Bachelor will infect Canada with a Canadians-only version of the dating series

Canada is getting its own version of The Bachelor, which has started casting and will air on Citytv.

Our long-suffering neighbors to the north, who frequently have to watch our reality TV shows but cannot apply to them, have actually sent us a number of cast members for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, including Jillian Harris. But now they get their own version, so more Canadians will know what it’s like to date on television and break up after they’ve bled it for all the publicity they can.

The nine-episode series will debut in the fall, according to a press release, which says the “nine-episode, Canadian, romantic reality series is in the pre-production phase with principal photography slated to begin this spring,” and it will be produced by Force Four Entertainment.

Chris Harrison appeared on Breakfast Television today to announce the new series, and said “the good news is, it won’t take our show [the ABC version] away. It’s a double-dose, it’s all good, it’s a win-win for Canada.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.