Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Briefcase: A New CBS Reality Experiment - #TheBriefcase

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Having little money and scraping by is nothing new to me.  Been there, done that.  By the grace of God, our family does not struggle as often as we used to.  We're not rich by any means, but have enough to get by.  But, like most anybody else, I sometimes dream about what it would be like to have extra money.  I wonder what it would be like to be out of debt from medical bills, and what it would be like to not worry about being frugal.

I also tend to worry more about finances than my husband does.  He puts a lot of faith in God for provisions.  I have faith too, but also stress and worry more than I should about bills.

Which leads me to the question, what would you do if a briefcase of $101,000 in cash was presented to you?  Don't start spending that money just yet!  There's a catch!  You have to make the decision: keep it all, keep some of it, or give it all away to a family that might be in more need than you.  If that doesn't make you wrestle with your conscience, nothing will.

Premiering May 27th (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network will be a 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.

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.

I had the opportunity to preview the first episode of THE BRIEFCASE before it airs.  After viewing it, I'm definitely going to be tuning into CBS to watch future episodes.  It's unlike any reality show I've seen.  Viewers will get to see a whole sway of emotions, going from one extreme to the next, as families have to decide how much money they want to keep for themselves and how much they want to give to the other family in need.

Each episode of THE BRIEFCASE features two families who are financially struggling, for one reason or another.  Each family is presented with a briefcase of $101,000.  They get to take $1000 off the top to spend on whatever they want.  At first, the families believe all the money is theirs and viewers get to see their excitement and plans on what they're going to do with it.  What they soon learn is that they have to make the decision to keep it all, keep some, or give it all away to another family in need.  The surprise is that the first family doesn't know that the other family was also given a briefcase and also has to make the same decision.    They learn that fact after they decide how much money they want to keep or give away.

During the first part of the show, the two families are recorded showing what their financial struggles are.  After being presented with a briefcase, they are instructed on the life-altering decision they have to make.  Then one spouse has to go to the bank by themselves and make the sole decision on how much to give or keep.  They then have to explain to their other half why they made the decision they did.  After some time, the other spouse gets to do the same thing.  To top it off, they then take a trip to the other family's home to see how they live and get a glimpse of what struggles they have.  Upon returning from the trip, they make the ultimate decision and meet up with the other family to let them know about the money.  This is where the surprise comes in, that the other family also had to make the same decision about the briefcase of money.

Throughout the show, you'll see a whole sway of emotions.  I'm sure I'd be the same way.  For instance, a wife may want to keep all the money while the husband will want to give it all away.  And in a flip, it might turn around the exact opposite where the husband changes his mind and wants to keep it all.  It leads to some conflict and talks about financial worry.

THE BRIEFCASE is a show that will entertain viewers, but also make them stop and think about what they'd do in the same situation.  Be sure to tune in to THE BRIEFCASE when it airs May 27th.  You won't be disappointed!


AiringMyLaundry said...

I was planning on checking this show out.