TORONTO - Alan Thicke, Grey’s Anatomy Sandra Oh, Sara Canning and Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast) have been added as presenters this Sunday at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.
Thicke co-starred in the canceled L.A. Complex drama, while Canning top-lines the sci-fi drama Primeval: New World.
They join previously announced Screenies presenters Jay Baruchel, Kim Coates, Adam Beach, James Cromwell (Still Mine), Erica Durance and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville).
The slew of Los Angeles-based Canadian talent brought to Toronto aims to help lift a major rebrand of Canada’s film and TV awards after the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television combined the former Genies and Geminis into a single annual broadcast.
The Genies, the country’s film awards, and the Geminis, Canada’s TV awards, failed to secure sizable TV audiences here that instead embrace U.S. award shows like the Oscars, which secured an audience of 6.1 million Canadians on Sunday night.
Martin Short is to host the refreshed Canadian film and TV awards, to air on the CBC on March 3.