CBC, Keoghan team for reality series


TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Wednesday said it is developing a homegrown reality series with "The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan that will give Canadians a chance to live out their dreams.

Keoghan already collaborated on FitTV's "No Opportunity Wasted," a U.S. outdoor reality series offering 26 American contestants 72 hours and $3,000 to pursue their dreams.

Kirstine Layfield, CBC's executive director of network programming, said the CBC and Keoghan are developing their own format, less tailored to the outdoors but still based on Keoghan's "No Opportunity Wasted" book and philosophy.

The CBC also is working on "Triple Sensation," a music- and dance-driven reality series produced in partnership with Garth Drabinsky, who is set to stand trial for his role in the downfall of live theater production company Livent Inc.

Other shows announced for the 2007-08 schedule include "The Tudors," an Irish-Canadian co-production about Henry VIII starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neil, Jeremy Northam and Henry Czerny. The series is airing on Showtime in the U.S.

The public broadcaster also will air "The Border," a post-Sept. 11 crime series set in Toronto; "Heartland," a multigenerational family series set in the foothills of Alberta; and "Sophie," a series about a young single mother who inherits a talent agency from her father, only to quickly lose her best client and boyfriend.