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Hockey Wives returns April 19 on W Network

From a media release:

W Network heads into the third period with a brand-new season of fan-favourite Canadian docu-series Hockey Wives, premiering Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The nine-episode season offers off-the-ice access to the busy lives of six ambitious women and their pro-hockey husbands. Facing the everyday struggles of balancing families, careers, and personal aspirations, the women must also live with being married to the game. The third season introduces four new faces, plus a look at hockey life in Europe with the show travelling to Austria, Germany, and Russia.

Returning to the Hockey Wives team for her third season, Montreal’s Maripier Morin and her fiancé Brandon Prust face a dramatic year. After getting engaged last season, Brandon was traded to the Vancouver Canucks and later became a free agent this past summer. Now he might have the chance to play abroad, but that means the pair must endure the stress of a long-distance relationship. Returning from season one is Emilie Blum, who, newly pregnant, must prepare for the possibility of living a solo parent life as Jonathon’s career takes him abroad to the KHL in Russia.

Viewers get behind-the-scenes access to some of the most high-profile players in professional hockey through new cast members Catherine LaFlamme – married to Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang – and Martine Auclair Vlasic – married to San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The season sees Catherine launch her new children’s clothing line and support Kris as his team pursues winning consecutive Stanley Cup trophies. Meanwhile, Martine helps Marc-Edouard navigate his booming career, including celebrating his World Cup of Hockey victory together.

New to Hockey Wives but familiar with long-distance relationships, Erica Lundmark manages to keep her career and three children together while her husband Jamie Lundmark plays for the KAC in Austria. Also new to the series is Vanessa Vandal, who returns to St. Louis after her boyfriend David Perron is traded back to the St. Louis Blues. She will face even more change after deciding to go back to school and finding out she’s pregnant again.

Hockey Wives is produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. in association with W Network. Executive Producers are Julie Bristow President & CEO Bristow Global Media, Megan Sanchez-Warner, and Christie Callan Jones.

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W Network greenlights The Bachelor Canada

From a media release:

Following the hugely successful inaugural season of The Bachelorette Canada, W Network is bringing The Bachelor Canada to fans of the franchise.

Casting for the fan-favourite series opens Thursday, December 1 with details available at wnetwork.com. The Bachelor Canada is looking for Canadian bachelors and bachelorettes interested in putting it all on the line for love. Additional casting calls across Canada will be announced at a later date.

In the Canadian version of this smash-hit reality series, Canada’s most eligible bachelor is in search of the woman of his dreams – and hopefully his bride-to-be. The Canadian Bachelor will search for love as 20 women do whatever it takes to win his heart. The women compete for the Bachelor’s affection via individual and group dates involving local and far-flung romantic encounters and adventures. As the Bachelor narrows the field and the number of women dwindles, romance and tensions will rise. Ultimately, he will choose the one woman with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life.

Production on The Bachelor Canada will begin in Spring 2017, with the series currently set to air in Fall 2017.

The Bachelor Canada is produced by Good Human Productions Inc. The series is based on the U.S. format created by Mike Fleiss and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Sales of the format are handled by Warner Bros. International Television Production.

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Jasmine chooses her leading man on The Bachelorette Canada

After 10 dramatic episodes, Bachelorette Canada star Jasmine Lorimer made her decision on Tuesday night. With the beaches of Cuba as the backdrop, Jasmine chose Kevin over Mikhel in the season finale.

Mikhel took the bad news surprisingly well in front of Jasmine, telling her he had her back regardless of what she decided.

“You are one of the best people that I’ve ever met in my entire life,” she began. “I don’t know the last time anyone has made me feel as cared about and as supported as you have made me feel. I have meant every single word that I’ve said to you, but I feel I’ve developed a stronger relationship with someone else. And I feel sort of crazy for having to say goodbye to someone as amazing as you. It feels wrong, but I know that you deserve the best, and you’re going to find that person.”

I know Mikhel was crushed, but I felt pretty badly too. After all, Mikhel spent the first half of the episode on an emotional high, positive Jasmine would choose him and he’d be slipping a simple engagement ring on her finger. Instead, he got a hug, a broken heart and a lonely ride to the airport.

