U.S. Shows Dominate Banff Rockie Award Nominations

Vikings and Mr. Robot split- H 2016
Courtesy of USA Network; History Channel

The best drama category sees competition from USA Network's 'Mr. Robot' and History's 'Vikings.'

American TV producers on Wednesday picked up a slew of nominations for the Rockie Awards at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival.

The best drama category has U.S. entrants in USA Network's Mr. Robot and History's Vikings, while the comedy competition will pit Warner Bros.' The Big Bang Theory and HBO's Silicon Valley against U.K producer Avalon Television's Not Going Out, among other nominated shows. 

The Rockie Awards, which sees U.S. TV shows compete against international fare, finds the best sci-fi and fantasy category dominated by Bad Robot Productions' 11.22.63, Berlanti Productions' DC's Legends of Tomorrow, HBO's Game of Thrones and ABC Studios' Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

That competition also includes mentions for the U.K. series Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, from Cuba Pictures and Feel Films, and BBC Wales' Doctor Who.

The nominations for Silicon Valley and Game of Thrones come as HBO is to be saluted in Banff as the 2016 Company of Distinction. The HBO tribute will include the appearance of the pay TV network’s CEO Richard Plepler in the Canadian Rockies to receive the award and deliver a keynote address.

And the best melodrama category has nominations for two ABC Studios series, Code Black and Grey's Anatomy, and for two South Korean shows, Kill Me, Heal Me and Unkind Ladies.

Elsewhere, the best reality series competition includes nominations for Original Productions' Deadliest Catch, Sony Pictures Television's Shark Tank, along with the U.K. version of The Apprentice from Boundless Productions and Canada's Highway Thru Hell from Great Pacific Television.

The Banff Rockie Awards will hand out trophies in 22 categories, including kids, digital and branded content fare. The Banff World Media Festival is set to run June 12-15.