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.
Dan went out a bunch this past weekend attending premieres and parties, including the premiere of The Death and Life of John F Donovan which stars Emily Hampshire (Stevie on Schitt’s Creek). I’ve added photos to the gallery. I will add more as they surface. He looked so stylish and lets be honest, hot. hehe. Enjoy!
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.
Dan Levy is the type of guy you want in your inner circle. He’s not only absolutely hysterical (clearly you’ve seen his work on his brilliant show Schitt’s Creek which he stars in and co-created with his dad Eugene Levy), but he’s also one of the best-dressed men in our universe. One scroll through his Instagram feed and you’ll find an endless array of downtown-feeling, sophisticated ensembles, featuring clean tailoring, cool accessories, and of course, his signature spectacles.
So you can imagine he gives pretty good fashion advice. As one of the current faces of Nordstrom for their massive Anniversary Sale, we had the opportunity to chat with Levy for a minute about everything that matters in fashion right now.
OUT: What’s the one item every man needs in his closet?
Daniel Levy: A great pair of dress shoes.
You’re known for your cool style. Who do you love style wise? Any celebrities that inspire you?
DL: I always look to the greats for style inspiration: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Miles Davis.
If you could wear only one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
DL: White t-shirt, jeans, and a suede jodhpur boot. Keep it simple, easy, and timeless.
What are the three must-haves not to miss from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
DL: Levis 510 Skinny Fit Jeans. I wore them in the Nordstrom campaign and had to get a pair for myself.
Dan Levy was trapped in an elevator for nearly two hours on Sunday.
“Currently trapped in an elevator. Turns out, not that fun,” the “Schitts Creek” star, 34, tweeted. He then followed up with a snap of his white kicks and his shaggy pup who he claimed was “pissed” at being trapped.
“Also, the alarm button and the call button don’t work,” he added. “I feel like that’s illegal.”
Despite the potentially scary situation, Eugene Levy‘s son kept his sense of humor adding, “My future husband is not in here. Thanks for nothing, TV.”
It’s unclear if Levy was trapped in his home building in Toronto, Canada or elsewhere.
At one point, his patience grew thin as his buzz from a mimosa wore off.
To raise the level of concern, Levy even tweeted at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in hopes he would send help.
“90 minutes later and we’re out,” he updated fans and followers. “My tell-all will be published in the fall. Thanks for the support… Trudeau got me out. Involved several Mounties. It was a whole thing.”
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Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom has partnered with fashion-savvy comedians Daniel Levy, Liza Koshy, Phoebe Robinson, Hannah Simone and Mary Ellen Mathews for the marketing campaign for their 2018 Anniversary Sale, which takes place from July 20 through August 5.
The photo and video campaign will be featured on the retailer’s website, social platforms and in the Anniversary Sale catalog. The comedians also filmed short videos promoting the retailer’s “Show Us How You #NSALE” sweepstakes, where customers can submit an Anniversary Sale photo or video via social media or online to express their enthusiasm for the sale and win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card.
“Fashion is about having fun and we think we’ve captured that with this campaign,” said Scott Meden, Nordstrom Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We believe in the power of personal style and in making customers feel good. We hope customers enjoy the energy and wit our stylish comedian cast bring to the campaign.”
Adds Levy: “I’m just going to be honest: I’m cheap and I love a good sale. I buy all of my favorite clothes on sale – the special pieces I want but just can’t bring myself to buy at full price. The Anniversary Sale is great because these are brand-new arrivals – but at super sale prices.”
Sale items include brand-new clothing, shoes, accessories, home items and beauty/grooming for men, women and kids, including limited-distribution brands like Topshop, J.Crew and more.
Daniel Levy: “I’m just going to be honest: I’m cheap and I love a good sale. I buy all of my favorite clothes on sale – the special pieces I want but just can’t bring myself to buy at full price. The Anniversary Sale is great because these are brand-new arrivals – but at super sale prices.”
2018 – Nordstom Anniversary Sale Campaign
2018 – Nordstom Anniversary Sale Campaign: Behind the Scenes
Dan and Annie are in attendance tonight at the 2018 MTV Awards. They both look fabulous! I’ve added photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
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.