'Flashpoint' leads Gemini nominations

Main awards presented Nov. 14 in Calgary

TORONTO -- The CBS and CTV police drama "Flashpoint" on Tuesday led all comers with 19 nominations as the Geminis, Canada's TV awards, celebrated a slew of homegrown shows that shine overseas.

"Flashpoint" grabbed a record 19 nominations in all, including best actor nods for leads Hugh Dillon and Enrico Colantoni, and a best actress nod for Amy Jo Johnson.

The Canadian cop drama also took four of the five best guest actor nods and three of the five nominations in the best guest actress competition.

"Flashpoint" faces challenges in the best drama competition from the CBC and Showtime's "The Tudors," which earned 11 nominations, and with nine nominations each, the CBC and Ion Television's "The Border" and the CBC's "Being Erica."

Rounding out the best drama competition is Whizbang Films' "ZOS: Zone of Separation," an eight-part war drama on pay TV channels the Movie Network and Movie Central.

The Global Television mini-series "Diamonds" and CityTV's "Less Than Kind" comedy both earned nine nods as well.

The best TV mini-series category will feature all international partnerships: "Diamonds," a Canadian/UK/South African co-production that stars Judy Davis and Derek Jacobi; "Burn Up," a British-Canadian co-production starring Neve Campbell and Bradley Whitford; "The Last Templar," a French-Canada co-production that aired on NBC along with the fourth contender in the category, "XIII," a Canada/France co-production.

The Geminis' best comedy category overlooked the CBC's "Little Mosque on the Prairie" for the third year running and instead nominated perennials like the CBC's "Rick Mercer Report" and "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" in addition to FX's "Testees."

And the best Canadian reality TV series competition includes local versions of formats, including "Dragons' Den," "Project Runway Canada" and "The Week the Women Went."

The 24th Geminis, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, will hand out trophies in a record 99 categories. The bulk of awards will be given in Toronto at industry dinners on Oct. 19 and 20, with the main awards presented in Calgary on November 14, during a live telecast on Global Television and Showcase networks.