Family net's real-life series hosted by country star
MIAMI — Soon-to-launch family net Pax TV has secured country music star Billy Dean to host “It’s a Miracle,” a one-hour weekly series about real-life miraculous occurrences.
The Paxson Communications-backed broadcaster has also announced a special edition of “Great Day America,” its daily one-hour infotainment show, to kick off Pax TV’s noon launch on Aug. 31.
Dean, a Grammy nominee and multiple American Country Music Awards winner, will host “Miracle’s” Sept. 6 preem just five days after Capitol Records releases his next album, “Real Man.”
To show Sundays at 9 p.m., “Miracle” will tape before a studio audience and include interviews, discussions and videotaped re-enactments of medical miracles, answered prayers, remarkable coincidences, etc.
“This show is about the power of faith and the assistance we sometimes receive from a source greater than ourselves,” said Albert Nader, CEO of Questar Entertainment, which will produce “Miracle” in L.A.
“Miracle” is one of several spiritually themed shows on the Pax TV slate, which includes the off-network hit “Touched by an Angel” and the 1980s series “Highway to Heaven,” with Michael Landon.
Alternative to news
Curtain-raiser “Great Day,” meanwhile, will also show in a regular 5 p.m. slot, where Pax TV execs seek to counterprogram early evening network news.
A news-you-can-use format along the lines of the last hour of NBC’s “Today” show, “Great Day” will be hosted by Michael Young (ex-“CNBC Live”) and Susan Crenshaw (Discovery’s “Start to Finish”).
Show will be produced by Young’s Alton Entertainment at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, using a converted restaurant that affords a “Today”-style window onto crowds outside.
Young told Daily Variety that the show anticipates a primarily female audience and will program recurring segs — on parent-ing, family finances, travel, etc. — on specific days of the week, with ample follow-up info on its Web site.
“PaxNet’s bold stroke was to say that this will work later in the day. They feel people will get their hard news from other sources, so we don’t need to recreate more broadcast news,” Young said.