TORONTO -- Canada's two premium pay TV networks attracted attention and honors Tuesday as their cutting-edge series led all nominees for the Geminis, Canada's TV awards.
"Slings & Arrows," a dark comedy about a dysfunctional theater company, grabbed 14 Gemini nominations, while sci-fi drama ReGenesis
followed with 12. Both series air on the Movie Network and Movie Central, the country's two premium pay TV networks.Slings
, which airs stateside on the Sundance Channel, is in its third and final season.
Other multiple nominees in the Gemini hunt include the crime drama Intelligence
and the news information series The Fifth Estate
. Both of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. series earned 11 noms.
The CBC miniseries Dragon Boys
pulled in nine noms, while rival CTV saw its telefilm Doomstown
and comedy Robson Arms
grab seven each.
Another CTV comedy, Corner Gas
, earned six noms, while hit CBC sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie
surprised by garnering only two noms, in the direction and writing categories.
In the best dramatic actor category, Paul Gross and William Hutt
will challenge John Cassini
and Ian Tracey
and Peter Outerbridge
The best dramatic actress contest will pit Martha Burns
and Susan Coyne
against Klea Scott
Competition for Gemini hardware will be fought across 90 categories over four nights. Trophies in the news, lifestyle and minor drama and comedy categories will be handed out Oct. 15-17 in Toronto, while the more high-profile Geminis will be handed out Oct. 28 on the CBC network during a ceremony from Regina, Saskatchewan.
For the second year running, the CTV network is boycotting the news categories because, according to the network, its "participation in the awards is of little value."