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Dave O'Neill said on November 16th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but Battle of the Blades was swiped from a UK Show

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_on_ice

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Dancing On Ice is a different format somewhat in that it’s more or less untrained celebs doing the ice skating, whereas Blades partners professional hockey players with figure skaters and thus provides for a much higher level of skill in its routines. Also, the elimination format differs.

It’s kind of like saying X-Factor was swiped from the Idol series – you can make the argument, but X-Factor is pretty much its own show despite the obvious similarities.

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I feel that as your Torontoist link posts get shorter and more and more essentialist, eventually it will simply be a capital T linking over to the article.

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Dave O'Neill said on November 16th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

No worries, I didnt realise the gimmick until I looked it up…..

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There’s a reality show about mutant teenagers with superpowers?

HELL YES on Once Upon A Time In The West. What an awesome movie. Quentin Tarantino owes it a million jillion dollars.

As for FlashForward, prepare yourself for a letdown. It’s an assemblage of very interesting ideas wrapped around some really terrible character work and world-building. And Joseph Fiennes is just flat-out awful in it (everyone else is good, though). But then, I thought the new V was terrible and I seem to remember you liking it, so who knows.

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Hey, this reminds me – at any point can we hear your thoughts (or Flapjacks, I’m not picky) on the whole Cable companies vs. Broadcasters battle that is flooding the airwaves of Canadian TV?

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There is a fundamental problem with Battle of the Blades.

We’ve all made asses of ourselves or seen others make asses of themselves at karaoke.

We’ve all done the white man’s overbite on the dance floor, and stepped on our partner’s toes during a waltz.

These are both activities at which we have tremendous exposure at the amateur level. So we can appreciate sub-par performances on Idol / SYTYCD/(whatever the show is) for what they are – amateurs trying their best.

The problem with BoB is that most of us have never seen bad figure skating. The vast majority of us have only ever been exposed to World Class Skating. So we get presented with sub-par routines because Tie Domi just can’t skate gracefully (although they tried to mask it by doing lots of lifts using his strength to his advantage). So I saw sub-par routines, geared to the ability of the weaker of each couple and then then see them receive scores in the mid to high 5’s. To me, it’s like hanging your kids painting on the fridge. We do it because we love our kids, and want to encourage their creativity, but by no means is it good.

I think they should mix it up with a bit of 4 on 4 hockey. As a Torontonian, I’m used to bad hockey.

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Jim Caldwell said on November 17th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

I never thought you were supposed to remember American Music Award winners. When I was younger I did watch the show, so I saw this:

Andy Gibb performing his then-latest single “Thicker Than Water.”

Rick James swinging a microphone connected to what looked like a phone cord (spirally coiled*). I think he sang Super Freak, but his stage presence was all that registered.

And I was wrong. I remember Lionel Ritchie winning a bunch of awards in 1985. After one, he said, “We are having a party tonight!” or something like that. After that, he (and many others) went and recorded “We Are The World.” So the awards have that going for them.

(*if I have to explain what the cable connecting a handset to a telephone dialing base looked like, Get Off My Lawn!)

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