Battle Of The Blades

BattloftheBladeslogoCBC has unveiled its schedule for the 2013/14 season.

“2013-14 is an exciting time for CBC, and we’re proud to move into the new season with strong content that Canadians truly care about,” said Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president, English Services, CBC. “As the official broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Hockey Night in Canada, and a line-up full of new and returning primetime programs, CBC is the home of the hits this season.” Continue reading »

Former Battle of the Blades couple Jamie Sale and Craig Simpson have married.

The pair, who competing in and won the 2009 version of the CBC reality series, got married earlier this week.

Sale divorced from her former professional partner David Pelletier, whom she won gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Simpson, a former Edmonton Oiler, divorced his wife in 2010. Continue reading »

CBC has announced its list of renewals for the new season of television and there are a few noticeable absentees.

Returning series include Dragons’ Den, Republic of Dyle, The Rick Mercer Report and Heartland.

New shows that have been announced include reality series called Over the Rainbow that will find the new Dorothy for the stage production of The Wizard of Oz. The show is based on a UK version featuring none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber on the judging panel.

Murdoch Mysteries has been acquired by CBC from Citytv, after the latter decided not to renew the crime series.

Absent from the list of renewals include Michael Tuesdays & Thursdays, Cover Me Canada and Battle of the Blades.

“We have put Battle of the Blades officially on a hiatus and we hope that we can, if financial circumstances improve, we can work with Insight Productions on bringing Battle of the Blades back,” said Julie Bristow, CBC head of scripted programming.

“CBC Television’s commitment to developing entertaining, engaging Canadian programming was rewarded with record ratings last season,” said Christine Wilson, executive director of content planning said in a press release.

“Despite financial challenges, the strength of those returning favourites combined with exciting new titles is setting the stage for an outstanding 2012-13 season.”

 

Full list of renewals:

22 Minutes

Arctic Air

Doc Zone

Dragons’ Den

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Heartland

Marketplace

Mr. D

Republic of Doyle

The Big Decision

the fifth estate

The Nature of Things

The Rick Mercer Report

The Ron James Show

 

Full list of cancellations:

Being Erica

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays

InSecurity

Battle of the Blades

Cover Me Canada

The Debaters

 

Source: CBC

CBC’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ first female hockey player, Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier, one of the best pair skaters in history, have skated into the hearts of Canadians with their powerful, gravity-defying performances featuring a variety of amazing tricks.

These two Olympic Gold Medalists have been crowned as the champions of BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 3 and they have won the $100,000 first place prize donation that will be divided between their chosen charities – the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure (Sudbury Run Site) and Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

As a fierce hockey player who put on figure skates for the first time at BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ bootcamp in July 2011, Tessa has transformed herself into a graceful figure skater who has impressed judges with her technical ability and aesthetic presentation.

“I expected you to be good, but I did not expect that level of performance,” Head Judge Sandra Bezic commented on Tessa’s figure skating skills in the first week of live performances. “What this is about is the courage to put yourself in a vulnerable place and that is inspirational.”

Tessa Bonhomme was part of Canada’s Gold Medal-winning women’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and has been a member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team since 2004. She has been skating with David Pelletier, a three-time Canadian Pairs Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, who in 2002, captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold medal in pairs skating in 42 years.

Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard have claimed the second place prize of $35,000 donation to Do It For Daron with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Returning from Season 1, five-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion Marie-France has been skating with Bryan, who played for six NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs and battled back from a severe eye injury in one of the greatest comeback stories in hockey history.

Five-time U.S. Ice Dance Champion, four-time World Medalist and 2006 Olympic Ice Dance Silver Medalist Tanith Belbin has been paired with former Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers player Boyd Devereaux, an Ontario native, who won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002. They have claimed the third place prize of $30,000 that will be divided between the Montreal Neurological Institute and Epilepsy Huron-Perth-Bruce.

Over the course of the third season of CBC’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES, the program has donated $290,000 to various Canadian charities, resulting in nearly $1,000,000 in charitable donations since the start of the series in 2009.

Tessa Bonhomme has come out victorious in the Battle of the Blades finale tonight.

The female ice hockey player and her professional partner David Pelletier were eth most popular pairing in the third season of the CBC series, gaining the most public votes for the finale.

“I walked in here a hockey player, surrounded by seven figure skating girls and not knowing what to expect and I had the time of my life,” Bonhomme said. “I would do this 20 times over.”

Pelletier said: “I have to start by thanking you Tessa for first of all showing up and trusting me. I know being put up there is not an easy task. My feet leave the ice sometimes, not on purpose, and I get scared.”

Bryan Berard and partner Marie-France Dubeuil were runners-up with Boyd Devereaux and Tanith Belbin third.

Source: vancouversun

The top three pairs remaining on BATTLE OF THE BLADES Season 3 faced their toughest battle yet in the finale showdown for the first place $100k prize of a donation to their chosen charity.

Last night, Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux, Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier and Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard performed their personal favourite routine from this season as well as a new routine.

In the last episode on Monday, November 14 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), the entire Season 3 cast will perform a group routine and then the winning pair will be crowned as champions.

The top three pairs are:

TANITH & BOYD – Five-time U.S. Ice Dance Champion, four-time World Medalist and 2006 Olympic Ice Dance Silver Medalist Tanith Belbin is paired with former Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers player Boyd Devereaux, an Ontario native, who won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002. Tanith is competing to win prize money for the Montreal Neurological Institute and Boyd is competing for Epilepsy Huron-Perth-Bruce.

