‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Orphan Black,’ ’19-2’ among top Canadian Screen Award TV nominees

(Photos by Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Chris Mejaski, etalk.ca

Things are looking up for "Schitt's Creek."
 
Eugene and Dan Levy’s fish-out-of-water comedy series leads this year’s Canadian Screen Award  television nominees with 14, including Best Comedy Series.
 
Both father and son picked up lead acting nods for the show’s first season, as did their female costars Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy.
 
The CBC sitcom is followed closely behind by Space’s clone saga “Orphan Black” with 13 nominations, including those for highly-praised actors Tatiana Maslany and Ari Millen. Bravo’s Montreal cop drama “19-2” earned 12, including Best Dramatic Series and lead acting nods for Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes.
 
Other top nominees in the TV categories include “Mr. D” with 12, “The Book of Negroes” with 11 and “Motive” with nine.
 
Competing against “Schitt’s Creek” in the Best Comedy Series category are “Mr. D,” “Mohawk Girls,” “Tiny Plastic Men” and “Young Drunk Punk.”
 
“Motive,” “Saving Hope,” “Blackstone” and “X Company” join “19-2” in the Best Dramatic Series category.
 
Meanwhile, in the race to be named Best Reality/Competition Program, CTV’s “The Amazing Race Canada” and “MasterChef Canada” go up against Global’s “Big Brother Canada,” CBC’s “Dragons’ Den” and W Network’s “Game of Homes.”
 
And it's a CTV sweep In the Best Talk Program or Series category, with "etalk’s Ultimate Oscars Guide 2015" up against "After The Race: Finale," "The Marilyn Denis Show" and "The Social."
 
Nominees for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards were announced this morning in Toronto. They will be handed out in a series of gala events, culminating in a televised ceremony hosted by Norm Macdonald on March 13.
 
Here’s a look at select TV nominees. For the full list, visit academy.ca

Best Dramatic Series
19-2
Blackstone
Motive
Saving Hope
X Company

Best Comedy Series 
Mr. D
Mohawk Girls
Schitt's Creek
Tiny Plastic Men
Young Drunk Punk

Best Reality / Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada
Big Brother Canada
Dragons' Den
Game of Homes
MasterChef Canada

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Gerry Dee, Mr. D
Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek 
Daniel Levy, Schitt's Creek 
Dave Foley, Spun Out 
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Adrian Holmes, 19-2
Jared Keeso, 19-2 
Ari Millen, Orphan Black 
Ben Bass, Rookie Blue 
Aaron Poole, Strange Empire -

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Brittany LeBorgne, Mohawk Girls
Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek
Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek 
Belinda Cornish, Tiny Plastic Men
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Kristin Lehman, Motive 
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black 
Megan Follows, Reign 
Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue 
Jennie Raymond, Sex & Violence

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Bruce Ramsay, 19-2 
Conrad Pla, 19-2 
Callum Dunphy, Sex & Violence
Woody Jeffreys, Strange Empire
Torben Liebrecht, X Company 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Mark Little, Mr. D 
Darrin Rose, Mr. D 
Chris Elliott, Schitt's Creek 
Al Mukadam, Spun Out 
Atticus Mitchell, Young Drunk Punk

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Laurence Leboeeuf, 19-2 
Sahilyn Pierre-Dixon, The Book of Negroes
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Orphan Black 
Julia Taylor Ross, Saving Hope
Martha Burns, Remedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Bette MacDonald, Mr. D 
Naomi Snieckus, Mr. D 
Emily Hampshire, Schitt's Creek 
Jennifer Robertson, Schitt's Creek
Tracy Ryan, Young Drunk Punk 

Best Live Entertainment Special
2015 Much Music Video Awards
2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony
ET Canada Presents New Year's Eve in Niagara Falls
The JUNO Awards 2015

Best Talk Program or Series
After The Race: Finale
etalk's Ultimate Oscars Guide 2015
The Marilyn Denis Show
The Social
 
Best TV Movie or Limited Series
The Book of Negroes
First Response
Forget and Forgive
Kept Woman
Studio Black!

Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series
Jon Montgomery, The Amazing Race Canada 
Marci Ien, Canada AM 
Jessi Cruickshank, Canada's Smartest Person
Giles Coren, Million Dollar Critic 
Jonny Harris, Still Standing