New Reality Show to Feature Boyle Heights Family


“The Briefcase,” which gives families experiencing financial setbacks a unique choice, will premiere May 27 on CBS, the network announced Tuesday.

Participants are given a briefcase with $101,000, then forced to decide whether to keep it all or give all or part of it to another family in need.

Creator and executive producer Dave Broome calls “The Briefcase” “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.”

“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,” said Broome, the creator of the NBC weight-loss series “The Biggest Loser.”

Participating families include the Matas of Boyle Heights. Richard Mata is a high school teacher and his wife Esperanza is a special education teacher. They have 16- and 19-year old children.

The family performs in a Mariachi band on weekends and the parents run a Mariachi conservatory in an attempt to keep youths off the streets.

The Matas have a large debt because of student loans and often find themselves spending their own money on school supplies, according to CBS.

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