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He Said/She Said: How about those Emmy nominations?

Join Greg and Diane every Monday as we debate what’s on our minds. This week, we dissect the Emmy nominations.

She Said:

OrphanOne of the biggest snubs of last year’s Emmys has been rectified this year: Tatiana Maslany got her first nomination as outstanding actress for her multitude of roles on Orphan Black. I hope they give her 7 statues if she wins. Long-running Degrassi — recently revived by Netflix and Family Channel after its cancellation by TeenNick and Bell — was nominated as outstanding children’s program.

That’s some great recognition for Canadian-made shows, when most years we have to be satisfied celebrating individuals who left the Canadian industry for the bright lights of Hollywood … not that there’s anything wrong with that. Go Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Semi Chellas (Mad Men), Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones) and Jeff and Mychael Danna (Tyrant) for their nominations, too.

Besides the Canadian invasion, the most interesting trend in this year’s Emmys is how streaming services are threatening to become dominant in the same way cable started talking over broadcast series years ago. Netflix earned 34 nominations, including for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange is the New Black, Bloodlines, House of Cards, Grace and Frankie, and Derek. Amazon snagged 12, mostly for Transparent, and even Yahoo was nominated for Community, the show they saved from an NBC cancellation.

In fact I feel unprepared to get excited about who was snubbed or what the surprises are in the nominations because after cutting the cable, the Netflix shows and The Good Wife are among the only non-Canadian shows I’m current with in my viewing. I’d love to see Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt win for comedy but I haven’t seen the current seasons of its competitors yet. Same with Orange is the New Black in the drama category. I was disappointed enough in this season of The Good Wife not to think it was snubbed, I think House of Cards is cheese wrapped in a prestigious package, but I haven’t seen the nominated seasons of the other series, even those that are must-watch shows for me. I’m waiting for them to appear on Netflix or I likely won’t bother.

Which makes a nice segue to a topic that’s been on my mind lately: the Canadian industry might want to figure out what to do about streaming services sooner rather than later. It’s possible broadband-delivered content isn’t just a fad.

He Said: 

As Diane has already said, a hearty “Woohoo!” to all of the Canadian nominees. Despite what some might think about the Canadian Screen Awards, it warms my heart to know we handed out hardware to Orphan Black and Tatiana Maslany before the U.S. has acknowledged the show’s greatness.

Property_BrosAnd a special shout-out to Jonathan and Drew Scott, who I left off my initial post announcing the Canadian Emmy nominees last week. They nabbed a nod in Outstanding Structured Reality Program for their long-running Property Brothers series.

As Diane has already pointed out, streaming services being nominated in the major categories has quickly gone from outrageous to commonplace, a reflection of how quickly everyone has adjusted to online broadcasters and the fact fantastic stuff comes out of those outlets.

I’m still on cable, so can attest that Mad Men and Better Call Saul deserve kudos for Outstanding Drama Series, though I felt Downton Abbey and Homeland have been on the downslope for the last couple of years. I’d have liked to have seen Justified added to the category because FX’s U.S. marshal series has gotten better with every passing year, including its final one. Likewise, I’m happy Louie and Modern Family received nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. The Big Bang Theory was left off the list, opening the door for Silicon Valley, Parks and Recreation and the excellent Transparent to get some serious consideration.

I’m a big fan of veteran series and talent being rotated out of categories so that newer projects and people get the chance to shine, and there is a nice mix in the 2015 nominees. Take a look at the full list of nominees, put your Emmy pool together and prepare to cheer for the Canadians when the Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

Emily Hampshire, Meaghan Rath among Golden Maple Award winners

From a media release:

The Academy of Canadians in Sports and Entertainment – Los Angeles (ACISE-LA) just held the inaugural 2015 Golden Maple Awards at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles on Canada Day, July 1, 2015.

The event was hosted by Erin Karpluk from the upcoming Riftworld Chronicles who stepped in for Lauren Ash due to a sickness.

During the event former NBA basketball player and Canadian actor Rick Fox, was honored with the 2015 Maple of Excellence for Outstanding Athlete/Actor Crossover award and Canadian CrossFit champion Lucas Parker with the 2015 Maple of Excellence for Outstanding Athlete award.

Members of ACISE-LA had the opportunity to vote until June 23, 2015 for the winners in the following categories:

Best Actor in a TV series broadcasted in the US

Best Actress in a TV series broadcasted in the US

Newcomer of the year in a TV series broadcasted in the US.

The winner is: Brandon Jay McLaren – Graceland, US Network: USA for BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES BROADCASTED IN THE US
Other nominees were:
Adam Copeland – Haven, US Network: Syfy
Alexander Ludwig – Vikings, US Network: History Channel
Greyston Holt – Bitten, US Network: Syfy
Jonathan Keltz – Reign, US Network: CW
Lyriq Bent – The Book of Negroes, US Network: BET
Torrance Coombs – Reign, US Network: CW

The winner is: Amanda Crew – Silicon Valley, US Network: HBO for BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES BROADCASTED IN THE US
Other nominees were:
Anna Silk – Lost Girl, US Network: Syfy
Caroline Dhavernas – Hannibal, US Network: NBC
Jessalyn Gilsig – Vikings, US Network: History Channel
Katheryn Winnick – Vikings, US Network: History Channel
Kathleen Robertson – Murder in the First, US Network: TNT
Missy Peregrym – Rookie Blue, US Network: ABC

The winners are: Emily Hampshire – 12 Monkeys and Schitt’s Creek, US Network: Syfy and Pop TV And Meaghan Rath – New Girl, US Network: FOX for NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR IN A TV SERIES BROADCASTED IN THE US:
Other nominees were:
Brooke Wexler – Richie Rich, US Network: Netflix
Italia Ricci – Chasing Life, US Network: ABC Family
Shailyn Pierre Dixon – The Book of Negroes, US Network: BET

Image credit: Faye Sadou

22 Minutes, Mr. D, Tiny Plastic Men snag Canadian Comedy Award noms

The casts of 22 Minutes, Mr. D, Tiny Plastic Men, Rick Mercer Report and Republic of Doyle are among those nominated in this year’s go-round of the Canadian Comedy Awards.

