Pax Net picks Johnson as sr. programming VP

Ex-'Dr. Quinn' producer to buy, develop shows

NEW YORK — Paxson Communications has tapped Tim Johnson for the Los Angeles-based job of senior VP of programming for Pax Net, the family oriented entertainment network that premieres on Paxson’s 78 TV stations Aug. 31.

Johnson, who produced the first five years of the hit CBS series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” will buy existing TV shows and develop new ones for the Pax Net service.

In his most recent job, as head of the TV division of Tavel Entertainment, Johnson developed and produced TV pilots and movies for all of the broadcast networks. He also created the hourlong docudrama “Cold Case,” which integrated broadcast TV and the Internet.

While working on “Dr. Quinn,” Johnson launched a CBS-network radio show on family values called “Live from the Ranch with Orson Bean.” Johnson also exec produced a spinoff of “Dr. Quinn” called “California,” which starred James Brolin and Eddie Albert.

“Dr. Quinn” is one of the rerun series Paxson has bought to fill Pax Net’s lineup. Other reruns Pax Net will start stripping in two months include “Touched By an Angel,” “Promised Land” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

The network has scheduled three original weekly series: “Little Men,” based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel; new episodes of “Flipper,” and Questar Entertainment’s reality hour “It’s a Miracle.” Another series, “The Walt Disney World Magic Hour” will include library footage bookended by freshly produced wraparounds.