CSAs ’22: Sort Of, Wynonna Earp, Pretty Hard Cases lead TV nominations

Sienna Films' Sort Of earned the most nominations with 13, followed by Wynonna Earp and Pretty Hard Cases with 11.

The debut season of CBC comedy Sort Of picked up the most TV nominations for the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards, followed by fellow freshman series Pretty Hard Cases and the final season of Wynonna Earp.

Sort Of (pictured above), produced by Sphere Media-owned prodco Sienna Films, picked up 13 nominations in total, including Best Comedy Series, three writing nods and two for directing.

CBC’s Pretty Hard Cases (Cameron Pictures) and CTV Sci-Fi Channel’s Wynonna Earp (SEVEN24 Films, Cineflix Studios; pictured left) tied for the second-most TV nominations with 11, although neither series was nominated for Best Comedy or Best Drama.

wynonna earp Among the Pretty Hard Cases nominations are six acting nods, with star Meredith MacNeill among the nominees. Wynonna Earp leads Melanie Scrofano and Tim Rozon are among the nominees, as well as showrunner Emily Andras for Best Writing, Drama.

The fifth and final season of CBC comedy Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment) earned 10 nominations altogether, including Best Comedy Series. All four lead actors – Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Simu Liu, Jean Yoon and Andrea Bang – are among the nominees, as well as Andrew Phung for his supporting role. Lee, Yoon and Phung have all been nominated for every season of Kim’s Convenience, according to the Canadian Academy, with Phung winning for the last four seasons.

The other three series nominated for Best Comedy are Crave original Letterkenny (New Metric Media), which earned seven total nominations, including three performance nods, one for lead Jared Keeso and two for supporting actresses Lisa Codrington and Kaniehtiio Horn; CTV’s Jann (Project 10, SEVEN24 Films), which picked up five nominations total, including a lead actress nomination for Jann Arden; and Kim’s Convenience spin-off Strays (Thunderbird Entertainment), which was the series’ sole nomination.

coroner s3CBC drama Coroner (Back Alley Films, Muse Entertainment, Cineflix Studios; pictured right) is the most-nominated series up for Best Drama with 10 nods total. They include three performance nominations, two for leads Serinda Swan and Roger Cross and one for guest Tamara Podemski, two writing nominations and one for directing.

Following close behind is CTV’s Transplant (Sphere Media) with nine nominations. Among them are three performance nods, including last year’s Best Lead Actor, Drama Series winner Hamza Haq and fellow lead Laurence Leboeuf, and supporting actress Ayisha Issa, as well as one writing nod for showrunner Joseph Kay.

The other three series up for Best Drama include the final season of History’s Vikings (Take 5 Productions), up for six nominations, including a directing nod for Helen Shaver; freshman CBC series Moonshine (Six Eleven Media, eOne) with five nominations, including performances nods for Peter MacNeill and Emma Hunter; and Canada/U.K. copro The North Water (Rhombus Media, See Saw Films) with four nominations.

corner gas animatedCTV’s Corner Gas Animated (Vérité Films, Sparrow Media; pictured left) is the most nominated animated program with eight nominations total, including Best Animated Program or Series. Other nominees in the category are Apple TV+ series The Snoopy Show (WildBrain Studios), which earned three nominations; TVOKids’ Wild Kratts: Cats and Dogs (9 Story Media Group, Brown Bag Films, Kratt Brothers Company), with two nominations; and Netflix’s Go, Dog. Go! (WildBrain Studios) and Family Channel’s Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (9 Story Media Group, Brown Bag Films, Fred Rogers Productions).

Three Sinking Ship Entertainment series tied for the most-nominated children’s or pre-school series: CBC’s Endlings, Family Channel’s Lockdown and TVOKids’ Odd Squad Mobile Unit, each picking up five nominations. All three are up for Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series alongside YTV’s The Hardy Boys (Lambur Productions, Nelvana), which earned three total nominations.

