Degrassi scores Gemini nominations

Tyrone Warner, CTV.ca

One of Canada’s most popular original programs “Degrassi: The Next Generation” were both sure bets at this year’s nominations – and they delivered.

High-school drama “Degrassi” took four nominations:

“Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series,” for Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn and Epitome Pictures Inc.

“Best Sound in a Dramatic Series,” for Steven Munro, Mike Baskerville, Danielle McBride, Bill McMillan, Virginia Storey, Paul Williamson in “Here Comes Your Man Pt. 1.”

“Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series” for Jim McGrath in “What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost? Pt. 1.”

“Best Performance in a Childrens’ or Youth Program or Series” for Shenae Grimes in “Eyes Without A Face Pt. 2.”

Degrassi is also in the running for the category of ‘Most Popular Website’. Click here to submit your vote and help Degrassi bring home the Gemini.

“Fresh off a win at the Teen Choice awards in the US, we are even more pleased to now be recognized by our peers in our home country” said Stephen Stohn, executive producer of “Degrassi.”

“Degrassi” took home a big prize stateside Sunday night for “Choice Summer TV Show” at the Teen Choice Awards in Hollywood, beating out stiff competition from “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“Degrassi” is about to turn a corner in its popularity in the U.S., going into syndication in 90 per cent of the country at the end of September.

Degrassi.ctv.ca is also competing in the “Most Popular Website” category. Readers can vote for the site on this Gemini Awards page.

When Brent Butt read out the Gemini nominations Tuesday, his “Corner Gas” popped up with six nods – including a chance to reclaim the “Best Comedy” title the show won in 2005.

Other Gemini frontrunners include The Movie Network’s “Slings and Arrows,” which has garnered high praise with 14 nominations, followed by TMN’s “ReGenesis” with 12.

CTV programs scoring multiple nominations this year include:

“Robson Arms,” with seven, including the legendary Leslie Nielsen taking a nod for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.”

“Instant Star” and “Whistler” both scored three nominations each.

“Canadian Idol,” is up for “Best Music, Variety Program or Series” and “Best Cross Platform Project.”

“Comedy Inc.” took one nomination for “Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program” and “Jeff Ltd.” with one for “Best Sound in a Comedy.”

In total, CTV and all its specialty channels were awarded a whopping 103 nominations.

This year’s televised awards ceremony will be held Oct. 28 in Regina, while the industry gala will take place in Toronto on Oct. 15 and 16.

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