Toronto ON, Entertainment and sports programming landed a total of 102 Gemini Award nominations for CTV and its family of specialty channels, as announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. The nominations are spread among CTV (58), Bravo! (15), TSN (12), MuchMusic (4), Discovery Channel (3), The Comedy Network (2), OLN (2), Space (2), Travel + Escape (2), Star!/Fashion Television (1), BookTelevision (1) and SexTV: The Channel (1).
With 58, CTV’s Entertainment Division delivered the majority of the nominations, up from 33 nominations in 2006. A total of 27 nominations were received for CTV original series, led by seven nominations for critical favourite Robson Arms, a record for the series. Now shooting its third season, Robson Arms delivered five performance and two writing nominations.
Right behind Robson Arms was Canada’s most-watched comedy series Corner Gas, with six nominations including Best Comedy Series. Corner Gas received three out of the five nominations for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series as well as a nod for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for its seven-member cast. The cast’s Gabrielle Miller and Fred Ewanuick were recognized with performance nominations for both Corner Gas and Robson Arms.
In the Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series, CTV received three of the five nominations, for Alice, I Think; Degrassi: The Next Generation; and the CTV original movie Spirit Bear.
Other CTV series receiving multiple nominations are Degrassi: The Next Generation (4) Â¬- hot on the heels of its Teen Choice Awards win this past Sunday – along with Instant Star (3) and Canadian Idol (2). CTV’s Whistler, returning for a second season on Sept. 29, received three nominations including Best Dramatic Series.
CTV original movies accounted for 26 nominations, including four out of the five nominations for Best TV Movie (for Doomstown, Eight Days to Live, In God’s Country and Last Exit.) The Sudz Sutherland helmed Doomstown leads the nominations for CTV original movies with 7, while multiple nominations were also received for In God’s Country (5) and Eight Days to Live (4), which were the most-watched movies on Canadian television in 2006-2007 with more than 1.6 million viewers each on CTV. Shades of Black (5), Last Exit (3) and the festival favourite Spirit Bear (2) also received multiple nominations.
CTV’s original documentaries unit accounted for three nominations, including As Seen on TV! The K-Tel Story, There’s Something Out There: A Bigfoot Encounter and Music Rising.
CTV and its specialty channels locked up all of the nominations in the Best Music, Variety Program or Series with nods to 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards, 2007 JUNO Awards, Canadian Idol, Live at the Rehearsal Hall (Bravo!) and Video on Trial “80s Special” on MuchMusic.
Produced with a Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) grant, Roxana garnered six out of fifteen nominations for Bravo! Roxana previously aired on CBC and will be seen on Bravo! in 2008.
In Sports, TSN received a record 12 nominations – the most ever for the network. Six of TSN’s nominations involve hockey (NHL on TSN and IIHF World Junior Championship), two for the CFL on TSN, one for PGA TOUR golf, one for TSN.ca, Canada’s leading sports website, and two for the six-part amateur sports series Bell Spirit of the Game (with Bradford Productions). Six-time Gemini Award winner Brian Williams and James Duthie, now a five-time nominee, both received nods as “Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast.” A Gemini Award winner last year for his work on the CFL on TSN, Chris Cuthbert is nominated once again as “Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer” alongside Gord Miller for his work at the World Juniors. Pierre McGuire received his second Gemini nomination as “Best Game Analyst,” while both Matt Dunigan and Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie received nominations in a new sports category, “Best Studio Analyst.”