The Seven Network has confirmed it will produce a local version of the popular reality adventure game show, The Amazing Race.
The Amazing Race: Australia will see teams of two race across the country and around the world, following clues and competing in challenges, attempting to arrive first at designated ‘pit-stops’.
The American version sees the first team to cross the finish line collect $1.0 million, it has not yet been confirmed what the Australian prize pool will be.
Seven’s head of production, Brad Lyons, said, “The US version of The Amazing Race has had a huge following on Seven and we are thrilled to be working with Disney on The Amazing Race: Australia which promises to capture the excitement of the original series.”
The Amazing Race first begun in the US in 2001 and has since visited seventy-three countries, and has undergone sixteen seasons. The eighteenth season will go to air on US network CBS in February this year.
Disney’s senior vice president and managing director, Rob Gilby, said, “Audiences in Australia have shown an enormous appetite for high-quality, locally produced shows in recent years. The Amazing Race: Australia is another great milestone in our long-standing relationship with Channel Seven in bringing programs that resonate with viewers here.”
Meanwhile, Grant Bowler has been confirmed as host.
Bowler is not new to reality television. He currently narrates Seven’s popular factual series Border Security, and also fronted four seasons of The Mole for the network between 2000 and 2003.
“This race is going to be enormous. The route is simply amazing. We have a wonderful cast, with incredible diversity between the teams and within the teams,” Bowler confirmed in a network press release.
“There are some fantastic characters that are iconically and classically Australian.
“This is such a big show. No one’s been more surprised than me that I’ve been asked to do these hosting jobs. But I love it. It’s human psychology at work.”
Despite an airdate yet to be announced, it is expected to screen in 2011.