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New tonight: 22 Minutes on CBC – H1N1 song, Gerard Kennedy

22minCast_08bThis week on 22 Minutes a new H1N1 Vaccine song for Canada from a group of prominent musicians and Premier Danny Williams (Mark Critch) reacts to Hydro Quebec’s purchase of New Brunswick Power. Also, Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy discusses Toronto’s share of the Conservative’s stimulus money.

22 Minutes with audience favorites Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall, Cathy Jones, and special guest, Carly Heffernan airs Tuesday, November 03, 2009 at 8:30 pm on CBC Television.

Unfair and unbalanced. The news will never look the same. Armed with political satire, sketch comedy and parody in this 17th season beloved characters return and new characters emerge to share the spotlight.

Tuffy and Tie eliminated on Battle of the Blades

From a media release:


  • Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer back for another week


Christine Hough-Sweeney and hometown favourite Tie Domi were the fifth pair iced, as the results were revealed during tonight’s broadcast on BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer are the fifth pair to be saved, joining the two remaining pairs for a chance to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

The two pairs with the fewest votes in the fifth week of competition were Hough-Sweeney and Domi, who performed to These Boots Are Made for Walking, and Dubreuil and Richer, who skated to Blues in the Night. Both pairs performed again before regular judges Sandra Bezic, Dick Button and guest judges Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband Bret Hedican, recently retired from the NHL, for a final chance to remain on the show.

For their efforts, Hough-Sweeney and Domi’s Canadian charity, Diabetes Hope Foundation, will receive a $25,000 donation. Diabetes Hope Foundation is the only Canadian organization of its kind helping children and adolescents with diabetes to achieve success in all areas of their lives.

The three pairs returning to compete on Sunday, November 8 are: Shae-Lynn Bourne and Claude Lemieux, Marie-France Dubreuil and Stéphane Richer, Jamie Salé and Craig Simpson. Each of these pairs will perform twice during Sunday’s show. The first routine will be to Canadian hits and the second will be a repeat of their best previous performance.

Katarina Witt, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time figure skating World Champion, will preside as a guest judge for the sixth week of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Sunday, November 8 and Monday, November 9. Witt has experience with a show of her own involving figure skaters paired with celebrities, so her remarks will provide a unique perspective, alongside those from regular judges Bezic and Button. All three will also determine who of the bottom two ranking pairs—as determined by viewer votes—gets iced on Monday’s skate-off show.

In the news: Ron McLean thought Blades would be ‘disaster’

week5-09From Danny Rode of the Canadian Press:

  • MacLean thought show would be disaster
    “It was brought to me by Kurt Browning’s agent, Kevin Albrecht, Insight Productions’ John Brunton and Scott Moore of the CBC, and when they sat me down, explained the format and asked if I’d co-host, I thought ‘Not a chance,’ ” MacLean explained. Read more.