Schitt’s Creek‘s David is going to liven up his ho-hum relationship with Patrick even if it literally kills him.
In this exclusive sneak peek at the riotous Pop comedy’s Season 5 premiere (Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10/9c), Alexis — faux concerned that her brother’s romance with Patrick is on a collision course with “snoozetown” — invites her sib and his other half to accompany her and Ted on their latest intimacy-boosting “adventure date.”
For his part, David is too perturbed by the mere accusation that his love life has hit a repetitive patch to even consider such an overture. But Alexis has the receipts, courtesy of a decades-old issue of Major Lady magazine.
Press PLAY above to watch David and Alexis do their supremely entertaining brother-sister dance, and then scroll down for a first look at the somewhat dangerous looking double date that results. And programming reminder: As a pre-Season 5 appetizer (or is it a Season 4 dessert?), Schitt’s Creek will air a standalone Christmas special on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 10/9c.
Dan and the cast of Schitt’s Creek attended Vulture Festival this weekend. I’ve added a bunch of photos from the event as well as new promotional images of the cast promoting the Schitt’s Creek Christmas Special. Enjoy all the pretties. I can’t wait for the Christmas special and season five.
— Schitt's Creek (@SchittsCreek) November 7, 2018
I’ve added a bunch of missing photos of Dan including recent events and additions to events from earlier this years, magazine scans, and Modern Family photos, to the gallery. Hope you like them! I apologize for the lack of updates. I will be working on getting screencaps in the gallery of The Great Canadian Baking Show soon. Enjoy!
September 23 – Schitt’s Creek Up Close and Personal Event
June 16 – MTV Awards
January 16 – Schitt’s Creek Premiere (Los Angeles) – additions
Modern Family: 10×03 – Stills
Modern Family: 10×03 – Behind the Scenes
The Great Canadian Baking Show: Promotional Images
2018 – CBS Watch
2011 – Flare
Dan guest starred on Modern Family yesterday. I’ve added photos to the gallery. He was so funny! I love seeing him in comedies.
Schitt’s Creek fans, it’s time to brush up on your Tina Turner: The quirky comedy will be back for a fifth season on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10/9c, Pop TV announced Monday.
Season 5 will span 14 episodes, making it the series’ longest run yet. Read on for the official season description:
The Roses are finally thriving in Schitt’s Creek and find themselves ready to take their personal relationships and business pursuits to the next level. Moira returns from a breakthrough film shoot in Bosnia with a clear exit strategy and a renewed sense of purpose, and with that newfound energy, she is inspired to leave her mark on the town by launching her most ambitious artistic endeavor yet. Meanwhile, the reputation of the Rosebud Motel is steadily building under Johnny’s leadership, but managing the individual needs of his staff, Stevie and Roland, proves to be a greater challenge. With Rose Apothecary running smoothly, David is now focusing on nurturing his relationship with Patrick, and from apartment hunting to joining a baseball team, he proves he’s willing to go the extra mile. Alexis, having finally achieved some stability in both romance and career, isn’t one to let things get stale, so she tries to spice things up with Ted while contemplating a next step that could take her beyond Schitt’s Creek.
Pop also announced an airdate for the Schitt’s Christmas special, which technically serves as the Season 4 finale: Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 10/9c. The installment will find Johnny hoping to celebrate the holidays with an old-fashioned Rose family Christmas party, but getting everyone on board at the last minute will take serious effort.
Mitch and Cam will be singing a chorus of “Ew, David!” on Modern Family this fall when Schitt’s Creek‘s Daniel Levy drops by for a troublemaking guest appearance.
In Season 10’s third episode, Levy will play Jonah, a courtroom sketch artist who draws Mitch and Cam in a very unflattering manner. When they confront him, we learn that Jonah’s bitter about a past slight and is out for revenge.
The episode, titled “A Sketchy Idea” and penned by Elaine Ko, is currently in production.
Modern Family‘s 10th season is set to bow Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c on ABC.
Based on its title, you wouldn’t necessarily expect Schitt’s Creek to be one of the best shows around right now.
When it began in early 2015, Schitt’s Creek attracted mixed reviews. Indeed, the first season starts out shaky, due in part to its initially off-putting premise: the Rose family, made wealthy by a video rental chain, has been screwed over by their business manager. With the government seizing all their assets, they’re told they’ve been allowed to keep one thing — the town of Schitt’s Creek, the deed to which they purchased as a joke birthday gift.
