PAX TV Unveils New Primetime Schedule for 2001-2002 Television Season
(Business Wire)PAX TV`s 2001-2002 primetime schedule, announced today at the network`s annual upfront presentation, puts the spotlight on original, family-friendly programming that crosses the entertainment gamut.- May 16 10:31 AM ET
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PAX TV Unveils New Primetime Schedule for 2001-2002 Television Season
Original Dramas, Specials and Variety Series From Industry Leaders Including Ed McMahon and Fred Silverman Headline Network's Fall Programming Slate
First Quarter 2001 Marks Best Ratings Quarter Ever for Network, Attracting over 1.4 Million Primetime Viewers Up 32% Over First Quarter 2000 Now Reaching 83% of U.S. TV H.H.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2001--
PAX TV's 2001-2002 primetime schedule, announced today at the
network's annual upfront presentation, puts the spotlight on original,
family-friendly programming that crosses the entertainment gamut. New
hour-long dramas, original movies-of-the-week and specials as well as
a new slate of game and variety programming are set to premiere this
Jeff Sagansky, Paxson President and CEO, introduced a programming
lineup featuring a prequel to the popular "Bonanza" series, a program
that held a top-ranking spot on NBC for 14 years. Entitled The
Ponderosa, the series tells the story of how the Cartwrights acquired
their first 100 acres, named it the Ponderosa and built what would
become the single largest ranch in the West. Also in September, PAX
will introduce Forbidden Secrets, a new documentary-style, pop culture
series hosted by television star Lee Majors. In January, the network
will present Left Behind, a new hour-long program based on the dynamic
science fiction series of the same name.
PAX's ongoing programming partnership with NBC continues to thrive
with PAX introducing re-broadcasts of the hit primetime game show,
Weakest Link, beginning June 1. The network also announced that it
will rebroadcast NBC's original provocative drama, Crossing Jordan
(starring Jill Hennessy and Ken Howard) in January, 2002. Returning to
the schedule will be the one-hour drama Mysterious Ways that will be
seen this summer on NBC. The program stars Adrian Pasdar as an
anthropologist driven to uncover the mysteries behind uncanny
occurrences, and Rae Dawn Chong, as the psychiatrist who reluctantly
assists him; Encounters With The Unexplained, an hour-long reality
mystery program hosted by Jerry Orbach; Doc, starring music superstar
Billy Ray Cyrus as a small town doctor who aims to make a difference
in New York City; and It's A Miracle, which going into season four,
remains one of PAX's most important assets. Game shows take center
stage on PAX with the network green-lighting over 200 episodes of
Supermarket Sweep and Shop 'Til You Drop, two growing franchises for
the network that have been strong lead-ins to the primetime schedule.
New movies-of-the-week based on the books from best-selling mystery
author Mary Higgins Clark and three new movies from veteran producer
Fred Silverman round out the programming schedule.
"This schedule gets us one step closer to creating the original
franchises on PAX that will become signatures for the network,"
Sagansky said. "Our ratings are up, our demos are strong and we have
all the necessary components in place to make the network a strong
competitor in 2001."
Alan Wurtzel, President of NBC Research, said: "As we all know,
the network business has become increasingly more competitive with
ratings success stories few and far between. But in the case of PAX,
the opposite is true. Strong and growing - that's our theme for the
THE PONDEROSA, Sundays, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET/PT), Encore
Presentation: Saturdays, 8:00 PM (ET/PT)
Prompted by the outstanding ratings of two "Bonanza Extravaganza"
marathons this past fall (which doubled and tripled Adults 25 - 54 in
the Saturday time periods), PAX will premiere "The Ponderosa." This
prequel to television's classic western series "Bonanza" chronicles
the early years of widower Ben Cartwright and his three young sons.
The family buys a small piece of scrub in the wilds of the Nevada
Territory. Adam, the eldest, is 17 years old, Hoss, 15 and Little Joe,
10. Together the family makes a go of it against the odds. Created by
Beth Sullivan ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") and executive produced by
David Dortort, the original creator and producer of "Bonanza," "The
Ponderosa" is a natural extension of a show that was number one in
this same time period for 14 years.
FORBIDDEN SECRETS, Mondays, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET/PT)
"Forbidden Secrets" is a program with news you can use. Hosted by
television star Lee Majors, the documentary-style program addresses
topics from the worlds of pop culture, money, mysticism and
government. Stories will range from scams and schemes of con men, to
how to make it through an environmental disaster, and gives you tips
on how to dress like a million bucks for just under $30. In each
episode, "Forbidden Secrets" will provide viewers with a weekly dose
of tips and information that make our lives just a little easier. The
series is produced by Associated Television International.