TESSA & DAVID – Tessa Bonhomme, BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ first female hockey player, was part of Canada’s Gold Medal-winning women’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and a member of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team since 2004. She is skating with David Pelletier, a three-time Canadian Pairs Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, who in 2002, captured Canada’s first Olympic Gold medal in pairs skating in 42 years. Tessa is competing to win prize money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure – Sudbury Run Site and David is competing for Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta.

MARIE-FRANCE & BRYAN – Returning from Season 1, five-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion Marie-France Dubreuil is paired with Bryan Berard, who played for six NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs and battled back from a severe eye injury in one of the greatest comeback stories in hockey history. They are competing to win prize money for Do It For Daron with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

Violetta Afanasieva and Cale Hulse skated for their survival tonight on the Hallowe’en episode of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, but their performance fell short and they have become the fourth “iced” pair on this live competitive TV series. The Canadian Cancer Society will receive a $25,000 donation in their honour.

The pair Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux, also in the bottom two, will continue to compete for their chance to win a $100,000 donation to their chosen charities, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Epilepsy Huron-Perth-Bruce.

One of the most decorated skaters in history, international figure skating superstar Katarina Witt provided her knowledgeable commentary on each pair’s performance as Guest Judge along with remarks from Head Judge Sandra Bezic and Resident Judge Jeremy Roenick this week on BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Broadcast from the MasterCard Centre on Sunday, November 6 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, the four pairs returning to compete on the ice are: Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux; Elena Berezhnaya and Curtis Leschyshyn; Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier and Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard. The next dramatic, half-hour “skate-off” results show is on Monday, November 7 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).

For the first time on BATTLE ON THE BLADES, the bottom three pairs competed in the weekly “skate-off” because 4th and 5th place were only .03 per cent apart.

After combining the judges’ scores and fans’ votes, a national audit firm and recommended that it was only fair that all three pairs with the lowest marks compete in tonight’s elimination episode.

This meant that Anabelle Langlois and Brad May skated for their survival against two pairs – Violetta Afanasieva and Cale Hulse and Elena Berezhnaya and Curtis Leschyshyn.

Unlike last week when the judges stepped in to use their first and only save of the season to keep Anabelle and Brad in this competition, this pair have become the third “iced” pair on the third season of this live competitive TV series.

Autism Speaks will receive a $25,000 donation in Anabelle and Brad’s honour.

One of the toughest NHL hockey players and Stanley Cup winner Chris “Knuckles” Nilan provided his insightful commentary on each pair’s performance as Guest Judge along with remarks from Head Judge Sandra Bezic and Resident Judge Jeremy Roenick this week on BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Broadcast from the MasterCard Centre on Sunday, October 30 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, the six pairs returning to compete on the ice are: Violetta Afanasieva and Cale Hulse; Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux; Elena Berezhnaya and Curtis Leschyshyn; Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier and Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard. The next dramatic, half-hour “skate-off” results show is on Monday, October 31 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).

BATTLE OF THE BLADES’ judges used their first and only save option of the season to keep Anabelle Langlois and Brad May in the competition.

While the judges felt that Anabelle and Brad’s performance fell short in the skate-off against the pair Violetta Afanasieva and Cale Hulse, they wanted to give them another chance.

Head Judge Sandra Bezic praised Brad’s mastery of lifts and said that for all of the hard work he had put in, that he deserved more time to polish his figure skating skills.

This week NHL hockey legend and six-time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier provided his insightful commentary on each pair’s performance as Guest Judge. Also, one of Canada’s figure skating icons and two-time Olympic Silver Medalist, Brian Orser, sat in for Jeremy Roenick in the Resident Judge chair this week on BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Broadcast from the MasterCard Centre on Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC, the six pairs returning to compete on the ice are: Violetta Afanasieva and Cale Hulse; Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux; Elena Berezhnaya and Curtis Leschyshyn; Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier; Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard and Anabelle Langlois and Brad May. The next dramatic, half-hour “skate-off” results show is on Monday, October 24 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).

Marcy Hinzmann-Harris and Todd Simpson are the first “iced” pair on Season 3 of BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

Despite giving a heartfelt performance, it wasn’t enough to keep them in this fiercely competitive live TV series.

The pair of Violetta and Cale, also in the bottom two, will remain in the show for their chance to win a $100,000 donation to their chosen charity, the Canadian Cancer Society.

Skating to “Apologize” by OneRepublic, Marcy and Todd impressed the audience with how much they’ve improved since they began. However, Head Judge Sandra Bezic, Resident Judge Jeremy Roenick and Guest Judge Theo Fleury agreed that Violetta and Cale performed better in tonight’s “skate-off.” For Marcy and Todd’s efforts, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the YMCA Strong Kids will each receive a $12,500 donation in their honour.

Viewers can watch the next anticipated one-hour performance show on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television, featuring all-new live performances from the remaining seven pairs: Violetta Afanasieva and Cale Hulse; Tanith Belbin and Boyd Devereaux; Elena Berezhnaya and Curtis Leschyshyn; Tessa Bonhomme and David Pelletier; Marie-France Dubreuil and Bryan Berard; Anabelle Langlois and Brad May; and Kim Navarro and Russ Courtnall. Broadcast from the MasterCard Centre, the live performance show will be followed by the dramatic, half-hour “skate-off” results show on Monday, October 10 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).