Not only have we seen a surge in Canadian TV shows coming to America over the past few years (see “Rookie Blue,” “The L.A. Complex,” or the upcoming “Saving Hope”), there is also another sort of tradition starting up this year north of the border — Canadian versions of popular American shows.
In a statement on Wednesday, production house Endemol announced that Shaw Media has licensed a international version of “Big Brother” specifically for Canada. The show, which currently has no specific air date, will air on the network Slice — which also broadcasts the successful “Real Housewives of Vancouver.”
On the surface, a Canadian “Big Brother” makes sense. It’s relatively low-budget, and there are always plenty of people out there interested in being on TV. At the same time, though, is Canada (who also airs the American version) risking audience erosion by airing two versions of the show a year? When the American “Big Brother” tried out a season in spring, it failed to draw high ratings.
The recent resurgence in Canadian adaptations (the first really since “Canadian Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” were brought up north, only to be later canceled) comes after the recent success of “Canada’s Got Talent” on broadcast network CityTV. (There is also a Canadian version of “The Bachelor” airing later this year.)
“Big Brother” will return in America with new episodes in July.