Calgary native Tyler Harcott has been chosen to host The Bachelor Canada.
Harcott was named host of the inaugural Canadian edition of the popular U.S. reality series at Rogers Media-owned broadcaster CITY-TV’s upfront presentations on Tuesday. The 43-year-old previously hosted the reality programs Junkyard Wars, Wired and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Set to launch this September, The Bachelor Canada will require Harcott to serve as wingman and confidante for CFL player Brad Smith in his TV courtship of 25 single female contestants.
“The show already feels like this great human experiment,” Harcott said. “Brad is really in this to find true love and ... it’s fascinating to watch them interact with each other. If the right woman is in that room, Brad will find her.”
At the same event, CITY-TV unveiled a fall roster with nine new comedy series and four new dramas.
The comedy offerings include the buddy-sitcom Partners, from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the Reba McEntire starrer Malibu Country, the sibling-themed series Ben and Kate and the single-camera series The Mindy Project, starring The Office’s Mindy Kaling.
Five more comedies are slated to launch on CITY-TV at the midway mark of the 2012-2013 season: How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) stars Ottawa-born Sarah Chalke as a single mom forced to move back in with her parents; The Goodwin Games involves three siblings scrapping for a family inheritance; and 1600 Penn, which documents the daily routine in a fictional White House with Bill Pullman cast as a dysfunctional U.S. president.
Also launching midseason are the original CITY-TV comedies Seed, about a sperm donor who becomes involved in the lives of his new-found offspring, and Package Deal, which focuses on three brothers and the woman who comes among them.
On the drama front, CITY-TV has picked up the J.J. Abrams drama Revolution, which takes place in a near future when all electricity stops working, and 666 Park Avenue, about a Manhattan luxury building possessed by a demonic force.
Slated for midseason arrival on CITY-TV is the Sex and the City prequel drama The Carrie Diaries and Hannibal, depicting a young version of the infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter.
CITY-TV also announced it will bolster its non-prime-time lineup with the new daytime talk show Katie, helmed by ABC News veteran Katie Couric, set to launch on Sept. 10.
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