Deadly Rich (CNBC)


Deadly Rich (CNBC) – Premieres 9th July

A crime docu-series that looks into the murders of victims that would be classified as part of the 1%. In each episode it looks into a different case, and shows how the murder was solved and what motivated it.

The programme begins with going over how the person was found, and how they were killed. Before going on to give the back story of the deceased, where the show recounts their upbringing and adult life.

After showing the persons background, the episode then looks into how the case was solved. Where along with interviews with police and family members, it tells how the suspects were found. Then with showing footage of the interrogations, reveals how the murder was solved and the motivations behind the killer.

For a crime docu-series, it is more reminiscent to programmes like It Takes A Killer. Where it follows a tried and tested format, but this doesn’t offer anything new that would make it stand out from similar shows. And with it having a 45 minute runtime, it does begin to feel drawn out to the point any interest does being to wane.



Staten Island Hustle (CNBC)


Staten Island Hustle (CNBC) – Premieres 11th April

Going in a completely different direction to fellow CNBC show Cleveland Hustles, this follows five Staten Island based businessmen and friends as they try to develop new products in the bid to make themselves rich.

It starts off with the group meeting up at their favourite restaurant where they initially talk about what they are currently working on, and if it’s of interest to the rest of the group as a business idea. After some toing and froing they then settle on a product that they believe hasn’t been done before and set about putting their idea into action.

The programme then follows the group as they research the product, work out the costs and possible profit margins and outsource the production of a prototype. After the prototype is made, the group then tests out the product at a relevant company to find out if it is something they’d use. And then when they get the thumbs up, start to tout the item about to get some pre-orders, where they adapt their business model to the feedback they receive.

Along with the main business idea the group are working on, it also drops in some bits where members of the group have their own investments they are working on, as they try to get those products off the ground.

The show feels like a mix between a shoddy reality series and a business programme, and while the main idea the group are working on is interesting it’s still not that watchable.


Back In The Game (CNBC)


Back In The Game (CNBC) – Premieres 13th March

A reality show where former baseball player and PED enthusiast Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez gives former professional sportsman financial guidance.

In the programme Rodriguez meets up with a former player who has gone through all the money they earned during their career, and the goes about helping them become debt free helps and increase their current earnings.

Along with going through the processes of showing the former player their current expenses and how to rebudget. The show also gives a breakdown of how a players career earnings are broken down and the amount that is given in taxes and agent fees. And also how certain investments like buying homes outright during their career helped them get through the cash faster than expected.

After going through the new plan Rodriguez leaves the player for a few weeks, then returns to see how they are doing and to give them a few more pointers. Then by the end of the show the player is then on the way to paying off their debts and getting their new post sports career on track.

The programme itself is a standard financial help show. And even though it has some interesting angles showing how sportsman post career can shape up, Rodriguez himself seems like he doesn’t want to be there and it does feel a bit dragged out for a 45 minute show.


The Job Interview (CNBC)


The Job Interview (CNBC) – Premieres 8th November

US remake of the Channel 4 reality show, where after filling an office space full of cameras, a company that is interviewing for a vacancy invite the five top applicants to the be interviewed, unaware they are being filmed.

The programme shows snippets of the interviews where the applicants either impress the interviewers or put their foot in it, then at the end the applicants talk to camera about how they thought they performed. The interviewers the reveal the two interviewees that impressed them the most, then the cameras follow the two when they get the call finding whether or not they got the job.

It’s some pretty mundane viewing.


The Deed: Chicago (CNBC)


The Deed: Chicago (CNBC) – Premieres 29th March – Renewed

Possibly setting a spinoff show record with a mere 28 days separating the launch of the original show to this spinoff, The Deed: Chicago follows real estate honcho Sean Conlon as he helps out folks who have run into financial trouble leading to the construction job in jeopardy.

Conlon meets up with the person behind the development, then comes up with a deal that will get the building finished and teaching the developer on how to correct the mistakes they made and how to avoid them in future.

It’s literally identical to The Deed, so if you like that then this is more of the same.


The Partner (CNBC)


The Partner (CNBC) – Premieres 7th March

Reality competition where after investing in numerous businesses of the course of The Profit, Marcus Lemonis is in need of a partner to help him look after the projects.

Luckily Marcus has narrowed down a few thousand applicants to the final ten, where after a 6 weeks the winner ends up getting a three year contract and a 1% equity stake in Lemonis’ portfolio.

Like The Apprentice, Lemonis sets the applicants a challenge then reviews their performances before getting them all together and eliminating the worst using the handy catchphrase “You will not be going forward”.

Even though the prize for the winner is more prestigious, it a lightweight version of The Apprentice where nothing of note really happens.


The Deed (CNBC)


The Deed (CNBC) – Premieres 1st March – Renewed

A show that’s the opposite to the HGTV and DIY Network house flipping programming, where entrepreneur Sidney Torres goes and helps out folks whose renovation projects have stalled and are pushing them brink of financial ruin.

Sidney meets up with the failing renovator to find out what went wrong and how much they are in the hole for. He then breaks down the problems they’re facing, buys a percentage of the project, and shows them how to how to correct the problems they faced.

After that the project gets completed, everyone makes a profit and there’s smiles all round. It’s bit like a renovation version of Kitchen Nightmares if Ramsey purchased a stake the place he was helping and didn’t go mental at them.