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Comedian Samantha Bee to host Canadian Screen Awards

Toronto native Samantha Bee is returning home to host the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards. The pre-recorded broadcast will cap off Canadian Screen Week, during which there will be numerous in-person events for the first time in four years.

Show will be pre-recorded, will not include audience of guests and nominees

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Samantha Bee poses at red carpet event in Beverly Hills, May 24, 2018. The Toronto-born comedian has been announced as host of the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/The Associated Press)

Toronto native Samantha Bee is returning home to host the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards.

Organizers for the ceremony celebrating the best in Canadian film and television say Bee will helm the pre-recorded broadcast to cap off Canadian Screen Week, during which there will be numerous in-person events for the first time in four years.

In a departure from the pre-pandemic format, the final show wrapping up the week's festivities that Bee is hosting will not take place live in front of an audience of guests and nominees.

A spokesperson from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television says that the special will highlight award winners feted throughout the week, and will include interviews and "notable moments."

The Academy says awards will be handed out over the course of seven events divided by genre.

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The festivities will begin April 11, with awards being given to sports, news and documentary and other factual programming.

Children's animation, lifestyle and reality awards are set to be handed out on April 12, while digital, immersive and cinematic arts programs will be honoured April 13. Comedic and dramatic arts awards will be given out April 14.

Bee, who made a name for herself as a correspondent on The Daily Show before hosting her late-night comedy series Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, said she's excited for the opportunity to celebrate "our country's finest creative minds."

Another major change to the CSAs announced last year is that the performance categories for film and TV are no longer split by gender.

The Canadian Screen Awards with Samantha Bee airs April 16 on CBC and CBC Gem. Special award recipients include Ryan Reynolds, Catherine O'Hara and Simu Liu.

Nominees will be announced on Feb. 22.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Noel Ransome is a culture and entertainment reporter at The Canadian Press.

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