Tag Archives: Schitt’s Creek

Schitt’s Creek’s focal family mixes with the locals in Season 2

The bloom is off the rose for the Roses. The rich family that saw their fortune seized by the government and cast out to live in their remaining asset—the town of Schitt’s Creek—tried desperately to sell the burg and escape. The Season 1 finale saw an end to that as the lone buyer died suddenly, leaving Johnny and his family stuck. What’s the plan for Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek, returning Tuesday at 9 p.m. to CBC? Lay low.

“They’re always looking to get out and if they had the opportunity they would,” co-executive producer and Johnny actor Eugene Levy says. “The reality is that they can’t sell the town, they can’t do much about their situation and they’re going to have to be there longer than they thought they initially would be. Now what do you do? You have to get on with your life.” That means—gasp—finding jobs. Johnny is on unemployment but trying to figure out how to make the best of the situation while kids David (Dan Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) have to get work so they have money to spend, leading to interaction with the townspeople.

“David gets a job at a clothing store and [Robin Duke] plays Wendy, the manager of the store,” Dan Levy says. “The store is struggling, so she is balancing the reality of an unstable business with having hired David, who wants to redo the whole store. His ideas are not coming from a business mind.”

One of Schitt’s Creek‘s strengths has been the heart hiding behind the hilarity. There are cringeworthy and laugh out loud moments aplenty, but those are contrasted with scenes of genuine feelings, like those between David and Stevie (Emily Hampshire), Alexis and Mutt (Tim Rozon) and even Johnny and Roland (Chris Elliott). Elliott recalls the rookie season scene where Roland and Johnny bonded over a plate of really good ribs.

“And they were really good ribs,” Elliott says wistfully. “I have not been able to find them since. I kept hoping for another take so that I could keep eating them. Then I purged and we went back and ate more.” Roland, Elliott teases, is still a pain in Johnny’s ass this time around, but acknowledge to having more in common than they first thought.

That’s important to Season 2, adds Eugene.

“That’s key to building the relationships,” he says. “Rather than running into the townspeople and saying, ‘Ooo, I wish we weren’t running into you,’ there is a little less of that.”

“Though Roland does tend to show up when Johnny doesn’t want him to,” Elliott says. “It’s not necessarily him, just not now.”

“Which is still most of the time,” Eugene says.

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


The 14th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto Nominees

From a media release:

ACTRA Toronto is delighted to announce the nominees for the 14th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. The ACTRA Awards in Toronto will take place at The Carlu on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Voice:

  • Christian Distefano (Artie) Creative Galaxy, “Christmas Memories” (9 Story Media Group)
  • Andrew Jackson (Buford) Numb Chucks, “Flock of Steven Seagulls” (9 Story Media Group)
  • Julie Lemieux (Granny Butternut) Numb Chucks, “Tough Love” (9 Story Media Group)
  • Bryn McAuley (Quills) Numb Chucks, “Quills and Present Danger” (9 Story Media Group)
  • Adrian Truss (Armand the Sasquatch) Camp Lakebottom, “The Abominable Dr. Squatch” (9 Story Media Group)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:

  • Torri Higginson (Natalie LawsonThis Life, “Gut Punch” (Sphere Media Plus)
  • Christine Horne (Jennifer) Hyena Road (Rhombus Media)
  • Tatiana Maslany (various) Orphan Black, “History Yet to Be Written” (Temple Street Productions)
  • Catherine O’Hara (Moira RoseSchitt’s Creek, “Wine and Roses” (Not A Real Company)
  • Shailyn Pierre-Dixon (Young AminataBook of Negroes, Episode 1 (Conquering Lion Pictures)

Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: 

  • Nigel Bennett (Giles) Murdoch Mysteries, “What Lies Buried” (Shaftesbury Films)
  • Kevin Hanchard (Detective Art BellOrphan Black, “Formalized,
  • Complex and Costly” (Temple Street Productions)
  • Dylan Harman (Eugene) The Rainbow Kid (Other People’s Films)
  • Christopher Plummer (Zev GuttmanRemember (Serendipity Point Films)
  • Rossif Sutherland (Ryan) Hyena Road (Rhombus Media)

Sarah Gadon will pick up the 2016 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence recognizes an exceptional body of work and a commitment to advocacy on behalf of all performers. The show will be hosted by comic Martha Chaves.

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada.  As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.


Link: Critics Vote: Top 10 Canadian Shows of 2015

From The TV Junkies:

Critics Vote: Top 10 Canadian Shows of 2015
In this time of Peak TV there are countless viewing options out there for television fans. With so many choices it’s harder than ever to prioritize what to watch, let alone narrow down the Top 10 Canadian Shows of 2015. But that’s exactly what we’ve tried to do here with the help of 15 television critics and writers from across Canada. We asked them to put together a list of their top 10 Canadian television shows from the past year. We gave 10 points for No. 1, 9 points for No. 2, 8 points for No. 3 and so on. The overall list was then determined by the cumulative point total for each show. Continue reading.


Link: A new era for CBC, hopefully: Things could finally start looking up for the beleaguered public broadcaster in 2016

From Cassandra Szklarski of The Canadian Press:

A new era for CBC, hopefully: Things could finally start looking up for the beleaguered public broadcaster in 2016
It’s been a heck of a year for the CBC — a scathing report denounced managers for their handling of the Jian Ghomeshi affair while former anchors Amanda Lang and Evan Solomon faced controversies of their own.

All the while, the CBC continued to grapple with steep budget cuts that slashed news broadcasts, gutted sports and documentary divisions and put for sale signs in front of aging facilities.

But with a more CBC-friendly Liberal government now holding the purse strings, could things finally be looking up for the beleaguered public broadcaster?

Many observers seem to think so. Continue reading.


TV, eh? podcast episode 194 – Fighting My Cats for the Friskies

Diane, Anthony and Greg look at the results of our year-end Favourite Canadian TV Shows of 2015 poll so far (cast your votes here), followed by a look at some of the shows ending their seasons and series in December.

After a side-conversation about our favourite holiday TV shows and films, we get back on track and cover the casting news surrounding Cardinal, some cool guest casting in Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek and co-production Houdini & Doyle filming their final two Season 1 episodes in Southern Ontario.

Want to contribute to the discussion? Post links and discussion topics on our Reddit page.

Listen or download below, or subscribe via iTunes or any other podcast catcher with the TV, eh? podcast feed.