Cable News Net Takes Wraps Off Extensive Programming Changes

Apr 8, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A major cable financial news network unveiled a batch of new programs today, along with an extended order for one of its existing shows. Deadline.com reports that CNBC greenlighted the new shows "Restaurant Kickstart" and "Filthy Rich Guide," and has the programs "Restaurant Confidential: New York," "Hard Money" and "More Money More Problems" (all working titles) in development.

The cable channel also announced an extended order for season two of "The Profit." CNBC added an order for eight one-hour episodes, bringing the season total to 16.

"The series, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m., follows serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, who saves struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process," the story reports. "Last Tuesday’s episode of 'The Profit' was the most-watched original series telecast ever for the network among P25-54 and total viewers."

The channel is coming off its highest-rated quarter in the key news demo of adults 25-54 in more than 10 years, the piece notes.

"Restaurant Kickstart,"  in which contestants must open a "pop-up restaurant" almost overnight, is set to debut in July.

"Filthy Rich Guide" is described in the report as "an insider look at a world where party never ends, the cash flow doesn’t stop, and the hi-tech toys are the biggest and most expensive in the world. From secret worlds, to outrageous mansions, to private islands, it’s the 'Filthy Rich Guide' to the best that (a ridiculous amount of) money can buy."

"Restaurant Confidential: New York" is described as "a docu-series that follows the money and chronicles the struggles and triumphs of various restaurants in the ultra-competitive New York Food Scene."

"Hard Money," meanwhile examines money lending involving huge sums of cash — a process sometimes described as legal loan sharking.

"More Money More Problems" is a docu-series that "uncovers the astonishing first-person stories of star athletes, CEOs, actors, musical artists and other onetime high net worth individuals who went from rags to riches … to rags," the report adds.

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