Those of you who caught our “The Amazing Race Canada” announcement on Sunday night were clearly excited about it, though at the time there was one part of the announcement that was not clear to us fully until going on CTV’s official website for the show: for the first time really in the history of the franchise, the series is going to limited to just a single country. Even “The Amazing Race: Family Edition” managed to travel outside of America for at least a leg or two.
So what is the reasoning behind this decision? It’s honestly very simple and all about one thing: money. It is an expensive proposition to shift from one country to the next, and for CTV, it may not be worth the financial risk at the moment. Canada has smaller population than many countries who have their own “Amazing Race” franchise (which makes it hard to pull off a show on the same scale), and it still does have the luxury of being in an enormous country with pretty rich geography. Let’s just hope that the show forces the teams to spend a week or two in some of the northernmost parts of the country, such as the surrounding areas of Yellowknife and Whitehorse.
Even though Phil Keoghan made the announcement during the American version of the show Sunday night, it’s incredibly unlikely that he will be the host here given his commitments in the States and with other projects. Like with Chris Harrison and “The Bachelor Canada,” he was likely just brought in for brand continuity and to get people excited about the new show.
Casting details are still coming up, and we will have more on them as they become available here. If you want more analysis on the new show, you can find it over at the link here.