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.”

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