Cana­di­ans to watch

Emmy nom­i­na­tions to be re­vealed to­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN

When this year’s Emmy Awards nom­i­na­tions are re­vealed to­day, “Or­phan Black’’ star Ta­tiana Maslany will not be among the names an­nounced.

Space, the Cana­dian net­work for the ac­claimed sci-fi se­ries, says the fifth and fi­nal sea­son that de­buted June 10 did not air dur­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity win­dow for this year’s Em­mys.

That means Clone Club mem­bers will have to wait an­other year to see if Regina-born Maslany will get a third nom­i­na­tion for best lead ac­tress in a drama, for play­ing mul­ti­ple clones on the se­ries (last year she won the stat­uette).

But fret not, Cana­dian TV fans, there are sev­eral other Canucks who are el­i­gi­ble for Em­mys this year. Here are a few shows to watch for when the nom­i­na­tions are re­vealed:

1. “The Hand­maid’s Tale’’: This much-her­alded Amer­i­can se­ries has strong Cana­dian con­nec­tions that might not re­sult in ac­tual Emmy nom­i­na­tions, but none­the­less de­serve men­tion. Among the con­nec­tions is, of course, Toronto au­thor Mar­garet At­wood. Her 1985 dystopian novel in­spired the Hulu se­ries, which aired on Bravo in Canada, and she was a con­sult­ing pro­ducer and had a brief cameo. The cast also had a Cana­dian — Amanda Brugel of Pointe Claire, Que., who played a Martha (a house­hold ser­vant). And it was all shot in Toronto.

2. Jean-Marc Vallee and James Tup­per of HBO’s “Big Lit­tle Lies’’: Quebec-based Vallee di­rected the darkly comedic mur­der mys­tery, which David E. Kel­ley based on Liane Mo­ri­arty’s best­selling novel. Crit­ics widely praised Vallees’s bold vis­ual style and use of mu­sic in the star-packed lim­ited se­ries, so his chances for a nom­i­na­tion ap­pear strong. Tup­per, a Nova Sco­tia na­tive, plays the easy­go­ing ex-hus­band to Reese Wither­spoon’s acer­bic char­ac­ter.

3. Sa­man­tha Bee: The Toronto na­tive earned her first Emmy nom­i­na­tion last year, for writ­ing on her va­ri­ety se­ries “Full Frontal with Sa­man­tha Bee,’’ which airs on TBS and The Com­edy Net­work. Since then, the show has con­tin­ued to build mo­men­tum, with some crit­ics hail­ing her fiery po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary as an im­por­tant voice in the Trump era.

4. “Fargo’’: A slew of Cana­di­ans — from cast­ing direc­tors to pro­duc­tion de­sign­ers and sound mix­ers — were nom­i­nated for their work on sea­son 2 of the Al­berta-shot FX se­ries last year. Sea­son 3 was also shot in Al­berta, which poses for Minnesota, so per­haps the streak will con­tinue. Sea­son 3 stars Ewan McGre­gor in two roles: as both a pa­role of­fi­cer and his more hand­some and suc­cess­ful older brother.

5. Long shots “Schitt’s Creek’’ and “Anne’’: Canuck “Schitt’s Creek’’ stars Cather­ine O’Hara and Eu­gene Levy have ap­peared as long shots on some Emmy pre­dic­tions lists for a cou­ple of years now (es­pe­cially O’Hara). Now that the CBC/ Pop TV com­edy se­ries has de­vel­oped a global fol­low­ing, with pro­files in ma­jor pub­li­ca­tions and avail­abil­ity on Net­flix, per­haps sea­son 3 will be their time. Mean­while, CBC’s “Anne’’ (known as “Anne with an E’’ on Net­flix) was shot in Prince Ed­ward Is­land and On­tario and has many Cana­dian con­tenders, in­clud­ing Ir­ish-Cana­dian star Amy­beth McNulty and Cana­dian-born pro­ducer-writer Moira Wal­ley-Beck­ett. The se­ries is based on Lucy Maud Mont­gomery’s clas­sic novel.


This im­age re­leased by Hulu shows Elis­a­beth Moss as Of­fred in a scene from, “The Hand­maid’s Tale.” The Amer­i­can se­ries has strong Cana­dian con­nec­tions that might not re­sult in ac­tual Emmy nom­i­na­tions to­day.

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