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ABC announces V return: January 4, 2011 + Skating With the Stars set for November 22 premiere [Update]

Unfortunate news for V fans expecting the show to return this November. ABC has announced that the second season of the sci-fi remake won’t return until Tuesday, January 4, 2011 (9:00 pm).

Previously, the show was expected to return on November 2nd. The new date puts the wait between the season one finale and the season two premiere at nearly nine months and the gap between the series premiere and season two premiere at 14 months. Gaps so long aren’t necessarily uncommon in television, but they usually happen in cable television, not broadcast.

In other scheduling news, ABC announced that the new series Skating With the Stars will premiere on November 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm. The show will then move to Mondays at 8:00 pm for the remainder of its run.

Update: Click over the jump to read both press releases.

SEASON TWO OF “V” WILL PREMIERE JANUARY 4, 2011, ON ABC

“V,” the thrilling drama series about the world’s first alien encounter that captivated viewers last season, will make its highly-anticipated season premiere on TUESDAY, JANUARY 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Simultaneously appearing over every major city in the world, the Visitors (or V’s) arrived offering us the wonders of their technology and promoting peace. While the world quickly embraced the V’s as saviors, an FBI Counter Terrorist Agent, and others making up the resistance group called The Fifth Column, quickly discovered that the Visitors are not who they said they were. Will humanity stop being fooled and realize the Visitors true intentions before it becomes too late and they take over Earth?

“V,” which received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series, stood as television’s No. 1 new drama during the 09-10 TV season in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic, delivering substantial year-to-year improvement in both of its Tuesday time periods (8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.). “V” finished No. 1 in both time periods among key Men (M18-34/M18-49).

Season Two will feature more character and lizard reveals, more details about the V’s mythology, while along the way featuring even more action and more plot twists. Viewers can expect a roller coaster ride week to week.
“V” stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack, Charles Mesure as Kyle Hobbes, Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker. New recurring stars for this season include Jane Badler as Diana, Oded Fehr as Eli Cohn, Jay Karnes as Chris Bolling and Bret Harrison as Dr. Sidney Miller.

“V” is produced by HDFilms in association with Warner Bros. Television. The executive producers are Scott Rosenbaum, Steve Pearlman and Jace Hall.

Source: ABC

FROM THE PRODUCERS THAT MADE AMERICA FALL IN LOVE WITH BALLROOM DANCING

ABC ANNOUNCES “SKATING WITH THE STARS,” PRODUCED BY BBC WORLDWIDE PRODUCTIONS

CELEBRITIES AND WORLD CLASS ICE SKATERS COMPETE LIVE IN A BREATHTAKING,
NEW REALITY COMPETITION SHOWDOWN

You’ve seen what happens when celebrities take on the ballroom, now see what happens when they hit the ice on blades of steel, in “Skating with the Stars.” The new series from BBC Worldwide Productions pairs a celebrity with a world class ice skater as they prepare to compete in front of a live audience in a televised ice skating competition. The skating pairs will be critiqued by a panel of expert judges and will receive a set of scores based on artistry and technique and by viewers at home, with one couple being eliminated each week. “Skating with the Stars” will kick off its six-episode run with a live premiere episode on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The “Skating with the Stars” all-star cast will be revealed on-air, November 2nd during the live “Dancing with the Stars Results” show.

In the first round of competition, the mood will be tense. Anything can happen when the skating pairs lace up and take to the ice — live! After enduring hours of rigorous training, the celebrities will display their best figure skating and ice dancing moves on what is sure to be one of the world’s most spectacular ice rink sets. Danger will hover close each week as the couples are challenged to incorporate various intense moves into their routines, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.

“Skating with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Izzie Pick (“Dancing with the Stars,” and the UK’s “Strictly Come Dancing”) and Phil Edgar Jones (“Big Brother,” and “Celebrity Big Brother”) serve as executive producers. Paul Osborne (“I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here!,” and “Secret Millionaire”) will serve as co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will direct.

About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the U.S., BBC Worldwide Productions, one of BBC Worldwide’s seven core businesses, is based in Los Angeles and New York and develops scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks. It is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) and is also currently in production on “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “Skating with the Stars” (ABC) and “Torchwood: The New World” (Starz).

Source: ABC

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