CBS has sent another reality show packing. The Briefcase has been cancelled and won’t be returning for a second season in 2016.
On The Briefcase, two families who are struggling financially are each given a briefcase that contains $101,000. They must decide whether to keep all of the money for themselves or give some or all of it to the other family. Over the course of 72 hours, each family learns about the other family and must make their makes decision. What they don’t know is that the other family has been given a similar briefcase and the same instructions.
Debuting in May 2015, The Briefcase drew harsh reviews from many critics. Many believed that it was exploiting the financial hardships of the families and using the less-fortunate for sport. Others countered that many of the families did receive money that they wouldn’t have received otherwise.
Either way, the series did poorly in the ratings. The six episodes drew only a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.18 million viewers. The last episode, which aired June 27th, drew a 0.7 in the demo with 4.0 million viewers.
What do you think? Did you like The Briefcase TV show? Did the positives outweight the negatives in your mind? Should it have been cancelled or renewed for a second season instead?
I loved the show
It made you think hard and to see where your struggles were compared to someone else’s or if it just all boiled down to greed I thought it was a great show
How many people today think that way about another family without being put in that position
Must be nice to exploit people, huh? I hope you go broke!
This was a great show offering $101K as a heaven sent gift to families who really needed it. It was inspirational what the families decided to do. Shame for the show and network for NOT promoting it. I was looking forward to seeing how the show developed.
I liked The Secret Millionaire better, I wish they’d bring THAT show back. The $ went a lot further & helped more people.
Why didn’t you just kick them both in the balls, it would have been less painful
Damned if they do Damned if they didn’t . What a horrible show to put people in that position, to play with someones life for your entertainment,sounds like a few scifi movies I’ve seen
Typical of well off people to come up with that.