The top program on Canadian television is the international co-production The Borgias.
The historical series, loosely based on the Renaissance-era dynasty, took the lofty honour of best dramatic series at the Gemini Awards gala held at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto on Wednesday night. A CTV co-production backed by Irish and Hungarian television producers, the series starring Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI bested The Tudors, Skins, Flashpoint and Endgame to win the award.
In the acting categories, Callum Keith Rennie received the Gemini for best performance by an actor in a continuing dramatic role for his role as a police detective with dissociative identity disorder in Global’s Shattered.
The aboriginal TV veteran Michelle Thrush won the Gemini for best performance by an actress in a continuing leading dramatic role for her work on the APTN series Blackstone, which depicts life on the Blackstone Indian reserve in Alberta.
The Gemini for best comedy program or series went to The Rick Mercer Report. The CBC program previously won the award in 2008.
In the category of best performance by an actor in a continuing leading comedic role, the Gemini voters recognized Canadian TV mainstay Peter Keleghan for his work on the CBC sitcom 18 to Life. The show was cancelled by CBC following two seasons.
The Gemini for best performance by an actress in a continuing leading comedic role went to Tracy Dawson for her portrayal of the shrewish younger sister of Jason Priestley on the cable comedy series Call Me Fitz.
On the sports front, TSN's James Duthie won the Gemini Award for best host or interviewer in a sports program or sportscast for his hosting duties on the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.