Battle Of The Blades

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is bringing the Stage and Screen to life this week, as the five pairs resume the regular competition. The skaters’ favourite theatrical music will be used to interpret stories or characters as Toller Cranston, considered one of the most creative skaters of all times, joins the judging panel this week.

Born in Hamilton, ON, Toller Cranston is among the most influential figure skaters of this century. Although he never won a world championship, he paved the way for future generations of male figures to be freer and more expressive by adding a higher degree of artistry to the sport. Today, Cranston resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he is an internationally renowned painter and illustrator.

After winning Olympic bronze medal in 1976, Toller Cranston was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1976, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1977, Skate Canada’s Hall of Fame in 1977, and Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2003, in addition to being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1977 and receiving a Special Olympic Order from the Canadian Olympic Association in 1995.

Cranston joins head judge Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick on this week’s judging panel as the five remaining pairs compete in the hopes of winning a $100,000 donation for their charity of choice. This week’s theme is ‘Stage & Screen’ and audiences can expect heightened theatrical elements in each routine as pairs vie for top marks.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

The remaining five BATTLE OF THE BLADES pairs are dusting off their cowboy hats and bringing a taste of country life to the rink this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBC Television. Joining the judging panel this week is American figure skating icon, Scott Hamilton.

Scott Hamilton has had an incredible figure skating career. He won four consecutive U.S. championships (1981–1984), four consecutive World Championships (1981–1984) and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. He was the first male figure skater to be awarded the Jacques Farvat Award (in 1988) and in 1990 he was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

As one of the greatest and most beloved entertainers to hit the ice, viewers can expect Hamilton to take a keen interest in both the technical and theatrical abilities of the ex-NHL competitors. Joining head judge Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick on the judging panel, the three will watch as the show’s five remaining pairs compete for the fourth time in the hopes of winning a $100,000 donation for their charity of choice. This week’s theme is ‘Country.’

Theo Fleury and Shae-Lynn Bourne have each recorded the country songs they’ll be skating to this week. Fleury has recorded “As the Story Goes” a song that he wrote and Shae-Lynn is singing a duet on the track “All Over Again” with Irish singer Don Mescall.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht and show producers are Sandra Bezic and Sue Brophey. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. local time.

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Despite bringing a sizzling chemistry to each of their performances, Violetta Afanasieva and P.J. Stock were eliminated tonight on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Valeri Bure and Katia Gordeeva, who also found themselves in the bottom two for the second time in the competition, will remain in the game for another week maintaining their chance to win a $100,000 donation to their charities of choice.

Skating to “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai, Violetta and P.J.’s dance routine earned them a total score of 16.9 from the judges. This week’s judging panel: Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick and guest judge Ken Daneyko praised tonight’s performances and were amazed by both pairs’ improvement from Sunday’s show. For their efforts, One x One will receive a $25,000 donation in Violetta and P.J.’s honour.

Tonight’s special guest performer American figure skater Johnny Weir delivered on his promise to “bring it” to Canada when he skated to Lady Gaga’s ‘Just Dance’ in a costume he designed himself.

The five pairs returning to compete on Sunday, October 24 are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, Katia Gordeeva and Valeri Bure, Kyoko Ina and Kelly Chase, Jamie Salé and Theo Fleury.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht and show producers are Sandra Bezic and Sue Brophey. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. local time.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

Despite their best efforts in bringing sexy back, Anabelle Langlois and Georges Laraque were eliminated tonight on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, who also found themselves in the bottom two, will remain in the game for another week maintaining their chance to win a $100,000 donation to their charity of choice.

Skating to Seal’s ‘Kiss From a Rose,’ Anabelle and Georges’ romantic performance earned them a total score of 17.0 from the judges. This week’s judging panel: Sandra Bezic, Jeremy Roenick and guest judge Marie-France Dubreuil praised tonight’s performances and were amazed by both pairs’ improvement from Sunday’s show. For their efforts, Hockey for Haiti – a charity that pairs the National Hockey League Players’ Association with World Vision Canada to help rebuild the Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti – will receive a $25,000 donation in Anabelle and Georges’ honour.

The six pairs returning to compete on Sunday, October 17 are: Violetta Afanasieva and P.J. Stock, Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois, Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner, Katia Gordeeva and Valeri Bure, Kyoko Ina and Kelly Chase, Jamie Salé and Theo Fleury.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht and show producers are Sandra Bezic and Sue Brophey. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. local time.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

The remaining seven BATTLE OF THE BLADES pairs are bringing the sexy back to the rink this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBC Television. Joining the judging panel this week is season one competitor and ice dancing champion Marie-France Dubreuil. 

Dubreuil’s comments will reflect her own experience as a BLADES competitor and her Olympic ice dancing background will add a unique ‘inside’ perspective along with the remarks of permanent judges Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick. All three will preside together on the judging panel and set the tone for the show’s seven remaining pairs as they compete for the second time in the hopes of winning a $100,000 donation for their charity of choice. This week’s theme is ‘Bringing Sexy Back.’

