Episode Guide - Gemini Awards (Special) (1986-)

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Gemini Awards
Dec 4, 1986 - Live from Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The first Gemini awards cover programs broadcast between July 1, 1985, and June 30,1986. "SCTV's" Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas and Eugene Levy host the first annual awards presentation honoring the outstanding achievements of Canada's television industry. TV is lampooned almost as much as it is celebrated. Talk shows, call-in shows, even awards shows are spoofed (The Frantics make fun of awards shows). K.D. Lang, David Foster and Billy Newton-Davis perform. Production gaffe - hard profanity kept in from a clip from Canada's Sweetheart. (Broadcast through a temporary satellite network of various TV stations)

Dec 8, 1987 - From the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the second annual awards ceremony honors excellence in Canadian television. Hosts: Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin. Levy and Martin perform a bawdy lampoon of TV theme songs. Leslie Nielsen gives a heartfelt recollection of the man known around the world as Bonanza's Ben Cartwright, Lorne Greene. (CBC)

Nov 30, 1988 - From the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Sheila McCarthy and Mike MacDonald act as hosts, good-naturedly flinging zingers back and forth throughout the production. At one point, McCarthy does an onstage costume change by taking off her long skirt and jacket to reveal another outfit beneath. Not to be outdone, MacDonald sheds his pants to reveal black Bermuda-type shorts. The theme of this year's show, The Whole World is Watching, is a reflection of the academy's commitment to producing high-quality Canadian programming that appeals to the domestic audience and is also marketable abroad. (CBC)

Dec 5, 1989 - From the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, comedian Martin Short hosts the ceremony. His man-child Ed Grimley, with the permanent cow-lick, teams up with another Canadian character, Louis del Grande, in a hilarious sketch that sees both men sloshed in mud. Greg Malone performs a parody of Barbara Frum, mimicking Frum's mannerisms to perfection. When the real Frum appears alongside the "Bogus Barbara ... the phoney Frum," Malone asks her in typical Frum fashion, "Are you bitter?" A who's who of Canadian TV personalities, including Al Waxman, Tommy Hunter and Megan Follows, present the awards, broadcast live on the CTV network.

Dec 4, 1990 - From the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, host Joe Flaherty steers the program through various skits and gags about the rosy prospects for Canadian television in the '90s. Reports of devastating blows to local CBC-TV service came late in the day — too late apparently to change the script for the event broadcast live on the national CBC network. Also featured - a tribute to the comedy team of Frank Shuster and the late Johnny Wayne with a video retrospective of their career.

Dec 9, 1990 - 1990 Gemini Awards Part II. Highlights of the first two days of the Geminis last week are shown on the cable channel YTV. The technical and design awards and Night 1 of the Gemini Awards. A low-key affair with host Gordon Pinsent, sees the foot soldiers of TV production — mostly editors and cinematographers — troop to the podium for a moment of recognition. Organizers say this was the first awards show in the world to be shot on high-definition TV.

Mar 8, 1992 - From the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and broadcast on CBC-TV. Street Legal's Cynthia Dale and Ralph Benmergui of CBC's Midday act as hosts. One highlight is an appearance by Canadian comic Mike Myers, who does an edition of Wayne's World. Myers reads a list of the "Top 5 Things I Love About Canada." The list includes health care and gun control, Hockey Night in Canada, Florida, Mr. Dressup, and is topped by Quebec. The eligibility period for programs honored runs from about July 1990 to October 1991. Plans for a viewer phone-in vote on tonight's Gemini Awards broadcast on CBC-TV have been cancelled due to time zone difficulties. The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television wanted to let viewers call a toll-free number and select among three finalists for the annual "people's choice" award.

Mar 15, 1992 - 1992 Gemini Awards Part II. Laurie Hibberd and Terry David Mulligan co-host night two of the sixth annual ceremony honoring the best in Canadian English-language television. From the Metro Toronto Convention Center. (YTV, taped)

Mar 7, 1993 - From the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, E.N.G.'s Sara Botsford and Greg Malone of CODCO co-host the awards. A cheeky awards ceremony centers around the theme 'out on a limb' suggests that the networks have become so intertwined they might as well tie the knot. Sarah Botsford takes on the guise of Pamela Pringle. "It's time for one nation, one network," she reasons. "C.A.N.A.D.A.-TV would be operated by a board of directors consisting of (CBC chief) Ivan Fecan (CTV chief) John Cassaday, (CTV talk-show host) Dini Petti, (CBC video show host) Dan Gallagher and (the Amazing) Kreskin."

Mar 6, 1994 - Hosts Valerie Pringle and Street Legal actor Albert Schultz. There are ovations for legendary comic Frank Shuster, for figure skater Kurt Browning, who makes a special appearance, and for veteran performer Ernie Coombs (Mr. Dressup), who receives this year's Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement. The evening's most emotional ovation goes to the mother of Tommy Sexton. The show is dedicated to the memory of Sexton and John Candy. The Holly Cole Trio provides the main entertainment. (CBC)

Mar 5, 1995 - Tina Keeper and Paul Gross host. Highlights include a tribute to SCTV, which reunites most of the original cast members in a heartwarming homecoming; Gross' performance of a stirring country ballad, "Blue Alberta Skies," backed by an RCMP chorus in full dress uniform; Peter Mansbridge imitating David Letterman in a hilarious and self-deprecating Top Ten (How You Know You're At A Really Bad Awards Show) routine; and 5th estate producer Kelly Crichton's passionate reminder that her show exists because (a beleaguered) CBC exists, and that if we want our stories on TV, we should make sure our voices are heard.

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