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Bravo readies Canadian version of “People’s Couch”

Bell Media-owned Bravo is set to put Canuck armchair critics in the hot-seat with a 10 x 30-minute Canadian version of reality series The People's Couch, airing on July 13.
July 7, 2014

Bell Media-owned Bravo is set to put Canuck armchair critics in the hot-seat with a 10 x 30-minute Canadian version of reality series The People’s Couch, airing on July 13.

Much like the original Studio Lambert-produced UK series Gogglebox (Channel 4) and the U.S. version on Bravo – also entitled The People’s Couch and made by Studio Lambert and All3media International – the Canadian series will present groups of TV-viewers commentating on and reacting to popular shows.

The series – produced by Undercover Boss Canada firm THA Media - will feature eight viewing groups, including families, couples and business partners.

The People’s Couch is an honest, raw and compelling program which has resonated with audiences around the world,” said Catherine MacLeod, SVP of specialty channels and Bell Media Production, in a statement. “It’s the perfect addition to Bravo’s stable of clever and immersive programming.”

Thomas Howe, executive producer of the Canadian version, added: “I came across this phenomenon when I was looking for an innovative new format. Shortly after Gogglebox premiered in the UK, I was impressed by the reaction of fans who demanded more episodes ASAP. Watching people watch television is surprisingly compelling and we are thrilled to bring this deceptively simple and highly addictive show to Bravo.”

The People’s Couch will air on Bravo on July 13 at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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