NEW YORK — Aspiring seventh network Pax Net will launch Aug. 31 with seven original series, including an all-original Saturday-night lineup, to complement its off-network acquisitions highlighted by “Touched by an Angel.”
To hammer home its wholesome, family-oriented program philosophy, Pax Net kicked off its first upfront presentation at the New York Public Library on Monday with singers and dancers belting out a gospel version of “We Are Family.” Jeff Sagansky, the new president and CEO of Pax Net’s parent Paxson Communications, then walked to the podium with a set of oversized angel’s wings strapped to his back.
Pax Net’s all-original Saturday night will begin at 7 with “Disney Magic,” a tour of Disney’s parks and programming, hosted by boxer George Foreman. “Little Men,” an hourlong drama based on the famous book, follows at 8, and a new version of “Flipper” will follow at 9. “Neon Rider,” an hour drama about a ranch for troubled youths will round out the evening at 10.
The 7-9 p.m. Sunday slot will draw from Pax Net’s acquired theatrical movies, such as “Cross Creek,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “All I Want for Christmas” and “Vital Signs.” “It’s a Miracle,” an originally produced studio-based show, will follow at 9 p.m. and examine subjects such as animals who save their owners.
The off-net drama “I’ll Fly Away” will run Sunday at 10 p.m., followed by the off-network “Family” at 11 p.m.
‘Woman’s Day’ strip
On weekdays, Pax Net will launch an original strip called “Woman’s Day” from 2-3 p.m. The series is a co-production with magazine publisher Hachette; the host will be announced next week.
The network’s off-net afternoon block will consist of “Eight Is Enough” at 3 p.m., “The Hogan Family” at 4 p.m. and “Dave’s World” at 4:30 p.m.
Another original strip, “Great Day America,” will follow at 5 p.m. Hosted and executive produced by Michael Young, the show will be broadcast live from Hollywood and feature news about “what’s right with the world,” as well as celebrity appearances.
“Highway to Heaven” will air at 6 p.m., followed by “Life Goes On” at 7 p.m.
Pax Net’s primetime will feature “Touched by an Angel” at 8 p.m., “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” at 9 p.m., “Diagnosis Murder” at 10 p.m. and “Father Dowling Mysteries” at 11 p.m.