The nominees for Best TV Movie are I Was Lorenna Bobbitt (Cineflix Media), which earned six total nominations; Faith Heist (No Equal Entertainment), with five nods; The Christmas Setup (Neshama Entertainment) with two nods; as well as The Color of Love (Champlain Media) and Midnight at the Magnolia (Neshama Entertainment).

for the recordCBC Gem’s 21 Black Futures (Obsidian Theatre) and For the Record (Anthology Productions, iThentic; pictured right) tied as the digital series with the most nominations, each earning eight. Both series are nominated for Best Web Program or Series, Fiction, alongside The Communist’s Daughter (LoCo Motion Pictures), which earned six nominations; Next Stop (Scarborough Pictures), which earned two nominations; and lumi’s Querencia (Pass Through Productions).

Other notable scripted nominees include the long-running CBC series Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury) with nine nominations; the comedy Workin’ Moms (Wolf + Rabbit) and final season of Frankie Drake Mysteries (Shaftesbury) with seven; CBC drama Diggstown (Circle Blue Entertainment) with five; CBC Gem’s Overlord and the Underwoods (marblemedia) and Citytv’s Hudson & Rex (Shaftesbury, Pope Productions) with three; and Global’s Private Eyes (eOne, Piller/Segan) with two.

On the unscripted side, Crave original Canada’s Drag Race (Blue Ant Studios) picked up the most nominations for a reality competition series with nine nods, including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series. Other series nominated in that category include Global’s Big Brother Canada (Insight Productions), which earned five total nods; Netflix’s Blown Away (marblemedia), with four; and Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters (Nikki Ray Media Agency), which has three nods, and Top Chef Canada (Insight Productions).

Knowledge Network’s British Columbia: An Untold History (Screen Siren Pictures) is the most nominated docuseries with five nominations, including Best History Documentary Program or Series.

moteliers_gallery_pair_motel ext_renovation_katherine holland photo (3)_retouchedAPTN’s Chuck and the First Peoples’ Kitchen (Andicha Média), HGTV Canada’s Island of Bryan (Si Entertainment) and Netflix’s Motel Makeover (Proper Television; pictured left) tied for most nominated lifestyle series with three nominations each. Both Island of Bryan and Motel Makeover are nominated for Best Lifestyle Programs or Series alongside CTV Life Channel’s Mary Makes it Easy (Proper Television) and HGTV Canada’s Property Brothers: Forever Home (Scott Brothers Entertainment), which both earned two total nominations, as well as Scott’s Vacation House Rules (McGillivray Entertainment Media).

The winners of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards will be announced in a series of virtual ceremonies beginning on April 4, culminating in the Canadian Screen Awards broadcast on CBC and Gem on April 10. Broadcast news, documentary and factual categories will be announced on April 4; sports and digital categories on April 5; children’s, animation, lifestyle and reality on April 6; scripted craft and performance categories on April 7; and cinematic arts on April 8.

A select number of categories are featured below. See the full list of nominees on the Canadian Screen Awards website.

Best Drama Series

The North Water

Best Comedy Series

Kim’s Convenience
Sort Of

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series

Big Brother Canada
Blown Away
Canada’s Drag Race
Fire Masters
Top Chef Canada

Best Lifestyle Program or Series

Island of Bryan
Mary Makes It Easy
Motel Makeover
Property Brothers: Forever Home
Scott’s Vacation House Rules

Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series

Humour Resources
Roast Battle Canada
This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Best TV Movie

The Christmas Setup
The Color Of Love
Faith Heist
I Was Lorena Bobbitt
Midnight at the Magnolia

Best Animated Program or Series

Corner Gas Animated
Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood
Go, Dog. Go!
The Snoopy Show
Wild Kratts: Cats and Dogs

Best Pre-School Program or Series

Dino Ranch
Happy House of Frightenstein
Miss Persona
PAW Patrol
Pikwik Pack

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series

The Hardy Boys
Odd Squad Mobile Unit

Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series

All-Round Champion
Gabby’s Farm
How Do You Feel?
My Home, My Life!

Best Documentary Program

Being Black in Halifax
Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur
Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery
The Face of Anonymous
Fresh Water

Best Factual Series

Employable Me
For Heaven’s Sake
Highway Thru Hell
Search and Rescue: North Shore
Yukon Harvest

Best Web Program or Series, Fiction

21 Black Futures
The Communist’s Daughter
For the Record
Next Stop