You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Pax net packs sked

New family web sets seven original series

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.

Disney kickoff

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.

More TV

  • NCIS Los Angeles and NCIS New

    'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'NCIS: New Orleans' Renewed at CBS

    CBS has renewed “NCIS: Los Angeles” for an 11th season, and “NCIS: New Orleans” for a sixth season. Both action drama are spinoffs of “NCIS,” which was renewed in early April. “NCIS: Los Angeles” follows a Naval Criminal Investigative Service division based in the City of Angels that is tasked with catching dangerous and elusive [...]


    Brazil’s Ancine Freezes Incentives, Threatening Film-TV Industry Paralysis

    Brazil’s Ancine agency, its foremost public-sector source of film funding, has frozen all of its incentive programs, potentially near paralyzing new production in Latin America’s biggest film-TV industry. The dramatic decision, which has left Brazil’s industry is a state of shock and intense fear for its future, comes as it has taken further hits. In [...]

  • TV Shows to Watch the Week

    TV Shows to Watch the Week of April 22, 2019: 'Gentleman Jack' and the NFL Draft

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Gentleman Jack” debuts on HBO, and “Kobra Kai” season two drops on YouTube [...]

  • Steve Golin The Revenant Spotlight Producer

    Steve Golin, Prolific Producer and Founder of Anonymous Content, Dies at 64

    Steve Golin, an Oscar-winning producer who was founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, has died of cancer. He was 64. Golin was a pioneer in blending the business of talent management with production. Anonymous Content, which Golin founded in 1999, worked with a stable of big name artists such as Steven Soderbergh, Emma Stone, Edgar [...]

  • The Iron Throne, which has been

    'Game of Thrones': Six Books for Fans to Read

    As the final season of “Game of Thrones” draws to a close, we’ve found six best-selling books that keep the stories of Westeros and beyond alive. From the original novels that inspired the hit HBO show, to collectible tomes that highlight behind-the-scenes secrets, these books make a great addition to your bookcase, whether you’re a [...]

  • CBS Sports, WNBA Strike TV Deal

    CBS Sports, WNBA Strike TV Deal

    CBS Sports and the WNBA struck a new deal to televise some of the league’s games, widening exposure for professional women’s basketball in the U.S. Under terms of the deal, CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 live WNBA games in primetime and on weekends, starting Saturday May 25 as the league’s 2019 season gets underway. [...]

  • Robin Roberts Omarosa

    Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL's TV-Football Game

    Robin Roberts is moving this week from mornings on ABC to primetime. And while the shift is temporary, the business machinations behind it are likely to continue. Roberts, best known for her regular appearances on “Good Morning America,” will serve this Thursday as an important presence on one night of ABC’s multi-evening coverage of the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content