Marie-France Dubreuil is a five-time Canadian Pairs Champion. Married to her skating partner Patrice Lauzon they shared a highly successful ice dancing career together. Known for their elegant and romantic connection, these two-time Olympians won Silver Medals at the World Championships in both 2006 and 2007. Dubreuil is currently a skating analyst for French television network RDS and she rounds out her professional career as a choreographer and coach for rising figure skaters. She placed third in season one of BATTLE OF THE BLADES with partner Stéphane Richer.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

The 16 BATTLE OF THE BLADES competitors are ready to rock the rink for the very first live performance show this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBC Television. Joining the judging panel this week is one of the top goal scorers of all time, NHL all-star Brett Hull.

Brett Hull’s comments will bring added variety when combined with the remarks of permanent judges Sandra Bezic and Jeremy Roenick. All three will preside together on the judging panel and set the tone for the season as the show’s eight pairs compete for the very first time in the hopes of winning a $100,000 donation for their charity of choice. This week’s theme is Rock.

Destined for greatness, Brett Hull played his very first NHL game in 1986 with the Calgary Flames during the Stanley Cup finals and then went on to play for the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes. During his impressive career he scored 741 goals, placing him third overall in the NHL. He has won two Stanley Cups: one for the Dallas Stars in 1999 where he scored the winning goal; and one with the Red Wings in 2002. Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 and is currently the Executive Vice President of the Dallas Stars.

Viewers can learn more about the competitors at www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal for the BATTLE OF THE BLADES. In addition to videos, blogs and behind-the-scene photos, the site offers viewers the opportunity to become fans of their favourite pair and track each participant’s activity as they strive to be the final pair remaining at the end of the series.

CBC-TV’s prime time shows drew impressive ratings in the first week of the new Fall season, with several programs posting significant increases over last year’s audience numbers, the network reported today.

“CBC has debuted its Fall season to growing numbers, proving that once again our network is the destination for people who want great Canadian programs,” said Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services. “We’re thrilled that audiences are tuning in to support the talented actors, writers and production crews of the Canadian television industry.”

Among the week one highlights:

Anticipation was clearly high for the season two premiere of Battle of the Blades, a special Game On episode, with an audience of more than 1.5 million Canadians, with a total reach of 3.4 million – roughly one in ten Canadians – tuning in.

Dragons’ Den premiered to an audience of almost 1.6 million, an increase of 18% over last season’s premiere.

Despite going up against the strong premiere of Glee on Global, the Rick Mercer Report premiered with an audience of 1.22 million, up 12% over last year’s season average of 1.09 million. 

Drama series Heartland and The Tudors both premiered to audiences of almost one million viewers.

22 Minutes premiered to an audience of 818,000, 30% above the 2009/10 season average of 630,000. 

The fifth estate also posted a major increase over last year’s premiere, with the season opener (“Above Suspicion”) earning an audience of 641,000 – up 38% from the 2009 Fall premiere.

CBC’s hugely popular hit series BATTLE OF THE BLADES kicks-off the live portion of its dramatic second season on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. with eight formidable pairs of female figure skaters and ex-NHL hockey players competing to win a $100,000 prize donation towards their charity of choice.

The live performance show airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. followed by the live results show Monday nights at 8 p.m., where, week after week, a duo will be eliminated until the new championship pair is crowned.

The live performance competition series is a test of incredible skill and showmanship, and the pairs have been chosen to maximize the best in athleticism and on-ice entertainment. The pairs, and their chosen charities, are:

Afanasieva and Stock — Violetta Afanasieva, who won the first-ever Extreme Ice Skating World Championship with her Canadian partner/husband Peter Dack, is paired with P.J. Stock, who played 235 games in the NHL and is currently part of the CBC HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA team. Charity: One x One.

Brasseur and Warriner — Isabelle Brasseur, one of four returning skaters, is a five-time Canadian pairs champion and winner of two Olympic bronze medals with partner Lloyd Eisler. She teams up with Todd Warriner, a hard-working NHL winger who scored the Maple Leafs’ very first goal at the Air Canada centre in Toronto. Charity: The Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Bourne and Brisebois — A 10-time Canadian Dance Champion with partner Victor Kratz, with whom she captured the World Figure Skating Championship, Shae-Lynn Bourne returns for her second season on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. This time, she is paired with Patrice Brisebois, who played 15 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before becoming a NASCAR driver. Charities: Make-A-Wish Foundation (Bourne) and Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation (Brisebois).

Gordeeva and Bure — A two-time Olympic Gold medalist and four-time World Champion, Russian native Ekaterina Gordeeva is considered by many to be the world’s best pairs figure skater. Her partner is “Russian Pocket Rocket” Valeri Bure, who scored 400 points during his 11-year NHL career. Charities: Cardiac Kids/Hospital For Sick Children (Gordeeva) and Compassion Canada (Bure).

