Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury has acquired U.S. broadcast syndication rights to Schitt’s Creek, the single-camera comedy that is the top-rated original show on Pop, the cable network co-owned by Lionsgate and CBS.
The series, created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, stars Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Elliott, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire. It centers on a wealthy family who goes broke and moves to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once bought as a joke. Season five of the series, renewed by CBC and Pop, is currently in production.
The show has grown steadily, albeit from a modest base. Its fourth season, which wrapped April 11, drew 116% more adults 18-49 than the average viewership in the first season. Total viewership has nearly doubled.
“It is not every day you can walk into a TV station with a comedy this good, with a cast this talented and be able to point to the kind of ratings growth, social buzz and critical acclaim that Schitt’s Creek has generated,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury. “We enter the off-network market as this renewed series is coming off of its highest-rated season in the U.S. and four consecutive seasons of audience growth.”
Commissioned by CBC, Schitt’s Creek is produced by Not A Real Company Productions and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read and Ben Feigin. Schitt’s Creek is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV, and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Run, don’t walk to Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek,” airing 8 p.m. Wednesdays
A good comedy makes you laugh. But a great comedy makes you feel something more, and Pop TV’s Canadian import “Schitt’s Creek” has me feeling all kinds of things in its fourth season.
I could go on and on about just how unbelievably sharp and funny the tale of the high society Rose family’s descent from the penthouse to the titular middle-of-nowhere small town is week in and out. Like Catherine O’Hara’s superlative and fearless role as the bewigged and discernibly accented Moira. Or Anna Murphy’s surprisingly tender portrayal of Alexis’ venture to college and a real relationship. Or the whole incredibly colorful cast that populate this welcoming little town — of which more viewers should be aware, I might add.
But as the series approaches its season finale this month (it airs 8 p.m. Wednesdays), nothing is hitting the spot for me quite like the blossoming relationship between David (writer/co-creator Daniel Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid). So much so that I dare say, in an age where every show has a ’ship or two, they are television’s best couple.
I had this realization a few episodes back when I was crying literal tears of joy as Patrick, a newly out gay man, sang an acoustic version of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” to a romantically jittery David in front of a crowd of their neighbors all tucked inside the business they started together.
To say it was a moving moment accentuated by everything we know about David is an understatement. As he fights the smile that slowly grows across his face, the walls he built with affluence, a bad dating track record and a family history of pushing real feelings down deeper begin to melt away. Even his normally detached mother, Moira, can’t look away from the gesture that has captivated her son. If you need a definition of a swoon-worthy moment, cue this up.
But a great TV relationship isn’t built in one moment. In the episodes that preceded and followed the performance (including a reprised lip sync of the song from David), the two proved to be perfect complements to one another. David is still hilariously high maintenance, demanding a level of leisure he can’t quite achieve in Schitt’s Creek. But Patrick checks his diva, playfully calling him out or blatantly telling him no, something the Rose family isn’t used to hearing.
He grounds David and challenges his entitlement (like their battle over where to put the toilet plungers in the store) — but in a loving way.
In turn, David’s big personality gives Patrick — an adult looking to give his all to someone — a person with whom he can come to terms with who he really is. David never forces him to rush things (except unintentionally), and rather acts as a supportive presence that gives Patrick the confidence to wear his heart on his sleeve.
Most importantly, Patrick feels like the right step for David and everything the show has taught us about him. His warmth and generosity informs David’s desire for maturity and growth — a personal journey which the simplicity of Schitt’s Creek has helped David realize.
Not for nothing, but it has also never made a big deal that these are two men falling in love, a wonderfully progressive approach.
Television often paints love as a series of huge moments that form a happy ending, but it’s the smaller moments that usually carry the biggest weight if delivered properly. Serenading your guy with a Tina Turner classic is definitely grand, but the smaller steps they’ve both taken toward each other is what has truly defined their relationship.
“Schitt’s Creek” remains one of TV’s best comedies, but this season, for me, it’s David and Patrick who are simply the best.
Dan is on the new cover of Metrosource NY magazine. I’ve added scans to the gallery. Thanks to my friend Claudia for these magazine scans. Be sure to grab your own copy. Enjoy!
