‘American Greed’ Preview Wednesday, January 5th

CNBC’s longest-running primetime original series, “American Greed” is back for a momentous 15th season on Wednesday, January 5th at 10pm ET/PT; and this season the series celebrates reaching its 200th episode. The award-winning series is narrated by legendary actor Stacy Keach. Two hundred episodes in, the truth remains: some people will do anything for money.

“There is a deep fascination with how far people will go in pursuit of money and ‘American Greed’ sets the standard in storytelling,” said Denise Contis, Executive Vice President and Head of Content, CNBC Primetime. “With the 200th episode approaching, we are serving up bigger and bolder cases of corruption, excess and greed to our loyal and engaged fan base.”

The season premiere episode (January 5th at 10pm ET/PT), “The Life & Crimes of Joel Greenberg,” follows the tale of a privileged millennial from a rich Florida family, Joel Greenberg, who one day decides to run for Seminole County Tax Collector – and wins. But once in office he embarks on a breathtaking series of crimes, ranging from fraud to sex trafficking. Eventually the Feds set their sights on him – and it quickly becomes clear that his case may be bigger and stranger than anyone had imagined.

CNBC marks the 200th episode (January 12th at 10pm ET/PT) with one of the most infamous alleged corporate fraud cases of the 21st century – Theranos, now back in the news with the high-profile trial of founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes (“Theranos CEO on Trial”).

Additional ripped-from-the-headlines stories featured this season include a look inside the astonishing rise and near-collapse of WeWork (“How WeWork Went Wild”); the investigation into how two brand-new Boeing 737 Max jets fell out of the sky five months apart and killed 346 people (“ Boeing’s Deadly Design”); the man accused of being one of the biggest thieves the world has ever seen, Jho Low (“The Biggest Theft of All Time?”); and the stunning story of a suburban Eagle Scout turned Dark Web drug lord, Aaron Shamo (“The Kingpin Next Door”).

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