Banff: American, Brit Scripted TV to Dominate 2015 Rockie Awards


USA's 'Suits' and NBC's 'The Blacklist' and ABC's 'How to Get Away With Murder' will vie with BBC's 'Happy Valley' for best procedural.

Nominations for the 2015 Rockie Awards, to be handed out at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival, were unveiled on Friday at MIPTV, with American and Brit series repeating their traditional domination of scripted TV categories.

The procedural drama competition will pit USA's Suits, which is shot in Toronto, NBC's The Blacklist and ABC's How to Get Away With Murder against British competition from BBC's Happy Valley. The category also includes nominations for the Canadian drama Rogue and Sweden's Den Fjarde Mannen.

The sitcom field gives North America the edge. There's nominations for ABC's Black-ish and NBC's Welcome to Sweden, a Sweden-U.S. collaboration, and two Canadian chucklers, Les Beaux Malaises and Mohawk Girls. They will compete against the British sitcom Catastrophe, which streams on Amazon, and BBC's W1A, writer John Morton’s follow-up to the hit comedy Twenty Twelve.

The serial drama category has an international flavor, with FX's Alberta-shot Fargo up against the Canadian crime drama 19-2, Sweden's Jordskott, Austria's Atles Geld, The Netherland's Ramses and the Japanese police drama Mozu, which airs on TBS.

Unlike the Emmys, the Banff Rockie Awards sees U.S. TV shows compete against international fare. Canadian series will have home-field advantage this year, having pulled in 39 nominations, mainly in digital categories. U.S. series are next with 29 nominations, mainly for sci-fi and procedural fare, while British series garnered 26 nominations, mostly for comedies. 

A complete list of 2015 Rockie Award nominees is available on the Banff World Media Festival website, ahead of its June 7-10 run in the Canadian Rockies.