Eh-mazing! CTV greenlights 'The Amazing Race Canada'
Get ready for the race of a lifetime, Canada. In an exclusive on-air message to Canadians during tonight’s episode of The Amazing Race, host Phil Keoghan announced on behalf of CTV that the network has ordered The Amazing Race Canada, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series. CTV has licensed the Canadian format rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and has selected Insight Productions to produce the series in Canada, with the support of Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri’s Profiles Television.
Casting, the host, and other show details for #RaceCDA will be announced in the coming months at CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV Facebook page.
Set to anchor CTV’s Summer 2013 schedule, The Amazing Race Canada will provide a uniquely Canadian take on the original series, with competitors discovering the world within the borders of Canada. Though the series' specific destinations won't be revealed until it airs, Canada offers divergent topography and disparate locales that are bound to add to the excitement and complexity of the show and its challenges, from Vancouver Island’s tropical rainforest, Alberta’s parched Badlands, the peaks of the Rockies, and the barren tundra of the Great White North, to the Boreal forests of Ontario and Quebec, the sea-faring ports of the Maritimes, the fjords of Newfoundland, and the teeming metropolises and undiscovered towns in between.
“The Amazing Race Canada is a big show for a big network,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “Canadians deserve their own summer version, distinct from what is seen in fall and winter.
“With the incredible diversity, scope, beauty, and sheer land mass that Canada has to offer, The Amazing Race Canada will explore the world within Canada. It’s a perfect extension to an incredible brand, and a huge opportunity for racers, viewers, and advertisers.”
Added van Munster, “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.’”
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. With potential stops in all 10 provinces and three territories, teams will race to the finish line, criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres. A stunning depiction of the Canadian fabric, the teams will travel through both the country’s urban centres as well as the most remote outposts in the land, all while exploring its broad cultural and ethnic diversity, wildlife, and iconic landmarks.
“We have been fans of The Amazing Race for the last 21 seasons and are beyond thrilled to be bringing this format to Canada, giving Canadians the chance to run the race of a lifetime,” said John Brunton, Chairman and CEO, Insight Productions. “We can’t wait to start working with the Emmy® award-winning format creators, Profiles Television, and CTV on this exciting new adventure.”