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Schitt’s Creek says goodbye with tear-filled Best Wishes, Warmest Regards

“It’s a double cry night.”

That’s the promise delivered by Amy Segal, describing Tuesday’s series finale of Schitt’s Creek at 8 p.m., on CBC and the one-hour documentary that follows it, Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell, at 8:30 p.m. Segal knows of what she speaks since she’s been working on Schitt’s Creek from Day 1, having produced and directed all 52 scripted webisodes, as well as Behind the Episodes. 

Segal, who got her start on CTV’s etalk before segueing to The Hills Aftershow, met and became friends with Schitt’s Creek co-creator Daniel Levy. Now, with the final episode of six seasons upon us, we spoke to Segal about her experiences working on Schitt’s Creek, and what fans can expect when they tune in to Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell.

What are the unique challenges that you run into when you’re filming the Behind the Episodes segments?
Amy Segal: The Behind the Episodes were fun. We ended up shooting them all day, and by the end, we were exhausted. But they talked for a solid 20 to 30 minutes for each show, and I had to pare it down two and a half, three minutes. I know, it’s difficult, but it’s fun. I always have a good time.

Are you making notes while they’re talking and saying, ‘OK, I think this might make for a good soundbite or short conversation.’ Or do you wait until you’re in the editing suite after? How does that work?
AS: I’m always listening and I’m asking them questions and leading the conversation a little bit. I definitely take notes, but I think it comes down to see how it flows in the edit. I edit everything myself, so it’s sort of picking and choosing what I like and having to get rid of things that I do like because it’s too long. But I’m just really making sure that I know I have content before we finish wrapping up. I definitely take notes and I go in with, so I know what parts I want to highlight.

What were some of the logistics behind filming Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell? How much filming did you do for that?
AS: So much. I originally wanted to do the 44-minute version, and then an actual documentary length version. I’m hoping that will maybe find its way somewhere, eventually, because like I do with the behind the episodes, I had to cut so much gold and it crushed me. You want to get in the important things, but it doesn’t leave a lot of room for longer moments and pauses, and that was hard for me to get over.

It’s a celebration of the show and the fans and the cultural impact that the show has had. So there was a lot to say, and at the same time, I really wanted to show what it was like to make a final season of a show. Because it’s not easy. We started in the writer’s room in Los Angeles, in their incubation room in November 2018. And then we shot for almost a year and a half.

Who floated that idea of there being a farewell documentary?
AS: It was Dan and I. It’s always been my dream to make a documentary and we were talking and I said, ‘What if we do something for the last season?’ Because we were fans of Girls and they did a miniature, not really a documentary, but like a little clip show kind of thing. Originally, the intention was a look back, interviewing the cast and just their favourite moments, highlights, whatever. And then it ended up turning into a much bigger beast, a celebration of the show and just seeing the process of it.

You’ve been with the show since Day 1. How does it feel to be for this all to be ending on Tuesday?
AS: Oh gosh. It’s devastating. It’s a huge part of all of our lives. And it’s weird because now is the time we usually go back to set and start prepping for the next season. And it is sad. The last shows started airing, and I’ve been so preoccupied with making this that I haven’t really had a moment to think. But now that it’s winding up, it’s kind of a surreal moment. But, yeah, very sad.

I’ve been a fan of Schitt’s Creek from the very beginning and have been getting a lump in my throat as we get closer to the end and to the wedding. What’s the cultural impact from your standpoint that Schitt’s Creek has had on us?
AS: That was another reason I wanted to make the documentary. In Canada, we’re so removed from Hollywood and that world and the first four seasons were just like any other television show that we’ve worked on. The fan base just started to get really into it. Dan would show me messages that he had gotten from fans and people even messaged me, which is so nice.

The fans are just so lovely and there were so many stories that were so positive and beautiful … kids coming out to their parents … and then I met fans on the tour … their parents have embraced them because they watched Johnny and Moira embrace David.

Amy, can you pretty much guarantee that if you’re a fan of the show, that someone like myself is going to cry after watching this special?
AS: You will 110% be bawling at the end. A good, therapeutic cry. You’ll cry at the end of the episode as well. It’s a double cry night.

Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell airs Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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CBC celebrates the end of Schitt’s Creek with new special

From a media release:

CBC today announced a 90-minute viewing event celebrating SCHITT’S CREEK on Tuesday, April 7. This special night of programming kicks off at 8:00 p.m. (8:30 NT) with the final episode of SCHITT’S CREEK followed by BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL, an original, emotional one-hour special, at 8:30 p.m. (9:00 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL caps off the four-time Emmy®-nominated comedy series, giving fans an intimate and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the sixth and final season. Directed by Amy Segal, the special includes never-before-seen footage of table reads, audition tapes and heartfelt moments from the very last day on set. Interviews with the creators, cast, journalists and celebrity fans guide viewers through the creation of SCHITT’S CREEK, as well as its incredible rise and cultural contribution. In addition to interviews with Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid and Sarah Levy, audiences will hear from celebrity superfans including Carol Burnett, Cameron Crowe, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Paula Abdul, Amy Sedaris, Johnny Weir and more.

This announcement follows the 2020 Canadian Screen Award nominations, where SCHITT’S CREEK made history, earning a record-setting 26 nominations including Best Comedy Series and nods for performances, writing, directing, costume design, production design, cinematography, hair, editing, sound, and casting.

