Canada's WGC Gives 'Less Than Kind' Top TV Award

Winning screenwriter Chris Sheasgreen gives shout out to late Canadian actor Maury Chaykin, star of the homegrown HBO Canada comedy.

TORONTO -- Chris Sheasgreen won the best comedy competition for his Less Than Kind episode Coming Home at the Writers Guild of Canada Awards Monday night, and promptly paid tribute to the series’ late lead actor Maury Chaykin. “We miss him,” Sheasgreen, who co-created the HBO Canada comedy and already earned the best comedy writing trophy at the 2010 Gemini Awards, told a packed WGC Awards gala in Toronto on Monday night.

Chaykin, a veteran Canadian actor, died in July 2010 at 61 years of age, having last been seen by Canadians in Less Than Kind.

Other winners included screenwriters Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, who created the CBS/CTV cop drama Flashpoint, winning the best drama category for their Jumping at Shadows episode, and Michael Konyves grabbing the best feature film prize for his Barney’s Version script.

The best animation script went to Karen Moonah for an episode of The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Barbara Haynes won for best kids show script for The Latest Buzz, The Extreme Shakespeare Issue, and Christine Nielsen earned the best documentary script for her work on The Pig Farm, about a notorious Vancouver serial killer.

When accepting her award, Nielsen paid tribute to Canadian broadcaster CTV “for having the guts to do a story that no one wanted to watch, and thank you for having faith in me to pull it off.”