An Amazing Race reality series for Canada?
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First The Bachelor, then Big Brother and now The Amazing Race?
The website PopGoesTheNews.com said Friday that CTV would produce a Canadian edition of U.S. reality series The Amazing Race.
The website claims Phil Keoghan, who hosts the show, has taped an announcement set to air on the Dec. 2 episode (8 p.m. on CTV and CBS).
TAR is a ratings favourite here in Canada. The series was pulling in more than 2.5 million viewers nationwide in October, according to CTV. And it consistently places in the top 10 most watched programs in Toronto and Hamilton, according to BBM Canada.
Keoghan raised the possibility of an Amazing Race Canada in a 2008 interview.
In excerpts posted on The Amazing Race Fan Site, he said, “Of all the countries in the world, there are bigger fans of The Amazing Race in Canada than any other country. When I go to Canada, I have to put on a disguise. They love the show there with a passion that is truly extraordinary.
“In terms of Canadians competing, the best thing to happen would be for CTV to do their own version.”
The show, which has won the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program nine times, features teams travelling around the world, racing to complete challenges and win prizes. The last team standing wins $1 million.
PopGoesTheNews.com says the Canadian version would likely air next summer.
Canuck versions of U.S. reality shows are not uncommon, but they usually don’t last long.
The Bachelor Canada just ended its first season on Citytv, but no announcement has been made about a second season.
Citytv also aired a season of Canada’s Got Talent earlier this year, but there was no second season and no indication it will return.
Meanwhile, 10,000 people have applied to be on Big Brother Canada, coming to Slice in winter 2013.
And Top Chef Canada is still a going concern on Food Network Canada.
The most successful Canadian version of an American reality show was Canadian Idol, which aired on CTV for six seasons before being put on indefinite hiatus.
CTV also cancelled So You Think You Can Dance Canada after four seasons.
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