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CTV and Specialties Collect 103 Gemini Award Nominations

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) ¬- 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.”

Gemini Viewers Choice Award

TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ – The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announces the top five nominees chosen by fans for the 21st Annual Gemini Viewers’ Choice Award for Lifestyle Host, sponsored by Alliance Atlantis Canada.

The recognizable television personalities up for the award are Marilyn Denis, CityLine; Jeff Douglas, Things That Move; Mike Holmes, Holmes on Homes; George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC News: The Hour; and Debbie Travis, From the Ground Up with Debbie Travis.

Fans can vote online for their favourite host at

www.geminiawards.ca or by visiting Canada.com. The winner will be announced at the 21st Annual Gemini Awards Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2006 broadcast live on Global Television from the River Rock Resort Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cancelled CBC drama gets 12 Gemini nominations

TORONTO (CP) _ It was cancelled earlier this year but that didn’t stop the legal drama This Is Wonderland from capturing the most Gemini Award nominations Tuesday.

The CBC drama picked up 12 nods while bio-thriller ReGenesis was second with 10. The miniseries Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story and the Fifth Estate, both CBC productions, followed with nine apiece.

The Geminis, which honour the best in Canadian television, are hitting the road this year. For the first time in its history, the award show will be held outside Toronto, with Richmond, B.C., playing host to the 21st edition on Nov. 4.

Global will broadcast the ceremony.

This Is Wonderland’s nominations include best dramatic series as well as best director (Gail Harvey), best writing (George F. Walker, Dani Romain) and best actress (Cara Pifko) in a dramatic series.

Created by Walker, Romain and Bernard Zukerman, the critically acclaimed Wonderland starred Pifko as Alice De Raey, a young Toronto lawyer who has her eyes opened to the realities of practising law in the criminal courts of Old City Hall.

In February, CBC cancelled the series in its third season, citing low ratings. This Is Wonderland had been averaging 376,000 viewers when it was axed. The series finale aired on March 15.

Zukerman, who produced the show, said he wasn’t surprised it received 12 nominations.

"It was such a strong show with regard to performance," he said. "I knew there’d be a lot of nominations there."

Zukerman said he’s not bitter that the show was cancelled.

"I felt the three-year run was fine," he said. "I was never distraught or upset with CBC. I could understand from their position what the problems were."

In fact, Zukerman said he was torn about even submitting the show for Gemini consideration because he feels the Geminis should be about generating publicity for existing shows and getting people to watch them.

"That was only a quick dilemma," he said. "Ultimately, you develop an incredible loyalty to the people who work on your show."

It’s not the first time a cancelled program has hauled in the most nominations. Last year, The Eleventh Hour led the pack with 15 nominations after it had been pulled by CTV.

Cancelled shows were also among the nominees at Sunday’s Emmy Awards.

ReGenesis, which airs on The Movie Network, received a Gemini nomination for best dramatic series while Ken Girotti and Ron Murphy each received best director nods. Peter Outerbridge, who stars as molecular biologist David Sandstrom in the series, earned a best actor nomination.

The Movie Network’s Slings and Arrows is also up for best drama as is Moccasin Flats, which airs on Aboriginal Peoples Television and Terminal City, another Movie Network show.

Other contenders for best actor in a drama are Gil Bellows for Terminal City, Nigel Bennett for CBC’s At the Hotel, Nicholas Campbell for the cancelled CBC drama Da Vinci’s City Hall and Mark McKinney for Slings and Arrows.

In addition to Pifko, Martha Burns of Slings and Arrows, Martha Henry of At the Hotel, Erin Karpluk of the CHUM Television’s cancelled Godiva’s and Andrea Menard of Moccasin Flats are also in the running for best actress in a drama.

The nominees for best comedy series are CTV’s Corner Gas and Jeff Ltd., History Television’s History Bites, Showcase’s Kenny vs. Spenny and Naked Josh and CBC’s Rick Mercer Report.

CTV and CBC dominated the TV movie category with CBC’s Heyday and Intelligence and CTV’s Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story, Terry, and One Dead Indian all in the running.

But CTV is absent from the news categories this year after announcing in June it was no longer participating in that area of the awards.

The nominees for best news anchor are CBC’s Peter Mansbridge, Global’s Kevin Newman and Norma Lee MacLeod of CBC News at Six: Halifax.

CBC’s Marketplace and Fifth Estate, along with Vision TV’s 360-degree Vision are nominated for best news information series while CBC’s The National, CityNews at Six in Toronto and Global National are up for best newscast.

For a full list of nominees go to www.geminiawards.ca.