Dramas sweep Gemini

Nominations for Canadian TV honors unveiled

Dramas stole the show as nominations for the 22nd Gemini Awards, honoring the best in home-grown English language TV in Canada, were unveiled in Toronto Tuesday.

Leading the charge is the third and final season of “Slings & Arrows,” an engaging backstage look at a Shakespearean theater company, with 14 noms, including best dramatic series, lead actors Paul Gross and the late William Hutt, female leads Susan Coyne and Martha Burns, as well as four supporting actor noms, one of them for thesp-turned-director Sarah Polley (“Away From Her.”)

Next is the science investigation drama “ReGenesis,” which is up for 12 awards, among them best dramatic series and eight acting nods, including one for lead Peter Outerbridge.

“Slings & Arrows” and “ReGenesis” were originally commissioned by pay TV networks The Movie Network and Movie Central, which cover Eastern and Western Canada respectively.

From pubcaster CBC, the drug underworld drama “Intelligence” was tapped for 11 statuettes, including direction (Chris Haddock and Stephen Surjik), writing (Haddock) and best dramatic series.

The remaining two nominees in the dramatic series category are South-African co-production “JOZI H,” also from CBC, and primetime sudser “Whistler,” from commercial web CTV.

Also with 11 noms, the CBC investigative news magazine series “fifth estate,” including best news information series.

Other multi-nommed fare includes CBC miniseries “Dragon Boys” with nine, and CTV’s movie-of-the-week “Doomstown” and comedy “Robson Arms,” with seven each.

Also from CTV, ratings powerhouse “Corner Gas” took six noms, including best comedy, while “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” the CBC’s ratings breakout last year, received just two nods, for comedy direction (Michael Kennedy) and writing (Alan Rae).

CTV is boycotting the news categories for a second year, citing concerns about the voting process.

A dizzying 91 statuettes will be handed out over four nights, Oct. 15-17 in Toronto and a gala Oct. 28 in Regina, Saskatchewan, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, to be televised by CBC.

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