Since its debut in 2015, SCHITT’S CREEK has been recognized with more than 145 award nominations and 38 wins to date, and has appeared on dozens of ‘Best Of’ lists.

Commissioned by CBC, BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL is produced by Best Wishes, Inc. Representing Best Wishes Inc, the Executive Producers are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Amy Segal, Andrew Barnsley, and Fred Levy. Amy Segal is the director.

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Link: Interview: Schitt’s Creek’s Emily Hampshire

From Charles Trapunski of Brief Take:

Link: Interview: Schitt’s Creek’s Emily Hampshire
“What I love so much about her is that when I signed on the show, I really thought that I was going to be the girl behind the desk who gives David and the family their towels, because we didn’t read a script, I didn’t know that Stevie was going to be as amazing as she turned out to be.” Continue reading.

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Link: Schitt’s Creek creator Daniel Levy is open to doing a movie based on the hit show

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: Schitt’s Creek creator Daniel Levy is open to doing a movie based on the hit show
For “Schitt’s Creek” fans already dreading the end of the series, which began its sixth and final season on Jan. 7 on CBC, there is a glimmer of hope.

Series creator Daniel Levy says he would consider doing a “Schitt’s Creek” movie. Continue reading.

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Links: Schitt’s Creek, Season 6

From Antonia Blyth of Deadline:

Link: Daniel Levy on ‘Schitt’s Creek’s Final Season 6: “You Want to Give the Fans Everything they want”
“You want to give the characters everything they want, and you also want to give the fans everything they want and I think in the final series of a show it’s about marrying those two expectations. There will be times that are slightly more emotional or slightly darker. There will be humour in that. There will be tears in that. There will be joy in that.” Continue reading. 

From Sarah Murphy of Exclaim:

Link: Annie Murphy of ‘Schitt’s Creek’: The Exclaim! Questionnaire
“It feels strange that the show’s ending when it keeps picking up momentum, but it is really nice that we knew we would have six seasons and we weren’t just cancelled halfway through.” Continue reading. 

From Chris Harnick of E! Online:

Link: Dan Levy calls the Schitt’s Creek SAG Awards breakthrough a great way to begin the end of the series
“Every step of this journey to me has been affirmed by the show’s sort of continued success. I think something like this, breaking through into the SAG Awards, is such a huge accomplishment for the show, especially considering how far we’ve come and how small the show still is.” Continue reading.

From Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press:

Link: Schitt’s Creek stars reflect on show’s emotional end
“Saying goodbye to all these places we’ve come to know and love, and people we’ve come to call friends and family, is a very melancholic thing. But I guess if you’re feeling a lot, it means you’ve done something right.” Continue reading.

From Chris Harnick of E! Online:

Link: In its sixth and final season Schitt’s Creek is going out on top
In its sixth season, Schitt’s Creek has never been better, and it’s a good—no, great—thing that it’s ending now. Continue reading.

From Kelly Connolly of TV Guide:

Link: Schitt’s Creek Season 6 Review: Fame hasn’t changed the feel-good sitcom
It feels a little beyond the point to announce that Schitt’s Creek is in fact still good, and maybe even better than ever, in its sixth season. Of course, it is. Continue reading. 

From Emily Landau of Toronto Life:

Link: The little sitcom that could
When Schitt’s Creek premiered six years ago on CBC, no one could have predicted the fervent international fandom it would one day inspire. Continue reading. 

From Michael Starr of the New York Post:

Link: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ back for final season with those sharp and thorny Roses
But father/son series creators Eugene and Dan Levy decided on a final go ’round, and I’ll admit that I’m glad they did: both the performances and writing are razor-sharp. Continue reading.

From Jessica Mason of The Mary Sue:

Link: Schitt’s Creek is the perfect winter binge
Whether you haven’t watched it or you’re a diehard fan, this sweet sitcom is the perfect binge while you’re home for the holidays. Continue reading. 

From Kayti Burt of Den of the Geek:

Link: Schitt’s Creek Season 6 review
In the first four episodes, Schitt’s Creek is in no rush to get to the end, but you can see the show starting to plant the seeds for some kind of closure. Continue reading. 

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ stars find surprising meaning in underdog Canadian sitcom’s success
Sometimes you go out with neither a bang nor a whimper but with a laugh — and in the case of “Schitt’s Creek,” a tear here and there. Continue reading.

From Melissa Hank of Postmedia:

Link: Schitt’s Creek stars Annie Murphy, Noah Reid prep for final season
Goodbyes often spark impulsive sentimentality and stars Annie Murphy and Noah Reid admit they swiped a few souvenirs from the show that shot them to fame. After all, what’s a little petty thievery among friends? Continue reading. 

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Schitt’s Creek stars promise “best season yet”
“As a group of people, we’ve all come to really love each other, and our characters are obviously so intertwined in a wonderful way. The way this season is wrapped up is a really beautiful celebration of those things.” Continue reading. 

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Schitt’s Creek back tonight for a sixth and final season
“To realize that I’m never going to see Catherine O’Hara walk into a room as Moira ever again is a harsh reality.” Continue reading.

From Danielle Turchiano of Variety:

‘Schitt’s Creek’ boss on how ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Friends’ inspired his final season
“I wanted that sense of comfort of knowing exactly where we are. If we’ve done our jobs properly then these characters would have slowly changed over the course of the show — that was the point of it.” Continue reading.

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