Unbroke: Financial Advice From Celebrities! How Could This Go Wrong?

May 29th, 2009 by alyx · 6 Comments · Uncategorized


Personal finance – which used to be the domain just of Kiplingers and Suze Orman – has gotten many, many shades better as of late, which we at LOLFed wholeheartedly applaud. Tonight, ABCNews is presenting a special called “Un-Broke,” which may be either funny and insightful or a total trainwreck:

Schools teach us almost everything, but not “Money 101.” For the basics on finance, turn to UN-BROKE: What You Need to Know About Money. It’s an unconventional look at the fundamentals of everyday finance with all the facts about credit cards, mortgages, stocks and bonds, investing and 401(k)’s, in a fresh new format combining information and humor. The one-hour special airs FRIDAY, MAY 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Okay, sure. It’s a Friday night, why not crack open a PBR and learn about personal finance? Not compelled yet? ABC busts out the STAR POWER:

  • Will Smith, who gets down to basics with a boardroom full of corporate finance executives.
  • Samuel L. Jackson, who appears as a bestselling author of self-help books and who is “Broke as Hell and Not Going to Take it Anymore!”
  • The Jonas Brothers, who teach screaming teenage girls the mysteries of the stock market.
  • Seth Green, who explains the fundamentals of a smart mortgage from his “crib.”
  • Cedric the Entertainer, who talks back to credit cards.
  • Christian Slater and Rosario Dawson, who visit an office workplace to explain the importance of investing in a 401(k) retirement plan.
  • The E*Trade Babies, who meet Mellody for an online chat from their high chairs.

MainStreet is orchestrating a live tweet during the show – so if it does turn out to be over-the-top ridiculous, tune into Twitter for some color commentary:

MainStreet has a hard time believing that millionaire entertainers have a lot of real-life experience in the “getting un-broke” department. (Unless maybe Ed McMahon or MC Hammer are involved, and it looks like they’re not.) All skepticism aside, we won’t miss it.

Join MainStreet along with a few other well-known personal finance bloggers live on Twitter during the special to get our take on the personal finance lessons being offered. (Or visit back on Monday for our full recap.)

You can follow along or join in the live conversation during the show on Twitter. Just use the #unbroketv hashtag for your tweets while you watch.

I don’t think I’ll be home or I’d be tweeting, but I’ll look for the recap. Here’s a promo for the show, from Seth Green:

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