If you are a regular viewer of the Fox News Channel you may have seen promotions for a new “alternative primetime program,” Strange Inheritance.
It is a highly anticipated show, a “recommended watch” by the Washington Post and it premiers tonight on the Fox Business Network at 9 p.m. (eastern)
The intriguing title accurately describes what viewers can expect. However, this show delves much deeper.
Jamie Colby, the show’s host, an award-winning veteran of Fox News Channel says the show is really about “family, love, and leaving a mark in this world.”
Strange Inheritance is based on a simple premise — heirs confronted with an inheritance that takes their lives on an unexpected journey. The journey begins after discovering the proverbial “treasure in the attic” that is priceless, rare, or bizarre. Some episodes are about huge collections of comic books, dolls or baseball cards – or an entity that heirs are forced to sell, share, or attempt to keep maintain.
The trailer shows families who suddenly learn about grandpa’s warehouse full of antique cars, a bug museum or a priceless Stradivarius cello.
BizPac Review is pleased to have Fox News Channel’s Jamie Colby participate in our Buzzworthy Interview series so our readers can learn more about her new show Strange Inheritance.
Q. Since joining Fox News in 2003 you have covered numerous major national and international stories. How does that experience translate into a nightly prime time “entertainment” show on the Fox Business Network?
A. Traveling across the country and overseas helped prepare me to meet all kinds of people in many different situations. Strange Inheritance needed a host that was comfortable with that much travel in the allotted production time. I jumped at the opportunity to both see more of our country and meet families from 25 different states handling so many truly unusual inheritances.
Q. What is the “hook” within Strange Inheritance that you hope will attract and retain viewers who have never turned to a cable business network for human interest programming?
A. Each of these families are relatable even if the situation they find themselves in with their unique inheritance may not be. You may think oh that will never happen to me but I think that’s part of the appeal of the show. It very well may happen to you. So what would you do if you suddenly found out you owned your family’s amusement park or thousands of pristine collectible cars? While other shows like Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers answer some of the questions about what to do with stuff, we uniquely go a step further learning where they came from and why a relative left it for a next generation. It’s a bit of Ancestry.com meets Antiques Roadshow meets Dateline — so its storytelling that goes beyond the object and its value. In the process along with me, viewers will learn so much about collectibles including cars, coins, baseball cards, taxidermy, furniture, autographs and alligators.
Q. Sometimes inheritance plunges families into serious conflict. As the host, how will you handle family feuds stemming from these valuable inheritances?
A. Our task is to preserve family stories by sharing family legacies. We aren’t focused on the family dynamics as much as what a unique inheritance says about a family’s past and what role that inheritance will play in its future. Some families you will meet end up coming together to run their inheritance as a family business. I think that will be especially interested to viewers of business news. Other families learn the value of what they are left and share with us the process of the family deciding what to keep, what to sell and why. It’s surprising in many of the episodes what they do decide and being at some of the auctions and seeing the results is pure adrenaline!
Jamie, on behalf of our readers, I would like to thank you for participating in this Buzzworthy interview.
BizPac Review readers are encouraged to watch Strange Inheritance Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Fox Business Network beginning on January 26.
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