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Trish Regan to FBN…

Posted in FBN on March 5, 2015 by icn2

TVNewser’s Brian Flood reports that FBN has signed Trish Regan…

TVNewser has learned that Fox Business Network has signed Bloomberg’s Trish Regan as an anchor and markets reporter. Her first day on FBN will be April 6. In addition to her role at FBN, Regan will also provide financial commentary across Fox News Channel programs and on

So who, if anyone, gets bumped outta the chair for Regan?

Setting the Record Straight…

Posted in FBN on March 2, 2015 by icn2

The Resident’s Rory Winston profiles Jamie Colby. It’s part of FBN’s push to highlight its hit “Strange Inheritance”, a show I have watched quite a bit and will continue to do so. There have been a lot of Colby profiles now and I haven’t noted them all but I have seen a recurring theme in some of them. And it re-appears here…

When the concept for Strange Inheritance came along both she and the network saw the show as a perfect fit for her. Jamie had the interdisciplinary background to make it work.

She may have had the interdisciplinary background to make it work but this is not an entirely accurate recounting of how this show originally came together. We have to go back a year ago to see why…

Fox Business Network has announced the development of an original alternative primetime program, “Strange Inheritance,” that will debut later this year. The half-hour documentary show, hosted by Tracy Byrnes, will showcase real-life stories of unconventional inheritances.

It wasn’t until later, when Byrnes had to withdraw from hosting the show, that Colby was named to host it.

Naturally, FBN isn’t going to want to play up the fact that Strange Inheritance was originally someone else’s show, especially since it’s a hit. If I was them I wouldn’t. So I can’t fault them for that. I can fault sloppy writers not doing their homework though. If you’re going to get into how this show came together, get it right.

Big Debut for Strange Inheritance…

Posted in FBN on January 27, 2015 by icn2

TV by The Numbers reports that FBN’s Strange Inheritance debut set records for the network last night… (via J$)

FOX Business Network’s Strange Inheritance debuted last night and became the highest rated program launch ever for the network. See below for more:

Kennedy Interview…

Posted in FBN on January 26, 2015 by icn2

Cosmopolitan’s Helin Jung interviews Kennedy on her new FBN show which premieres tonight… (via J$)

Tell me about the new show.

It’s a quirky political talk show where I get to keep an eye on people who are inhibiting others’ freedom and talk with interesting people about subjects that we find mutually fascinating, like music, parenting, economic liberty — the kind of stuff that you talk about with your good friends.

Will it feel like a late-night talk show?

It will definitely have a different and more casual vibe than a lot of stuff on the network. We’ll have a monologue, one-on-one interviews, a panel segment, game elements, man-on-the street stuff, and some segments with me taking on two or three people at a time who totally disagree with me, just because it sounds like a lot of fun. I think they’re really smart about where their audience is going and how they want to consume information. I’m happy to be a part of that. Throughout my career, I’ve been shut down a lot of times by people who wanted me to fit into a certain box, and that breeds a level of inauthenticity and a lack of employment! It’s really great at this point in my career to have someone say, “I believe in you. I want you to be able to express yourself as authentically as possible. Now go work your ass off and put on a good show.”

FBN Screws The West Coast With Strange Inheritance…(Updated)

Posted in FBN on January 26, 2015 by icn2

FBN’s Strange Inheritance premieres tonight but I won’t get to see it. I want to see it. But it’s airing at 9pm ET which puts it smack dab in the middle of the most contested time of day for my DVR…the 6pm PST hour when local news rules. Not a problem right? There’ll be a 9pm PST repeat right?

Wrong. FBN is not re-airing it at 9pm PST. In fact FBN isn’t re-airing it at all after 7pm PST. At 9pm FBN is slotting the Kennedy repeat and after that it’s infomercials. Way to screw the west coast…

Hopefully it will re-air later in the week and not at 6pm PST. Otherwise I’ll never get to see it.

Update: There is some question about whether the schedule I saw last night was accurate or not. According to today’s online FBN schedule it was supposed to re-air at Midnight. My DirecTV schedule said otherwise. Unless someone who saw it air last night at Midnight PST chimes in I’ll never know for sure.

Having said that, the online schedule for the channels are fed to DirecTV and I’ve seen those schedules change and add last second programming changes with less than 12 hours notice. If the show did air at Midnight last night, I find it hard to believe DirecTV screwed it up given what I mentioned earlier. It’s possible, but doesn’t seem likely.

Jamie Colby Interview…

Posted in FBN on January 26, 2015 by icn2

There’s going to be quite a few of these Colby interviews as FBN debuts Strange Inheritance tonight but this Lloyd Grove Daily Beast profile goes a lot deeper than your average interview…

By her early twenties she was married, a member of the California bar, and toiling in the law firm of Henry Bushkin—that is, Johnny Carson’s personal attorney, confidant and tennis partner of “Bombastic Bushkin” fame.

“I’d sent out a billion resumes,” Colby recalls. “I was sitting in somebody’s office and Henry walked in and said, ‘Hey kid, what are you doing here?’ I said, ‘I’m getting ready to graduate and looking to work for a law firm.’

He said, ‘Come see me tomorrow.’ I did, and the next thing I know I’m at The Tonight Show and having lunch with Johnny at The Grill at Table 43”—often accompanied by Bushkin, but sometimes just Carson, America’s biggest TV star.

“He took me under his wing, and I have to say, I was very lucky—I just jumped right in,” recalls Colby, who says she occasionally negotiated on Carson’s behalf with NBC, conferred with Standards and Practices, offered the star business advice, and helped Carson Productions with the acquisition of radio stations and the deal to produce the cult classic The Big Chill.

Colby attended every Tonight Show taping, and greeted celebrity guests while getting to know David Letterman—whom she recalls as painfully shy—and Joan Rivers, a Bushkin law firm client.

Jamie Colby Interview…

Posted in FBN, FNC on January 23, 2015 by icn2

The New Orleans Times Picayune’s James Walker interviews Jamie Colby about FBN’s “Strange Inheritance”…(via J$)

Q: Who are you, where are you from, and what are you doing on Fox Business?

I’m Jamie Colby, and as a Fox News anchor and reporter I was excited to bring “Strange Inheritance” to Fox Business. The network has a niche audience of financial-news watchers, and inheritances have a number of business issues that come up and must be handled. We take that journey in each episode, but also take it a step further in learning where the inheritance began, with whom and why.

What is the origin of this show? Personal interest in the subject? A strange inheritance of your own? Unquenchable curiosity?

As an attorney, accountant and mortgage- and real-estate broker, I encountered a number of clients who had inheritances and found some were beneficial, others a burden. It can be a challenge to carry out a loved one’s wishes, especially if there isn’t a will. One of the things I learned is how helpful a discussion can be before a loved one passes and passes down a family heirloom. I also learned how odd those requests can be! I’ve always had an unquenchable curiosity (you’ve done your homework!) and found this experience of investigating and storytelling to be my most personally rewarding yet.


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