I am one helluva proud Canadian! I’m one of “those people” who is quick to tell people I’m Canadian when travelling outside the country! That being said, I have to admit that Canadian reality tv, in the main, really stinks! Though I promised myself I would watch it before I judged it, I’m already rolling my eyes at The Amazing Race Canada, which premiers tonight.
Why so negative? A crap-tastic history of Canadian reality tv that I thought tanked! From Big Brother Canada (which was THE worst reality tv show I’ve ever seen — and I’ve watched some bad ones!) to the first season of Top Chef Canada (though I have to admit the most recent season was a lot better because they appeared to closely adapt the US version). And Project Runaway Canada? Serious C-R-A-P!
While The Amazing Race Canada could step up to the plate and knock it out of the pack, I’m already leery.
In one of their press releases, they actually promoted the show by talking about how one set of contestants are gay cowboys! Are you kidding me?!?!?! In 2013, why would the fact that the people on this team are gay be newsworthy at all!?!?
And one team is a pair of Canadian ‘celebrities’. I have to put that in quotes because I’m not sure what actually makes them celebrities other than the fact that they used to do these little “Body Break” segments on tv! Nonetheless, the fact that they were chosen bothers me in light of their ‘celebrity’ status. I’m sure they are a great team but if they weren’t ‘celebrities’ would they still have been chosen?
Add to all of these things, the fact that the host isn’t Phil (I heart Phil!) and the teams are only traveling across the country and not across the world makes it less interesting to me. I’ve seen lots of Canada but the original Amazing Race shows me part of the world I’ve never seen.
Oh, one other thing. Let’s face it. Canadians are well-known for being polite (in fact, I’ve learned over the years that it is a bit of a joke how polite we really are!). Horrible as it might sound, I like the drama between teams as they compete. Will there be any of it here?
So that’s why I’m not overly excited about The Amazing Race Canada. I hope the show proves me wrong1
[BUT, I have to tell you — if you like like contests as much as I do I would tune in! According to a recent press release there are an insane number of contests that are being tied to The Amazing Race Canada!]
The Amazing Race Canada premiers tonight (and will air on Mondays) at 9 p.m. and will also air TSN on Tuesdays at midnight.