CBS takes “The Briefcase”

CBS will present working-class American families with a pile of cash and a moral dilemma in The Briefcase (pictured), a reality series from the creator of The Biggest Loser.
April 28, 2015

A new reality series airing on CBS will present American families struggling to make ends meet with a pile of cash and a moral dilemma.

Produced by 25/7 Productions, The Briefcase (pictured) will give 12 families from different parts of the country a briefcase full of $101,000 cash but with strings attached: they can either keep all of the money or give part or all of it to another family in need.

Each week, two different families will receive the money and then fly to Los Angeles to face each other.

“What they don’t know is that the family with whom they are considering sharing this financial windfall received an identical briefcase with the same instructions,” the network said in a statement. “Throughout their journeys, relationships within both families will be tested and beliefs questioned as they find out what really matters most in their lives, and how much importance they place on values such as love, generosity, compassion and faith.”

“I’ve been incredibly impressed by just how generous Americans are, even with shrinking paychecks and rising debt, when there’s little left to give,” added the show’s creator and exec producer David Broome.

Broome, who also created reality hit The Biggest Loser, is exec producing alongside Faye Stapleton. Sony Pictures Television will distribute the series.

The Briefcase will begin airing on May 27 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

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