ABC Moves Chess Pieces

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ABC Friday announced premiere dates and scheduling moves that will result in completely revamped 8-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday night schedules.

The network said Dancing With the Stars, previously slated to premiere from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, will run as 90-minute installments starting the following week. It will air from 8-9:30 p.m. over eight weeks, concluding Feb. 23.

The new comedy Crumbs will air in the 9:30 Thursday slot starting Jan. 12, following the second episode of Dancing.

Meanwhile, the 8 p.m. Friday reality series Supernanny will go on a temporary hiatus—an ABC rep said it will return later in the season—Jan. 6 to make way for a half-hour Dancing results show at 8 p.m. Hope & Faith will move up to 8:30 to make room for the new drama, In Justice, at 9.

The new schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 5
8-10 p.m.   Dancing With the Stars (two-hour season premiere)
10-11 p.m.  Primetime

Friday, Jan. 6
8--8:30 p.m. Dancing With the Stars result show (premiere)
8:30-9 p.m.  Hope & Faith (new time period premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. In Justice (series premiere)
10-11 p.m.  20/20

Thursday, Jan. 12
8-9:30 p.m.  Dancing With the Stars (regular 90-minute format begins)
9:30-10 p.m.  Crumbs (series premiere)
10-11 p.m.  Primetime

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