The odds of winning tonight, for Less Than Kind, are undoubtedly a bit better than average.
The locally produced HBO Canada sitcom, which led all comedy programs in this year's Gemini Awards field with eight nominations in all, has six chances of taking home the coveted gold-profile trophy in tonight's televised Gemini gala (which airs at 8 p.m. on Global, 10 p.m. on Showcase).
Less Than Kind's half-dozen nominations are crammed into just three categories -- the series is up for best comedy program (against CTV's Dan for Mayor, CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie and Rick Mercer Report, and Showcase's Pure Pwnage), has a pair of nominations for best writing in a comedy/variety program, and has three cast members -- Benjamin Arthur, Lisa Durupt and Wendel Meldrum -- vying for best individual comedy performance (alongside Rick Mercer and standup comic Pete Zedlacher).
LTK had two other nominations, for best direction (James Dunnison) and best achievement in main title design; those categories were presented at ceremonies earlier this month, and the trophies went to other shows.
Tonight's broadcast of The 25th Annual Gemini Awards will be hosted by Canadian-born Glee star Cory Monteith.
Musical guests in tonight's gala include Elvis Costello, Feist and Ron Sexsmith. In addition to award presentations in 19 Gemini categories, the show will also include a tribute to Degrassi.
The CTV/CBS cop drama Flashpoint led all programs in this year's Gemini race, with 15 nominations.
The shot-in-Manitoba CBC miniseries Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story had seven nominations and has already won one Gemini, for best photography in a dramatic program or series. Jared Keeso, who portrayed Cherry in the miniseries, is in tonight's field as a nominee for best actor in a leading role in a dramatic program or miniseries.
The 25th Annual Gemini Awards
Hosted by Cory Monteith
Tonight at 8 p.m., Global/10 p.m., Showcase