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Link: In Conversation with Carmen Moore ~ Actress: Outlander, Blackstone

From Davina Baynes of Absolute Music Chat:

Link: In Conversation with Carmen Moore ~ Actress: Outlander, Blackstone
“I came onto Blackstone because there was nothing like it on TV, it was groundbreaking, it was called ‘the Native Sopranos’. It was the first time that I had seen a show that was mostly Native cast, so that was really exciting.” Continue reading.


Links: Wynonna Earp at SDCC ’19

From Anna Rumer of

Link: ‘Wynonna Earp’ SDCC ’19: Showrunner promises Season 4 is ‘Earp-iest’ ever after production resumes
“Not to get too political, I feel like there’s a lot of people feeling like they’re a part of a resistance right now, and I think that’s a big part of what our show stands for.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Wynonna Earp: 11 Things We Learned at San Diego Comic-Con 2019
It was time to celebrate for the Wynonna Earp crew at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Thanks to the fans help on the recent #Win4Wynonna, members of the cast, showrunner Emily Andras and comic book creator Beau Smith were ready to celebrate during a panel held on Saturday, July 20. Continue reading.


Comments and queries for the week of July 19

I actually like the concept of the One Way and am glad they didn’t render it useless by having this be a non-elimination episode. The picture of John Lennon, the John Cena figure and the picture of Jon was funny. And that little leaf! Amy shouldn’t have said that out loud though I knew they could probably win a foot race against Sean and Gilles. Dave and Irina are really soaking up the villain role. —DanAmazing

I really liked the first season [of Diggstown] and I was surprised but pleased (because the ratings weren’t stellar) that it got renewed. —Alicia

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CBC announces complete lineup of figure skaters for Battle of the Blades

From a media release:

CBC today announced the complete lineup of figure skaters confirmed to compete live in the new season of hit returning series BATTLE OF THE BLADES (Season 5, 1×120, 6×60), with additional skaters rounding out the team who will be paired with hockey players to vie for the Season 5 championship. BATTLE OF THE BLADES, the highest-rated original English-language Canadian format of all time* and produced by Insight Productions, launches with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, September 19 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service. The complete lineup of hockey players, as well as the pairings for the competition, will be announced in the coming weeks.

First-time competitors include three-time World Ice Dance medallists, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, and two-time World Pairs champion, and two-time Olympic Games medallist, Eric Radford. Season 2 winner and two-time Olympic Games gold medallist in pairs skating, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and Season 4 winner and Olympian in pairs skating, Amanda Evora, will return to the ice. They join previously announced figure skaters Vanessa James and Violetta Afanasieva.

Ice dancers Weaver and Poje have represented Canada internationally for 13 years. These beloved fan-favourites have won three World Ice Dance medals, two gold medals at the Grand Prix Final Championships and three Canadian Ice Dance titles. They have represented Canada in ice dancing twice at the Olympic Games, placing seventh at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.

Radford is a two-time Olympic Games medallist with pairs partner Meagan Duhamel with whom he also won back-to-back World Championship titles in 2015 and 2016, including an undefeated season in 2015. The pair won their seventh consecutive Canadian pairs’ title in 2018, setting an all-time record. Radford and Duhamel were part of the Canadian figure skating team’s silver medal at Sochi 2014, and gold at PyeongChang 2018. Radford is the only openly gay male to have won an Olympic Games gold medal.

Gordeeva and late pairs partner and husband Sergei Grinkov are two-time Olympic Games gold medallists, four-time World champions, and two-time European champions. Icons of Russian pair skating, Gordeeva and Grinkov are still considered the greatest of all time. Since her tragic loss, Gordeeva has gone on as a soloist and continues to perform worldwide. Gordeeva and partner Valeri Bure won Season 2 of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, with $100,000 for both Cardiac Kids and Compassion Canada charities.

Evora is a five-time pairs medallist at the U.S. Championships with former partner Mark Ladwig, with whom she represented Team U.S.A. at multiple international competitions including two World Championships over the span of 10 years. Evora and Ladwig competed on the American figure skating team for the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010.  In 2013, Evora and partner Scott Thornton won the fourth season of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, winning $100,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Returning this fall, BATTLE OF THE BLADES combines athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports — figure skating and hockey — as they pair up in a live, high-stakes figure skating competition for the charity of their choice. Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean will reprise his role as host, with four-time Canadian and four-time World champion figure skater Kurt Browning returning as head judge. Beloved Canadian Olympic Games ice dance champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, will be rink-side with him as guest judges for select episodes. Previously announced hockey players for the new iteration of the hugely popular format include hockey players Sheldon Kennedy and Natalie Spooner. First launched in 2009, BATTLE OF THE BLADES was broadcast on CBC from 2009—2013 (4 seasons, 57 episodes) and remains the highest-rated original English-language Canadian format of all time.*

A CBC original series, BATTLE OF THE BLADES is produced by Insight Productions. The series is executive produced by Insight’s John Brunton, Lindsay Cox, Erin Brock, and Mark Lysakowski and is co-created and executive produced by Olympian and World & Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Famer Sandra Bezic. 


Links: Killjoys, Season 5

From Heather M. of TV Goodness:

Link: Kelly McCormack Talks Killjoys Season 5
“It’s a playground of mess and I’m like pigpen from Charlie Brown. I actually prefer being a messy character actor than being clean. Give me a pound of dirt and a disgusting [environment any day].” Continue reading.

From John Baker of Three If By Space:

Link: Killjoys: Season 5 Dawns With A Few Questions – Preview
Well, here we are, folks. The final season of Killjoys is about to break upon the shore of a our fandom like a wave. Are we ready for it to start? And are we ready for it to come to a finish? Forgive the questions as judging by the fandom’s reaction on social media, I think I already know the answers – but, today is going to be a day of questions. Continue reading.

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: How Killjoys went from a space procedural to a show about love and family
It’s a TV show that touches on real, human issues, things like the nature of family and how our memories shape who we are. It’s a show that promulgates a diverse and LGBTQ-friendly worldview. It’s also a show that revels in penis jokes. Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Killjoys: 9 Things to Know about Season 5
“So she has taken away from our team the very thing that they rely on, which is their knowledge of each other and what their relationships are.” Continue reading.

From Norm Wilner of Now Toronto:

Link: Killjoys gets back to kicking ass in its final season
“How do you find each other again, when you’re completely distant and completely alien to each other? What remains? What are the remnants from that past life, what is that connection? And how do you bring these characters back together?” Continue reading.

From Heather M. of TV Goodness:

Link: Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke Macfarlane talk Killjoys Season 5
“The characters are still the characters, so those things still shine through, but there’s just an element of something a little different and a different dynamic.” Continue reading.

From Melissa Girimonte of The Televixen:

Link: Killjoys producers discuss the rules of family and memory in Season 5
“Family is the bedrock of the series. All the different ways it hurts us and heals us. How it shapes us. How is that driving us? When is it our guide? When is it our prisoner? All of our characters have felt lost at times and found their way together.” Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Killjoys: Adam Barken talks “Run, Yala, Run”
“From the first season to the last, the idea of memory, and how it relates to identity, has been a major theme of Killjoys. Dutch is a living memory. Aneela’s sanity suffers after Khlyen extracts her memories. D’av shows up in the pilot with the sense that something is wrong with his head, and over the course of the season, comes to realize that his own memories have been manipulated.” Continue reading.