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CNBC takes reality to primetime

CNBC has greenlit Treasure Detectives and The Car Chasers from Endemol USA and ITV Studios America, respectively, the first reality series added to CNBC's primetime schedule.
December 21, 2012

CNBC has greenlit Treasure Detectives and The Car Chasers from Endemol USA and ITV Studios America, respectively, the first reality series added to CNBC ‘s primetime schedule.

The new series will premiere on March 5, while CNBC has also added four unscripted projects to its development slate.

Treasure Detectives is a one-hour weekly show starring Curtis Dowling, a fakes and forgeries detective, and his team of investigators as they meet collectors and verify the authenticity of their collectibles, artwork and antiquities. They trace where the origin of an item, how it was made, and in some cases, how it was faked.

The Car Chasers, produced by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment, features Jeff Allen and Perry Barndt, who travel the country looking to buy and sell classic and exotic cars.

The CNBC projects in development include The Next Big Big Thing (w/t), produced by Original Media, going inside the world of former record exec Charlie Walk who has brought his skills to the world of start-ups; and Money Talk$ (w/t), from Turn Left Productions, which goes into the world of sports betting through the eyes of Steve Stevens, owner of VIP Sports.

Liquidate Your Life (w/t) from Optomen USA gives people the opportunity to dump their unsatisfying careers and reinvent themselves with the help of two mentors; while The Big Fix (w/t) from The Hochberg Ebersol Company sees Marcus Lemonis invest his own money in turning around failing companies across America.

“Reality is ever-expanding and with our unique content focused on money, CNBC is well-positioned to influence the genre,” said Mark Hoffman, CNBC president and CEO.

“CNBC is collaborating with some of the most creative minds in reality to develop primetime content that appeals to a broader audience yet still embodies the network’s distinct brand and inherent themes,” added Jim Ackerman, SVP of primetime alternative programming for CNBC. “We’re looking forward to launching our first two series in March and growing CNBC Prime in the months ahead.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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