New ABC series home for the holidays

Network won't launch new fare until 2011

ABC has scrapped its original plan to bring back “V” and launch newbies like Matthew Perry’s “Mr. Sunshine” in November.

Instead, “V,” back for a sophomore run, will now run Tuesdays at 9 starting Jan. 4. Net has not yet firmed up plans for its other midseason series.

Show fills the void left by “Dancing With the Stars,” which currently airs its results show in that slot.

More immediately, ABC will launch “Skating With the Stars” off the back of “Dancing” on Monday, Nov. 22, as a limited-run holiday season series.

“Skating,” which comes from “Dancing With the Stars” producer BBC Worldwide Prods., follows celebs as they’re paired with champion ice skaters and compete in front of judges and a live audience. ABC has six episodes on tap for “Skating.”

Izzie Pick and Phil Edgar Jones are the exec producers of “Skating With the Stars.” Fox aired a similarly themed show, “Skating With Celebrities,” in 2006.

On Nov. 22, “Dancing” will air for one hour at 8, followed by the two-hour premiere of “Skating” at 9.

The following week, on Nov. 29, “Skating” will move down to 8 p.m. with a 90-minute episode. ABC is still mulling which sitcom will air at 9:30; “Castle” continues at 10 p.m.

The following night, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, “No Ordinary Family” will get a temporary time period upgrade, to 9 p.m. ABC will air holiday specials on Tuesdays at 8.

“Skating” will once again air for 90 minutes on Monday, Dec. 6, then shrink down to an hour on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. The season finale of “Skating” will air Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m.

“No Ordinary Family” moves back to 8 p.m. on Jan. 4 to make room for “V.”

Decision to push “V” into January comes following the change in command at ABC. Last May, former ABC Entertainment Group prexy Steve McPherson told reporters that he was anxious to bow a second round of programs as soon as November — but that always seemed a tad ambitious.

November has always been a tough month to launch new and returning scripted fare — viewers are just settling into their habits following the late September noise.

November is also busy and disruptive because of sweeps (although much less so than it used to be). And launching a show in November is also tough given distractions and preemptions during the holidays in December.

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