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With less than one week to go until the winners are announced, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and CBC Television today announced the final group of presenters participating in the 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS. Hosted by Emmy™ award-winning comedy legend Andrea Martin, this year’s edition of the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS will take place at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and broadcast on CBC-TV on Sunday, March 1st at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) and on CBC.ca at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
Recent Academy Award®- and Golden Globe®-winning actress Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars, Still Alice) highlights the final group of presenters for this Sunday’s gala broadcast that features an impressive list of Canadian and international talent, including 2014 Canadian Screen Award-winners from CBC’s 22 Minutes: Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Susan Kent and Shaun Majumder; as well as Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland, The Blacklist); Kevin Durand (The Strain, The Captive); A.J. Cook (Criminal Minds, The Virgin Suicides); Jennifer Finnigan (Baby Sellers, Tyrant); Kristin Lehman (Motive); George Stroumboulopoulos (Hockey Night in Canada); Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue); Meaghan Rath (Being Human); and Emmanuel Kabongo (The Animal Project, Teenagers).
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THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES has been a staple of CBC’s prime-time lineup for 22 seasons and in honour of the iconic Canadian comedy’s unique milestone year, CBC, together with the show’s creators and producers at DHX Media, is inviting Canadians to join in the celebrations with a live gala event and a special retrospective episode.
“We’re thrilled to have not one but two opportunities to honour this unique achievement for 22 MINUTES and everyone who has contributed to the show over the past 22 seasons,” said Michelle Daly, senior director, comedy, CBC. “Twenty-two years’ worth of jokes, sketches, characters – and not just the politicians – is a huge accomplishment and we’re proud to celebrate the legacy 22 Minutes has created and continues to grow in Canadian comedy.”
“This event is the first time we’ve been able to bring so many of the present and former cast together, so I’m as excited as I am terrified,” said Peter McBain, executive producer, 22 MINUTES. “If the hour-long special shows us anything, it’s that it’s the people who have made the show so memorable and so relevant year after year. The irresistible force of the performers meeting the immovable object of the politicians, there’s magic in that.”
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The award-winning, record-breaking, Canadian comedy institution THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, is back for its 22nd year beginning Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT) with more savage satire each week. This season promises to be bigger than ever with special guests, live events, an hour-long retrospective special and a nation-wide contest in addition to weekly episodes on CBC-TV.
Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Susan Kent and Cathy Jones return to bring their unique brand of comedy to the beloved 22 MINUTES program that has kept Canadian viewers laughing (and Canadian politicians cringing) since 1993. This season’s schedule includes 19 new episodes plus the retrospective special.
The first season cast included Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey, Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones, who continues on the series. Other Canadian comedy standouts to grace the 22 MINUTES anchor desk over the past 22 years include Colin Mochrie, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall, Jonathan Torrens, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy Greenwood and many more.
In honour of the iconic comedy’s 22nd year, CBC is celebrating THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES throughout the season with live events and a retrospective TV special. CBC will host a star-studded This Hour Has 22 Years – Live in Toronto event on Dec. 4th in celebration of the program, its stars, and the legacy it has built over the years as an anchor of Canadian comedy. This red-carpet event will feature some of the biggest names and brightest stars that Canada has produced in the world of comedy.