‘Durham County’ arrests Gemini’s

Crime series tops Canada's TV awards

MONTREAL — Crime series “Durham County” was the big winner Friday night at the 23rd Gemini Awards, Canada’s TV awards.

The drama about a cop living next door to a serial killer in rural Ontario, nabbed three trophies including director for Holly Dale; best performance by an actor in a continuing leading dramatic role for Justin Louis, who played the killer; and best performance by an actress in a continuing leading dramatic role for Helene Joy, who played the cop’s wife.

Montreal-shot “Durham County” preemed on pay channels TMN and Movie Central in May last year then moved to the Global Network this past season.

Shows on pubcaster CBC dominated Friday evening’s ceremony at Toronto’s Metro Convention Center, which was broadcast on the E! and Showcase networks in Canada, nabbing seven of 14 awards.

The made-for-CBC mini-series “The Englishman’s Boy,” set in 1870s Saskatchewan and 1920s Hollywood, won awards for dramatic mini-series while thesp Nicholas Campbell won for best performance by an actor in a dramatic program or mini-series.

Long running hit CBC satirical show “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” was named best comedy series and thriller “Intelligence,” which has been cancelled by CBC, took honors for best drama.

Other winners included George Stroumboulopoulos for best host of a talk show for his CBC yakker “The Hour”; Ron MacLean as best host of a sports program for CBC’s “Hockey Day in Canada”; Ian Hanomansing as best news anchor for “CBC News at Six — Vancouver”; Natasha Henstridge for best performance by an actress in a dramatic program or mini-series for the CTV mini-series “Would Be Kings”; “Project Runway Canada” from the Slice Network won as best reality program; and Showcase series “Cock’d Gunns” won for best ensemble performance in a comedy and for best writing in a comedy.

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