With nowhere else left to turn, the Roses move into the town’s motel. They react to Schitt’s Creek with sheer horror. The privilege apparent in each member of the family — their vapidity and self-absorption — makes the earliest episodes of the series feel slightly stilted, but it was part of the show’s master plan. Where most sitcoms start out with a suite of characters designed to make you like them, Schitt’s Creek instead follows the Arrested Development tack of making you observe rich, oblivious dummies let loose on the world.
Where the Bluths’ inability to change lies at the heart of Arrested’s comedy, though, the Roses have steadily transformed from out-of-touch, vain, shrill nightmares into warm, relatable, still pretty shrill delights. It’s been a joy to watch across all four seasons, but especially in the last two years thanks to two characters: David and Patrick.
Schitt’s Creek was co-created by Dan Levy and his famous father Eugene. A comedy legend, Eugene Levy’s work on sketch show SCTV and in Christopher Guest mockumentaries like Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman have made him, and his frequent collaborator and co-star Catherine O’Hara, truly iconic.
Dan stars in Schitt’s Creek as David, a somewhat effeminate, over-rewarded under-achiever with a very specific wardrobe. His real life dad plays his onscreen father, Johnny, the equivocating patriarch, and O’Hara plays his mother, Moira, a former soap opera actress of slightly fading glamour and long-dimmed stardom with an anthropomorphised wig collection, eccentric fashion sense and a stunningly implacable, improbable accent. And then, of course, there’s David’s sister Alexis, played by Annie Murphy, an initially ditzy socialite who reads like a cross between Paris Hilton and Jenna Maroney.
David’s pansexuality is revealed in season two after he sleeps with Stevie, the motel’s lone, disgruntled employee. In a short, perfect scene, she broaches the topic of his preferences, asking, “I only drink red wine. And up until last night, I was under the impression that you, too, only drank red wine.” David explains, saying, “I like the wine and not the label. Does that make sense?”
They never progress beyond friendship, aside from briefly considering the possibility of a polyamorous relationship with an exceedingly hot, very unintelligent man who’s seeing both of them at once. And then in the series’ third season, as David explores his wish to build something of his own and open a store in Schitt’s Creek, he meets Patrick.
Patrick (Noah Reid) looks like he has a business degree and has had his hair cut by the same barber for his entire life. He offers to help David with his business proposal, and as they spend more time with each other, teasing and flirting, they fall for each other. Season three ends with Patrick revealing that these are all very new feelings and experiences to him that he, having grown up in a small town, had spent a long time suppressing and avoiding.
David, by contrast, has had a string of brief, failed dalliances but never a genuine, loving relationship. Both scenarios typify common experiences for queer people when it comes to dating. As their relationship progresses, it steadily becomes the show’s main story. Where most sitcoms are content for their queer characters to have largely off-screen partners, as with Captain Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine or the rotating guest star boyfriends of Will & Grace, Schitt’s Creek makes sure that David’s relationship is part of the show’s DNA.
Season four, which landed on Netflix on May 15, sees the pair taking things up a notch, though with some minor hurdles. The season’s centrepiece rom-com scene comes when Patrick, having organised an open mic night to promote the store, takes to the stage to serenade David with a gorgeous acoustic cover of Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’. Their dynamic is incredibly well-written; they alternate between gently mocking each other and slowly discovering how to be in a relationship that truly feels right, with a dash of pushing each other towards being better people. What more could you want to see?
It’s certainly a kind of wish fulfilment TV relationship, perhaps in part because Dan Levy is himself gay outside the show. Most importantly, Schitt’s Creek captures the intensity of what happens when — after spending so long feeling like your sexuality precluded you from finding a happy, healthy relationship — something that good finally comes around.
The romantic comedy genre has not, historically, been terribly friendly to queer people. Occasionally we’d be at the centre of rom-coms, as with In & Out, Another Gay Movie or But I’m A Cheerleader. Other times, we’d either be sassy best friends — Brandon in Easy A, Rupert Everett in My Best Friend’s Wedding — or see lesbians and bi women routinely being objectified for the straight male gaze.
As queer representation has gotten better, so too have films and TV shows improved at giving queer characters, and thereby their relationships, the validity they deserve. No matter how you feel about the movies above, or Will & Grace, Ellen and so on, they all paved the way for what came after them.
Because comedies tend to suffer more due to changing sensibilities and cultural trends, their achievements are less frequently canonised. Dramas like Six Feet Under and Orange is the New Black are — rightly — praised for showcasing many facets of queer experiences and relationships, but without them being a show’s primary focus. Comedies struggle to achieve the same legitimacy, as they are often put into a box of being ‘fun’ and ‘light’, ostensibly lacking the depth to be taken seriously. They attain a legacy of being enjoyable, rather than being important.
