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The Gemini Awards are the Canadian television industry's top prize, the Canadian equivilent of an Emmy Award. The Canadian co-production of Sesame Street, Sesame Park, won multiple Geminis.

The Canadian Screen Awards replaced the Geminis and Genies in 2013.

1986, 1st

Fraggle Rock

Won:

Nominated:

1987, 2nd

Fraggle Rock

Won:

  • Best Direction in a Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series: Eric Till

Nominated:

Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes

Won:

1994, 8th

Jim Henson's Dog City

Won:

1995, 9th

Jim Henson's Dog City

Nominated:

  • Best Animated Program or Series: Clive Smith, Michael Hirsh, Patrick Loubert

1996, 10th

Jim Henson's Dog City

Nominated:

1999, 14th

Sesame Park

Won:

  • Best Pre-School Program or Series: Wendy Smith, Susan Sheehan, Duncan Lamb

Nominated:

  • Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series: Bob Stutt

2000, 15th

Sesame Park

Won:

Nominated:

  • Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series: Pier Kohl

2001, 16th

Sesame Park

Won:

  • Best Pre-School Program or Series: Wendy Smith, Duncan Lamb, Susan Sheehan
  • Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series: Eric Peterson as Old King Cole

Nominated:

  • Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series: Pier Kohl

2007

2007 Gemini Awards Basil

Basil in the skit.

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2007 Geminis Puppets Skit

The 2007 awards featured a pre-taped segment for the fictional charity, "Forgotten Lives Of Puppets", a senior's home for unemployed puppets. The segment ended as if a public service announcement, hosted by Camilla Scott.

A majority of the puppets were on loan from the CBC Museum, where they were on display at the time.

Included in the segment were Basil from Sesame Park, Gerome and Rusty from The Friendly Giant, costumed character Polkaroo from Polka Dot Door, and Casey and Finnegan of Mr. Dressup, locked in the show's Tickle Trunk. However, the segment primarily featured the puppets of Mike Harding (Applefun Puppetry), claiming they were also television veterans, when in actuality this was their first television appearance. One of Harding's characters, Lacy, is shown ready to give oral sex. Basil was shown early in the segment, playing a piano.

The segment sparked controversy after the family of Bob Homme, the creator and star of The Friendly Giant found the sketch in poor taste and said it was disrespectful to the late Homme. Soon after, the Homme family took back the loan of their father's puppets, from the CBC Museum; now only the stage wall remains. The Sesame Park characters remain on display at the museum.

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