Canada is well-represented at this year’s Emmy Awards, with nominations for homegrown actors Christopher Plummer, Michael J. Fox, Will Arnett and Barry Pepper, and nods for prominent Canadian TV productions.
On the acting front, the Edmonton-born Fox was nominated for best guest actor for his recurring role of lawyer Louis Canning on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife.
In the comedy category, Toronto native Will Arnett was recognized for his guest turn as duplicitous broadcast Devon Banks on 30 Rock.
The Toronto-born Plummer, who turns 82 next December, received a Best Voice-over nomination for his narration of the TCM documentary series Moguls & Movie Stars.
In one of the bigger surprises of yesterday’s Emmy announcements, the miniseries The Kennedys drew 10 nominations overall, including a nod for Pepper, who hails from Campbell River, B.C., for his portrayal of the late Bobby Kennedy.
The Kennedys was also nominated for best miniseries, up against the HBO heavyweights Mildred Pierce, Cinema Verite and Too Big to Fail, and ITV’s Downton Abbey.
Filmed in Toronto, The Kennedys was originally set to broadcast on the U.S. History Channel but was dropped following complaints of historical inaccuracy and eventually sold to the lower-tier cable outlet ReelzChannel.
“There's been a lot of very, very negative comment about the show that has come from people who had an axe to grind, as far as I'm concerned,” Michael Prupas, the show's Montreal-based producer, said of the behind-the-scenes saga.
“Getting these nominations is a tremendous vindication.”
In Canada, the miniseries has aired on History Television and Global.
In other news, the Canadian-made series Degrassi was nominated for outstanding children’s program for the episode My Body is a Cage, Part 2. The show’s competition in the category includes the popular U.S. teen programs iCarly, Wizards of Waverly Place and Victorious.
As well, a major Canadian co-production, The Borgias, is up for six Emmys.
The 63rd Prime-Time Emmy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on September 18th.
With files from the Canadian Press
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