- Home-grown series to be produced by Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment -
- Nine-episode reality series debuts in Canada in fall 2012 -
- Casting for the first Canadian bachelorettes begins today on Citytv.com/BachelorCanada -
TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Roses are red, violets are blue - a favourite reality series will soon makes its Canadian debut! As announced earlier this morning on Breakfast Television and Rogers Radio stations by The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, the new original reality series The Bachelor Canada is coming north of the border and will launch exclusively on Citytv this fall.
Commissioned by Citytv's original content team and produced by Force Four Entertainment, The Bachelor Canada is based on the perennially successful The Bachelor franchise, which is produced in the U.S. by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is currently in its 16th season on Citytv and OMNI Television. The nine-episode, Canadian, romantic reality series is in the pre-production phase with principal photography slated to begin this spring. Additional production and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
"The Bachelor has long been a fan favourite on Citytv and we look forward to putting a Canadian spin on this thriving franchise," said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media, and Executive Producer of The Bachelor Canada. "Canada is brimming with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes and we're excited to offer them the opportunity to embark on their own quest for love through this entertaining series." Beginning today, Citytv is kicking off a nationwide search for Canada's most eligible, rose-loving bachelorettes. Casting call information and eligibility requirements are now available at Citytv.com/BachelorCanada. Casting details for Canada's first bachelor will be announced at a later date.
"We are thrilled to be working with Rogers Media on one of the most successful reality television brands of all time," said John Ritchie, Executive Producer and Partner, Force Four Entertainment. "We've already hit the ground running on producing the series and we're confident The Bachelor Canada will be a hit for Citytv when it debuts in the fall."
About Force Four Entertainment Inc.
Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment, is one of Canada's most successful and respected television production companies. Since beginning operations in 1983, Force Four has produced more than 300 hours of primetime broadcast programming. The company's highly successful television programs include lifestyle, documentary, and scripted programming that is sold and aired around the world including the Gemini Award-winning W Network series, The Cupcake Girls, and the CBC series, Village On A Diet. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 11 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and is owned by President Rob Bromley, Executive Producer John Ritchie, and Director of Business Affairs Gillian Lowrey. For more information, visit: www.forcefour.com
About The Bachelor
The Bachelor franchise was created by Mike Fleiss and produced in the U.S. by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television for the ABC Television Network. The long-running hit relationship series just began its 16th season in the U.S. with exceptionally high ratings. The Bachelor franchise format has proven to be a hit around the globe, with versions of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette produced in 25 territories.
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