CBS Orders 'The Briefcase' Reality Program From 'Biggest Loser' Originator

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The new unscripted program will analyze the generosity of fiscally strapped families
"The Biggest Loser" originator David Broome is joining up with CBS for a new reality show, "The Briefcase," which intends to mine anticipation and entertainment from fiscal hardship.


The show will feature families struggling with financial drawbacks that are given a briefcase containing a big amount of money. The windfall comes with a choice attached, however: The families must determine whether they will keep all of the money, or give all or some of it to another needy family.


Each week, 2 families have 72 hours to learn the state of affairs in each other's challenging circumstances and make the weighty choice of what to do with $101,000. What they aren't told, nevertheless, is that the family with whom they're contemplating sharing this financial windfall received an identical briefcase with the same instructions. Throughout their journeys, relationships within their families will probably be tested and beliefs challenged as they find out what really matters most in their lives, and how much value they put on values like love, generosity, compassion and faith.


The show will premiere May 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS.


Broome, who created and is executive producing the newest show, characterized "The Briefcase" as "an emotional roller coaster ride" that'll deliver "a shocking end each week."


"'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 surprising finish each week," Broome said. "I've been very impressed by exactly how generous Americans are, in spite of shrinking paychecks and rising debt, when there's little left to give."


The families featured in the series contain the Bergin Family from Matthews, North Carolina, that are headed by dad Joe, an ice cream truck owner and mother Kim, a part time event planner; the Manchester, New Hampshire-based Bronson family, including an injured retired Iraq veteran along with a nurse; as well as the Wylie family, a Rio Vista, Texas, family whose patriach who lost his good-paying job in the steel industry after a bad back injury.


"The Briefcase" is produced by 25/7 Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, with Broome and Faye Stapleton executive creating.