New Zealand-born actor Grant Bowler has been named host of the Seven Network's globetrotting reality television show, The Amazing Race Australia.
As previously reported in TSR, filming began at various locations including Melbourne Airport and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) yesterday.
Bowler has had a big year in film and television, working on projects such as The Killer Elite, the Nine Network's telemovie Panic At Rock Island, and feature films Atlas Shrugged and The City of Gardens, the Herald Sun reports.
He has also starred in American dramas Ugly Betty, Lost, True Blood, and many of Seven's local productions including Blue Heelers and All Saints.
"I was a bit burned out recently and doing something like The Amazing Race breaks things up for me. It's such an exciting show to be part of," he said.
"Hosting is something I haven't done in a long time and I really enjoy it.
"If you're going to do it, this is the show to do it on. The Amazing Race is the best format in reality television. And it's just incredibly exciting to be a part of."
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."
Bowler emerged as host against a number of rumoured contenders, including Ben Cousins, Tom Harley, Daniel Macpherson, Tom Williams and Luke Jacobz. However, host of the American series Phil Keoghan was considered favourite after he appeared in a number of on-air contestant call promos.
Seven is yet to confirm an airdate for the series, but it's expected to hit television screens sometime next year.
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