This is starting to change through representation. Delightful teen sitcom Faking It represented not only a carefree, sex positive gay teenager, but also a teen girl with an intersex condition, among others. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has seen Rosa Diaz come out as bisexual, Elena on One Day at a Time is an out and proud Latinx woman. Much of why Will & Grace copped so much flack is because it was always built on a degree of self-criticism used to better appeal to straight viewers, and while the show’s revival has lessened this, newer shows have shown that they don’t need to be so cripplingly self-effacing.
On the film side, the recent release of Love, Simon has propelled same-sex romantic comedy back into the mainstream niche Hollywood tried to carve for them in the ‘90s. That film, while very good, struggled to balance its adorable gay love story with the darker plot points leading up to it, spending more time adding dimension to the straight character who suffers no consequences for viciously outing someone than it does fleshing out its gay characters.
If Love, Simon was a young adult landmark, Schitt’s Creek feels like an equivalent high point for queer romantic comedies on TV, in part because its identities never need to be a source of conflict. If Love, Simon encapsulates the adolescent feeling of having to hold your breath, Schitt’s Creek gets to show what happens after the exhale.
It presents a breadth of the spectrum of sexuality, isn’t hung up on constantly affirming its male characters’ masculinity, and all the while being consistently really fucking funny.
It’s The Schitt
None of this would work so well if the show around it weren’t so goddamn good.
Moira Rose is an impeccable comic creation on the level of Mary Richards or Leslie Knope, a fluttering, self-possessed hurricane of a woman who once hosted the non-televised portion of the People’s Choice Awards. She’s at once desperate to be the centre of attention and simultaneously repulsed by the kind of attention she gets in her new life. To say Catherine O’Hara is one of the most gifted comedic actresses of all time does not do justice to how wholly she gives life to Moira.
Alexis, meanwhile, has the other major arc of the show as she comes further into her own, realising that she is more shrewd and has more control over her own path than she realised. One of the show’s most genius tricks has been to gradually sync up David and Alexis’ specific mannerisms. At the start, they had never really paid much attention to each other than when insults were necessary, where now their bond had embedded shared sibling sensibilities into their dynamic.
That the Rose family learns to love Schitt’s Creek and the people in it only adds further to the show’s charm. The naturalism of the world the show has built, as with the patient but concise rhythms of its editing, make David and Patrick’s rom-com story that much easier to invest in.
It’s turned Schitt’s Creek into some of the best TV we have these days, and it’s bringing us — bit by bit — the great gay rom-com we’ve all wanted for years.
So why aren’t you watching yet? All four seasons of Schitt’s Creek are now streaming on Netflix.
Co-created by Dan Levy and his father, Eugene, Schitt’s Creek was presented as a fish-out-of-water sitcom about a snobbish, rich family — the Roses — stripped of their opulence and forced to rebuild their lives in a small town when it first premiered in February 2016 on Pop. While they bemoan their new existence, Johnny (Eugene Levy) and Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and their two kids Alexis (Annie Murphy) and David (Dan Levy) — the very definition of narcissism and privilege — soon discover alternative lives that may not be as bad as they once seemed.
Initially, while bitingly funny, any fondness or empathy for the Roses didn’t seem possible. But over the course of the series, something’s changed. Schitt’s Creek got softer and sweeter. In the show’s third and fourth seasons, David finds the courage to hug Alexis, Moira tries to be a caring mom to a sick Alexis, and David lets his walls come tumbling down after being serenaded by his boyfriend, Patrick (Noah Reid).
Now, this word-of-mouth comedy is making its fans both cry and laugh and cry again as it continues to gain more fans in the U.S. — yes, even Carol Burnett — and earn its first nomination in an American awards show.
In a conversation with ET, Dan Levy talked about full-circle moments (including a Mariah Carey retweet), writing for his dad and what’s to come for the Roses as he looks ahead to their upcoming Christmas special and season five.
ET: When did you know that Americans had finally discovered what Canadians and gays already knew as TV’s best-kept secret?
Dan Levy: I do feel like we’ve been building toward this, and the intention of the show from the very beginning was to have the audience grow with these people. We’ve been peeling back the layers [of these characters], and I think by the time we got to our fourth season, which I think was the fuzziest in terms of the sentimentality marrying with comedy, we were in a place culturally where people were ready to accept that kind of humor. I do feel like the fan base has grown in a very organic way, and it’s a very rewarding feeling as a storyteller because it means that what we’re doing is working and that we’re not just sustaining people, we’re actually continuing to excite, which is wonderful.
