CBC's 'Hour' dominates Gemini TV awards


TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. returned to its winning ways Tuesday night when its primetime talk show "The Hour" dominated the second night of Canada's TV awards.

The public broadcaster saw George Stroumboulopoulos earn a Gemini as best talk show host, while "The Hour" was named best talk series and Callum MacLachlan grabbed an award for best production design on a non-fiction show for his work on the CBC's national current affairs series.

Other award winners included Chum Television's "Canada's Next Top Model," which took home the Gemini for best reality TV show, and the same private network's "CityLine" series earning top honors for best lifestyle show.

On the kids programming front, Teletoon's "Skyland" from 9 Story Entertainment was named as the best animated series, while the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's "Wapos Bay" earned the Gemini for best kids program. APTN also saw Sara Snow win for best writing for a kids show for her work on "renegadepress.com."

And the best performance in a kids series crown went to Shenae Grimes for her star turn on CTV's "Degrass: The Next Generation," which also airs stateside on digital cable network The N.

The CBC on Monday night also took home the bulk of prizes for its news and current affairs shows, and sports programming, as Geminis in the documentary, news and sports categories were handed out in Toronto (HR, Oct. 16).

The Geminis will continue Wednesday night with awards handed out in Toronto for drama, variety and comedy fare. Canada's TV kudofest will culminate on October 28 with a gala awards show in Regina, Saskatchewan to air live on the CBC network.