Canadian series wins for best comedy series, writing

Dark family laffer “Less Than Kind” (HBO Canada), featuring the late Maury Chaykin, was the big winner at the Gemini TV Awards on Saturday, picking up trophies for comedy series, performance in a comedy series (Benjamin Arthur) and writing in a comedy series (Marvin Kaye and Chris Sheasgreen).

The biggest surprise of the evening came when pubcaster CBC’s Showtime co-production “The Tudors” won the award for dramatic series over a strong field including CTV cop series “Flashpoint,” which nabbed a Gemini for direction in a dramatic series (David Frazee).

The gala was hosted by Canadian-born “Glee” star Cory Monteith in Toronto’s Winter Garden Theater and featured a performance by talkshow winner Elvis Costello (for “Spectacle”) and singer-songwriters Ron Sexsmith and Feist. The delayed broadcast, which aired on the Global-TV and Showcase channels, ran into a glitch when Costello’s number cut to commercial and the segment opening was broadcast twice more within a few minutes, causing much tittering on Twitter.

A special tribute was paid to the long-running “Degrassi” teen soap franchise, which also topped a Top 25 Canadian series of all time poll chosen by viewers.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s annual TV trophy-thon handed out 19 prizes and one special award following the 88 Geminis and five special awards dished out by two industry events earlier this month.

Complete List of Winners:

Best Comedy Program or Series

“Less Than Kind” (Breakthrough Entertainment, Buffalo Gal Pictures)

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

David Frazee, “Flashpoint”

Best Dramatic Mini-Series

“The Summit” (Shaftesbury Films Inc., Media Headquarters)

Best Dramatic Series

“The Tudors” (Peace Arch Entertainment, PA Tudors III Inc., TM Productions)

Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series

Cathy Jones, Gavin Crawford, Mark Critch, Geri Hall, Shaun Majumder

In “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”

Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast

Brian Williams, “Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games”

Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series

Benjamin Arthur, “Less Than Kind”

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