Windfall

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Money changes everything. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to become a millionaire overnight? A group of 20 friends and acquaintances is about to find that out as they win $386 million in lottery on NBC's hot summer drama, Windfall. At the heart of the events is a close-knit group of four friends. Peter (Luke Perry, Jeremiah, Beverly Hills, 90210) and Nina Schaefer (Lana Parrilla, Boomtown) and their two kids are a seemingly happy family. Underneath, Nina still harbors feelings for her ex-boyfriend from college, Cameron Walsh (Jason Gedrick, Boomtown), rousing the suspicions of his wife Beth (Sarah Wynter, 24). Sean Mathers (D.J. Cotrona, Skin) is an ex-con with dark secrets that are in danger of being revealed when he wins the jackpot. Damien Cutler (Jon Foster, life as we know it) is a rebellious teenager who seeks independence of his parents. Frankie Townsend (Alice Greczyn, The Dukes of Hazzard, Quintuplets), a 16-year-old girl, finds herself in the middle of a family feud when her separated parents fight over the money. Rounding out the cast are Malinda Willliams (Soul Food) as Kimberly George, a 22-year-old single mother hoping to start a new life far away from the trailer park, and Jaclyn DeSantis (Luis, Road Trip) as Maggie Hernandez, a nurse who can't wait to spend her share of the fortune. Windfall is created by executive producer Laurie McCarthy (Felicity) and co-executive producer Gwendolyn Parker (Without a Trace, The Handler).moreless
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A good premise but poorly executed. An embarrassment to cable TV.

    1.4
    The premise sounded interesting - a group of people win the lottery. Heck, even the pilot was a decent episode, where we are introduced to an array of characters.



    It seemed as though the writers ran out of ideas three episodes into the series.



    Only the first few episodes were really worth watching like seeing Maggie tell off her boss which is something many of us dream of doing and Kimberly and her son leaving their rented trailer and their old life behind. We got to see in those first few episodes other things that could happen if one did win, such as people trying to extort money from winners, buying a fancy car and love dilemmas. After that the show just became another overblown TV drama. I admit, though, I kept watching hoping that the characters would finally get real. Are there any lottery winners out there that really experienced such unbelievable circumstances that were portrayed in this show, like getting kidnapped by Russian mobsters and leaving your husband who you have a good life with for a married man? Perhaps. The show just got worse each episode - there were so many ridiculously unrealistic parts of it. For example, one of the lottery winners is in love with a married man and decides to leave her husband for him so she goes to see a counselor for assurance. No counselor would tell you to leave your husband for a man who probably won't leave his wife and kids anyways...stupid! Damien's Russian wife demanded he buy her a pretzel cart and Damien actually believed she needed a pretzel cart - I mean she was obviously trying to steal money from him. And who performs a marriage between an illegal Russian immigrant who's also a hooker and a 17 year old boy, legally?



    The mysterious disappearance of Zoe, which may have been a conspiracy to take all of Sean's money was stupid and realistic. And when 2 principle female leads went to Paris (one of the fakest sets I have seen) and they talked about how many francs one of them paid for something, without even a hint of sarcasm was an insult to your intelligence. The Euro is the monetary currency of France now and has been for the past 6 years.



    I must say, I'd really like my chance at winning the lottery to prove that it doesn't screw you up like it did to these characters!!!!moreless
  • good show

