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Call Me Fitz wins six Gemini awards at second industry gala

Call Me Fitz, HBO Canada's raucous comedy starring Jason Priestley, scored the largest number of Geminis last night, raking in six including best direction in a comedy and kudos for supporting cast members Ernie Grunwald and Rachel Blanchard.

In the second consecutive awards ceremony in Toronto, CBC's historical miniseries Pillars of the Earth and The Borgias each earned three awards, while a triumvirate was also handed out to the long-running teen drama Degrassi, CTV's Flashpoint, and History Television's The Kennedys.

The winners of the top categories for the best in Canadian television will be announced at a gala ceremony on September 7, broadcast on CBC and hosted by Brampton-born comedian Russell Peters.

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Degrassi took home top honours for best children's or youth program, while Pillars of the Earth won best dramatic mini-series. The CBC's Battle of the Blades won best music/variety program while its Dragons' Den was named best reality show.

Best writing nods were given to Call Me Fitz (for comedy) and Flashpoint (dramatic series).

On Tuesday night, Geminis celebrating the best in news, sports, documentary and lifestyle programming were handed out, CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight won best talk series, Global's Dawna Friesen was named best news anchor, and Mark Kelley of CBC News won best host/interviewer in a news program.

Going into next week's gala, Flashpoint leads the drama contenders with 17 nominations, while the East Coast-based Call Me Fitz rules the sitcoms with 16.

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