TORONTO - The Toronto-set cop series "Flashpoint" and Jason Priestley's edgy dark comedy "Call Me Fitz" lead the nominees for Canada's top television awards.
CTV's cross-border hit "Flashpoint" is in line for 17 Gemini trophies, including an acting award for star Enrico Colantoni.
HBO Canada's "Call Me Fitz" nabbed 16 nods, including an acting nomination for former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Priestley.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the contenders Wednesday morning, when it also showered big-budget miniseries with multiple nominations.
History Television's "The Kennedys" and The Movie Network and Movie Central's "Pillars of the Earth" each scored 10 nods. Meanwhile, Bravo's papal drama "The Borgias" nabbed eight.
MuchMusic's long-running teen soap "Degrassi" earned several nominations for a much-lauded season that drew Emmy attention and a Peabody Award earlier this year.
Three of its nominations are for a groundbreaking episode centred on a teen who was born female but lives life as a male.
Other multiple nominees include TMN/Movie Central's "Living in Your Car" with 10 nods, CBC's "18 To Life" with seven, CBC's "Being Erica" with six, CBC's "The Tudors" with six and History Television's "Ice Pilots" with five.
"Flashpoint" is up for best dramatic series against Bravo's "The Borgias," Showcase's "Endgame," TMN's "Skins" and CBC's "The Tudors."
"Fitz" faces off for best comedy against CBC's "22 Minutes," TMN's "Good Dog," CBC's "Halifax Comedy Fest 2010," TMN's "Living In Your Car" and CBC's "Rick Mercer Report."
The Geminis Awards will take place over three nights in Toronto beginning with non-televised industry bases on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31.
They culminate with a televised gala Sept. 7, to be broadcast on CBC-TV.
By Cassandra Szklarski