    7.2
    Windfall is a new show that premiered during the summer on NBC. It airs on Thursday nights at 10PM ET. The pilot featured the young Schaefer family (husband Peter played by a much older looking Luke Perry and his wife Nina played by Lana Parilla) hosting their turn of the routine lottery parties where friends and family gather and all contribute a dollar toward a lottery pool. The host then goes out and buys tickets with the same numbers on the idea that if those numbers won, everyone who contributed gets a share of the winnings. That night’s ticket ends up winning and about 20-30 people in attendance that night each end up taking home several million dollars from one of the biggest jackpots. The show now features on a core group of those in attendance that night, their personal lives and how the money has affected them. Peter Schaefer invested his and part of his best friend Cameron’s winnings into his dream of a bike business. Unknown to Peter until recently, Cameron and Nina have been cheating on their spouses by having an affair. Cameron’s wife Beth (Sarah Wynter) figured out the affair but has decided to stay married in name only because of her desires to adopt a child. A teenager, Damien, contributed his dollar that fateful evening and to avoid having his parents control him and his money, decides to marry a woman from Russia so he can be declared an adult. The relationship does not work out after the woman is revealed to have been stealing from Damien. Damien now dates fellow teenager Frankie whose mother won that night but Frankie chose to run away rather than move to New York with her mom. The Schaefers had pizza delivered to the party that night and the pizza delivery woman, a single mom, contributed her dollar on a whim and now lives in a hotel suite. Sunny, a woman who has coveted after Peter, filed a lawsuit lying about having been the extra dollar truly left by the pizza delivery woman, and only dropped the suit when everyone agreed to give over $1 million from their winnings to Sunny. Sunny later admitted that she lied when she got her dream of spending the night with Peter but still has a large monetary backing in Peter’s bike business. Another winner quit her job as a nurse and used the winnings to open her own restaurant. Missing the joy she felt at helping people but not the stress of working for a mean boss, she offers her services at a local clinic. The rest of the main cast is rounded out by a shady guy with a past, Sean (D.J. Cotrona) who asked a woman to collect his winnings because of his legal troubles. The woman, Zoe, ends up running off with the money and making it look as if she was killed. Sean sets out to find her killer and ends up falling for Zoe’s sister, Tally. Later, Sean finds out that Tally has known all along that Zoe was alive and has now admitted to having killed Zoe the night Sean confronted them both. The cops think, given Sean’s shady past, that he killed Zoe so Sean tries to get Tally to turn herself in. The show delves so much into personal lives and has such a large ensemble cast despite their often-intertwined lives and situations that it can be confusing. The first few episodes left me desiring more by the end of the episode but even with characters finding out about secret affairs and secret conspiracies, the latter episodes have been less enticing.moreless
  • Awesome show!!!

    9.5
    BRING IT BACK!! This was an excellent show with an excellent cast. The story-line was great (maybe a little fine-tuning, and for God's sake, let Sean have some GOOD LUCK)! All in all, it was a fun and intriguing show to watch, and it kept me wondering. I caught myself counting the days until the next week's episode ran so I could find out what happened...still feeling that way from the season/series finale. NBC: Don't give up yet! 'Windfall' has HOPE! Give it another shot!moreless
  • Everyone does a great job on the show. Who does not love Perry? He is getting older but in my eyes he will always be a hunk. Everyone works very hard long hours on the show. I still watch hills 90210 on soapnet everyday.moreless

    10
    Please Bring The Show Back On The Air. I Love The Show. Miss watching it each week that it came on the air. The ending of the show was great. I would love to won that much money. Shop until I droped. Buy off things that I need to buy off. Just like everyone else does in this world. I watched the show when it first came on air when it went off the air.moreless
  • This show had a lot of potential and was fairly easy to follow, but combined a bit too much and went in too many directions.

    6.0
    I watched the Season, because I started it, but it took some effort to finish it. I think they took the story in too many directions with too many sub plots. I liked "Kids" and how they interacted with the family and their situations. I also liked following one other pair, The sisters and the guy that got them involved. Those were interesting because of potential problems and possible action scenes. Where I think the show failed for me was the 2 Couple Love situation and all the fillers being in the same show. I feel if they had done it with less of a winning party, they could have focused on them, made it more dramatic and it would have been a better show.moreless
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    Big Brother wins slow night

  • CEREMONY HONORING BEST OF STAGE SEES AN UPTICK IN VIEWERS.

    A solid Tonys performance for CBS

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