Scott Brothers, Felix & Paul among 2021 Emmy nominees

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While this year's ceremony won't see Canadian TV break Television Academy records, a number of Canadian prodcos and talents remain in contention.

The Television Academy unveiled the nominations for its 73rd Annual Emmy Awards yesterday (July 13), with a number of Canadian prodcos and talent among the honourees.

Property Brothers: Forever Home (Scott Brothers Entertainment; pictured) earned a nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, competing against PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, Netflix’s Queer Eye, National Geographic’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls and ABC’s Shark Tank.

Montreal’s Felix & Paul Studios VR program Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, which currently holds the title of the largest production to be filmed in space, earned a nomination for Outstanding Interactive Program. Additionally, Vikings (Take 5 Productions/TM Productions) picked up a nod for Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Single Episode, with senior VFX supervisor Dominic Remane among the nominees. Yap Films executive producers Elliott Halpern and Elizabeth Trojian have also earned nominations for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series for their work on PBS’s American Masters.

While the ceremony won’t see a repeat of the history-making Schitt’s Sweep from last year, star and co-creator Dan Levy did receive a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series for his work hosting Saturday Night Live.

A number of Canadian-shot series picked up nominations in core categories. The Handmaid’s Tale, filmed in and around Toronto, earned 21 nominations total, including Outstanding Drama Series. The Hulu series is up against Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys, another Toronto-shot series, as well as Netflix’s Bridgerton and The Crown, HBO’s Lovecraft Country, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Pose and Disney+ series The Mandalorian. The Boys picked up five nominations total.

Among the Canadians who earned nominations are The Handmaid’s Tale production designer Elisabeth Williams, art directors Martha Sparrow and Larry Spittle and editor Wendy Hallam Martin.

The Queen’s Gambit, which was partially filmed in Toronto and Hamilton, earned 18 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series. The Netflix series will compete against HBO’s I May Destroy You and Mare of Easttown, Amazon Prime Video’s The Underground Railroad and Disney+’s WandaVision. Canadians nominated for their work on The Queen’s Gambit include production designer Uli Hanisch, art director Kai Karla Koch and set decorator Sabine Schaaf.

Meanwhile, the titles in the running to succeed Schitt’s Creek win for Outstanding Comedy Series are Netflix’s Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris and The Kominsky Method, HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant and Hacks, ABC’s black-ish, Hulu’s Pen15 and Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso.

Other Canadian-shot series to land multiple nominations include Vancouver-based NBC series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, which picked up five, as well as Paramount+’s Star Trek: Discovery and Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. Both Toronto-shot series earned four nominations total.

The Emmy Awards ceremony will be telecast on Sept. 19, while the Creative Arts categories will air on Sept. 18.

Updated on July 15 with additional nominees