Hough-Sweeney and Courtnall — Christine Hough-Sweeney, another return performer, represented Canada with her partner, Doug Ladret, at two Olympic Games. This season she teams up with Russ Courtnall, a former Olympian and speedy right winger who played 17 seasons with the NHL. Charity: The Archie Courtnall Center –Victoria Hospital Foundation

Ina and Chase — A Japanese-American pairs skater, Kyoko Ina competed at three Olympics and won the U.S. championships five times with two different partners. This time she joins forces with Kelly Chase, a hardnosed former NHLer who earned the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1998 for his work helping developmentally disabled people participate in hockey. Charity: Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

Langlois and Laraque — Anabelle Langlois, who came back from a near career-ending foot injury to compete at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, is paired with Georges Laraque, one of the toughest players in the NHL and known for his charitable work, notably for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Charity: Hockey for Haiti.

Salé and Fleury — Jamie Salé, the reigning BATTLE OF THE BLADES champion, won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics with partner David Pelletier and the World Championships in 2001. She teams up this year with Theo Fleury, a gritty forward who collected more than 1,000 points during his 15-year NHL career and twice represented Canada at the Olympics, winning a gold medal in 2002. Charity: The Men’s Project.

“Last year’s pairs took a huge leap of faith, and together they ventured into the unknown. Their legacy has given this year’s pairs the benefit of knowing what is achievable. Each of our new pairs has attacked the challenge with veracity and an almost child-like enthusiasm,” says Sandra Bezic, Co-Creator and Judge and Kevin Albrecht, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of BATTLE OF THE BLADES. “Their work ethic, strength and a youthful competitiveness will guarantee a new level of technical risk and danger that will be sure to keep Canadians on the edge of their seats.”

For more information about the competitors, please visit www.cbc.ca/battle, the official online portal of BATTLE OF THE BLADES.

CBC Television has this season’s winning line-up for Sunday nights—as CBC’s SUPER SUNDAYS debut on Sept. 26.  

It’s three hours of drama, action and surprises in prime time—and it will get families all across Canada making the end of the weekend a date to keep with CBC. One night, one stellar line-up, it all starts with HEARTLAND at 7 p.m., followed by BATTLE OF THE BLADES at 8 p.m. and wraps with ALL FOR ONE WITH DEBBIE TRAVIS at 9 p.m.

SUPER SUNDAYS kick off at 7 p.m. with the season premiere of HEARTLAND, the sprawling family drama that’s riding back into Sunday nights for its fourth season on CBC. Last season, it attracted more than a million weekly viewers. In the dramatic season premiere, Amy tries to pretend that nothing has changed when Ty returns to Heartland with a surprise guest.

At 8 p.m., BATTLE OF THE BLADES returns, pairing elite female figure skaters with ex-National Hockey League stars in an on-ice showdown that will leave Canadians on the edge of their seats.  The season begins with a behind-the-scenes look at the 16 contestants as they meet each other for the first time as competitors, lace up their skates, hit the ice for boot camp training and eagerly discover who the pairs will be for the fierce competition ahead. 

And at 9 p.m., it’s the world television premiere of ALL FOR ONE WITH DEBBIE TRAVIS. Canada’s beloved TV icon and best-selling author visits Canadian towns and cities to surprise the locals with plans for a stunning home construction project as a reward for an unsuspecting community hero. What the community doesn’t know is that Debbie is on her own—and they have to step up and pitch in. In the series debut Debbie needs to convince Montreal’s Italian community to leave their TV sets and the World Cup behind to come together and complete a huge home renovation for a local unsung hero in only five days.

Note that Episode 1 of ALL FOR ONE WITH DEBBIE TRAVIS airs Sunday, September 26 followed by the Full Series Premiere Sunday, October 17.  Debbie Travis will be interacting with fans during every show: visit www.cbc.ca/debbietravis.

It’s all on CBC’s SUPER SUNDAYS, starting on Sept. 26.

Anabelle Langlois has the ability to light up any stadium the second she hits the ice. After representing Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, she makes her professional debut on Battle of the Blades. Needless to say, Anabelle will bring the same competitive spirit to this new season.

Anabelle and her professional partner Cody Hay won the Canadian Pairs Title in 2008. Due to Anabelle’s serious ankle fracture in the summer of 2008, they missed the entire 2009 season, but perseverance paid off and they realized their dream to make the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team, placing ninth in Vancouver. Anabelle, a native of Hull, QC, has represented Canada internationally since 2001 and has enjoyed a long and successful pairs skating career first with Patrice Archetto and then with Hay for the past five years. Langlois and Hay competed at several Skate Canada competitions and for the NHK Trophy, before winning their first national title at the 2008 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver. They went on to place eighth at the 2008 World Championships in Sweden. Anabelle is a national champion and has finished in the top 10 at the World Championships six times over the past 10 years.

Since announcing her retirement from competitive skating in May 2010, Anabelle has turned her attention to coaching in Barrie, ON. She is planning to attend university in January to study psychology.