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The Bachelorette Canada Launches National Casting Tour in Search of the Country’s Most Eligible Bachelors

From a media release:

W Network is on the hunt for Canada’s most eligible bachelors. Beginning Tuesday, January 19 through to Tuesday, January 26, The Bachelorette Canada hits the road in search of charming, adventurous, charismatic men looking for true love that are up for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Bachelorette Canada is travelling across the country, with open casting calls being held in Vancouver (January 19), Calgary (January 21), Winnipeg (January 22), Toronto (January 23 and 24), Montréal (January 25), and Halifax (January 26).

Casting is taking place at the following locations:

Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, January 19, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. PT
The Westin Grand, 433 Robson Street

Calgary, AB
Thursday, January 21, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. MT
The Delta Calgary Downtown, 209 4th Avenue SE

Winnipeg, MB
Friday, January 22, 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CT
The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, 1800 Wellington Avenue

Toronto, ON
Saturday, January 23, 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 24, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET
The Grand Hotel & Suites, 225 Jarvis Street

Montréal, QC
Monday, January 25, 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET
Hotel 10 Montreal, 10 Sherbrooke Street West

Halifax, NS
Tuesday, January 26, 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. AT
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax, 1496 Hollis Street

How to Audition

To be eligible for The Bachelorette Canada, participants must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada and over the age of majority. Applicants must bring valid photo ID (either of the following: (1) passport or (2) birth certificate, driver’s license, or government issued photo ID). Please bring originals only. Dress to impress and avoid wearing white, black, busy patterns and clothing with logos.


W Network Announces First Ever Season of The Bachelorette Canada

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment’s W Network announced today that it is commissioning The Bachelorette Canada (11×90/1×60). The series from Good Human Productions Inc. is the first ever Canadian version of the perennially successful The Bachelorette franchise from Warner Horizon Television that originated on ABC in the U.S. The Bachelorette Canada commences casting for potential bachelors on Wednesday, November 18, and interested applicants can apply online or nominate someone they know here or by visiting the casting calls across Canada in January 2016. Canada’s first ever Bachelorette will be announced in the coming months and The Bachelorette Canada will premiere next fall on W Network.

Canadians that nominate someone they know as a bachelor will be entered into W Network’s online contest for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for 2 to Vancouver and VIP passes to the live tapings of The Bachelorette Canada: The Men Tell All and The Bachelorette Canada: After The Final Rose specials. Nominate someone you know here.

In the Canadian version of this smash-hit reality series, Canada’s most eligible bachelorette is in search of the man of her dreams – and hopefully her groom-to-be. The Canadian Bachelorette will search for love as 20 men do whatever it takes to win her heart. The male suitors compete for the Bachelorette’s affection via individual and group dates involving local and far-flung romantic encounters and adventures. As the Bachelorette narrows the field and the number of men dwindles, romance and tensions will rise. Ultimately, she will choose the one man with whom she wants to spend the rest of her life.

The Bachelorette Canada is produced by Good Human Productions Inc. From Good Human Productions, Claire Freehand serves as Executive Producer and Keely Booth is Showrunner. For Corus Entertainment, John MacDonald is the Executive Vice President of Television and Head of Women’s and Family Television and Maria Farano is Director of Original Programming for Women’s and Family Television. The series is based on the U.S. format created by Mike Fleiss and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Sales of the format are handled by Warner Bros. International Television Production.


Link: What we learned from reality TV this year

From Sonya Bell of Maclean’s Magazine:

10 things we learned from Canadian reality TV in 2014
From the Amazing Race Canada in the summer to The Bachelor Canada in the fall, we got our fill of homegrown reality drama in 2014. Here are 10 things we learned about our country and ourselves from their sophomore seasons, part of our Best of 2014 web series from a year in arts and culture. Continue reading.


Review: Bachelor Canada shocker: Tim chooses his lady love

After all of the drama surrounding April’s performance at the end of last week’s start to The Bachelor Canada season finale, I would have been shocked if Tim Warmels had chosen her over Trish. It seemed to be a no brainer. Trish was outgoing and April wasn’t. Trish was sure of her feelings and April waffled. Tim’s parents liked Trish and were dubious of April.

