Everything about Awards, eh?

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.

Link: The Book of Negroes nominated for two Critics’ Choice Awards

From CBC:

The Book of Negroes nominated for two Critics’ Choice Awards
The critically-acclaimed CBC series The Book of Negroes may soon have more accomplishments to its name. The historical drama has been nominated for two Critics’ Choice Television Awards: one for best limited series and one for best actress in a movie or limited series for lead, Aunjanue Ellis. Continue reading.

Link: Golden Maple Awards Nominees Revealed

From Gregg Kilday of The Hollywood Reporter:

Golden Maple Awards Nominees Revealed
The Academy of Canadians in Sports & Entertainment – Los Angeles today announced its nominees for the 2015 Golden Maple Awards in the categories of best actor, best actress and newcomer of the year in a TV series broadcast in the United States.

The nominees are all Canadian talent in TV series broadcasted in the U.S. between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. The awards are designed to celebrate Canadian talent in the U.S and will be held on Canada Day, July 1, at a venue to be announced. Continue reading.

Mr. D and Orphan Black topline WGC Awards

CBC’s Mr. D and Space’s Orphan Black were among the winners at the 19th annual Writers Guild of Canada Awards delivered from the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall on Monday night.

Rounding out the glitzfest—hosted by Ryan Belleville (Satisfaction)—were trophies for Fangbone, Elephant and R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. 19-2 showrunner Bruce M. Smith was given the Showrunner Award, Alison Lea Bingeman (The Pinkertons) the Sondra Kelly Award and Denis McGrath (X Company) the Writers Block Award. More than 150 scripts were nominated for this year’s awards in seven categories; 29 scripts chosen as finalists.

Guests on stage Monday included actors Connor Price (X Company), Patrice Goodman (Sunnyside), Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope) and show runners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (X Company), Gary Pearson (Sunnyside) and Adam Pettle (Saving Hope).

Here is a complete list of the award winners:

Animation
Fangbone, Season 1 “The Warbrute of Friendship”
Written by Simon Racioppa & Richard Elliott

Children & Youth
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Season 4 “Mrs. Worthington”
Written by Melody Fox

Documentary
The Cholesterol Question
Written by Michael McNamara

Movies & Miniseries
Elephant Song
Written by Nicolas Billon

Shorts & Webseries
Out With Dad, Season 3 “Outed ”
Written by Jason Leaver

TV Comedy
Mr. D, Season 3 “Old School”
Written by Andrew De Angelis

TV Drama
Orphan Black, Season 2 “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est”
Written by Tony Elliott

Special Awards
Showrunner Award – Bruce Smith
Sondra Kelly Award – Alison Lea Bingeman
Writers Block Award – Denis McGrath