The cast of Schitt’s Creek talks about the new season of the hit show.
Stars of Schitts Creek Dan Levy and Annie Murphy stopped by to preview season 4 with Allison Dore and Arthur Simeon on Canada Talks on SiriusXM radio.
Check out this great interview with E! Canada with Dan, Eugene, Annie, and Catherine, from earlier today. If you’re in Canada be sure to tune in tonight on Schitt’s Creek season 4 premiere!
TV News Roundup: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Sets Season 4 Premiere Date
Pop has announced Season 4 of “Schitt’s Creek” will premiere Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., followed by the series premiere of “Let’s Get Physical” at 8:30 p.m. Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy are returning as the Rose family in the fourth season of “Schitt’s Creek,” while series co-creators Eugene and Daniel Levy continue to executive produce. Jane Seymour (“Wedding Crashers”), Matt Jones (“Breaking Bad”), Chris Diamantopoulos (“Episodes”), and AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”) star in “Let’s Get Physical,” a modern-day comedy capturing the zeitgeist of 1980s aerobics. The series revolves around middle-aged slacker Joe Force (Jones), who makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, the “Godfather of Aerobics,” unexpectedly passes away and wills Joe the broke-down family gym with eccentric provisions attached to get his actual fortune and estate.
I’ve also added a new still from Schitt’s Creek and a couple missing magazine scans of Dan from Hello! (Canada) and Canada South. Enjoy.
Fans of The Great British Bake Off take note – Canada’s version of the hit baking series, The Great Canadian Baking Show, is here and it is just as sweet as the original. Ahead of the show’s premiere on Nov. 1 (CBC), the show’s hosts, Dan Lev yand British-Canadian actress Julia Chan(Saving Hope), dropped by the Chatelaine Kitchen to spill some juicy secrets from the set. Read on to find out what you can expect to see in the Canadian baking tent.
The Canadian version boasts the best group of bakers yet. Julia and Dan both agree that the Canadian version of the hit series has the most positive and skilled group of bakers yet. Dan, 34, confessed, “The bakers were lovely people who were just there to have a good time, to test their skills, and to learn something,” he said, adding, “I do feel like the Canadian cast is arguably the best cast of bakers I’ve ever seen, out of all the franchises!”
Unlike other reality shows that are often rooted in negativity and strategy, The Great Canadian Baking Show aims to foster a supportive environment. Julia, 34, pointed out that the show’s positivity is timely, “We’re living in a bit of a tricky time right now and the [show] came at just the right moment, you know. It’s such a relief to watch.” She continued, “The main goal is just to get that bake done, as good as you can get it. Each competition isn’t against your fellow baker. You’re not competing for a big money prize, you’re just there because you love it.”
The winner of the competition show gets a fancy cake plate, which isn’t quite the same as The Great British Bake Off ’s winning prize of $100,000. But that doesn’t seem to bother any of the Canadian competitors, Dan pointed out, “They’re competing for a cake plate. You’re attracting a different kind of person; a kind of person who’s in it for the experience, not the fame or money. All these people should be put on pedestals just for how good they are as people and as bakers.”
Julia added: “All of these bakers are home bakers, they’re doing it for fun. The show is really such a hopeful spin on the reality-format of competition shows.”
Julia used to make sponge cakes with her mother but hilariously confessed that she would garnish them with woodsy materials she’d foraged. Dan confessed he’s never been much of a baker, “I’m not skilled with anything with my hands, be it origami or baking. It’s too precise. I panic when there’s lists and numbers, so I’m better as a consumer.”
In a review of The Great Canadian Baking Show, Globe and Mail TV critic John Doyle criticized Dan Levy’s “feyness”—and that is not OK.
The first time it happened was in the fourth grade. His name was Miguel. He was a year older than me and he poked his head out of a wooden fort near where I was playing on the school yard.
“Do you want to be a girl?” he shouted at me.
I was stunned. I don’t even remember what I said, if I responded at all. But, from his snicker, I knew that what he said was meant as a jab. That he had sniffed out something in me that wasn’t like the other boys and he thought that was bad.
Miguel would not be the last. I grew up in rural hockey country, where even the most minor gender transgressions were noticed, noted and, more often than I’d have liked, criticized out loud.
Most gay men know the pain of being called a fag. But we also know that prejudice often comes with a softer touch. It comes coded, or posed as a question.
