CTV, Insight to bring The Amazing Race to Canada

Insight Productions will produce the local version of the international franchise, slated for summer 2013.

The last time CTV aired a surprise on-air announcement, Charlie Sheen appeared to unveil his sitcom Anger Management and tell Canadians that as the nicest people in the world, they hold in a lot of anger.

CTV’s latest announcement that it will launch a local version of The Amazing Race should allow Canadians to channel that anger into full-on competition.

In an on-air message to Canadian viewers during Sunday’s broadcast of The Amazing Race, the show’s host Phil Keoghan announced that CTV has ordered The Amazing Race Canada for summer 2013.

“Hey Canada! For more than 10 years, you’ve watched the Amazing Race criss-cross the globe, and you’ve helped make the show a hit. Now it’s time to join the competition. The Amazing Race Canada is coming to CTV,” said Keoghan in the 15-second clip.

CTV licensed Canadian format rights for the international franchise from Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

The homegrown version of the international franchise will be produced by Insight Productions, with support of series creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri’s Profiles Television.

The Amazing Race Canada is a big show for a big network. 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,” said president of CTV programming and sports Phil King in a statement.

The Canuck version will include potential remote and urban stops in all 10 provinces and three territories, with competitors crossing up to 9,000 kilometres across the country.

Toronto-based Insight is also behind Canadian versions of other international franchises, including Canadian Idol for CTV, Canada’s Got Talent for Rogers’ Citytv and the upcoming Big Brother Canada for Shaw Media.

The Amazing Race is created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

The original U.S. version, exec produced by Van Munster, Doganieri and Mark Vertullo for Worldrace Productions (a division of Profiles Television), and Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman for Jerry Bruckheimer Television, premiered in 2001.

The Amazing Race Canada will be the 12th international version to launch outside of the U.S., including productions in Asia, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America, Norway, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam.

CTV has already launched a microsite and Twitter account for the series, with host and casting details announced in the coming months.

The Amazing Race Canada will be produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and support of Profiles Television.

John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are exec producing for Insight. Mark Lysakowski is supervising producer. Van Munster and Doganieri exec produce for Profiles Television.