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37th Gemelli Prize | Who will dominate? Huguette or Audrey?

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You don’t need to have a crystal ball to predict which shows will garner an avalanche of selections on Wednesday, when Véronique Cloutier and Nicolas Ouellet unveil the finalists of the 37I am Gemini Award. At the end of a hectic TV season, here are our forecasts.

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Marc-André Lemieux

Marc-André Lemieux
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Let’s start with the obvious: in fiction, That’s how I love you will come out on top. The second season of the comic-criminal adventures of Huguette et companies received a more than enthusiastic reception this spring on ICI Tou’s Extra. TV. Will he be able to beat the 15 selections obtained in 2020? Bets are open.

Directed by Yan England and broadcast on TVA, the Quebec adaptation of Red bracelets will also be a favorite. And there is no doubtOne way ticket, one of the nice surprises of the 2021-2022 calendar, will claim its share of the cake. The agatha-christian thriller will allow Noovo to strengthen his status as a protagonist.


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scene ofOne way ticket

Audrey is back it could go beyond all these productions and take the first position. In fact, it’s hard to see how an award-winning series almost anywhere outside the borders of Quebec (Dior Grand Prix in Cannes, Best International Audience Award in Denver, Francophone Prize in Banff) can be avoided at home. The work of the authors Florence Longpré and Guillaume Lambert, proposed on Club illico, tells the story of a young woman who comes out of a coma after 15 long years with humor, sensitivity and depth.


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Florence Longpré (Audrey) a Audrey is back

Important detail to note: the series was presented on the comedy side, confirms the Pixcom production box. Therefore, Audrey is back could face Discussions with my parents, eye of the storm, The blue house, Boys, Leo, Counter offer, Not even me without an appointmentetc.

Permissible or not?

The eligibility period for Gemini is from 1uh From May 2021 to April 30 2022, titles released in the last two months will have to wait until 2023 to hope to win a selection. In other words, we must avoid shouting scandal when we notice the absence of Chiefs!, from Brain orTeam 99 in the ranking of the finalists. These productions were simply not eligible.

It will also be fun to examine the Academy’s attitude towards more or less fresh series in our minds, such as After And get me out of myself. Online in spring 2021, respectively on ICI Tou’s Extra. tv and Crave, these miniseries were subsequently broadcast on mainstream TV.

Played by Karine Vanasse and painting the portrait of a small Laurentian community suffering from a shooting, After it should do well because it resonated with the audience.


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Series After should appear in the Gemini honor roll.

Having found a minor echo, get me out of myself it could be at a disadvantage. The offer of Sophie Lorain and Alexis Durand-Brault, however, should allow Vincent Leclerc, hypnotizing as a bipolar man (let’s say no more so as not to spoil the pleasure of latecomers who would like to take a look at it), to earn a mention.

TFR?

One factor could affect jurors this year. An element that could be defined as a “starting bonus”. Indeed, perhaps the Academy will want to highlight the many headliners and programs that come out of the antenna by assigning them – at least – a selection.

Pierre Bruneau, who has just retired VAT news, will be a finalist for the award for the best series of public affairs programs? Edith Cochrane’s departure will play to the advantage of television boys ? Denis Gagné will be able to return to the selections with Johane Despins The supermarket ? Possibly.

On the playoff side, the Academy felt the pressure to nominate Lifetime, Another story And The blue hour Why does he know he’ll never get the chance again? The same could be said of District 31which ended in April after six seasons, but speaking of the undisputed champion of ratings, we bet the series would have amassed a lot of choices, regardless.


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Series District 31 ended last April after six seasons.

Towards a “normal” gala.

After a 2020-2021 season tainted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the TV industry has been in full swing for the past 12 months. The revival of the original productions has been reflected in the increase in entries for the competition, says the director general of the Academy, Quebec section, Mara Gourd-Mercado.


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Mara Gourd-Mercado, Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Quebec Section

As for the gala, which Véronique Cloutier will pilot on ICI Télé on 18 September, everything indicates that she will abandon the intimate pandemic formulas of the last editions.

“This year, what we want is to find some semblance of normality,” says Mara Gourd-Mercado. The past two years have highlighted our need for a sense of community. It is this spirit that we will find in Gemini. We want to celebrate together, side by side. ”

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