Rick Mercer Report picked up 3 Canadian Screen Awards including best variety or sketch comedy program, and best variety or sketch comedy performance for host Rick Mercer.
The weekly half-hour news satire that mixes news parody and editorials showcasing Mercer’s razor-sharp wit is currently in its 12th season. Catch new episodes Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV.
CBC’s hugely popular historical whodunit, Murdoch Mysteries, garnered two wins at Wednesday’s gala, including best achievement in make-up for episode Friday the 13th, 1901 by artist Deb Drennan, and best costume design for the episode Murdoch in Ragtime by designer Alexander Reda.
CBC also earned recognition for its children’s programming with the new series The Adventures of Napkin Man picking up the prize for best preschool program or series, and best preschool or children’s show host for Montreal actor Yannick Bisson for the episode "Just Me in a Tree."
Charlottetown-born actor Jonathan Torrens nabbed the Canadian screen award for best performance by an actor in a supporting or guest role for his turn as the officious Vice Principal Robert Cheely on the CBC sitcom Mr. D.
Wednesday’s accolades follow the awarding of eight trophies to CBC news, documentaries and sports programs at the opening night of the Canadian Screen Awards on Tuesday.
The week-long celebration, honouring the best in Canadian film, television and digital media, culminates next Sunday with a two-hour gala celebrating the best in Canadian films and scripted TV shows.
The star-studded broadcast, hosted by comedian Andrea Martin, will air live on CBC-TV starting at 8 p.m.
CBC wins at the Canadian Screen Awards
Best Achievement in Make-Up: Murdoch Mysteries – Friday the 13th, 1901
Best Costume Design: Murdoch Mysteries – Murdoch in Ragtime
Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or or Mini-Series: The Best Laid Plans
Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series: The Adventures of Napkin Man – Just Me in a Tree
Best Original Music Score for a Program: Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery
Best performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series: Mr.D – Donor Dinner
Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series: Rick Mercer Report: Episode 16
Best Pre-School Program or Series:The Adventures of Napkin Man
Suzie Gallo, Ira Levy, Brenda Nietupski, Josh Selig, Sharon Summerling, Tone Thyne, Stephanie VanBruggen, Peter Williamson
Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series: Rick Mercer Report
Gerald Lunz, Rick Mercer, Tom Stanley
Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series: Rick Mercer Report
Rick Currie, Greg Eckler, Chris Finn, Rick Mercer, Tim Steeves, George Westerholm
CBC’s Canadian Screen Awards awarded earlier
Best Local Newscast: CBC News: Toronto
Dwight Drummond, Dayna Gourley, Alan Habbick, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Alexandra Sienkiewicz
Best News Special: CBC News: Moncton Shooting - The Capture of Justin Bourque
The National, CBC News Network, CBC New Brunswick
Derek Desouza, Mark Harrison, Darrow MacIntyre, Mark Ross, Kate Scroggins
Best News or Information Series: CBC News: the fifth estate
Julian Sher, Jim Williamson
Best News or Information Program: CBC News: the fifth estate - Made in Bangladesh
Tarannum Kamlani, Mark Kelley, Lysanne Louter, Aileen McBride
Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series: Wild Canada- The Eternal Frontier
Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series: The Nature of Things - Invasion of the Brain Snatchers
Sue Dando, Mike Downie, FM Morrison, David Wells
Best Live Sports Event: Olympics - Gold Medal Hockey Game - Women
Chris Irwin, Brian Spear
Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer: Jim Hughson
2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games