Established in 2000, the awards celebrate Canadian comedians for their achievement in TV, film, radio the web and live performances. The 16th annual fete will be handed out on Sept. 13 in Toronto.

Here are the nominees in the TV categories:

Meet the Family
Ryan Long is Challenged 
This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII
Tiny Plastic Men Season 2
Too Much Information

Cameron Wyllie – The D.J. Demers Show – Backup Job
Derek Harvie – Meet the Family
Henry Sarwer-Foner – Rick Mercer Report – Ep 16
Mark O’Brien – Republic of Doyle – No Rest for the Convicted
Viveno Caldinelli, Michael Lewis- This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII – Episode 20

Chris Craddock – Tiny Plastic Men, Season 2
Gerry Dee – Donor Dinner
Matt Doyle, Derek Harvie, Hannah Hogan, Brian Peco & Ron Sparks – Meet the Family
Peter McBain, Mark Critch, Mike Allison, Bob Kerr, Jon Blair, Sonya Bell, Heidi Brander, Adam Christie, Pat Dussault, Dean Jenkinson, Jeremy Woodcock, Mary Walsh – This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII – Episode 16
Ryan Long, Jarek Hardy, Max Off – Ryan Long is Challenged

Cathy Jones – This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII
Ellie Harvie – Some Assembly Required
Jill Morrison – Sloppy Seconds
Leslie Seiler: 24 Hour Rental 
Susan Kent – This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII

Darrin Rose – Mr. D
Gerry Dee – Mr. D
Jonathan Torrens – Mr. D
Shaun Majumder – This Hour Has 22 Minutes XXII
Terry Barna – Meet the Family

TV, eh? podcast episode 183 – Greg est perdu

Greg is on the injury list with a bad cold, so Anthony and Diane cover the Great Canadian TV Playoffs alone. It’s Durham County of the 2000s versus SCTV of the 1970s in the battle for the cup? Who will prevail, and will Anthony have anything to say about it first?

We also talk about cancellations (bye Remedy), renewals (hello again Bitten), returning shows (Amazing Race Canada), the deluge of award shows and other Canadian TV news.

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He Said/She Said: How many award shows are too many award shows?

Join Greg and Diane every Monday as we debate what’s on our minds. This week: We’ve got the Canadian Screen Awards, Canadian Comedy Awards, the various guild awards (writers, directors, actors, etc.), regional awards like the Rosies, Leos and Screen Nova Scotia Awards, and should we include the TV Ehwards? Probably not. But where is the saturation point for Canadian TV awards?

She Said:

I don’t question that awards are meaningful for those who receive them, or that the guilds would want to reward their members, or that we need one showcase awards ceremony to be televised for the public, but for such a small industry how can we possibly justify the number of awards handed out in a given year?

When we have a handful of TV comedies on the air in a year — not even my hand, but my favourite seven-year-old’s — how is it possible they need categories in more than a handful of award shows?

For me, the final straw was the Golden Maple Awards. These are a little different in that they aren’t for Canadian TV, they’re mostly for people who have fled Canadian TV. But I don’t have to take them seriously because they don’t take themselves seriously. Not only do they only have acting categories — and Tatiana Maslany wasn’t nominated, though cast members from other co-ventures were — their eligibility year runs until July 1 and the awards are handed out July 1. Someone failed logistics class.

The second final straw was the Canadian Screen Awards adding a fan favourite category called the Golden Screen Award. That’s called ratings. No really, they had “nominees” that were the top five rated shows in two categories and we had to wait with bated breath — or look at the Numeris weekly top 30 — to find out the winners.

Enough already. Don’t make us bring back the TV Ehwards and add a category of “Most ludicrous awards that aren’t the TV Ehwards.”

He Said:

OK, firstly, I think we should totally add that category to the TV Ehwards, along with a “Cheesiest headline written by a PR team for a ratings release.” We spare you readers the most egregious of the dreck we get … and you really should thank us.

Unlike past weeks where Diane and I have disagreed, I’m totally on board with her thoughts this time around in that there are trending towards too many. The Golden Maple Awards are truly laughable—if they had made the announcement on April 1, I would have been convinced it was an April Fool’s gag—focusing on a small group of Canadians in a city full of them.

I simmered in the media room at the Canadian Screen Awards because the Golden Screen Award was no more than a lame attempt to reach fans. In creating a category awarding a show for ratings, the CSAs took a big step back on the road to its legitimacy. The CSAs are supposed to be critical kudos, not a fan zone; that took place the day before at the Eaton Centre for thousands of Canadian TV fans.

Perhaps we should devote a night where the fans can vote on their favourite programs and actors and actresses from them. We could call them the Canadian People’s Choice Awards and have the winners come up on stage and … oh, wait … another awards show.