Even though it’s won 13 Canadian Screen Awards, your MTV Movie & TV Awards nomination for Best Comedic Performance is the first time the show has been honored by any U.S. awards show. What did that feel like?
I was floored. Does Catherine O’Hara deserve an Emmy? Absolutely. Is the show big enough to get people’s attention? Who knows. But I think the work is there for her. But [the MTV nomination] is a wonderful thing — and I’ve worked at MTV. I was a VJ at MTV and actually hosted the Movie Awards red carpet one year about 10 years ago. I was such a bad red carpet host.
I don’t believe you!
Oh, no, it was so bad. Because you have to ask people like, “Hey, Sienna Miller, what are you wearing?” And I knew in my head, this is not my job. I have the utmost respect for red carpet interviewers; it is such a hard job. It was at that moment when I was like, I think I have something else to do. And to have this full-circle moment where I’m now being recognized by MTV at the same sort of award show that I started out as a host, I mean, it’s just the most rewarding.
Was it then that you began developing Schitt’s Creek?
I left the year after, so I would say it was about a year and a half later when we started working on the show. But I will say I will not expect to win in any way. I’m pretty sure people are looking at me on that list being like, “Who is this person?”
How has the cast dynamic changed since the pilot episode? Is there a different rhythm to the way you and your co-stars interact on set?
For us, we were lucky enough to start right off the bat with a cast who just were these people, and we didn’t have to find voices because our cast was so strong and was so deeply embedded into the characters to begin with. Comedy is not easy to begin with, but comedy that also dances with drama, it’s so hard. And with a team of actors young and old who have inspired me on the daily — they make it look so easy, and it’s really not. We’ve really grown as a family.
Is that same comedy-drama dance one that will carry into the next season?
I think so. Inherently, there will be a little more weight to everything because the audience cares about these people and they’re rooting for them. And that’s what life is, I think.
Does art imitate life? Are these storylines taken from your life with your dad and the rest of your family?
There are a few moments. Like any writing team, everyone puts their own experiences into it. I think my dad is closer to the character of Johnny than I am to David, which makes it fun for us to write for him because I’m so aware of what he will be excited by in terms of just comedy. The more you work with any cast, the more you’re able to write little isms into the dialogue that speak on a slightly more intimate level to the actual actor playing the part. That’s been really fun. The more I get to know Annie, the more I get to write about her in ways that, as a brother and sister duo outside of the show now — we feel like that as friends now — I’m able to put in a jab here and there. She’ll be like, “So, talking about my natural deodorant? Is that a personal thing or is that a character thing?” And I’m like, “Well, we’ll never know, now will we?”
Who gets to take jabs at you then?
Well, I’m the most self-deprecating person on the whole show! Everything from David’s tendency to overeat to his complete self-deprecation, I mean, all those things come from my own little well. I think if you can’t make fun of yourself, then what are you doing? I don’t think I am quite as boldly confident as David is. I question things a little bit more. You can’t constantly live at a 10.
David has such stilted, dramatic speech affectation, and his many facial contortions; how did you go about creating those David characteristics?
I can only describe it as: If there were no rules in terms of social etiquette, what would I look like? How would we all manifest how we feel on our faces if social etiquette or manners or any kind of social norms were never in place? That was sort of the jumping-off point for David, a person who has absolutely no filter over how he reacts to situations. Everything is dramatic. Every sort of problem is a monstrous catastrophe. Nothing is ever easy, nothing is ever peaceful. And this is a character that, in sort of his own way, thrives in chaos. The physicality of it, despite my constant fear that I’m just mugging for the camera.
Is that really a fear of yours?
Yeah. I think it’s a tricky thing, because you don’t ever want to make a character feel like a caricature. For me, it’s always making sure that we don’t get into cartoon land. I’m always sort of running to the director being like, “Was it too big?” because it can get a bit crazy at times.
Did you know from the beginning it’d be a boyfriend who would expose David’s heart to us?
Yeah. I knew he was going to get a boyfriend, and this person was going to be the perfect counterbalance to his sort of neurotic, anxiety-ridden self.
How many takes did you do for your version of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” and how many did Noah do?
What Noah did for that song was so brilliant. He could just keep singing it and I would just keep crying [laughs]. He just knocked it out of the park. For me, I showed up to set not knowing anything about what I was going to do with it. All I did was learn the lyrics to the song. I hadn’t choreographed anything. I had no real plan. I didn’t know how it would even look. I was in the process of doing my writing job, and it was only at lunch that I thought, Oh, I have this after lunch. So, I had my assistant run out and get a bottle of prosecco, and Noah and I consumed a bottle of prosecco at lunch and then went in there. I would say 90 percent of what you saw was the very first take that I did. But it was also easy because I’d found the gesture of the character itself so liberating for him. This is someone who had never experienced love before. I sort of sat in that character for a minute and thought, This is what you have to do: You have to wear a leather Givenchy sweater and dance around in a room and show this person that you mean business.
