During last night’s broadcast of The Amazing Race on CTV, Canadian viewers discovered they’d be eligible to get off the couch and compete in a homegrown version of the globetrotting reality show.
The network had earlier teased that “one of the most recognizable people on television” would present a special message for Canadians, and Race host Phil Keoghan appeared during a commercial break during the show to announce plans for The Amazing Race Canada.
In a CTV press release, Race co-creator Bertram van Munster said: “Canadians have embraced the franchise for over a decade, and also have been wildly enthusiastic about having a version produced in Canada. With the world’s second largest country as its backdrop, The Amazing Race Canada will offer a unique glimpse of the broad and diverse Canadian landscape and culture, while maintaining all of the excitement, spontaneity and challenge inherent in The Race.”
Unlike the CBS version, The Amazing Race Canada will send teams traveling throughout Canada. The show is expected to air in the summer of 2013.
“With the knowledge that most Canadians have not travelled beyond their own province, The Amazing Race Canada gives Canadians the opportunity to race around Canada and discover the country they love in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure,” a CTV press release noted. “With potential stops in all 10 provinces and three territories, teams will race to the finish line, criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres.”
The Amazing Race Canada continues the recent trend of Canadian versions of popular U.S. reality shows, following in the footsteps of Citytv’s The Bachelor Canada and Global’s upcoming Big Brother Canada, eh.