Schitt's Creek

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Schitt's Creek
Schitt's Creek logo.png
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Starring
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 51 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Eugene Levy
  • Dan Levy
  • Fred Levy
  • Andrew Barnsley
  • Ben Feigin
  • Kevin White
Producer(s) Colin Brunton
Running time 22 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) Not a Real Company Productions
Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Release
Original network CBC Television
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13) – present (present)
External links
CBC Television's Schitt'$ Creek

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.[1] The series is produced by Not a Real Company Productions.[2] On January 12, 2015, CBC renewed the show for a second season.[3][4] The second season premiered in Canada on January 12, 2016 on CBC.[5] It was announced on February 17, 2016, that the CBC renewed the show for a third season[6] which began broadcasting on January 11, 2017.[7] On March 10, 2017 the show was renewed for a fourth season, which aired on January 9, 2018 on CBC.[8] On March 6, 2018 the show was renewed for a fifth season to air in early 2019.[9]

The series has won various accolades, including an ACTRA Award and 11 Canadian Screen Awards.[10][11]

Plot[edit]

The series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O'Hara as his wife Moira, a formerly successful soap star. The family loses their fortune when their business manager fails to pay their taxes. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt's Creek which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift years before. The story revolves around the family's life living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered twenty-something adult children, David and Alexis, played by Dan Levy and Annie Murphy respectively.[12] Additional cast includes Chris Elliott,[12] Jennifer Robertson and Emily Hampshire. The show is based on a series of situations contrasting the once-rich family and their worldly big-city attitudes with sudden small-town living and the honest, down-to-earth, hard-working residents of Schitt's Creek.

Production[edit]

The series is filmed on location in Goodwood, Ontario, the Regional Municipality of Durham of the Greater Toronto Area, and Mono, Ontario, where the motel scenes are filmed.[13] The interior scenes for the first two seasons were filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Toronto,[14] while the interior scenes for the third season were shot at Dufferin Gate Studios in Toronto.[15]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
213January 12, 2016 (2016-01-12)March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)
313January 10, 2017 (2017-01-10)April 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)
412 (+1)January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)April 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)


Reception[edit]

Schitt's Creek has received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes the first season has a rating of 59%, based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 6.38/10. 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."[18] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]

Reactions from Canadian reviewers have ranged from raves to pans. Vinon Minay of the Toronto Star wrote that the show "is not just a welcome addition to prime time: it is one of the best CBC comedies in years."[20] John Doyle of The Globe and Mail, however, sharply criticized the show saying "Schitt’s Creek is droll? Try smug and self-satisfied....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."[21]

After being picked up by Pop, American reception has been similarly mixed. 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."[22] and the New York Post stated that "The Levys nicely develop their fish-out-of-water concept by showing how the family tries to fit in out of necessity."[23] On the other end of the spectrum, Mike Hale of The New York Times called Schitt's Creek "a show that’s drab and underwritten, with potentially amusing (if familiar) situations that never build to more than a chuckle or a nod of recognition: Yeah, that could have been funny."[24]

The series has also been noted for its portrayal of a pansexual character, played by Dan Levy.[25][26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[27]

International broadcast[edit]

The series was picked up in the United States by Pop and premiered on February 11, 2015.[28][29] The show has also been picked up in New Zealand by TV2 and TVNZ on Demand.[30] The four seasons appear, though not always together, on different streaming television services worldwide. Netflix UK, Ireland, South Africa and Australia carries all series. In India, the show is broadcast on Comedy Central India.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are up Schitt's Creek". CBC News. October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Cummins, Julianna (February 11, 2014). "SCTV alums Levy and O'Hara to star in CBC comedy". Playback. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Schitt's Creek gets greenlight for second season". CBC News. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Schitt's Creek is off to a dazzling start". Toronto Star. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Schitt's Creek". 
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (17 February 2016). "Eugene Levy Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' Renewed For Season 3 In Canada". 
  7. ^ "Schitt's Creek season 3 will be released on — January 10, 2017 - PremiereDate.TV". premieredate.tv. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  8. ^ Nellie, Andreeva (2017-03-10). "Schitt's Creek renewed for Season Two". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2018-06-03). "'Schitt's Creek' Renewed For Season 5 On Pop TV". 
  10. ^ Schitt's Creek, retrieved 2017-12-08 
  11. ^ "Room, Schitt's Creek dominate Canadian Screen Awards". Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  12. ^ a b "SCTV stars Levy and O’Hara reunite for a forthcoming CBC sitcom called Schitt’s Creek". canada.com, February 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Halliday, Chris (June 24, 2014). "Hockley sets scene for CBC comedy starring Eugene Levy". Orangeville Banner. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ Wong, Tony (January 12, 2015). "How Eugene Levy convinced CBC to name his show 'Schitt's Creek'". Toronto Star. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Dufferin Gate Studios - Toronto". www.dufferingate.com. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  16. ^ Ted Mullens (played by Dustin Milligan), Schitt's Creek – CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved January 26, 2018
  17. ^ "Former SNL writer / actor to hold workshop in the Sault," Sault Online, Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2018
  18. ^ "Schitt's Creek : Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Schitt's Creek : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Schitt's Creek is off to a dazzling start: Menon - Toronto Star". Retrieved 27 March 2018. 
  21. ^ "John Doyle: Schitt's Creek is droll? Try smug and self-satisfied". theglobeandmail.com. 
  22. ^ Lloyd, Robert. "Canadian 'Creek' overflows with good humor". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  23. ^ Rorke, Robert (2015-02-10). "Eugene Levy & Co. paddle up 'Schitt's Creek' in new sitcom". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  24. ^ Hale, Mike (10 February 2015). "Review: In 'Schitt's Creek,' a Spoiled Little Rich Family Starts Over". Retrieved 27 March 2018 – via NYTimes.com. 
  25. ^ "Dan Levy Talks Playing Pansexual on Schitt's Creek - Flare". Flare. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  26. ^ Ferber, Taylor. "Dan Levy Won't Make Pansexual Schitt's Creek Character a 'Caricature'". Vulture. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  27. ^ "2017 Film Nominees - Academy.ca". Academy.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  28. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 21, 2014). "Pop Picks Up Eugene Levy Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' As First Original Scripted Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  29. ^ Jue, Teresa (November 17, 2014). "TVGN rebrand Pop announces lineup for 2015, premieres clip from 'Schitt's Creek'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  30. ^ Television New Zealand. "Watch Schitt's Creek Episodes - TVNZ OnDemand". 

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