ABC breaks up launch plan for new sci-fi series ‘V’

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It looks like it won’t be quite as smooth a liftoff for the alien invasion drama series ‘V’ as initially planned. ABC has confirmed that it has rejiggered the launch plan for the new fall drama, which is set to premiere Nov. 3. The network has decided to air just the first four installments of the Warner Bros. Television-produced series — and then place ‘V’ on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics.

The decision is said to be based on ABC’s efforts to promote the series as an ‘event.’ But less optimistic minds might recall that the network had previously shut down production on ‘V’ for two weeks in order to undergo some creative overhaul. That hiatus has now been extended for an additional four weeks.


An ABC spokeswoman insisted that it was always ABC’s intention to broadcast ‘V,’ which has a 13-episode order, in ‘pod form,’ though this decision comes as a bit of a surprise, given the positive buzz surrounding the series, a reimagining of the classic 1980s cult sci-fi series.

‘V’ stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Scott Wolf, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Morena Baccarin, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort and Lourdes Benedicto.

— Jace Lacob