BC’s Sexiest Reality Show: The Bachelor Canada Premieres Oct 3

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Much fuss was raised three years ago when Canadian Jillian Harris played the starring role in The Bachelorette, the reality series where dozens of men compete for the heart of one lucky lady.  When Jillian and co. swung by Vancouver for a romantic trip, it was the talk of the town and nearly front-page news.

Now we’ve really got something to talk about.  Next week, The Bachelor Canada premieres – and it was all filmed right next door on Vancouver Island.

The Bachelor Canada is the new Canadian equivalent of the hit American reality show.  The nine-episode series – featuring an all-Canadian cast – kicks off next Monday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. on Citytv.

The show is set on Vancouver Island’s Bear Mountain, outside of Victoria.  For six weeks the bachelor and his female suitors will inhabit a 13,500-square-foot mansion once owned by ex-NHL star Len Barrie.  Continue reading:
BC’s Sexiest Reality Show: The Bachelor Canada Premieres Oct 3

Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova – First Transgendered Miss Universe Contestant – Gets New Reality Show – & Then She Doesn’t – UPDATED

Jenna Talackova. Photo: Twitpic via The Vancouver Observer

Vancouverite Jenna Talackova is more than just a famous beauty; she’s renowned for winning a significant victory for civil rights. As you may remember, she was  the first-ever transgendered person to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Her experience with the pageant made international headlines when she was first disqualified for being transgendered then, after a public outcry, petition and threatened lawsuit, was finally reinstated by the Miss Universe organization (headed by Donald Trump). Her fight led to a landmark rule change that will allow transgender women in all competitions starting in 2013—a huge victory for trans people and equality.

Though Talackova ultimately lost the Miss Universe title (to fellow Vancouverite Sahar Biniaz), she’s won something that has the potential to make a much bigger impact: her own reality show!

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Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova – First Transgendered Miss Universe Contestant – Gets New Reality Show – & Then She Doesn’t – UPDATED

Real Housewives of Vancouver Premiere – Love it or Hate it?

After weeks/months of anticipation, media cattiness (the women aren’t really part of Vancouver high society!) and scandal (The Province’s reveal that cast member Reiko Mackenzie’s husband Sunny Mackenzie is Sun News Lal, a man acquitted, along with “notorious crime boss Bindy Johal in Vancouver’s sensational gangland murder of brothers Jim and Ron Dosanjh” in 1994), the Real Housewives of Vancouver premiered April 4 on Slice TV with two back-to-back episodes.

Like many Vancouverites, I was intrigued enough to see the Vancouver version of the franchise—the first Real Housewives franchise set in Canada—to watch the premiere, despite not being a Real Housewives fan.  Personally, I thought the build-up and pre-show scandals were more interesting than the show itself. (Let the cattiness begin!)

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Real Housewives of Vancouver Premiere – Love it or Hate it?

Meet the Real Housewives of Vancouver: Official Cast Revealed

The Real Housewives of Vancouver Cast

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming Real Housewives of Vancouver, the first Canadian version of the popular Real Housewives reality series, “the world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise.” The series, which will premiere on Slice TV sometime soon (no official air date is set)*, had been hush-hush about its main cast, though rumours were flying over which Vancouver ladies would be the new Housewives.

Today, Slice TV officially announced the identities of the five main cast members of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, plus a bit about their bios (and a YouTube promo, of course):

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Meet the Real Housewives of Vancouver: Official Cast Revealed

Vancouver-based reality show Family Cook Off premieres March 1

Photo Credit: Food Network Canada

This has been a big couple weeks for Vancouver and cooking shows.  First, Top Chef shot its season finale at several restaurants around the city, including Bao Bei, Black+Blue and Coast (airing Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. on Bravo USA).   Now, a brand new competitive cooking show set in Vancouver is about to kick off.

Family Cook Off premieres on Thursday, March 1, at 9 p.m. on Food Network Canada.  The show, which has been described as a kind of Iron Chef for non-professional cooks by the Vancouver Sun, pits two families against one another as they race against the clock to cook the best meal.

And Vancouverites will instantly recognize the show’s backdrop.  Family Cook Off was filmed outside on the dock at Stamp’s Landing, on the edge of False Creek.  As families furiously cook away, you can make out sailboats floating by in False Creek and the glitzy new highrises of Yaletown on the opposite shore.  Plus, the show was shot last August during a stretch of gorgeous days – Talk about some great advertising for the city.

So how does Family Cook Off work?

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Vancouver-based reality show Family Cook Off premieres March 1

The ‘Real Housewives of Vancouver’ are Coming April 2012

Here are two facts that, depending on how you feel about reality TV, could be signs of the rumoured 2012 apocalypse: First, that the Real Housewives reality shows that originated in the U.S. with Real Housewives of Orange County are the “world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise;” second, that the franchise has come to our fair city, with the Real Housewives of Vancouver set to premiere in April 2012.

The Real Housewives of Vancouver is the latest Real Housewives series from around the globe. Not only are there shows set around the U.S. (which Canadian viewers watch on the Slice Network), there are also shows set in Athens, Israel and France. The Real Housewives of Vancouver will be the first Canadian installment.

So who are the Real Housewives of Vancouver?

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The ‘Real Housewives of Vancouver’ are Coming April 2012

Local B.C. Chefs To Compete on Top Chef Canada Season 2

Top Chef Canada Season 2

Top Chef Canada was the highest rated program on The Food Network Canada, so it’s no surprise that the reality-show competition—where chefs battle it out to be named Top Chef Canada and win $100,000—will return for a second season on March 12, 2012.

The first Top Chef Canada winner was Vancouver’s own Dale MacKay, current owner of Ensemble Restaurant in downtown Vancouver. In Season 2, B.C. has four chefs in the running, including another Vancouver chef, Trevor Bird (originally from Montreal), who worked at Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel and now runs the catering company Trevor Bird Cooking.

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Local B.C. Chefs To Compete on Top Chef Canada Season 2