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“I’m sad that I don’t get to have Jasmine,” he said while on the road before delivering a truly sad line: “I just don’t know what people want from me. I’m literally the best man I know how to be right now. I don’t know how else to be a better person. I don’t know what else I can do.”

Meanwhile, the man who made such a great first impression on Jasmine was the one she picked. Despite misgivings about his commitment to the process and a seriously scary mother, Jasmine picked Kevin to be her man. The fact she kept him despite his jealous tendencies and protective mom was a true indication of how much she cared for Kevin.

“I really felt, early on, that you and I had something that I didn’t have with anyone else,” she said. “I think that you are one of the most incredible people that I’ve ever met and there been a crazy electricity from the start. I care about you so much and I love you.”

She also said yes to Kevin’s proposal, and he slipped the glittery bauble on her finger and he accepted the final rose of the season.

Then it was time for the After the Final Rose special, with host Noah Cappe welcoming Jasmine, Kevin and Mikhel to the stage to talk about their experiences. Here’s what we learned:

  • The ladies love Mikhel.
  • Mikhel still loves Jasmine.
  • Mikhel is a classy dude.
  • Jasmine and Kevin have had conflict after the show was over.
  • Kevin got a haircut.
  • Jill likes Jasmine.

Were you happy with Jasmine’s decision? Let me know in the comments below or via Twitter @tv_eh.

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Comments and queries for the week of November 18

Reactions to The Bachelorette Canada: The Men Tell All

Everyone accepts that Drew is a total loser, however, that Andrew character is just as bad, but without Drew’s looks, dress sense or what passes for his charisma. How on earth did anyone consider Andrew a candidate for this show? What woman in her right mind would even consider him? —Fred

Who could stand weeks of that insincere, smug creep! I thought that comment was a joke when I heard it said to him, as he raged out looking every bit the loser he looked like the whole show. —BJ

Did you really expect anything different from this show? It’s formulaic, from the host to the editing to the “writing.” It just depresses me that it’s on Canadian television, and this counts as “Canadian content” for the broadcaster. —Chris


More Ride on YTV, please

Please, please do a Season 2. If you don’t I’m gonna die!! —Natalya


Praise for This Life‘s “Intervention”

Such a great episode! Everyone really brought their A-game. —Chris

 

Got a question or comment about Canadian TV? Email greg.david@tv-eh.com or via Twitter @tv_eh.

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Noteworthy moments on The Bachelorette Canada: The Men Tell All

With just one more week to wait until Jasmine decides between Mikhel and Kevin in The Bachelorette Canada finale, fans were treated to the always-enjoyable Tell All special. In the case of this season, there was much anticipation surrounding it. Would Chris and Drew come to blows? What would Mike say to Jasmine about her letting him go? Did Thomas get a haircut? The mind reeled at the possibilities!

Here’s what we found out:

  • I still hate the way the audience is edited at these specials. Those crowd shots are always inserted into the broadcast in post-production, so don’t take them seriously.
  • These are called Tell All specials, so why is so much time spent with replayed footage of the season so far? We’re tuning in because we’ve been watching all season long, so skip all that and get to the good stuff, like which conditioner Thomas uses.
  • Andrew dropped a couple of slots in my eyes after mocking Chris for “crying on national TV.” Nice zippered jacket.
  • It doesn’t matter how much you love or hate Drew, Drew will always love Drew.

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  • You know what was awesome? Watching Drew watch his expletive-filled exit from the show. His cocky smile faltered.
  • You know what was even better? Noah grilling Drew about his actions and him stammering his way through an explanation.
  • Even better than that? Drew saying he’d love to be the next bachelor and then making fun of the whole process. The conundrum of Drew indeed.
  • Did you guys hear the exchange between Noah and Chris as they went to break?
    “The jokes keep on going, you know?” Chris said to Noah. “Does anyone else see this?”
    “Everyone sees this,” Noah replied.
  • Mike is a classy dude, and he could very well be the next Bachelor Canada.
  • Jasmine has a small bladder.

The Bachelorette Canada season finale airs next Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT followed by After the Rose on W Network.

Images courtesy of Corus.

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