CTV acquires 'Skating with the Stars'


TORONTO – Canada's CTV network will go from a two-step to a lace-up after acquiring ABC's "Skating With the Stars" to follow its current "Dancing With the Stars" simulcast.

CTV acquired the six-episode mid-season series from Disney-ABC Domestic Television that pairs celebrities in sequins and spandex with a world-class figure skater.

The Canadian network will debut "Skating" with a live, two-hour show on Monday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m., following the "Dancing" final performance show at 8 p.m.

There's no word on whether Canadians will figure among the "Skating" cast to be unveiled November 2 during the "Dancing results show.

But Canadians are hardly strangers to ice skating celebrity competitions.

The rival CBC network is currently airing the second season of "Battle of the Blades," which has former National Hockey League tough guys mastering graceful ice dance routines with Olympic figure skating stars.

And Fox's 2006 competition series "Skating With Celebrities" aired in Canada and included actress Kristy Swanson pairing up in more than one way with her then-married ice dancing partner, two-time Olympic medalist Lloyd Eisler.

Swanson and Eisler eventually won the competition, and went on to marry.