In the season four finale, Patrick professed his love to David, telling him, “You’re my Mariah Carey.” So, when is Mariah Carey getting her cameo on Schitt’s Creek?
[Laughs] Um, listen, you never know. It’s a strange thing. I think everyone has their people that sort of trigger an emotional, full-circle-moment response. I have been a Mariah Carey fan — hers was one of the first CDs I ever bought. As a little gay kid, I was obsessed with Mariah Carey, and then this moment [when she tweeted about the show], it triggered a very excited, emotional response in me, because not only does it mean she’s aware of the show, but she’s aware of that scene. She’s aware of that relationship! Or, she could’ve just retweeted it or someone else could’ve done it for her. But either way it came from her account, and yeah, I’m running with it.
I bet you could work Mariah into the Jazzagals, the town’s all-female a capella group, at some point.
Or she’ll just be stopping by Rose Apothecary and picking up a few things some time soon.
But you better get the plungers out of the front. Mariah would not find that acceptable.
I’ll be laying down a red carpet for that one. It’ll be her and Carol Burnett in the same episode, and we’ll just see what happens.
About Carol: What went through your mind when she told Jimmy Kimmel she binges your show?
First of all, I immediately just started picturing Carol Burnett flipping through Netflix, which brought me a lot of joy. You know, it’s a small show. We shoot it in Canada, it’s very tiny, and we don’t ever imagine the scope of it. But these unsolicited endorsements? It’s great. So, you know, Carol singing your praises, I mean, who is bigger than that in comedy? I don’t know where you go from there.
Do you think we will ever see the Roses back in the poshness of their natural habitat?
I can’t say either way. I will say that we have a holiday episode that is coming out in December and there are things that happen in that episode that we’ve never seen before. It’s a longer episode than normal. I ended up directing it with a very close friend of mine from film school, actually. And we may or may not see a little bit of their past. Who knows. But I’ve always been a big fan of the Downton Abbey Christmas special. I love a good holiday special. So it was a dream to make one. I think a Schitt’s Creek Holiday is a very special episode and the first episode that I directed.
What are the Roses like at Christmas?
They don’t handle the holidays well, is what I’ll say.
What are you most looking forward to about season five?
Like anything, we try to build and expand the show. We try to continue to push our characters and excite our actors by throwing them into situations that we haven’t seen before. I think there’s some big life stuff that happens this year that is really exciting.
Exciting or sad?
I’m looking for reasons to cry.
There will be! I think at this point there will always be that emotional undercurrent. There’s an episode I wrote this season that I think is my favorite episode we’ve ever done. It’s certainly an incredibly meaningful episode for me on a personal level, and I just wept through the whole thing. You weep for a bunch of reasons, but I think as a showrunner I take such pride in our team — not just our actors, [but] in our writing team, in our art department — that to watch something come together with that kind of synergy and have it sing to me is an incredibly moving experience. And when you couple that with a storyline that I have waited a long time to tell, it’s a gift. Not a day goes by that I’m not totally grateful for the opportunity.
TVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Daniel Levy on That Legendary Lip Sync and Christmas in Schitt’s Creek — Plus: Sunrise Bay Flashbacks in Season 5?
After Daniel Levy downed half a bottle of Prosecco and lip-synced to Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” during Season 4 of Pop TV’s insanely addictive Schitt’s Creek, he thought, “My career could be over, or maybe there’s something OK here.” In fact, there was something so much more than OK there that he rose to the top of the list of TVLine’s Dream Emmy nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy.
In (not the first but, owing to internal scheduling issues) the latest TVLine Podcast dedicated to the performers who oughta be 2018 contenders, Levy reveals to Editor-in-Chief Michael Ausiello why, in a way, we have the Kardashians to thank for David and his outré family. The series’ co-creator also admits that the show almost had to go on without Catherine O’Hara as wiggy matriarch Moira and previews the upcoming Christmas episode, which marks Levy’s debut as a director. Over the holidays, he hints, “we might get to see more of [the Roses’] past life.”
If not in that winter standalone, will Season 5 give us a peek at Moira starring on her old soap opera, Sunrise Bay? Press PLAY on the widget below to find out, and be sure to subscribe at iTunes to ensure that you never miss a TVLine Podcast.
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