ABC to split run of 'V' series

Four eps to air in November with the rest eyed for spring

ABC is going for a staggered rollout pattern for new series "V," slated to premiere Nov. 3.

The network will likely air the first four episodes of the alien drama in November, with the remaining segments of the 13-episode order eyed for spring, probably March.

The four-episode November run will end with a cliffhanger, setting up the stage for "V's" midseason return.

"V," whose production was shut down in late August for a "creative hiatus," has been the subject of intense speculation in the past several days.

What was described as incorrect information disseminated to the show's cast and crew led to a frenzy of emails around Hollywood declaring "V" dead as a series, with the produced episodes rumored to air as a mini-series, just like the 1984 original.

That is not true, sources at ABC and producer Warner Bros. TV stressed.

"V," which has two episodes plus the pilot in the can, is now in pre-production and is scheduled to begin filming episode 4 in mid-October. After that episode is completed, the series will go on a holiday hiatus.

It has not been determined yet when "V," starring Elizabeth Mitchell, will resume production, but that is not tied to the performance of the first four episodes in November, sources at the network and the studio said.