CROSSING JORDAN, Tuesdays, 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM (ET/PT) (January 2002)
Beginning January 2002, murder meets its match in "Crossing
Jordan," another programming component in PAX's partnership with NBC.
" Law & Order" star Jill Hennessy returns to series television in this
provocative drama about a seasoned medical examiner whose as much a
liability to the coroner's office as an asset. That's because when it
comes to exposing the truth behind a crime, Jordan Cavannaugh
(Hennessy) plays by her own rules, and she's got a history of
insubordination to prove it. Even so, her consummate skills get her an
offer to return to her former job at the state coroner's office in
Boston. Jordan accepts the job and leaves L.A. behind. The move will
also give her a chance to consult on cases with her father, Max (Ken
Howard), an ex-cop still haunted by the unsolved murder of his wife,
Jordan's mother. Jordan's erratic boss, Dr. Garret Macy (Miguel
Ferrer), admires her gift for crime-solving as much as he fears the
trouble it's likely to cause. The series is produced by NBC Studios,
executive produced and written by Tim Kring ("Providence") and
directed by Allan Arkash, ("Ally McBeal" & "The Practice").
LEFT BEHIND, Tuesdays, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET/PT) (Beginning
Launched in 1995, this series of eight (and eventually 12) novels
are unique science fiction thrillers based on Biblical prophecy. The
"Left Behind" series, based on the best-selling, end-of-time books by
authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, focuses on the riveting
struggle of a small resistance movement called the Tribulation Force
whose members fight evil forces. This dynamic science fiction series
has captured the imaginations of millions, becoming a powerhouse on
the New York Times Best Seller List and selling nearly 35 million
copies. Executive producers Joe Goodman and Bobby Neutz have
previously produced "Left Behind: The Movie," currently the #1
sell-thru home video.
MOVIES-OF-THE-WEEK / PAX BIG EVENT
THE MIRACLE OF THE CARDS
A new original movie starring Catherine Oxenberg and Kirk Cameron
will air during the network's PAX Big Event Friday showcase (9:00 -
11:00 p.m., ET/PT) -- "The Miracle of the Cards," based on the
inspiring true story of Craig Shergold, an eight-year-old English boy
with a fatal brain tumor. His mother's plea for get-well cards sparks
a deluge of good wishes, over 160 million cards from around the world
and a miraculous recovery -- not to mention a place in the Guinness
Book of Records.
TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS:
RUDOLFA'S REVENGE (Sequel)
Santa's daughter, Kristin Claus (Kathy Ireland) faces a difficult
dilemma with the Morgan family with whom she has been living as nanny
and confidant, when Bill Morgan (John Dye) proposes marriage. Having
given up her immortality, Kristen is conflicted about her true
identity and now confused over her decision. The Morgan family takes
on the quest to discover her past by Christmas Day, when Kristin and
BiIl are to be married. Meanwhile, Kristin's wicked sister, Rudolfa is
once again scheming to destroy Christmas - she has launched a campaign
to sell off pieces of the North Pole. When all has been sold, she
plans to build a timeshare gambling resort, leaving Santa out in the
cold. When Kristin finally regains her memory, she must once again,
save Christmas from Rudolfa's evil plan and be back in time for her
I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS
Based on the classic holiday song, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa
Claus," this is the comic and touching story of a young boy struggling
to keep his family together. After learning that his best friend's
parents are getting a divorce, Justin Carver (Cole and Dylan Sprouse)
fears the worst when he sees his mother, Stephanie, (Connie Selleca)
kissing Santa Claus. Justin and his friend Bobby conclude that if
Santa rewards "nice" boys and girls, then the only way to keep Santa
away from his mother on Christmas Eve is to be "naughty." Little does
Justin know it was his father, David, (Corbin Bernsen) dressed in that
Santa suit, a mistaken identity of holiday proportion.
MARY HIGGINS CLARK
Grosso Jacobson Communications Corporation in association with
Rigel Independent Distribution & Entertainment has created six
original movies for television for PAX from the queen of suspense,
Mary Higgins Clark. Titles include: "You Belong to Me," "Pretend You
Don't See Her," "Haven't We Met Before," "Loves Music, Loves to
Dance," "Lucky Day" and "The Cradle will Fall." Mary is the #1 Best
Selling Suspense Writer in the United States where over 50 million
copies of her books are in print.
Veteran television producer Fred Silverman has created three
original telepics for PAX in association with Lewis Chessler and David
Perlmutter. They are:
MURRAY MAGUIRE, M.E.
As Chief Medical Examiner for the city of New York, Murray Maguire
(Gary Basaraba) is all too familiar with the cases that slip through
the cracks of NYPD, the unsolved riddles, and the "perfect" murders.
