when, at the age of 38, she became the oldest cheerleader in NFL history, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.

In an email to the Sun, Fox publicist Michael Roach characterized Shattuck's involvement as follows: "One of them is Molly Shattuck...who relocated to Shenandoah, Pa., for the shoot to seek out those making a difference in that community."

The most provocative and successful reality TV shows are those that connect with tensions in the larger society, and there sure is a lot of tension these days about the gap between rich and poor.

(Above: Fox photo of Molly Shattuck by Michael Yarish)