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‘Corner Gas’ to compete for best comedy at Geminis but ‘Mosque’ doesn’t make cut

TORONTO (CP) _ The hugely successful sitcom "Corner Gas" will compete against satiric stalwarts "Royal Canadian Air Farce" and "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" at this year’s Geminis, but "Little Mosque on the Prairie" _ the lighthearted look at Muslim life that received international buzz when it premiered last fall _ was largely shut out of the awards honouring the best in Canadian television.

The Gemini nominations were announced Tuesday by "Corner Gas" star Brent Butt.

In addition to CBC’s "Air Farce" and "22 Minutes," Butt’s show, which airs on CTV, will compete in the best comedy series category against "Rent-A-Goalie," which airs on Showcase and "Odd Job Jack," shown on the Comedy Network.

The nominees for best dramatic series are "Intelligence" and "Jozi-H," which air on CBC, "ReGenesis" and "Slings & Arrows," which are shown on The Movie Network and Movie Central and CTV’s "Whistler."

"Slings & Arrows," about life backstage at a troubled Stratford-like theatre festival, led the Gemini pack, picking up 14 nominations. The bio-thriller "ReGenesis" followed with 12 while West Coast crime drama "Intelligence" and long-running newsmagazine "the fifth estate" each weighed in with 11 nods.

"Little Mosque" was a ratings saviour for the CBC last year and its lighthearted portrayal of Muslim life in a post-9-11 world made headlines around the world.

While it received Gemini nominations for best direction in a comedy program (Michael Kennedy for "The Convert") and best writing in a comedy series (Alan Rae for "The Convert"), it evidently failed to capture the imagination of Gemini voters and didn’t make the cut in several categories, including best ensemble performance in a comedy program.

Tuesday’s nominations included a posthumous acting nod for William Hutt, the legendary stage actor who played a grumpy Shakespearean thespian on "Slings & Arrows."

Hutt will compete against his "Slings & Arrows" co-star Paul Gross, "Intelligence" stars John Cassini and Ian Tracey, and against Peter Outerbridge for "ReGenesis."

Last year, the Geminis decided to follow the lead of the Juno Awards and move the show around the country.

The hardware was handed out in Vancouver last year. This year’s Gemini Awards ceremony will take place October 28 in Regina and will air live on the CBC.

The industry gala will take place in Toronto on October 15 and 16.

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‘Corner Gas’ to compete for best comedy at Geminis but ‘Mosque’ doesn’t make cut

TORONTO (CP) _ The hugely successful sitcom "Corner Gas" will compete against satiric stalwarts "Royal Canadian Air Farce" and "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" at this year’s Geminis, but "Little Mosque on the Prairie" _ the lighthearted look at Muslim life that received international buzz when it premiered last fall _ was largely shut out of the awards honouring the best in Canadian television.

The Gemini nominations were announced Tuesday by "Corner Gas" star Brent Butt.

In addition to CBC’s "Air Farce" and "22 Minutes," Butt’s show, which airs on CTV, will compete in the best comedy series category against "Rent-A-Goalie," which airs on Showcase and "Odd Job Jack," shown on the Comedy Network.

The nominees for best dramatic series are "Intelligence" and "Jozi-H," which air on CBC, "ReGenesis" and "Slings & Arrows," which are shown on The Movie Network and Movie Central and CTV’s "Whistler."

"Slings & Arrows," about life backstage at a troubled Stratford-like theatre festival, led the Gemini pack, picking up 14 nominations. The bio-thriller "ReGenesis" followed with 12 while West Coast crime drama "Intelligence" and long-running newsmagazine "the fifth estate" each weighed in with 11 nods.

"Little Mosque" was a ratings saviour for the CBC last year and its lighthearted portrayal of Muslim life in a post-9-11 world made headlines around the world.

While it received Gemini nominations for best direction in a comedy program (Michael Kennedy for "The Convert") and best writing in a comedy series (Alan Rae for "The Convert"), it evidently failed to capture the imagination of Gemini voters and didn’t make the cut in several categories, including best ensemble performance in a comedy program.

Tuesday’s nominations included a posthumous acting nod for William Hutt, the legendary stage actor who played a grumpy Shakespearean thespian on "Slings & Arrows."

Hutt will compete against his "Slings & Arrows" co-star Paul Gross, "Intelligence" stars John Cassini and Ian Tracey, and against Peter Outerbridge for "ReGenesis."

Last year, the Geminis decided to follow the lead of the Juno Awards and move the show around the country.

The hardware was handed out in Vancouver last year. This year’s Gemini Awards ceremony will take place October 28 in Regina and will air live on the CBC.

The industry gala will take place in Toronto on October 15 and 16.

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Front Page, Industry News

‘Corner Gas’ to compete for best comedy at Geminis but ‘Mosque’ doesn’t make cut

TORONTO (CP) _ The hugely successful sitcom "Corner Gas" will compete against satiric stalwarts "Royal Canadian Air Farce" and "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" at this year’s Geminis, but "Little Mosque on the Prairie" _ the lighthearted look at Muslim life that received international buzz when it premiered last fall _ was largely shut out of the awards honouring the best in Canadian television.

The Gemini nominations were announced Tuesday by "Corner Gas" star Brent Butt.

In addition to CBC’s "Air Farce" and "22 Minutes," Butt’s show, which airs on CTV, will compete in the best comedy series category against "Rent-A-Goalie," which airs on Showcase and "Odd Job Jack," shown on the Comedy Network.

The nominees for best dramatic series are "Intelligence" and "Jozi-H," which air on CBC, "ReGenesis" and "Slings & Arrows," which are shown on The Movie Network and Movie Central and CTV’s "Whistler."

"Slings & Arrows," about life backstage at a troubled Stratford-like theatre festival, led the Gemini pack, picking up 14 nominations. The bio-thriller "ReGenesis" followed with 12 while West Coast crime drama "Intelligence" and long-running newsmagazine "the fifth estate" each weighed in with 11 nods.

"Little Mosque" was a ratings saviour for the CBC last year and its lighthearted portrayal of Muslim life in a post-9-11 world made headlines around the world.

While it received Gemini nominations for best direction in a comedy program (Michael Kennedy for "The Convert") and best writing in a comedy series (Alan Rae for "The Convert"), it evidently failed to capture the imagination of Gemini voters and didn’t make the cut in several categories, including best ensemble performance in a comedy program.

Tuesday’s nominations included a posthumous acting nod for William Hutt, the legendary stage actor who played a grumpy Shakespearean thespian on "Slings & Arrows."

Hutt will compete against his "Slings & Arrows" co-star Paul Gross, "Intelligence" stars John Cassini and Ian Tracey, and against Peter Outerbridge for "ReGenesis."

Last year, the Geminis decided to follow the lead of the Juno Awards and move the show around the country.

The hardware was handed out in Vancouver last year. This year’s Gemini Awards ceremony will take place October 28 in Regina and will air live on the CBC.

The industry gala will take place in Toronto on October 15 and 16.

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