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Schitt's Creek (stylized as Schitt$ Creek) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Daniel Levy and his father Eugene Levy that premiered on CBC Television on January 13, 2015.[1] The series is produced by Not a Real Company Productions.[2] On March 6, 2018, the show was renewed for a 14-episode fifth season,[3] which began airing on January 8, 2019.[4] On March 21, 2019, it was announced the show would air a sixth and final season consisting of 14 episodes.[5] The show airs on the cable network Pop in the United States.

Schitt's Creek
Schitt's Creek logo.png
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes66 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Eugene Levy
  • Daniel Levy
  • Fred Levy
  • Andrew Barnsley
  • Ben Feigin
  • Kevin White
Producer(s)Colin Brunton
Camera setupSingle camera setup
Running time22–48 minutes
Production company(s)Not a Real Company Productions
DistributorITV Studios Global Entertainment
Release
Original networkCBC Television
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 13, 2015 (2015-01-13) –
present (present)
External links
CBC Television's Schitt'$ Creek

The series has won various accolades, including an ACTRA Award and 18 Canadian Screen Awards.[6] It is the first Canadian comedy series to be nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series and first to win a MTV Movie & TV Award, winning Best Comedic Performance for Daniel Levy in 2019.[7] It is also the first program from the Pop network to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.[8]

Contents

SynopsisEdit

The wealthy Rose family—video store magnate Johnny (Eugene Levy), his wife and former soap opera actress Moira (Catherine O'Hara), and their adult children David and Alexis (Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy)—lose their fortune after being defrauded by their business manager. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt's Creek, which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift back in 1991.[9]

The Roses relocate to Schitt's Creek, moving into two adjacent rooms in a run-down motel. As the family adjusts to their new lives, their well-to-do attitudes come into conflict with Schitt's Creek's more unsophisticated (but occasionally down-to-earth) residents, including mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott), his wife Jocelyn (Jenn Robertson), and the motel's manager, Stevie (Emily Hampshire).[9]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
213January 12, 2016 (2016-01-12)March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)
313January 10, 2017 (2017-01-10)April 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)
413January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)December 19, 2018 (2018-12-19)
514January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)April 9, 2019 (2019-04-09)

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

  • John Hemphill as Bob Currie, proprietor of Bob's Garage and a member of the town council
  • Rizwan Manji as Ray Butani, the only real estate agent in town and a former member of the town council
  • Karen Robinson as Ronnie Lee, a member of the town council
  • Steve Lund as Jake, David and Stevie's former love interest
  • Jasmin Geljo as Ivan, a baker who supplies the motel with pastries
  • Robin Duke as Wendy Kurtz, dress shop owner and David's former employer
  • Ennis Esmer as Emir Kaplan, a travel blogger and Stevie's former love interest.
  • Marilyn Bellfontaine as Gwen Currie, Bob’s wife.

Development and productionEdit

ConceptionEdit

Daniel Levy came up with the idea for the show while watching reality television. He told Out.com, "I had been watching some reality TV at the time and was concentrating on what would happen if one of these wealthy families would lose everything. Would the Kardashians still be the Kardashians without their money?"[10] He turned to his father, Eugene Levy, to help develop the show; Eugene Levy came up with series title. Daniel Levy decided to make the location of Schitt's Creek vague, but in August 2018 said that it is in Canada.[11][12]

The Levys initially pitched the show to several networks in Canada and the United States. Cable networks HBO and Showtime passed on the series, while broadcast networks ABC (United States) and the CBC (Canada) expressed interest. The show was first sold to the CBC, but the Levys decided against ABC as its U.S. broadcaster due to the network's alleged history of creative interference. Schitt's Creek eventually found a U.S. home on Pop TV after striking a deal with network head Brad Schwartz, who had previously hired Daniel on MTV Canada. ITV Studios Global Entertainment also partnered with the CBC and Pop to distribute the show worldwide. The majority of production costs are covered by the CBC.[13]

During the early stages of development, various networks suggested the title of the show be changed to make it sound less profane. The Levys resisted these suggestions and argued "Schitt" was a legitimate last name. To prove their point, they brought pages copied from a phone book to the CBC showing listings for individuals with the "Schitt" surname. The CBC agreed and allowed the Levys to keep the original title.[14] The name has still faced censorship issues during promotional tours in the United States, with many networks shortening the title or providing extra disclaimers before using it on-air.[15]

Annie Murphy was cast as Alexis after Abby Elliott, who was initially slated for the role, had to drop out.[11] Eugene Levy suggested Catherine O'Hara for the role of Moira Rose.[11]

The executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Ben Feigin, Fred Levy, and Daniel White. Daniel Levy is the showrunner.

Filming style and locationsEdit

Schitt's Creek is filmed using a single camera set-up with no live audience or laugh track.[16] The interior scenes for the first two seasons were filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Toronto,[14] while interior scenes for season 3 were shot at Dufferin Gate Studios in Toronto.[17] The remainder of the series is filmed on location in Goodwood, Ontario, the Regional Municipality of Durham of the Greater Toronto Area, and Mono, Ontario, where the motel scenes are filmed.[18] Stouffville, Ontario also served as a filming location for an unspecified number of scenes in the series' first two seasons, and scenes involving the fictional retailer, Blouse Barn, in seasons two and three were filmed on location in Unionville, Ontario.[19][20] Exterior filming also took place at Rattlesnake Point in Milton, Ontario for season five's "The Hike."[21] The opening shot of the first season features Lisa Vanderpump’s former Beverly Park estate as the facade of the Rose family estate.

