- Veteran Canadian TV personality has hosted 14 series in Canada and the U.S. -
- Will help recently announced bachelor Brad Smith on his journey to find love, in the first-ever Canadian version of the popular Bachelor franchise -
- Full biography and images available at www.rogersmediatv.ca -
TORONTO, May 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Having hosted nearly every kind of TV show in almost every kind of environment - from studio and junkyard to cruise ship and on location in the Middle East - veteran host Tyler Harcott will bring his 17 years of experience to a new audience as the host of The Bachelor Canada, premiering this fall on Citytv. Harcott was introduced today as part of Citytv's annual Upfront presentation.
Earlier this month, CFL free agent Brad Smith was revealed as the first-ever Canadian bachelor. Additional details about the production, including the identities of the 25 Canadian bachelorettes, will be announced in the coming weeks.
A native of Calgary, Harcott, 43, earned a communications degree at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic before getting his start in the entertainment industry in theatre, film and television. His first foray into broadcasting was as a radio disc jockey at CKGY FM in Red Deer, Alberta. Shortly following, Harcott landed his first hosting job in 1995 while visiting Hong Kong, which led him to various other culture-rich locales, including India, Dubai and Indonesia. Throughout his career, Harcott has hosted 14 programs, including Wired, Junkyard Wars, Guess Who's Coming to Decorate?, and Miss America: Countdown to the Crown.
"I have never participated in a show that delivers on such an emotional level the way The Bachelor Canada does," said Harcott. "Brad possesses a sense of maturity that defies his years. He's charming, smart, and funny. From a guy's perspective, he reminds me of my best buddy. And for some crazy reason, the ladies seem to appreciate his Adonis-like physique."
"Tyler is an incredibly affable and genuine person - everything we were looking for in a host," said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media, and Executive Producer of The Bachelor Canada. "With his vast experience, he's a natural in front of the camera. His personality and sincerity will resonate not only with Brad and the bachelorettes, but also with viewers across the country."
Currently residing in New York City, Harcott is the proud father of a four-year-old daughter. He cites Dick Clark, Johnny Carson and Don Rickles as the biggest influences on his career. When not hard at work, he enjoys playing hockey, learning Spanish, travelling, and being the guest of honour at his daughter's tea parties.
The Bachelor Canada is the Canadian version of the perennially successful The Bachelor franchise on Citytv and OMNI Television. The series is produced by multiple award-winning Force Four Entertainment. Sean De Vries is the supervising producer, Joyce Sawa is the series producer, and John Ritchie serves as executive producer for the series. Claire Freeland is the director of original programming for Rogers Media and an executive producer of The Bachelor Canada.
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 prime-time broadcast programming. The company's highly successful television programs include lifestyle, documentary, and scripted programming that is sold and aired around the world. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 11 Gemini Awards and more than 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.
Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and U.S. acquired prime-time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.Citytv.com.
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