Canceled skein tops noms

Courtroom drama 'Wonderland' receives 12 noms

“This Is Wonderland,” a skein canceled by Canadian pubcaster CBC this year, was the leader Tuesday in the 21st Gemini Award nominations, celebrating the best in Canuck TV.

The offbeat courtroom drama received 12 noms for its third and final season, including drama series, direction (Gail Harvey), writing (George F. Walker, Dani Romain) and actress (Cara Pifko).

Last year’s Gemini darling, “Eleventh Hour,” also was axed due to poor ratings before the awards.

The second-most nommed skein, scientific whodunit “ReGenesis,” whose 10 noms include drama series and Peter Outerbridge for his turn as rogue scientist David Sandstrom, is still very much alive and looking forward to its third season on the Movie Network and Movie Central.

Other series earning multiple nods included Ken Finkleman’s “At the Hotel,” with four noms, including direction and writing for Finkleman, and Paul Gross starrer “Slings & Arrows,” a theater sendup, which took four noms.

Leading the pack in the miniseries categories is CBC’s “Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story,” which received nine nods, including miniseries, writing and photography. CTV’s “One Dead Indian,” based on the true story of a police killing of a native protestor, was the most-tapped TV movie, with seven nods.

On the factual side, CBC’s “The Fifth Estate” led the way with nine noms.

The Gemini Award nominations list is a who’s who of the Canadian industry, with 25 program awards, 40 craft awards, 23 performance awards and nine special awards.

In the past, the awards were usually presented over three nights in Toronto. This year, they have been split into three galas in Toronto from Oct. 16-18, with the main kudos, which will be televised by Global, going on the road for the first time for a gala in Richmond, British Columbia, on Nov. 4.

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