Showtime's The Borgias Dominate Gemini Awards


Canada's TV awards names the costume drama about a renaissance Italian crime family its top drama.

TORONTO -- From the "stranger than we can imagine" department: Neil Jordan’s The Borgias for Showtime, a costume drama about a ruthless 15th century Italian ruling clan that starred Jeremy Irons and Derek Jacobi, was named best drama at Canada’s TV awards on Wednesday night.

If you’re unclear on the concept, the Gemini Awards showcase the best in Canadian TV.

So the Canuck primetime competition gave its top prize to the Canadian/Irish co-production that filmed in Hungary and aired here on the CTV network.

The Borgias beat out another Showtime costume drama, The Tudors, and the cop dramas Flashpoint and Endgame for the top Geminis prize.

Canadians were more likely to see themselves in CBC’s Rick Mercer Report, which won for best comedy.

And in the acting categories, veteran Canadian thesp Michelle Thrush won for best actress in a lead dramatic role for her star-turn in the APTN drama Blackstone.

And veteran Callum Keith Rennie won the Gemini for best dramatic actor for his role in the Global Television crime series Shattered. Elsewhere, Call Me Fitz, the HBO Canada sitcom that picked up six trophies on the second night of pre-telecast prize-giving at the Geminis, picked up a seventh on Wednesday night: best comedy actress for Tracy Dawson.

And the best comedy actor prize went to Peter Keleghan for CBC’s 18 to Life.

Rounding out the winners in Toronto was James Duthie picking up the Gemini for best sports program host for NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.