When an old friend of his, a renowned actress named Leona, is
mysteriously killed in a car crash, Murray refuses to sign it off as
an accident and takes it upon himself to investigate. Before the story
turns into a tabloid frenzy, Murray must unravel Leona's surprising
past - her relationships and love affairs with powerful entrepreneurs
and famous actors - culminating in a shocking conclusion.
BREAKFAST WITH DICK AND DOROTHY
What's the hottest show on the radio in Chicago? Try Dick (Cameron
Daddo "Hope Island") and Dorothy (Fiona Lowe "Love and Death in Long
Island") - He's a prominent lawyer, she's a gossip columnist. Between
them they know everybody - from the mayor to the local convenience
store operator - and the information gleaned from the sources makes
their two-hour AM radio show the most accurate indicator of who's
moving and shaking in Chicago. After an accidental encounter with a
bizarre homeless woman, Dick and Dorothy begin to investigate this
strange individual via their radio show. As the clues unwind, they
track down the bag lady only to discover that she is no ordinary
homeless woman and has in fact been dead for weeks! They soon unravel
an incredible scandal involving the local government and the
prestigious Chicago Art Museum. A Nick and Nora Charles for the new
century, Dick and Dorothy solve baffling mysteries with their hallmark
wit, intelligence, skill and sophistication.
In 1999, Isabella Delarocca (Donnamarie Recco) left her home in
Italy, determined to take Hollywood by storm. Beautiful, intelligent,
vivacious, Isabella believes with absolute conviction that she can do
anything she puts her mind to. When a friend in her acting class is
arrested for the murder of his father, she vows to help him by solving
the crime. Knowing this might require some professional help, she
seeks out the sardonic and jaded private detective who lives in her
building. Steve Order (Greg Evigan) is still nursing the wounds of a
malpractice suit that destroyed his client base and moved him from a
posh Beverly Hills condo to a West Hollywood one-bedroom apartment.
Embittered and vulnerable from the experience, the last thing he needs
is an enthusiastic amateur partner. Somehow the two find a way to work
together - Isabella's vitality brings Steve out of his funk, and
Steve's pragmatic cynicism anchors Isabella's impulsiveness. It
doesn't hurt that - ignore it as hard as they might - there's an
unmistakable spark between them...
NEW VARIETY SHOWS
ED MCMAHON'S NEXT BIG STAR - Sundays. 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET/PT)
Based on Ed McMahon's ("Tonight Show," "Star Search") successful
Internet venture and television specials of the same name, "Ed
McMahon's Next Big Star" will scour the nation for the next generation
of performers. Competitors will advance through the quarterly finals,
followed by the semi finals and ultimately, the final competition
giving each finalist a chance to win cash, prizes and fame.
PAX has committed to 26 original episodes of this new variety hour
with production beginning at the end of July. In addition to open
auditions scheduled throughout the country, "Ed McMahon's Next Big
Star" will generate additional entries through the successful website
"NextBigStar.com" and several nationwide bus tours. Joining the
creative team will be executive producer and television veteran George
Schlatter, best known for creating and producing "Laugh In." Although
the competitive element will be the focus of the program, "Next Big
Star" plans to integrate live appearances and taped pieces featuring
some of the celebrated names that credit McMahon with their rise to
CANDID CAMERA - Wednesdays, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET/PT), Encore
Presentation Sundays, 7:00 PM (ET/PT)
Hosted by Peter Funt, (son of Alan Funt) and Dina Eastwood,
"Candid Camera" returns with all new episodes of a television classic.
"Candid Camera" is one of the longest running and most successful
franchises in the history of broadcasting, first appearing more than
50 years ago as a radio program called "Candid Microphone" that
debuted in 1947 with Allen Funt as host. The program appeared on
network television schedules as early as 1948, but enjoyed its most
successful run in the 1960's. Peter Funt made his first appearance on
the program when he was three years old and has been featured in
hundreds of "Candid Camera" sequences since. A former news reporter
and magazine publisher, Funt began hosting the show in 1987.
WEAKEST LINK, Fridays, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET/PT)
PAX TV, the family entertainment network, will re-broadcast the
hit primetime quiz show, "Weakest Link" every Friday at 8:00 p.m.
ET/PT beginning Friday, June 1. "Weakest Link," hosted by Anne
Robinson, is a highly competitive game in which a group of eight
contestants are quizzed on general knowledge. However, the competition
takes on a sharp turn at the end of each round when one of the
contestants is deemed "the weakest link" and voted off the show.