“Schitt’s Creek” actress Annie Murphy was also a late-joiner, but says she’s made “great strides” online, thanks to help from co-star Daniel Levy. “Great strides. I think before the show, I had tweeted maybe three times and now look at me!” Murphy jokes. “Sometimes I retweet things twice a week!” “I’ve also, over the course of four seasons, been like, ‘Hey, you want to live tweet maybe tonight because the show is on? I don’t know? Could help.’ You’ve shown up. You’ve shown up,” says Levy. “Flourishing social media presence!” Murphy found social media “overwhelming.” “I think I just got quite overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of information and not necessarily information that I wanted to absorb,” she admits. “But it’s unavoidable.” Season four of “Schitt’s Creek” premiered Jan. 24 on the Pop Network in the U.S.
The 14-episode season will begin in winter 2019.
Pop will continues its ride up Schitt’s Creek.
The cable network has renewed the Canadian comedy, created by and starring Eugene and Daniel Levy, for a fifth season. It’s expected to return in winter 2019, with a slightly larger 14-episode order. The news comes as the series’ fourth season is set to wrap April 11.
A signature series for the niche pop-culture network, a joint venture of CBS and Lionsgate, Schitt’s Creek follows a wealthy family who suddenly finds itself broke and forced to live in the aforementioned Creek, a small town the family once bought as a joke. Catherine O’Hara stars along with a cast that includes Annie Murphy and Chris Elliott.
“It is rare to find a television series that continues to deliver fanfare, critical acclaim and audience growth season after season,” Pop president Brad Schwartz said in a statement announcing the news Tuesday. “This gem of a show and its amazing ensemble cast, including the brilliant Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, bring Emmy-worthy performances to the screen that are both comedic and heartwarming.”
The series is produced in association with Canada’s CBC and Pop TV and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global. On Pop’s schedule, it joins a slate that includes Big Brother After Dark as well as reruns of Goldbergs, E.R. and Without a Trace.
Dan has made it to round 2 and is a top 10 finalist for the Audience Choice Award. Please take a moment and vote for him and share the link with friends. Our favorite tv genius deserves this! Tune in to see the winner accept the award LIVE on Sunday, March 11 at 8pm (9PM AT / 9:30 NT) on CBC.
I’ve added a ton of new images to the gallery from all the recent Schitt’s Creek press and interviews as well as some additions to appearances earlier this month. Be sure to hit “continue reading” on the bottom to view a collection of interviews from this month. Enjoy!
January 23 – AOL Build
January 23 – AOL Build: Panel
January 22 – 92Y An Evening With Schitt’s Creek
January 20 – Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Celebration
January 16 – Schitt’s Creek Premiere (Los Angeles)
January 14 – Winter TCA Tour: Panel
2018: Photo Session #002
Things are about to get real in Schitt’s Creek. The Pop TV hit comedy returns for its fourth season starring Eugene Levy, Katherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy and Dan Levy. Centered around a family that went from being outrageously wealthy to broke, this season of the show is already being talked about as the funniest and most emotional to date.
Murphy and Dan Levy chatted with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith about their careers, the new season of the program and why this show has no egos.
DJ Sixsmith: Annie, who inspired you the most when you were first beginning your career as an actress?
Annie Murphy: Oh, heavy hitting questions right out of the gate. As cliché as it is, I was a huge Audrey Hepburn girl growing up. I would also say John Cleese. I was really crazy about “Fawlty Towers” growing up. Those were two inspirations and I also love anything Jimmy Stewart was in. Katherine O’Hara also, who I’m in this show with. I’ve been so full of admiration for her since I was in my early teens. I have a weird and eclectic handful of people.
DS: Dan, what’s the biggest difference between the person you are now in your career and the person you were as a host for MTV in Canada?
Dan Levy: I was 19 or 20 when I got the job at MTV. You’re just grateful for employment at that point. What was cool about the job was it was a brand new network out of Canada. My co-host and I at the time had a lot freedom to build our own show. It helped me realize that I had a passion to put something together from scratch. I love the all-encompassing job of show running. We had a lot of room to play and test at MTV. I think you learn from every experience. Now I have much larger responsibility and it’s one that has been informed and shaped by my experience growing up as a TV host. I knew at that time that I didn’t want to host for the rest of my life. It never came naturally to me.
DS: “Schitt’s Creek” is going into its fourth season. Why has the show worked so far?
AM: I think the show has worked so far because it is about a group of people who are trying their best and it’s set in a town that’s based on love, respect and inclusivity. I think especially in this insane political time that we’re living in, a place like that is a really wonderful place for people to be able to escape to. Even for just 22 minutes at a time. It’s not slapdick comedy, it’s just people being put in ridiculous and uncomfortable situations that bring humor to the show.
