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CTV to air 'The Amazing Race Canada' series
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, December 2, 2012 6:44PM MST
Last Updated Monday, December 3, 2012 6:41AM MST
TORONTO -- Canada is getting an "Amazing Race" spinoff that will air next summer on CTV.
U.S. host Phil Keoghan announced the plan during Sunday's broadcast of "The Amazing Race."
CTV says the Canuck version will be entirely set in Canada, with competitors racing through various destinations across the country.
Casting, locales, the host and other details will be announced in the coming months.
The U.S. version sends competitors racing around the world as they try to avoid elimination and compete for prizes.
Similar spinoffs have already taken off in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America, Norway, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam.
"The Amazing Race Canada" will be produced by the Toronto-based Insight Productions, responsible for Canuck reality spinoffs including "Canadian Idol," "Canada's Got Talent" and the upcoming "Big Brother Canada."
"Canadians deserve their own summer version, distinct from what is seen in fall and winter," Phil King, president, CTV programming and sports, said in a release.
This is the latest high-profile reality show to join the Canadian TV lineup. Citytv just wrapped up its take on "The Bachelor" with "The Bachelor Canada" and Slice is preparing to air "Big Brother Canada" this winter.
Bertram van Munster, co-creator of "The Amazing Race," says the Emmy Award-winning series is a great fit for Canada.
"Canadians have embraced the franchise for over a decade, and also have been wildly enthusiastic about having a version produced in Canada," van Munster said in a release.
"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."'