The 23rd edition of the Gemini Awards, Canada's version of the Emmys, airs this Friday at 8:00 PM ET on Showcase and E! Canwest seems to be admitting that Canada's red-headed stepchild of awards presentations won't attract an audience.
The move isn't illogical. Showcase is a better fit for the Gemini Awards than a broadcast network, as the awards appeal to Showcase's niche audience. If this means actual comedy writers write sketches this year instead of The Hour's crack writing staff, I'm all for it. I still remember this sketch. The Hour cannot do comedy worth a damn.
This isn't going to be an exhaustive list of Gemini predictions. Since reconfiguring my site to be more media-oriented, I've focused a lot more on Canadian television. Although I am one of those Canadians who actually watch Canadian television (har), I haven't watched enough of it to gauge who will win Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role or Best Direction in a Dramatic Series. Maybe next year, or by 2014.
Having three industry nights plus the gala broadcast is ridiculous. The Geminis do not need to be handed out over four nights. When I reviewed the 20th Annual Gemini Awards for Blogcritics three years ago I thought three nights was too much. Four nights is insane.
In addition, something like Best Animated Program or Series can take the place of Best News Anchor in the Broadcast Gala. For those wondering who won Best Animated Program or Series this year, it was Chop Socky Chooks. I know, that show is awful, but Aardman and all that.
Best Dramatic Series
- The Border (CBC)
- Durham County (The Movie Network)
- Intelligence (CBC)
- Murdoch Mysteries (CityTV)
- The Tudors (CBC)
Should Win: Durham County. The list of dramatic series is fairly high quality this year, but Durham County is just too good.
Will Win: Intelligence, just to make up for last year's loss. Also, Chris Haddock needs something to razz CBC with as Intelligence was cancelled earlier this year.
Why Is This Choice Even There: I don't get The Tudors. I find the show a historic soap opera with histrionic overacting from Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Ooh, watch Henry VIII aim his pimp hand at the Roman Catholic Church! See him execute another wife who can't produce a male unit! SEXY!