The Briefcase Premiering on CBS May 27th

A Briefcase and A Dream

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.  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.
The series premieres Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

After hearing the premise of the show I really thought about what my options would be if I was presented with such a decision, I mean what lower or middle class family couldn’t use $100,000?   I could think of so many things that need fixing around our house and then there are the expenses of our daughter’s college education.  I could keep it and be totally justified in the money, I mean it is a gift right?!  But I KNOW I would regret it for the rest of my life if I did.  There certainly are so many families in hardship situations that I couldn’t even dream about and I am very blessed, even with the expenses and problems we have.  Of course for me this is all hypothetical, no one has given me a briefcase full of money – if I was presented one…what would I ultimately do?
Then I got a chance to watch the premiere episode, and let me tell you a decision like that, well one of the women on the show compared the emotions involved in it like a roller coaster.   I can totally see that, they’ve just been given the greatest opportunity they could wish for.. but with a catch that makes it far more difficult decision than one would think.10fb15c77258a991b0028080a64fb42dfb5c81ed3a220004b71069645f112867Honestly, I expected to see ‘sob story’ families, and while the Bronson family in the premiere episode stands out because of Dave’s sacrifice to our country, the Bergin family could be your neighbors..or maybe even much like your own family.  Seeing the very real struggle of whether your own family should come first or shorting your own dreams and financial situation to give the money to another family, was very emotional for me..just as a viewer!

Why I Will Watch future episodes of THE BRIEFCASE (and Why You Should, Too)

One of the reasons I love blogging is that I get to do so many cool campaigns, like being able to preview tv shows and movies before the general public.  Before being approached to watch the premiere episode and share my thoughts on it, I didn’t know much about The Briefcase; I only knew what I had seen from the one TV commercial I had seen, but that was about it.  So, mind open and iPad ready, I was eager to see The Briefcase for myself.  I made sure to start watching with no preconceived notions, to let the show speak to me.  And,  within a few short minutes, I found a whole lot to love about The Briefcase.  Here are just a few reasons why you should consider watching it yourself.
You often don’t think about how many other families are struggling, because you don’t see it.  People hide it well.  A typical family in a middle class neighborhood, living day to day, but they can’t pay their bills because of a hardship beyond their control.  It made me realize that one of those families…could very well be my neighbors.
The show is only about an hour, but will give you a lot to think about how you view your finances and helping others for long after it’s over.
I’m well aware that there are plenty of good people living on this Earth, and a lot of selfish ones.  What I think you’ll realize when watching The Briefcase is that we don’t always know the whole story behind the decisions people make, especially the ones we don’t tend to agree with.  When we get a peek behind the scenes and find out more to the story sometimes our decisions and views can change because we have more information about a situation.
I don’t normally recommend reality TV (the only other reality show I watch is Amazing Race), but if you’re open to being challenged in your personal life, you have to watch or DVR The Briefcase, at least give this first episode a try.  If you’re already a fan of reality TV, I don’t think you’ll regret the hour spent on this one.
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Join the Twitter Chat as they live tweet during THE BRIEFCASE show premiere on Wednesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET).  $250 in prizes will be given out throughout the hour so don’t miss the show or the excitement on Twitter!  Just make sure you follow @rolemommy, @CBSTweet and use the hashtags #TheBriefcase.

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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