‘Young Drunk Punk’ was more of what Canadian TV should be
A Kids in the Hall star comes to you with a series. The series is based on an autobiographical theatrical show about that star’s childhood. The episodes are well-written with interesting characters. The show is very Canadian. And you don’t even have to produce Season 1 of the show since the episodes already ran elsewhere on Canadian TV. Continue reading.
Bravo’s gritty cop drama 19-2 and CBC’s high-profile comedy Schitt’s Creek topline the nominations for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Announced Tuesday morning in Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox by Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes) and Aislinn Paul (Degrassi), 19-2 captured 12 nominations, including Best Dramatic Series and Best Performance nods for supporting cast and leads Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes; Keeso and Holmes recorded a video to mark the occasion (check it out below).
Meanwhile, Schitt’s Creek does battle in the comedic categories, with co-stars Eugene and Dan Levy facing off for Best Performance and the Tuesday night comedy fighting off fellow CBC series Mr. D, Mohawk Girls, Young Drunk Punk and Tiny Plastic Men for Best Comedy Series.
Space’s Orphan Black did well too, snagging 13 nominations including performance acknowledgements for Ari Millen and Tatiana Maslany, though it was shut out of the Dramatic Series list. Global’s final season of Rookie Blue was recognized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, as Missy Peregrym and Ben Bass received nominations.
The nominees in the key television categories are listed below. Who do you think deserves to win? The two-hour Canadian Screen Awards gala airs Sunday, March 13, at 8 p.m. on CBC.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Gerry Dee, Mr. D
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Dave Foley, Spun Out
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Adrian Holmes, 19-2
Jared Keeso, 19-2
Ari Millen, Orphan Black
Ben Bass, Rookie Blue
Aaron Poole, Strange Empire
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Brittany LeBorgne, Mohawk Girls
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Belinda Cornish, Tiny Plastic Men
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Kristin Lehman, Motive
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Megan Follows, Reign
Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue
Jennie Raymond, Sex & Violence
Best Dramatic Series
Best Comedy Series
Tiny Plastic Men
Young Drunk Punk
Best Reality/Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada
Big Brother Canada
Game of Homes
Best Animated Program or Series
Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
As previously announced, comedian Norm Macdonald will host the 2016 event. Wendy Crewson—currently starring on CTV’s Saving Hope—will receive the Earle Grey Award for acting and Martin Short will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Canadian Screen Awards air Sunday, March 13, at 8 p.m. on CBC.
Thanks to everyone who took the time during the Christmas holidays to cast your vote in 10 categories in our annual TV Ehwards. Some shows lead from the very beginning while other programs snuck in to take their category in the end.
Here are the winning shows in each category, with the votes and percentage of votes each show had:
The Police Surgeon Award for Best Canadian Medical Drama Saving Hope (686 votes, 62 per cent)
The Seeing Things Award for Best Canadian Crime Drama Blackstone (715 votes, 41 per cent)
The Quentin Durgens, MP, Award for Best Canadian Historical Drama X Company (1,700 votes, 46 per cent)
The Beachcombers Award for Best Canadian Family Drama Heartland (1,637 votes, 72 per cent)
The Starlost Award for Best Canadian Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series Lost Girl (3,634, 49 per cent)
The King of Kensington Award for Best Canadian Comedy Series Young Drunk Punk (698 votes, 41 per cent)
The Wayne & Shuster Award for Best Canadian Sketch Comedy Series Still Standing (1,161 votes, 50 per cent)
The Bastard Offspring Award for the Crossover You Most Want to See Saving Hope-Motive (298 votes, 32 per cent)
The Reimagination Award for The Show You’d Like to See Brought Back Due South (297 votes, 31 per cent)
Shows that you SHOULD watch, but you DON’T watch, but you still don’t want them to go away The Nature of Things (380 votes, 37 per cent)
Fans of Canadian television shows certainly are a passionate lot, and they’re not confined to our borders either. Of the over 25,000 who voted for their Top 5 shows of 2015, dozens voiced their support from around the world.
Yes, the voting for a few shows took a suspicious jump over the last couple of days, but we’ll chalk that up to super-fans who simply love their programs … and know how to use technology to their advantage. (The voting wasn’t affected that much in the end.)
By the time the tally was taken, the Top 10 Canadian Shows of 2015 are:
Dark Matter (27%, 7,269 Votes)
Lost Girl (25%, 6,777 Votes)
Killjoys (21%, 5,766 Votes)
Heartland (20%, 5,384 Votes)
Murdoch Mysteries (10%, 2,632 Votes)
Orphan Black (8%, 2,147 Votes)
Tornado Hunters (8%, 2,080 Votes)
Rookie Blue (6%, 1,634 Votes)
When Calls the Heart (6%, 1,557 Votes)
Rick Mercer Report (5%, 1,486 Votes)
Aside from the Top 10 vote-getters, I was pleased to see several new programs perform well in the poll. Clearly, viewers love seeing three guys tooling around in a truck capturing wacky weather on film, as Tornado Hunters placed No. 7, not bad at all for a show that debuted late in the year and veteran The Liquidator finished just out of the Top 10.
Thanks again to everyone who voted. Check out the final results; you can still name your favourites in the Comments section at the bottom of the page.
What are your five favourite Canadian TV shows of 2015?