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‘Mercer Report’ tops Geminis

Televised gala hosted by comic Russell Peters

The long-running, top-rated CBC satirical series “Rick Mercer Report,” a “Daily Show”-like take on current events, won the trophy for comedy series, and the Irish-Canadian-Hungarian period co-prod “The Borgias” took home the hardware for dramatic series at the final televised gala of the Gemini Awards on Wednesday in Toronto.

The seven awards were doled out at the ceremony, broadcast on pubcaster CBC. Last week, 112 Gemini Awards were handed out at two nontelevised galas.

Peter Keleghan won for actor in a comedy for his role in the Montreal-shot sitcom “18 to Life” and Callum Keith Rennie as actor in a drama for “Shattered.” Tracy Dawson took comedy actress for “Call Me Fitz.” The prize for drama actress went to Michelle Thrush for “Blackstone,” about crime and corruption on a First Nations reserve.

James Duthie won the host or interviewer in a sports program trophy for “NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft,” which aired on the Bell-owned sports web TSN. Russell Peters hosted the gala.

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