Welcome to Schitt’s Creek
Every once in a while a legendary actor returns to the spotlight to do something special, unexpected, and wholly well received.
Now, that legend is Eugene Levy. Known historically for his roles on SCTV, the American Pie series, and most recently, successful films such as Bringing Down the House, Levy’s return to the small screen is a family affair.
The father/son duo of Eugene and Dan Levy star in Schitt’s Creek, with the elder Levy playing a wealthy video-store mogul Johnny Rose.
Along side him are his soap-star wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and their two kids — über-hipster son David (Dan Levy) and socialite daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy).
When the family falls on rough times, they are forced to move to the dismal and small town of Schitt’s Creek. Now subjected to a working-class life, the group must learn what it is to be a family unit, all from within the restrictions of the countryside they now call home.
This character driven, half-hour single-camera comedy is co-created by Eugene and Dan Levy through Not A Real Company Productions for the CBC.
With Dan Levy as the writer, he brings with him some superb credentials. A former host on MTV Canada’s flagship program MTV Live, Levy later co-wrote/co-hosted/co-produced a plethora of critically popular After Shows for MTV (The Hills, The City), which also proved successful in terms of ratings. .
Not only did Levy produce and star in an MTV Christmas special, he also hosted the likes of the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet, the X-Factor pre-show, and national coverage of the Olympics in Vancouver on CTV.
Dan Levy’s acting chops are not to be scoffed at either, as he made his film debut opposite Tina Fey in Admission. Pair this with the talents of his father, and Schitt’s Creek is set to become a Canadian Classic.
Alongside the Levy’s is another one of Canada’s comedic gems — Catherine O’Hara. She is a prolific, multi-award winning actress, writer and comedian whose film credits include lead and supporting roles in Beetlejuice; Home Alone; Home Alone 2 Lost in New York; Away We Go; Where the Wild Things Are; The Right Kind of Wrong, plus four hilarious mockumentary films with acclaimed writer-director Christopher Guest.
O’Hara first performed with Toronto’s Second City Theatre and later, with fellow alumni including Eugene Levy, created the iconic sketch comedy show SCTV. She won an Emmy Award® and earned four Emmy® nominations for her writing on the show.
And last but not least, Canadian newcomer Annie Murphy plays Alexis, the socialite daughter who must come to terms with the family’s new digs. Annie is a classically trained actor born in Ottawa; now living in Toronto, she has made several small screen appearances, and has extensive theatre experience in Montreal and Toronto.