Financial crisis got you down? Don’t worry! Celebrities are here to help.
This Friday, May 29 on ABC, the Jonas Brothers, Oscar the Grouch and Will Smith will share with you some unique personal financial advice.
Feel better yet?
The current financial turmoil in our country is revealing a significant lack of sound financial knowledge in schools and mainstream media. It comes as no surprise that most folks would rather read People magazine than the Wall Street Journal.
So the entertainment executives at ABC television (Stock Quote: DIS) are trying to fix that problem (or at least cash in on the celebrities they've corralled) by premiering a new hour-long money advice show called 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," spins the ABC web site.
All of the aforementioned facts, tips and advice will be coming at you straight from some dubious financial gurus: Seth Green, Cedric the Entertainer, Oscar the Grouch, the Jonas Brothers, Christian Slater, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson (possibly musing on wallet monogramming) and those adorably crass babies from the E-Trade commercials. (Stock Quote: ETFC)
The special will be hosted by Mellody Hobson (pictured above, with the Jonas Brothers), a Good Morning America contributor and the president of Ariel Investments. Perhaps she can lend the experienced voice of financial wisdom that seems to be lacking in the lineup.
Tune into ABC and Twitter on Friday
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.
The one-hour special airs Friday at 9 p.m. To get a taste for what the special will be like, watch Seth Green’s promo video where he explains a fiscally savvy episode of Cribs.