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Report: ABC developing ice skating version of 'Dancing with the Stars'

By Christopher Rocchio, 10/16/2009 

ABC is reportedly interested in seeing if celebrities can dance on ice.

ABC is currently developing a new Skating with Celebrities-like reality series with Dancing with the Stars' BBC Worldwide production company, reported Thursday, citing two people familiar with the situation.

The network and production company are discussing the possibility of importing a BBC format for the show, which aired as a 2004 Christmas special and had celebrities training to perform ice-skating routines, according to

Despite being in development, a deal has yet to be finalized and there's currently no timetable for when it would air, reported.

In addition, ABC and BBC Worldwide would most likely take their time developing the project since casting celebrities willing to try their hand at ice skating is presumably harder than finding stars wanting to ballroom dance, according to the report.

Fox's Skating with Celebrities aired in Winter 2006 and followed B-list celebrity contestants as they skated with professional partners.

The competition was won by actress Kristy Swanson and partner Lloyd Eisler -- who subsequently caused some off-the-ice drama when his then-pregnant wife Marcia O'Brien blamed an affair between the two for breaking up their marriage. 

In November 2007, the couple made headlines once again when Swanson was arrested for allegedly assaulting O'Brien. The charges were later dropped.

Swanson and Eisler wed this past February.

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