TCA 2018: CNBC Steps Up Original Production

CNBC will expand its primetime lineup of unscripted programming with a slate of three new original series, the network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

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The new original series include BYOB: Be Your Own Boss, which follows entrepreneur Dennis Mulgannon as he helps people escape the rat race and become their own boss in a week by buying the existing small business of their dreams; Staten Island Hustle, which follows a group of long friends and businessmen from Staten Island who've yet to come up with an idea or product too far-fetched for them to invest in; and Deadly Rich, which goes inside murder cases involving rich suspects and victims. 

The network also announced several renewals, including a fourth season of Jay Leno’s Garage, a 12th season of American Greed and a seventh season of Secret Lives of the Super Rich.

“It’s an exciting time for CNBC as we build our primetime brand, grow our audience and draw in an even younger crowd,” said Jim Ackerman, executive vice president of alternative programming for CNBC in a statement. “The world of business will always be a great backdrop for storytelling and we’re committed to serving up more titles and characters that capture the entrepreneurial spirit in all of us.” 

Other CNBC projects in development include: an Aaron Kirman Project; Cash Pad; Billions By Design; American Hustler; Million Dollar Judgement; Sex & Business; and Teen Entrepreneur.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.