DL: I turned to my Dad when we first started out because I felt like his comedic sensibility really lent itself to this idea. Ever since, we’ve really been on the same page more or less when it came to decision making and ultimately what the show should look and feel like. We’ve had a really easy go of it. We have a great team that works with us. I hear horror stories of friends who are working on other productions that are not quite as ego-less as ours. You really get the sense that we are working on something special. All of us are sucking the marrow out of that experience, knowing it will likely never be the same once the show is done.
DS: Annie, how has your character Alexis Rose grown since the show first started?
AM: She’s come such a long way. I’m actually really grateful to the writers for taking her on the odyssey she’s gone on because right out of the gates on paper, Alexis is such a nasty handful and spoiled brat. She’s a self-absorbed rich girl and she’s grown so much in the writing. In Season 4, we see her pursuing self-betterment and education. She’s no longer defined by which man’s arm she’s hanging off or her possessions. You will also see her with a broken heart for the first time and I think it’s generally the first time she’s ever experienced that. It was really fun to play because Alexis is usually so silver linings driven and is always trying to make the best of everything.
DS: Annie, what’s the best part of working with Eugene and Dan Levy?
AM: Eugene Levy is such an incredible legend. He’s truly Jim’s dad from “American Pie.” He’s the kindest, most fatherly man, who is just concerned about everyone and making sure they’re comfortable on set. Dan truly takes a page out of Eugene’s book when he’s running the show. One of my favorite things to watch is Eugene watching Dan in a scene behind the monitors. Eugene is kind of a dance mom. Dance moms stand in the back of the room and make these strange and vague movements imitating their kids. Eugene stands behind the monitors watching Dan do a scene and he’s mouthing the lines and his face is doing what Dan’s face is doing on camera. Through all of this, he has the sweetest and most loving smile on his face. He is so proud of all of Dan. Watching that is interesting.
DS: Dan, what’s the coolest thing about working with your Dad every day?
DL: You can’t ask for a more supportive and professional person to work with. That was only something that I found out from working with him in a professional capacity. I think he and Patrick McKenna have set a tone that is about the work. They show up every day prepared and there is absolutely no ego to be found, which is such a rare thing in entertainment. As a result, the trickle down from that has really impacted the rest of the cast and the crew. We all have the same goal of wanting to make a great TV show and have fun.
DS: What can people expect this season when they tune in?
AM: I always get really scared that I’m going to get murdered in my sleep by Dan if I reveal too much. This season is the funniest one by far and it’s also has the most heart. There are a couple of little tear jerky scenes in there. I don’t want to say anything else for fear of losing my life.
DL: Our fourth season picks up the very next day from where we left off in season three. We are just taking it one step further. Everything that everyone loved in the third season will be there in spades this season. Relationships we’ve never seen before, characters being pushed way outside their comfort zones and it’s a really fun season. It’s also the most emotional season as well. We’re now four seasons in and I think we’ve peeled back the layers of these characters enough to be able to tell slightly more emotional stories. I think it’s personally our funniest season yet.
“Schitt’s Creek” returns to Pop TV on Wednesday, Jan 24 at 8pm EST/PST. Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate.
When outrageously wealthy video-store magnate Johnny Rose, his soap-star wife Moira and their two twenty-something children—hipster gallerist David and career socialite Alexis—suddenly find themselves broke, they have no choice but to move to Schitt’s Creek, a small backwoods town Johnny once bought as a joke. With their pampered lives a memory, the Roses must face their humiliating hardship and figure out what it means to be a family, all within the unfamiliar environs of their new home. Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy & Emily Hampshire stopped by to tell us all about their series, “Schitt’s Creek.”
The hit series Schitt’s Creek is back for a fourth season on Pop (premieres January 24 at 8 pm), and its creators and stars — father and son Eugene and Daniel Levy — are back at 92Y with co-stars Annie Murphy, and Emily Hampshire. Moderated by Mandi Bierly, Deputy Editor of Yahoo Entertainment.
The hilarious series follows the travails of a wealthy video-store magnate, his soap-star wife, and their two twentysomething children when they lose all their money and wind up in the backwoods town of Schitt’s Creek. What misadventures will Season 4 bring? Join this team of brilliant funny people as they dish about their show and about playing one of TV’s most delightfully dysfunctional families.