'Flashpoint' shines at Canadian TV awards

CBS cop drama scoops three gongs, including best drama

TORONTO -- The CBS cop drama "Flashpoint" caught fire Saturday night at the Gemini Awards, Canada's TV awards, as it grabbed three trophies, including best dramatic series.

The Canadian-made drama, which airs here on CTV, also earned Enrico Colantoni the best actor award and Kelly Makin the best drama director honor.

Fellow "Flashpoint" lead actor Hugh Dillon, while losing out to Colantoni in the best actor category, picked up a Gemini for best supporting actor for his star-turn in the TV movie "Of Murder and Memory."

"Flashpoint" came into the Geminis with a field-leading 19 nominations, and earlier won another three trophies in pre-telecast award hand-outs.

The 24th annual Geminis, held this year in Calgary, also saw the "Rick Mercer Report" win for best comedy series, and "Burn Up" take the top prize for best dramatic mini-series.

Other acting prizes handed out in Calgary included David Suchet winning for best performance in a mini-series for "Diverted," while Erin Karpluk earned the best drama actress trophy for her work on "Being Erica."

And Christine Ghawi earned the best mini-series actress prize for "Celine" as Barbara Hershey grabbed the Gemini for best supporting actress.