Monday, October 5, 2009

TV: Thoughts On 'Battle of the Blades'

Whether you've been waiting for it or didn't expect it, here comes the time to express my thoughts on Battle of the Blades, a reality show shining by its presence alongside another reality show called Dragons' Den in CBC's schedule grid.

For those who don't know, the show (hosted by Ron Maclean and Kurt Browning), which is recorded live at the Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto, is more or less formatted like Dancing With the Stars and Dancing on Ice, a British reality show in which celebrities are paired up with a figure skater. Moreover, eight former NHL stars are paired up with eight female top figure skaters. Each week, Canadians decide which couple survive after the first performance (Sunday at 8 PM) and which ones go in the bottom 2 the following day (Monday at 8 PM) in order to perform for their survival.

By the way, before I start telling my opinion, let me tell you that I'm not a fan of figure skating.

First of all, I heard about the show during the summer by reading a press release of CBC. How much does the description of the show's concept initially make you laugh? A little bit, because it was easy to doubt during the summer that the former NHLers would take the competition seriously. However, Battle of the Blades does truly look like a competition that you, as a viewer, can take seriously while politely laughing a little bit. Besides, you can tell that the former NHLers - despite not having a background in figure skating - put a lot of enthusiasm and efforts as much as an actor who wants you to believe that he is playing the role of a figure skating student in a movie, for instance. However, this is doesn't mean that Battle of the Blades easily avoids near-disasters when you think that former New Jersey Devils player Ken Daneyko's final lift of Jodeyne Higgins was shaky.

Thoughts on last night's performance

Best performances (no order of preference): Tie Domi/Christine "Tuffy" Hough-Sweeney (alhtough I, as a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, grew up loathing Domi who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs); Glen Anderson/Isabelle Brasseur; Ron Duguay/Barbara Underhill; Claude Lemieux/Shae-Lynn Bourne (okay, Lemieux lacked finesse while he was shaking his hips).

The fairest of all the figure skaters: Kristina Lenko and Shae-Lynn Bourne.

Finally, the results of the votes will be revealed tonight at 8 PM on CBC.


Don't forget these:

Tuesday, October 6: Release of the second season of Blood Ties, a TV series following a female cop who bonds with a vampire, on DVD.

Thursday, October 8 at 9 PM: The premiere of both The Border (season 3) on CBC and Le gentleman (season 1) on TVA. Both TV series are cop dramas for your information.

Tuesday, October 13: Release of the first season of Flashpoint, a TV series based on Toronto's SWAT-like Emergency Task Force (ETF), on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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