The official word, from ABC today:
The summer hit “Dancing with the Stars” will return with an eight-week
run, beginning Thursday, January 5 (8:00 p.m., ET), it was announced today by
Andrea Wong, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials and
Late-Night, ABC Entertainment. This summer’s only true hit series, “Dancing”
will replace the action drama “Alias,” which will take a broadcast hiatus due to
Jennifer Garner’s maternity leave and which is scheduled to return to the lineup
with original episodes in the spring. ...
This second season of “DWTS” will feature a new lineup of celebrities,
who will be announced at a later date. A weekly results show will air in the
days following the Thursday broadcast. The day and time of that broadcast will
also be announced at a later date.