MYSTERIOUS WAYS - Tuesdays, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET/PT)
This established hit returns for its sophomore season on both PAX
and NBC. "Mysterious Ways" stars Adrian Pasdar as Declan Dunn, a
professor of Anthropology and Rae Dawn Chong as Peggy Fowler in the
hit drama series that explores the place where mystery and miracles
collide. Executive produced by Peter O'Fallon and Carl Binder in
association with Lions Gate Television, each episode focuses on
another powerful human drama that takes this pair to the precipice
between fact and faith.
IT'S A MIRACLE - Thursdays, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET/PT)
"It's a Miracle," PAX TV's one-hour primetime signature series,
features heartwarming, inspirational, true stories of amazing miracles
occurring in everyday life. Hosted by Richard Thomas in it's fourth
season, "It's A Miracle" presents romantic miracles, answered prayers,
angel encounters, medical miracles, remarkable coincidences, miracles
from the animal kingdom and inspirational stories about children.
Whether defying the laws of probability or the limits of science, the
true-life stories profiled on this series cause viewers to stop,
listen and wonder.
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE UNEXPLAINED - Sundays, 10:00 - 11:00 PM (ET/PT)
Sooner or later, we all ask the same questions: How did we get
here? Where did we come from? Are we really alone in the universe?
Each week, the hour-long series, hosted by Jerry Orbach ("Law and
Order"), teams renowned scientists, explorers, analysts and historians
to break a riddle that has baffled mankind for generations. Every
episode presents breakthrough discoveries and compelling scientific
proof that lead to startling new conclusions about the way we
understand our world and ourselves. Do these mysteries hold clues that
illuminate our past or foretell our future? "Encounters With The
Unexplained" will explore the answers to these age-old mysteries.
Produced by Chuck Selier and Grizzly Adams Productions.
DOC - Sundays, 8:00 - 9:00 PM (ET/PT) - Encore Presentation:
Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 PM (ET/PT)
PAX has ordered an additional year of the Billy Ray Cyrus drama,
now PAX's highest rated weekly show. "Doc" garnered record high
ratings for PAX with its 2-hour kickoff this past March in its regular
8:00 PM timeslot, improving the time period average by 100% and the
key Adult 18 - 49 demo by 218%. Created by David Alan Johnson and Gary
Johnson, the series captures the drama and comedy of big city medicine
as seen through the eyes of Clint Cassidy (Billy Ray Cyrus), a
handsome country doctor from Montana whose love for a woman takes him
to the Big Apple. Never losing his values, common sense and "fish out
of water" demeanor, Clint begins adjusting to an urban lifestyle,
forming new relationships and stumbling across adventure along the
RETURNING GAME SHOWS
SUPERMARKET SWEEP - Weeknights, 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM (ET/PT)
Hold on to your shopping carts... "Supermarket Sweep," the
fun-packed family game show pits husbands and wives, mothers and
daughters or pairs of friends against each other and the clock to see
who will take home the goods. Hosted by David Ruprecht and produced by
Al Howard Productions, it's a game anyone can play, but only the best
shoppers among us can win.
SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP - Weeknights, 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM (ET/PT)
"Shop 'Til You Drop" is classic TV game show fun with newly
produced shows for PAX, combining physical stunts, puzzles, pricing
games and trivia questions in a fast-paced, audience play-along
format. If the merchandise contestants accumulate adds up to more than
$2,500, the lucky pair wins a fantastic dream vacation. Hosted by Pat
Finn, the series is produced by Stone Stanley Productions.
About PAX TV
Paxson Communications Corporation owns and operates the nation's
largest broadcast television station group and PAX TV, the newest
broadcast television network. PAX reaches 83% of U.S. television
households via nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite
distribution systems. Through the company's strategic relationship
with NBC, the two networks have shared programming including the
dramatic series "Mysterious Ways," special PAX runs of original NBC TV
movies, sports programming and beginning June 1, PAX will re-broadcast
the hit primetime quiz show, "Weakest Link" every Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Other original PAX 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) series include "Miracle Pets,"
"Twice In A Lifetime," "It's A Miracle," "Encounters with the
Unexplained" and "Doc" starring popular recording artist, Billy Ray
Cyrus. For more information, visit PAX TV's website at www.pax.tv.
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PAX FALL 2001
Eastern/Pacific Program Schedule
TIME MON. TUES. WED. THUR. FRI. SAT. SUN.
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PM Mrs. King
4:00 Remington PAX Sat. Just
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5:00 Bonanza Miracle
6:00 Supermarket Miracle Next
PM Sweep Pets Big
6:30 Shop 'Til
PM You Drop
7:00 Shop 'Til Our Candid
PM You Drop House Camera
8:00 Forbidden Doc Candid It's A Weakest Ponderosa Doc
PM Secrets Camera Miracle Link
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