Canuck ‘Hour’ rings up five Geminis

Political satire laffer, teen drama tie for most awards

This article was updated on October 22, 2003.

TORONTO — Long-running political satire series “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” scooped five Geminis — Canada’s answer to the Emmys — on Monday.

Among its honors, “Hour” nabbed comedy and comedy ensemble performance for Cathy Jones, Colin Mochrie, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh. “Degrassi” scooped the top spot for children’s or youth fiction program or series, interactive series, most popular Web-site, thesp Jake Epstein took the perf statuette in the children’s or youth program or series category, and Bruce McDonald for his direction in the same category.

Four shows tied with three awards apiece.

“The Many Trials of One Jane Doe,” the chronicle of a woman who held the police accountable for her rape, won in the dramatic program/mini category for writing (Karen Walton), actress (Wendy Crewson as Jane Doe) and Jerry Ciccoritti for direction.

Gemini veteran “Da Vinci’s Inquest” nabbed writing honors (Chris Haddock), sound (Patrick Haskill, Brad Hillman, James Kusan, Miguel Nunes, Tim Peters and John Taylor) and music (George Glondheim).

“The Eleventh Hour,” this year’s most-nommed series, won the drama kudos and Peter MacNeill won for his supporting turn on the show, set in the world of TV journalism, and Jeff Seymour won for his lead perf.

“Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within” took the nod for top reality based entertainment program or series, Lewis Cohen received the award for direction in a documentary program, and the Cirque orchestra took the statuette for performance in a performing arts program or series.

The nod for drama actress went to Marina Orsini for “The Last Chapter II: The War Continues.”

Michael Riley took the honors for actor in a leading role in a dramatic program or mini for “The Interrogation of Michael Crowe.”

TV movie or dramatic mini trophy went to “100 Days in the Jungle”; composer Mike Shields received a Gemini for his original score.

“Trailer Park Boys” took home the viewer’s choice award for comedy.

Close to 100 Geminis are handed out by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in Toronto over three evenings. The first night focuses on documentary, news and sports, and the second is the industry shindig. Closing night, featuring program, craft and performance categories, was hosted by comedian Sean Cullen and broadcast on pubcaster CBC.

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