'Little Mosque' receives Gemini nominations

'Flashpoint' lands 15 noms; Winter Olympics grabs 17 in all

Finally, some Gemini Awards love for the Canadian Muslim comedy "Little Mosque on the Prairie."

After being shut out of the industry kudosfest since 2007, the WestWind Pictures-produced chuckler for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. snagged a best comedy nod Tuesday as the Geminis, Canada's TV awards, unveiled nominations in Toronto.

And two "Little Mosque" directors, Jim Allodi and Michael Kennedy, also made the Geminis cut by being nominated in the best comedy direction category.

"Little Mosque on the Prairie," a comedy about fish-out-of-water Muslims in rural Canada in a post 9-11 world, received international attention when it bowed on the CBC in 2007.

The series was also credited with reversing a rating slide for Canada's public broadcaster.

WestWind Pictures also unveiled a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Studios in 2008 to create an Americanized version of the Canuck comedy.
 
The CTV/CBS cop drama "Flashpoint" will lead all comers with 15 nominations going into the November industry kudosfest, including best drama.
 
And coverage of the recent 2010 Winter Olympic Games by a consortium of Canadian TV channels grabbed 17 nominations in all.
 
The 25th annual Gemini Awards will take place across three nights, and climax with a live-to-tape telecast on Global Television and Showcase on November 13 from Toronto.
 
A full list of Gemini nominations is available at www.geminiawards.ca.
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