Premieres Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS
CBS announces the new reality show THE BRIEFCASE, featuring hard-working American families experiencing financial setbacks who are presented with a briefcase containing a large sum of money and a potentially life-altering decision: they can keep all of the money for themselves, or give all or part of it to another family in need. The series premieres Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“THE BRIEFCASE is an eye-opening look into what matters most in people’s lives, taking the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride with a shocking ending each week,” said THE BRIEFCASE Creator and Executive Producer Dave Broome. “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.”
Each week, two families have 72 hours to learn details about each other’s challenging circumstances and make the weighty decision of what to do with $101,000. However, 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. 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.
THE BRIEFCASE is produced by 25/7 Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Dave Broome (Creator and Executive Producer, THE BIGGEST LOSER) and Faye Stapleton are executive producers.
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Kim: Part-Time Event Planner
Three children, ages 15, 13 and 12
Dave: Injured Retired Iraqi Vet
One child, age 3, with another on the way
Matt: Former Steel Industry Worker
Becky: Stay-at-Home Mom
Two children, ages 20 and 16
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Tanya: Director of the nonprofit City Year
Leila: Managing Director of the nonprofit City Year
Two children, ages 14 and 9
Josh: Telecommunications Installer
Susan: Sheriff’s Office Clerk
John: Commercial Fisherman in Florida
Amanda: Stay-at-Home Mom in North Carolina
Three children, ages 12, 10 and 7
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Richard: High School Teacher
Esperanza: Special Ed Teacher
Two children, ages 19 and 16
Boyle Heights, Calif.
Cara: Stay-at-Home Mom
Four children, ages 14, 11, 9 and 7
Gabe: Insurance Agent
Krystal: Stay-at-Home Mom
Six children, ages 9, 6, 4, 2, and 2-year-old twins
Amari Vendely: Unemployed
Natalie Salgado: Medical Assistant
Three children, ages 7, 5 and 3
Mike Aponte: Welder
Andrea Kassimatis: Pediatric Nurse
Three children, ages 14, 7 and 11 months
Union Beach, N.J.
Robert: Educational Consultant
Lucy: Special Programs Coordinator
Two children, ages 9 and 3