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Battle of the Blades, a Canadian shiny floor reality competition series that has National Hockey League heroes mastering graceful ice dance routines with figure skating champs, has delayed its two hour sixth season premiere set for Oct. 15 after a positive COVID-19 test.
The temporary halt in production in Toronto follows an individual on the Battle of the Blades production team testing positive for COVID-19, indie producer Insight Productions said on Wednesday. The series, which airs on the CBC, has temporarily halted all socially-distanced training and pre-production on the upcoming season.
“CBC fully supports this decision and, as a result, is postponing the October 15th live premiere of Battle of the Blades season 6. CBC will provide additional scheduling updates as soon as possible.” Insight added.
Battle of the Blades halting production follows the NHL, from which the reality TV show draws former star players for the competition series, having ended its pandemic-era 2020 season with pro hockey games played in “bubble” hotels and arenas in Toronto and Edmonton as safety precautions amid the COVID-19 crisis.
For its sixth season, the CBC has given a nod to diversity by recruiting four Black athletes, one Black judge and three female hockey players as competitors. Episodes of Battle of the Blades will be shot at a hockey arena in Brampton, Ontario, in front of a virtual audience.
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