MusicEdit

Schitt’s Creek features several musical performances from its main and supporting characters. The majority of these performances feature the town singing group, the Jazzagals. The Jazzagals' main members are Moira Rose, Jocelyn Schitt, Twyla Sands, Ronnie Lee, and Gwen Currie. Throughout the series, they have covered “It’s Raining Men;” “Baby, I’m Yours;” "Takin’ It Home;" "Silent Night;" and "Islands in the Stream."[22]

In season four’s “Asbestos Fest,” David and Moira perform a duet known as “The Number.” This compilation of holiday songs was regularly performed at the annual Rose Christmas party and included samples from “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “Deck the Halls,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The song was arranged by Moira’s portrayer, Catherine O’Hara.[23]

In season four’s “Open Mic,” Patrick sings an acoustic cover of Tina Turner’sThe Best” as a declaration of love to David. The song was arranged and performed by Patrick’s portrayer, Noah Reid.[24] After airing on Schitt’s Creek, Reid’s version of the song was released on Spotify and iTunes, where it reached #1 on the Canadian charts. All proceeds from the single were donated to the Ontario charity, LGBT Youth Line.[25]

In season five’s “The Hospies,” Alexis auditions for a community theatre production by singing “A Little Bit Alexis,” the theme song from her defunct reality show of the same name. Alexis’ portrayer, Annie Murphy, who wrote and performed the song for the show, says she drew inspiration from the pop songs of Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan. Menno Versteeg and Nixon Boyd of the Canadian band, Hollerado, also helped produce the song.[26] “A Little Bit Alexis” was released as a single on Spotify and iTunes, where it reached #28 on the Canadian charts.[27]

In season five’s “Life is a Cabaret,” several main characters perform “Willkommen” from the musical Cabaret. Stevie also sings a second number, “Maybe This Time,” as her Cabaret character, Sally Bowles, in the same episode.[28] Both songs were performed in front of a live audience during filming.[29]

BroadcastEdit

The series was picked up in the United States by Pop and premiered on February 11, 2015.[30][31] Season 5 aired on January 16, 2019 on Pop.[32] The show has also been picked up in New Zealand by TV2 and TVNZ on Demand and in Australia by the ABC and its iView streaming service.[33] The four seasons appear, though not always together, on different streaming television services worldwide. Netflix in USA, UK, Japan, Ireland, South Africa, and Australia carry the full series. In India, the show is broadcast on Comedy Central India.

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

The first season of Schitt's Creek received generally positive reviews. It holds an approval rating of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 6.38/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The title is one of the best jokes of Schitt's Creek, but performances from Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara give the writing a comedic boost."[34] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[35] Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star wrote that the show "is one of the best CBC comedies in years,"[36] though John Doyle of The Globe and Mail sharply criticized it as "as anodyne and polite as the feel-good remarks made by its stars when asked about it. It's nice and it's droll, but it fails."[37] After being picked up by Pop, the Los Angeles Times described the show as "very funny, beautifully played, [and] sometimes touching",[38] while Mike Hale of The New York Times called Schitt's Creek "drab and underwritten."[39]

Subsequent seasons of Schitt's Creek have been more positively received, with the show growing in popularity after debuting on Netflix in January 2017.[40] On Rotten Tomatoes, seasons 2, 4 and 5 have approval ratings of 100%, with season 4's consensus reading, "The comedic real estate value rises for Schitt's Creek in its fourth year, the series gradually maturing into appointment viewing with a big, beating heart beneath its absurdity."[41][42][43] Bridget Read of Vogue wrote that while the series "started off with typical fish out of water scenarios," it has "fully come into its own, with a whole cast of Twin Peaks-meets-Christopher-Guest-universe characters that are as equally endearing."[44] In New York Magazine, Maggie Fremont wrote that "the show takes a few episodes to get into its groove, but once it does, you’ll never want to leave."[45] The series has placed on annual best-of lists published by Esquire,[46] Glamour,[47] The New Yorker,[48] and Variety.[49]

The series has also been praised for its portrayal of a pansexual character, played by Dan Levy,[50][51] as well as for how David's sexuality is simply accepted by the other characters with no expressions of homophobia in the storyline.[52]

Awards and nominationsEdit

In 2015, Schitt's Creek's first season received two Directors Guild of Canada awards from three nominations. At the 2016 ceremony, season 1 received nine Canadian Screen Awards from 16 nominations. Schitt's Creek's second season received 13 nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards.[53] In 2018, the series received nominations from the US-based MTV Movie & TV Awards and the Critics' Choice Television Award. In 2019, the series was nominated for 15 Canadian Screen Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role (Catherine O'Hara) and Best Comedy Program or Series at the Canadian Screen Awards[54][8].

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