'The Bachelor Canada' Features Saints and Sinners in First Season

4:46 PM PST 09/05/2012 by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian broadcaster is pitting a voluptuous Playboy bunny against a God-fearing pastor in a fight for Brad Smith's heart.

TORONTO – Canada’s first bachelor Brad Smith has already landed in the middle of a saint and sinner shoot-out.

Battling for Smith’s heart when the first-ever The Bachelor Canada series bows on Oct. 3 on Citytv will be Chantelle, 25, a God-fearing pastor who started her own non-profit camp for kids, and voluptuous Playboy model Melissa Marie, 28, whose summer reading material included Love, Lust & Faking It, by Jenny McCarthy.

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The debut episode has bunny Melissa Marie summoning her best inner Pamela Anderson to snag Smith, while Chantelle struggles with a deep secret that could ruin her own chances at becoming his fiancée.

Lust, lies and love in the pursuit of ratings hasn't exactly been the Canadian way, except when it comes to U.S. network series that dominate primetime schedules here.

But that's changing with the increasing aggressiveness with which domestic broadcasters have pursued audiences with homegrown dramas, comedies and reality series as they face down competition from Netflix Canada and other emerging digital platforms.

In all, 25 bachelorettes will put their stilletos on the pavement and their hearts on the line when The Bachelor Canada settles into a Wednesday night primetime slot from Oct. 10, after the series debut.

Also looking to snag the rose is Gabrielle, a law student who’s traveled the world, Laura, a medical student, and Whitney, an administrative assistant with a taste for sports.

The launch of The Bachelor Canada on Citytv follows ABC’s Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises enjoying a long run on the Canadian channel.

Citytv-parent Rogers Media ordered nine episodes of the reality from Force Four Entertainment.

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The series is shot on a sprawling, west coast mansion with its own hot tubs and hangouts, in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sean De Vries is the supervising producer, Joyce Sawa is the series producer, and John Ritchie serves as executive producer.

Claire Freeland is executive producing The Bachelor Canada.

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