The road to “The Bachelor Canada”

The show's supervising producer Sean Devries and Rogers Media's director of original programming Claire Freeland discuss making the homegrown version of the U.S. hit.
September 27, 2012

Rogers Media’s Citytv is launching the first Canadian version of international dating show franchise, The Bachelor Canada, next Wednesday (October 3) at 9 p.m., with free agent CFL player Brad Smith as the first ‘bachelor’ searching for love.

Realscreen’s sister publication Playback sat in on a screening of the show earlier this week, in which Smith, the show’s host Tyler Harcott, supervising producer Sean Devries, and Rogers Media director of original programming Claire Freeland, shared some of the ins and outs of making the first Canadian adaptation of the U.S. dating smash, which is being produced in Canada by Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment.

Devries says the entire production team felt like they were “going into the Super Bowl as extreme underdogs” before the first day of shooting, because the U.S. version has been on the air for 16 seasons.

Freeland says she and the Canadian team met with The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss and the U.S. show’s producing company Next Entertainment (in association with Warner Horizon Television for ABC) before beginning production to get an idea of what things look like behind the scenes on the show.

“The production on the U.S. show is insane,” says Devries who marveled at the fact that there is a person on staff for the sole purpose of lighting candles at the evening’s rose ceremonies. Devries adds that the Canadian version has been shot at a 30p frame rate, which gives it a different look than the U.S. version, which is shot at 60i.

The Bachelor Canada premieres on Citytv at 9 p.m. on October 3 and moves to its regular time slot of Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. the following week.

Photo (left to right): Brad Smith, star, The Bachelor Canada, Tyler Harcott, host of The Bachelor Canada, Sean Devries, supervising producer, The Bachelor Canada and Claire Freeland, director of original programming, Rogers Media.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.