So, who did Tim choose after all of these weeks of tears and tribulation, brashness and booze? After summarizing that he only wanted to move forward with someone who wanted to be there, April suddenly had a change of heart and wanted to stay.

“Today is a good day,” she told Tim upon meeting him for an impromptu sit-down at the beach.

“That’s the best news I’ve heard from you all day,” Tim responded. One long kiss and a special note later, and April was back in the hunt for the bachelor’s heart. But would she steal it away from Trish?

For her part, Trish was confident in her chances with Tim and he admitted to having no questions regarding her feelings towards him. They even put a padlock on a love fence to prove their warm and fuzzies for each other. A brief meeting with Michael Hill, who pulled some diamond rings out of his leather satchel, and Tim was ready to propose. But who would it be to?

I guess someone’s going to have to go down and dig for the key to unfasten that padlock because Tim chose April. I can only surmise that Tim is looking for someone to protect rather than a gal who is sure of herself because his decision seemed out of character. Maybe it was the fact that Trish is an Edmonton Oilers fan vs. Tim’s beloved Maple Leafs. At this point I’m grasping at anything that makes sense. (As an aside, I thought April’s dress looked like it belonged at a Grade 8 prom rather than the coast of Tahiti.)

The After the Final Rose special was pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the franchise, with Trish confronting Tim over his decision and the reunion of the happy couple. Among the tidbits of information host Tyler Harcott was able to suss out by the end of the episode:

  • Trish has learned a lot about herself
  • Trish’s favourite moment was her date with Tim in Italy
  • Trish isn’t mad at April
  • Tim has fallen in love
  • Tim goes commando
  • There are wedding plans

What did you think of this season? Did Tim choose the right girl?


Comments and queries for the week of Nov. 14

By far the story that got the most comments this week was Kate Taylor’s piece regarding whether Strange Empire could ever become as successful as its Monday night counterpart, Murdoch Mysteries. Here’s a sampling of what people said.

The first issue any supporter of the CBC and Canadian TV in general should have with this is that such comparisons always make one show look good at the other show’s expense: if we want both show’s to do well on CBC, what is constructive about this “comparison” approach?

Ever wonder why Murdoch Mysteries has a fairly substantial audience? By bringing together a bunch of genres, Murdoch Mysteries came up with something “quirky” and “hybrid” and “cultish.” People use a whole lot of compound terms to describe it. But the point is, there is something in Murdoch Mysteries that “crosses over” for many audience segments, so it’s a ridiculous exercise to try to reduce it to some over-simplified strawman just for the same of comparing Strange Empire. All of these articles just makes it look like the reviewers don’t know what they are talking about to the over 1 million viewers who actually do watch Murdoch Mysteries every week.–Snacky

After watching the first two episodes of Strange Empire and having the people I had talked into watching it drop like flies, I began watching the show with a much more critical eye, but an eye which viewed the show in terms of why the show failed to appeal to people, rather than an eye to artistry. After watching five episodes of Strange Empire, I still am not sure exactly where the characters are all going and at this point I`m not sure what I`m hoping for the characters.–Ally

And, as The Bachelor Canada heads into its season finale on Tuesday, readers are split 50-50 over whether Tim Warmels will choose Trish or April as his betrothed.

Unfortunately, I see April as a mentally and emotionally unstable individual. What does Tim know of her background? How will she cope when she begins to have her own children, when she is so easily overwhelmed? It will take a lot of trust and possibly a lot of time in the future to help her deal with life’s issues, it seems, not just for Tim but his family.–Evette

I wanted April, but what I saw last week, I have changed my mind. April still needs to mature and really think what she really wants. She is very pretty and nice, but what would happen in the real life with Tim? This relationship will not survive. With Trish, this might work, but Tim must set the rules with a beauty queen. No diva, no drama, just be yourself. Moving to Toronto will be a big step with Trish. But I still like Trish.–Luce

Got a comment or question about Canadian TV? Contact me at greg@tv-eh.com.