On Tuesday, it came coded as “fey.”
The Great Canadian Baking Show premiered on Wednesday and in his review of the new series, Globe and Mail television critic John Doyle called the show’s co-host, Dan Levy, “fey.” In speaking about the show’s judges, Vancouver pastry chef Bruno Feldeisen and Montreal’s Rochelle Adonis, Doyle was unimpressed. “Both are a tad stiff and nervous and little winded—at any moment, they know they might be swarmed by the feyness of Levy and the tweeness of Chan.”
Levy responded with a statement on Instagram that reads, “As a proud gay man, being criticized for my “feyness” (defined by Merriam-Webster as “campy” and “precious”) in today’s Globe and Mail struck me as offensive, irresponsible, and homophobic.”
It’s hard to read Doyle’s words as anything but a criticism of Levy’s gayness—a criticism that he’s not just being gay, but *acting* gay, and that will be too overwhelming or too distracting for the viewers of the show.
I shouldn’t have to say that it’s homophobic to suggest a TV host is too gay, but here we are.
Full disclosure: I’ve known Levy for nearly a decade, since we were both—to use Doyle’s word—young “fey” men in Toronto. And yes, I take issue with that word being thrown in his direction because we are friends. But I’d take issue if we weren’t, too. I take issue with it because every gay man has been called “too gay” in coded language, whether the word used is “effeminate,” “flamboyant” or “fey,” only it’s usually not in a public forum, but in the workplace, at home—or in the school yard.
Whether the word was slung with that intent or not doesn’t matter now that it has been used. Even if the motivation wasn’t malicious, it points to an unconscious bias. Doyle sees men like Levy as “fey” and feels entitled to describe them as such. That’s a problem. What’s important to recognize here is that there are some words that carry perilous weight when you pair them with a gay man’s name.
Levy’s statement was tough to read. But what really got me was the last part: “To all the “fey” kids/people out there who read that and were made to question whether their “feyness” is deserving of criticism, it’s not. You are loved for who you are.”
That’s the part I want you to read, circle, highlight and read again. Because as far as we’ve come, there’s always going to be a little “fey” boy or “butch” girl on the school yard who needs to know not to listen to the Miguel, or the John Doyle, in their life.
On the surface, comedy star Daniel Levy’s hosting role on “The Great Canadian Baking Show” may seem ironic.
After his days making audiences laugh on several MTV Canada after-shows, he had no interest in hosting a TV show again, says the star and co-creator of “Schitt’s Creek.”
And he’s a terrible baker, he admits.
“It is almost stuff of legend how bad I am as a cook,” Levy said with a laugh in a recent phone interview.
“I’m an invitee to a dinner party. I’m not the person who’s inviting you over.”
Yet when Levy watched the wildly popular BBC series “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix, he got swept up in its thoughtful portrayal of amateur confectionery makers competing in a series of challenges.
“I found myself being quite moved by a show that prides itself not on tearing people down but rather lifting people up,” he said. “It is a competition-based show but the competition isn’t about bakers talking trash about each other or sabotaging each other. It’s about the baker and their oven, not the baker and the baker beside them.”
Levy became a “diehard” fan and tweeted that if the show ever came to Canada, he would love to throw his hat in the ring to host.
“I woke up the next morning to a barrage of tweets back at me not only letting me know that it was coming to Canada but that it was coming to CBC,” he said.
“By the end of the week I had gotten a call asking if I was legitimately interested.”
Debuting Wednesday, “The Great Canadian Baking Show” features a diverse slate of 10 amateur bakers, from a human rights lawyer to a dentist and a graphic designer.
In each episode, they compete in visually sumptuous culinary challenges over three rounds — the Signature Bake, the Technical Bake and the Show Stopper.
The final three then compete for the “Great Canadian Baking Show” title.
Levy co-hosts alongside British actress Julia Chan. Pastry chefs Bruno Feldeisen and Rochelle Adonis serve as judges.
“Those guys opened my mind to new things that I never knew you could do or knew you could eat or knew you could have those flavour combinations,” said Feldeisen, the French-born former executive pastry chef for the Four Seasons in New York and Vancouver.
Like Levy, Feldeisen was also drawn in by the positivity in a TV genre that can sometimes be cutthroat.
