Banff fest announces TV kudos noms

Festival runs June 11 - 14 in Alberta

MONTREAL — Hollywood’s top TV shows are competing against an eclectic slate of TV productions from around the globe for the 2006 Banff World Television Awards, with nominations announced Monday.

The Banff fest, running June 11-14 in Alberta, has nominated 101 shows from 24 countries in 18 categories from more than 1,000 shows entered for consideration.

“Desperate Housewives” is in the running in the comedy category for the episode “That’s Good, That’s Bad,” the only American entry in that section.

The other comedy nominees are the U.K.’s “Extras: Kate Winslet,” produced by BBC Comedy in association with HBO; Talkback Thames production “The IT Crowd,” a Channel 4 show; Canadian satirical hit “The Rick Mercer Report,” which airs on CBC; and Australian production “We Can Be Heroes: The Nominees.”

Two U.S. productions are in the hunt for the Rockie statuette for continuing series: ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” for the episode “It’s the End of the World” and “Law & Order — Criminal Intent” for the episode “In the Wee Small Hours.”

They are up against Brazil’s “City of Men,” BBC’s “Life on Mars,” Toronto-based Shaftesbury Films’ sci-fi series “ReGenesis II” and Company Pictures made-for-Channel 4 series “Shameless.”

HBO is repped in the miniseries category by “Rome,” an HBO Entertainment production in association with BBC. It’s up against the BBC/WGBH Boston co-production “Bleak House”; French biopic from GMT Prods. “De Gaulle”; Sweden’s “The Laser Man”; and BBC’s “Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky.”

“This year’s volume (of submissions) signals a resurgence for the Banff competition,” said Jerry Ezekiel, who has chaired the Banff selection jury since the fest’s creation. “We believe this year’s program makers have set a new standard for quality.”

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