Cat-Themed Reality Show Looking for Vancouver’s Cutest, Fastest Cats

Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar | Flickr

Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar | Flickr

Attention cat lovers: A new pet-themed reality show is coming to Vancouver – and it wants to make your cat a star.

Like Survivor for felines, the cheeky new Battle Cats will see five exceptional pets compete in a series of obstacles.  Challenges include climbing up walls, pole dancing, swerving out of the way of swinging balls while on a balance beam and chasing lasers, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.

Produced by local company Force Four Entertainment, Battle Cats will be filmed in a special “cat agility arena” currently being built in Greater Vancouver.  For the inaugural season of the show, producers are hoping to find 30 local “cathletes,” defined as “playful cats who want to tackle our course and compete for the fastest time.”

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Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova – First Transgendered Miss Universe Contestant – Gets New Reality Show – & Then She Doesn’t – UPDATED

Jenna Talackova. Photo: Twitpic via The Vancouver Observer

Vancouverite Jenna Talackova is more than just a famous beauty; she’s renowned for winning a significant victory for civil rights. As you may remember, she was  the first-ever transgendered person to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Her experience with the pageant made international headlines when she was first disqualified for being transgendered then, after a public outcry, petition and threatened lawsuit, was finally reinstated by the Miss Universe organization (headed by Donald Trump). Her fight led to a landmark rule change that will allow transgender women in all competitions starting in 2013—a huge victory for trans people and equality.

Though Talackova ultimately lost the Miss Universe title (to fellow Vancouverite Sahar Biniaz), she’s won something that has the potential to make a much bigger impact: her own reality show!

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Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova – First Transgendered Miss Universe Contestant – Gets New Reality Show – & Then She Doesn’t – UPDATED

Real Housewives of Vancouver Premiere – Love it or Hate it?

After weeks/months of anticipation, media cattiness (the women aren’t really part of Vancouver high society!) and scandal (The Province’s reveal that cast member Reiko Mackenzie’s husband Sunny Mackenzie is Sun News Lal, a man acquitted, along with “notorious crime boss Bindy Johal in Vancouver’s sensational gangland murder of brothers Jim and Ron Dosanjh” in 1994), the Real Housewives of Vancouver premiered April 4 on Slice TV with two back-to-back episodes.

Like many Vancouverites, I was intrigued enough to see the Vancouver version of the franchise—the first Real Housewives franchise set in Canada—to watch the premiere, despite not being a Real Housewives fan.  Personally, I thought the build-up and pre-show scandals were more interesting than the show itself. (Let the cattiness begin!)

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Meet the Real Housewives of Vancouver: Official Cast Revealed

The Real Housewives of Vancouver Cast

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming Real Housewives of Vancouver, the first Canadian version of the popular Real Housewives reality series, “the world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise.” The series, which will premiere on Slice TV sometime soon (no official air date is set)*, had been hush-hush about its main cast, though rumours were flying over which Vancouver ladies would be the new Housewives.

Today, Slice TV officially announced the identities of the five main cast members of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, plus a bit about their bios (and a YouTube promo, of course):

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Meet the Real Housewives of Vancouver: Official Cast Revealed

Vancouver-based reality show Family Cook Off premieres March 1

Photo Credit: Food Network Canada

This has been a big couple weeks for Vancouver and cooking shows.  First, Top Chef shot its season finale at several restaurants around the city, including Bao Bei, Black+Blue and Coast (airing Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. on Bravo USA).   Now, a brand new competitive cooking show set in Vancouver is about to kick off.

Family Cook Off premieres on Thursday, March 1, at 9 p.m. on Food Network Canada.  The show, which has been described as a kind of Iron Chef for non-professional cooks by the Vancouver Sun, pits two families against one another as they race against the clock to cook the best meal.

And Vancouverites will instantly recognize the show’s backdrop.  Family Cook Off was filmed outside on the dock at Stamp’s Landing, on the edge of False Creek.  As families furiously cook away, you can make out sailboats floating by in False Creek and the glitzy new highrises of Yaletown on the opposite shore.  Plus, the show was shot last August during a stretch of gorgeous days – Talk about some great advertising for the city.

So how does Family Cook Off work?

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Vancouver-based reality show Family Cook Off premieres March 1

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