All aquiver over 'Arrows'

Dark comedy tops Gemini noms

Canada's two premium pay TV networks attracted attention and honors Tuesday as their cutting-edge series led all nominees for the Geminis, Canada's TV awards.

"Slings & Arrows," a dark comedy about a dysfunctional theater company, grabbed 14 Gemini nominations, while the sci-fi drama "ReGenesis" followed with 12. Both series air on the Movie Network and Movie Central, the country's two premium pay TV networks.

"Arrows," which airs stateside on the Sundance Channel, is in its third and final season.

Other multiple nominees in the Gemini hunt include the crime drama "Intelligence" and the news information series "The Fifth Estate." Both of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. series earned 11 noms.

The CBC miniseries "Dragon Boys" pulled in nine noms, while rival CTV saw its telefilm "Doomstown" and comedy "Robson Arms" grab seven each.

Another CTV comedy, "Corner Gas," earned six noms, while hit CBC sitcom "Little Mosque on the Prairie" surprised by garnering only two noms, in the direction and writing categories.

In the best dramatic actor category, Paul Gross and William Hutt of "Arrows" will challenge John Cassini and Ian Tracey from "Intelligence" and Peter Outerbridge from "ReGenesis."

The best dramatic actress contest will pit Martha Burns and Susan Coyne of "Arrows" against Klea Scott of "Intelligence."

Competition for Gemini hardware will be fought across 90 categories over four nights. Trophies in the news, lifestyle and minor drama and comedy categories will be handed out Oct. 15-17 in Toronto, while the more high-profile Geminis will be handed out Oct. 28 on the CBC network during a ceremony from Regina, Saskatchewan.

For the second year running, the CTV network is boycotting the news categories because, according to the network, its "participation in the awards is of little value."

A complete list of Gemini nominees can be found at