TORONTO - The CTV cop drama "Flashpoint" has once again grabbed the Gemini Award spotlight, nabbing 15 nominations.

And while the show's executive producers obviously hope to win, they say they're thrilled to face strong competition. Rounding out the best drama category is HBO Canada's "Durham County," the CBC's "Republic of Doyle" and "The Tudors," and the Space drama "Stargate Universe."

"It feels to us that there's a bit of a renaissance happening right now in Canadian drama and there's this resurgence, this interest ... as well as this kind of positive reaction that audiences have been having to it as well," said Bill Mustos.

"There feels like there's a fresh kind of energy and a kind of optimism around Canadian drama and that's an amazing thing to feel a part of. We're just one small piece of that but it does feel like this trend is on its way and it's good for a whole bunch of shows and good for the industry at large."

"Durham County" director and executive producer Adrienne Mitchell agreed that the class of Canadian dramas was very strong.

"I think this is really a hallmark year of excellent Canadian drama series and it's inspiring to be a part of this community," said Mitchell, whose show received seven nods.

Last year, "Flashpoint" scored a record 19 Gemini nominations and went on to win six awards, including best dramatic series, direction, and performance by an actor, for Enrico Colantoni.

This year the show is up for a number of acting awards as well as nominations for best writing, photography, picture editing, music score and casting.

The CBC miniseries "Guns" and "The Summit," HBO Canada's "Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures," and "Stargate Universe" all received nine apiece.

The most comedy nominations went to HBO's "Less Than Kind" with eight, including best comedy, director, writing and three nods for individual performances.

Coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics also earned kudos. A submission from the CTV-led Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium earned 13 Gemini nods.

Late Tuesday, a CTV spokesowman noted that there were also four additional nominations related to the Winter Games. Those programs were commissioned by the consortium and produced by outside production companies.

A jury of five to seven members chooses the nominees for each category and winners are then voted on by various members of the academy.

In addition to its best drama nod, "Republic of Doyle" also picked up nominations for best performance by an actor and actress in a continuing leading dramatic role. Three-time nominee Lynda Boyd admitted she'd love to finally take home a trophy.

"You always say it doesn't matter, (it's an honour) just to be nominated and that is true -- but I'd like to win it," she said.

"It's just a real nice acknowledgment that what we were doing there in Newfoundland last year ... has become this hit, and it's really lovely to be part of it."

Liane Balaban was nominated for best lead actress in a dramatic program or miniseries for the CBC TV movie "Abroad," which picked up three nominations. It was Balaban's first Gemini nomination and she said she was genuinely excited to have her name called out on Tuesday.

"I'm thrilled," she said. "It's really nice to be recognized by my colleagues. It means someone was watching and someone cared and someone wanted you to be recognized.

"As much as I never cared about awards -- because I've never really been nominated for them," she said with a laugh, "as soon as I was nominated for a Gemini, it really matters to me now."

Acting less excited in his trademark sardonic manner was Kenny Hotz of "Kenny and Spenny" fame. He has a handful of nominations to his name but still no hardware to show for it. This year, his show is up for best ensemble performance in a comedy.

"We haven't won one yet, we've been nominated 412 times, best catering mostly," he quipped.

"You'd think one of the most famous, successful shows in the history of all of Canada would have already received a Gemini after seven years of being the Canadian diplomats for 150 countries in the world, and the largest selling format in the history of Canada but meh," he said shrugging his shoulders, "whatever."

Other notable nominations include Christopher Plummer's nod for best performance by an actor in a miniseries, for "The Summit," and Michael Buble for best performance or host in a variety program, for "At The Concert Hall."

In a couple weeks, the Geminis will host a website asking TV fans to vote on their favourite Canadian show of the last quarter century. The results will be counted down on the Gemini award broadcast, which airs Nov. 13.