Jason Priestley Comedy 'Call Me Fitz' Big Winner at Canada's Gemini Awards

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The HBO Canada series picked up six trophies on the second night of pre-telecast prize-giving at the English Canadian TV awards in Toronto.

TORONTO -- The Jason Priestley-starring comedy Call Me Fitz ruled the second night of the Geminis, picking up six trophies at Canada’s TV awards.

The HBO Canada sitcom on Wednesday night pulled in a Gemini for best comedy direction for Scott Smith, best comedy writing for Pat Bullard, best picture editing for a sitcom for Kim McTaggart, and best comedy sound editing for Fred Brennan and his team.

The homegrown sitcom from Amaze Film + Television, Big Motion Pictures and Entertainment One, which came into the Geminis with 16 nods in all, also took home a best supporting actor in a comedy for Ernie Grunwald and a best supporting actress in a sitcom trophy for Rachel Blanchard.

The CTV/CBS crime drama Flashpoint, which led the Geminis pack with 17 nominations, picked up three trophies: best dramatic actor performance for Sergio Di Zio, best guest dramatic actor for Tim Rozon, and best dramatic writing for Flashpoint creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern.

History Channel’s The Kennedys, the controversial miniseries that aired stateside on ReelzChannel, also took home three trophies, as did Showtime/CTV’s The Borgias.

Their strong showing underlined how Canadian TV producers are increasingly partnering on European costume dramas and other multinational projects destined for the world market.

On the kids programming front, the long-running teen series Degrassi picked up three Geminis, including best youth series, and Hot Wheels – Battle Force Five was named best animated series.

And CBC’s Dragon’s Den, a local form of the international format, won for best reality TV series.