Schitt's Creek (stylized as Schitt$ Creek) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and his son Dan Levy, that premiered on CBC Television on January 13, 2015. The series is produced by Not a Real Company Productions. On January 12, 2015, CBC renewed the show for a second season. The second season premiered in Canada on January 12, 2016 on CBC. It was announced on February 17, 2016, that the CBC renewed the show for a third season which began broadcasting on January 11, 2017. On March 10, 2017 the show was renewed for a fourth season, which aired on January 9, 2018 on CBC.
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||Not a Real Company Productions|
|Distributor||ITV Studios Global Entertainment|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 13, 2015– present|
|CBC Television's Schitt'$ Creek|
The series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O'Hara as his wife Moira, a no longer successful soap star. The family loses their fortune due to the action of their business manager's failure to pay their taxes. As a result, they are forced to rebuild their lives using their only remaining asset, a small town named Schitt's Creek which they had bought as a joke for the birthday of their son years before. The story revolves around the family's life living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered thirty-something adult children, David and Alexis. The cast includes Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Jennifer Robertson and Emily Hampshire. The show is based on a series of situations contrasting the once-rich family and their big-city, worldly attitudes suddenly with small-town living and the honest, down-to-earth, hard-working folk who live in Schitt's Creek.
The series is filmed on location in Goodwood, Ontario, in the Regional Municipality of Durham of the Greater Toronto Area and Mono, Ontario, where the motel scenes are filmed. The interior scenes for the first two seasons were filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Toronto, while the interior scenes for the third season were shot at Dufferin Gate Studios in Toronto.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose
- Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose
- Dan Levy as David Rose
- Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose
- Chris Elliott as Roland Schitt, the mayor
- Jennifer Robertson as Jocelyn Schitt, the mayor's wife
- Emily Hampshire as Stevie Budd, the motel clerk (and later, motel owner)
- Tim Rozon as Mutt Schitt
- Sarah Levy as Twyla Sands, the diner waitress
- Dustin Milligan as Ted Mullens
- Robin Duke as Wendy Kurtz
- Rizwan Manji as Ray Butani, the only real estate agent in town, and also a member of the town council
- John Hemphill as Bob Currie, a member of the town council
- Karen Robinson as Ronnie Lee, a member of the town council
- Steve Lund as Jake
- Jasmin Geljo as Ivan
- Noah Reid as Patrick
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||January 13, 2015||March 31, 2015|
|2||13||January 12, 2016||March 29, 2016|
|3||13||January 10, 2017||April 4, 2017|
|4||TBA||January 9, 2018||TBA|
Schitt's Creek has received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes the first season has a rating of 50%, based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site'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." On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".
John Doyle of The Globe and Mail sharply critisized the show saying "Schitt’s Creek is droll? Try smug and self-satisfied". Doyle pointed out that "a small number of critics think it's hilarious. Others are utterly, eye-rolling indifferent"." He continued saying "There is no edge to Schitt's Creek. It's cozy comedy and perhaps the tightness of the ensemble – bound by family, old alliances – blinds then to the lack of hilarity in what they're doing. Comedy is hard and the show is soft-core comedy." Doyle concluded saying "Many viewers will approach Schitt's Creek with advance affection. They will relish seeing Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara working together again. They will savour the father/son dynamic between Eugene and Dan Levy. That's peachy too. But it will camouflage the fact that the show is 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."
After being picked up by the Pop (U.S. TV network), American reception has been much warmer. The Los Angeles Times described the show as "very funny, beautifully played, sometimes touching and, though its premise is familiar — rich family loses money — quite its own animal." and New York Post who stated that "The Levys nicely develop their fish-out-of-water concept by showing how the family tries to fit in out of necessity."
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 one received nine Canadian Screen Awards from 16 nominations. Schitt's Creek's second season has received a total of 13 nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards.
The series was picked up in the United States by Pop (formerly TVGN) and premiered on February 11, 2015. The show has also been picked up in New Zealand by TV2 and TVNZ on Demand. The three seasons appear, though not always together, on different streaming television services worldwide.
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