'Masters' set, 'Rumfords' on ice

Pax has altered its fall primetime lineup, scheduling the clip series “Masters of Illusion” and pushing the animated sitcom “The Rumfords” back to late fall or midseason.

Paxson Communications prexy-CEO Jeff Sagansky said the computer graphics needed to produce “The Rumfords,” which mixes CGI with live action, wouldn’t be ready in time for fall. Instead, “Masters of Illusion,” which features clips of magicians, will air Mondays at 8 p.m.

“Illusion” will also air Saturdays at 8 p.m., replacing repeats of NBC’s busted gamer “Twenty One.” As part of NBC’s minority stake in Pax, Sagansky said he hopes to pick up more Peacock fare this season–but had no concrete deals in the works.

“Our shows may be too soft and theirs too edgy, but somewhere in the middle there are lots of shows that will play in both places,” Sagansky said.

Sagansky said he hopes NBC would air spots promoting Pax’s run of “Mysterious Ways,” the first six episodes of which the Peacock will air this summer as part of an unusual program-sharing arrangement.

Additionally, the exec said he expects to announce joint sales agreements with NBC affils in four more markets next week. Sagansky hopes to eventually resume talks to air rebroadcasts of “NBC Nightly News” on Pax — a plan NBC affils had killed earlier this year.

“As NBC stations benefit economically from the Pax relationship … I think their outlook on Pax is going to change significantly,” Sagansky said.

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