“I think it was very well-spirited, it brings the best of people out,” he said. “When we left, everybody was crying.”
Levy said he became known as “the sampler” on set.
“I thought, ‘If I’m going to do it you have to go all in, so I want to know every step of the process.'”
Levy even tried honing his baking skills before filming.
For three weekends in a row, he baked a focaccia bread to try to nail the recipe. By the end, it wasn’t great but it was “certainly edible.”
“There’s so much more to baking than what I thought, which was opening a box of Duncan Hines cake mix and adding a few eggs, some milk and throwing it in the oven,” said Levy.
“Bakers are focused on the details and they have the patience levels that I could only dream of having. So it’s quite remarkable to sit back and watch these people hone these kills that they’ve developed in addition to their everyday jobs.”
One thing we’ve learned on our journey to corral the most eligible actors, athletes, musicians, TV personalities and models from the Great White North? The country is packed with handsome men! There must be something in the water up here, because the hardest part of the process was narrowing our list of talented and attractive candidates down to just over two dozen. But we’ve done it, and we bring you Canada’s 25 Hottest Bachelors for 2017.
This year’s list features some familiar favourites, like Joshua Jackson and Keanu Reeves, while new stars like Raymond Ablack, Shawn Hook and Simu Liu are making undeniable strides in their careers. Montreal’s Francois Arnaud, and his unbelievable hair, is all over primetime and Xavier Dolan is one film release away from being one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors.
Coming in at #12 our fave…
THE GAME CHANGER
WHY WE LOVE HIM: Not only do we want to raid his closet, but we want to thank him for helping create the iconic character of Moira Rose, played to perfection by Catherine O’Hara. Dan and his dad Eugene Levy are the brains behind the hit Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek, which just wrapped filming its fourth season.
In addition to writing and producing the show, Dan stars as David Rose. The character is both a hilarious and important addition to the small screen as he is one of the first openly pansexual characters in primetime. “I knew from the very beginning that I wanted him to be pansexual. I’d never seen [pansexuality] represented on TV before, and it just felt in line with who the character was. It’s important to tell queer stories and to show queer relationships in a very normal setting,” he told FLARE, adding, “The most amazing thing for me is getting feedback from families who watch the show and who have fallen in love with the character of David—and have understood sexuality in a way that they never have before because they never had a point of entry.”
Vulture Festival L.A. Tickets Are on Sale Now!
We’re going to California, baby! Our convertible and sunglasses are rented, and we’re ready to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, just like Don Draper, the wind no match for the mid-century pomade in our hair. Because on November 18 and 19, Vulture Festival is coming to Los Angeles! After four sensational years in New York, we felt it was time to bring the pop-culture extravaganza to the City of Stars. Live from the Hollywood Roosevelt, expect two days of reunions, screenings, interesting conversation, laughs, love, and more, all presented by AT&T!
Who will be there (besides you, of course)? How about Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler! A Bored to Death reunion! Kerry Washington and the cast of Scandal! Lena Dunham! Natalie Portman! Sarah Silverman! James Franco! Guillermo del Toro! The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia! Phil Lord and Chris Miller, in their first public appearance since parting ways with the stand-alone Han Solo movie! And more! More? Yes, more! (See the lineup below. More events to be announced at a later date.) Tickets are available to purchase through VultureFestival.com or follow the links in the event titles.
2:45 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.: POP TV PRESENTS SCHITT’S CREEK (Sponsored Event)
In celebration of the fourth season of Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV presents a special screening of the show followed by a conversation with its cast, including Emmy Award winners Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, alongside Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy. The Hollywood Roosevelt: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, West Hollywood. Tickets are FREE. All guests must register for this event online. RSVP does not guarantee entry; access to the event will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis with RSVP. Following the event guests are granted access to the AT&T Vulture Lounge poolside at The Hollywood Roosevelt, and one (1) complimentary drink per guest.
The Capsule is a new podcast and guess who is their first guest? Our fave, Dan Levy! Check out the podcast on iTunes.
In 1998 at age 13, I created a time capsule. Earlier this year, I began sharing what was inside on Instagram and it became a smash hit. Today, I’m launching a podcast to discuss ’90s nostalgia, tweenage mortification and more with a slew of celeb guests. Episodes produced by the amazing Kevin Hazlehurst (creator of the Deja The View Podcast).