Amazing Race comes to Canada

Just to be clear, The Amazing Race Canada is not a new documentary about the current leadership battle in the federal Liberal Party.

Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. (Sun Media News Services)

Rather, it’s the real deal from Bell Media: An upcoming Canadian edition of the hugely popular American reality-competition series, the 21st season of which presently is airing Sundays on CBS and CTV.

Emmy Award winner Phil Keoghan made the announcement Sunday night on CTV, in a special message to Canadians.

The Amazing Race Canada leaps aboard a recent bandwagon that has seen the big Canadian TV networks producing Canadian versions of high-profile reality-competition imports. Those imports tend to do quite well in Canadian ratings, even better in many cases than they do in the U.S., relatively speaking.

The Bachelor Canada just concluded its first season on Citytv. An announcement has not been made one way or the other about a second season.

Earlier this year Citytv also aired Canada’s Got Talent, a Canadian version of America’s Got Talent. However, there will not be a second season of Canada’s Got Talent.

Also coming up, from Shaw Media, is Big Brother Canada, a Canadian version of Big Brother. It will air on Slice.

— BILL HARRIS, Sun Media News Services