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Links: Schitt’s Creek, Season 5

From Anne T. Donahue of Now Toronto:

Link: The subtle grandness of Catherine O’Hara
“I’m not interested in playing a caricature, even though people will label Moira a certain way. I’ve always thought of her as very real, and of course the longer you play a character, they become more and more real.” Continue reading.

From Debra Yeo of the Toronto Star:

Link: As Moira on Schitt’s Creek, Catherine O’Hara is rolling in comedy riches
Of all the people who love the character of Moira Rose on the CBC-TV comedy Schitt’s Creek, it seems no one loves her more than the actress who plays her, Canadian comedy legend Catherine O’Hara. Continue reading.

From Delia Harrington of Den of the Geek:

Link: Schitt’s Creek Season 5 review
Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy continue to be stand-outs, and their Moira and Johnny have one of the funniest and most loving marriages on television, in spite of how batty Moira is. Continue reading. 

From Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press:

Link: Cast says ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is ‘the little engine that could’ as popularity rises
“For me it’s important to note that our Canadian fans have been there from the beginning and that we are by no means quantifying our success by way of American recognition.” Continue reading.

From Jane Stevenson of the Toronto Sun:

Link: The secret to the comedic genius of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Catherine O’Hara? Getting ‘to work with fun gangs’
“I love being surrounded by talented people who teach me so we can challenge each other, inspire each other. I feel very fortunate that I have gotten so many chances to work with fun gangs.” Continue reading. 

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy on the transformation of Alexis Rose
“It’s been a real roller coaster with those two, mostly because of Alexis blowing off not one, but two, engagements to poor, sweet Ted. In Season 5, she’s quite aware that she needs to put in a little extra leg work, and maybe go a little further out of her comfort zone than she has in the past, to show him that she’s 100 per cent on board this time.” Continue reading.

From David Artava of the Advocate:

Link: Comedy scion Daniel Levy is the Schitt
“I have made a very strong point to not ever show bigotry, homophobia, or intolerance on our show because to me, it’s a celebration of love. At the root of it, [Schitt’s Creek] is a celebration of love between the family and between the relationships that we build.” Continue reading. 

From Marc Silver of The Washington Post:

Link: Canadian sitcom ‘Schitt’s Creek’ keeps the laughs flowing
The series, created by Eugene and Daniel Levy for Canada’s CBC Television, isn’t afraid to tug at heartstrings as the emotionally handicapped Roses learn to become better people. Continue reading.

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Schitt’s Creek’s Noah Reid previews what’s next for David and Patrick
“The dynamic between Dan and I right away just felt right. Most of that is because of terrific writing. Often when you get sides for a character at an audition you’re not sure who that character is fully, but I just completely got him from the one scene I was given.” Continue reading.

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Schitt’s Creek: Annie Murphy promises more heart and Ew, David’s in Season 5

It was almost a year ago that Schitt’s Creek jumped from a show slowly growing in popularity to an overnight smash. It was last winter, during Season 4, when Patrick—played by Noah Reid—sang “Simply the Best” to David Rose (Daniel Levy), publicly professing his love during an open mic night, bringing worldwide attention to the comedy and donations to LGBT Youth Line in Canada and The Trevor Project in the U.S.  via iTunes and Spotify downloads.

Since then, Schitt’s Creek—which airs on Pop in the U.S.—was nominated for Best Comedy at the Critic’s Choice Awards. The cast will be attending the January 13 event. A special Christmas episode brought further attention to the program, ensuring it remains a holiday staple. Next, a theatre tour through February, culminating with a stop in Toronto.

But while awards shows and tours beckon, Annie Murphy says the focus of the series remains the same.

“Each season peels back a layer on the family and the people of Schitt’s Creek,” she says over the phone. “This season is no different. There is a lot of love, a lot of heart and lot of the goofy, wonderful laughs that we’re used to. And a lot of ‘Ew, Davids.’”

When viewers tune in on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on CBC, they’ll see a family that has truly become a part of the community. David and Patrick’s store, Rose Apothecary, is still in business, Alexis (Murphy) and Ted (Dustin Milligan) are still together and the Rosebud Motel is still standing thanks to Stevie (Emily Hampshire), Roland (Chris Elliott) and Johnny (Eugene Levy). Only Moira (Catherine O’Hara) is absent but that’s because she’s in Bosnia filming a movie. David, worried things are getting stale between he and Patrick, agrees to accompany Alexis and Ted on a double date that involves nature and heights, two things surely on David’s Must Avoid list.

“[We filmed] in a ropes course that I never knew existed,” Murphy says with a laugh. “I was feeling very confident going into it because I’m not afraid of heights. But once they strapped us in and we were up there on the platform with no barrier around it, we all had a bit of a moment up there. It was way higher than it looked, I can assure you of that.”

Murphy hints that changes are in store for Alexis in Season 5. Aware of what she’s put Ted through over the past few seasons—including cancelled wedding engagements—the fashionista realizes she has to devote more to their relationship than before. She puts herself into a scenario we haven’t seen her in.

And though the actions by Milligan, Murphy, Reid, O’Hara and Daniel Levy are all great in Tuesday’s return, it is Eugene Levy’s scenes that grabbed my attention. Levy has made a career out of being the straight man and leaving it up to his co-stars to grab the spotlight. He turns in the most sensitive performances I’ve seen from him, making for a commanding presence. They actually carry over from “Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose,” an emotional storyline in which Johnny tried to bring his family together for the holidays. It brought a tear to my eye. Turns out I wasn’t alone.

“Eugene really, really grounds all of the characters that surround him,” Murphy says. “In the Christmas episode especially, watching him play such a sad guy. When he’s releasing the tree and when he goes off to the café by himself, I had a hard time holding it together when we were shooting. I looked over and saw Dustin wiping away a tear. He’s such a wonderful human being and that really comes across in his acting.”

Agreed.

Schitt’s Creek airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem.

Images courtesy of CBC.

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Link: Dan Levy on the queer intimacy of Schitt’s Creek

From Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times:

Link: Dan Levy on the queer intimacy of Schitt’s Creek
“Some of the most touching feedback I’ve received has been from right-wing, religious-based people who have never understood … queer culture. They’d never had an in to that world before, and they’ve fallen in love with the characters. If we can continue to open people’s eyes to realize that everyone’s deserving of love, that’s a wonderful thing.” Continue reading.

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