The winning ways of the team behind Canadian sitcom SCHITT'S CREEK continue as it adds more honors and wins during its Awards Season victory lap.
The little comedy show that could leapt from the minds of father and son creators Eugene and Dan Levy and into the hearts of millions of viewers across North America and the world. Word of mouth and second and third lives via digital streaming platforms and broadcast syndication are driving the popularity swell for the series, which hit new heights in 2020 as it completed its six season, 80 episode run in April and made history by sweeping all of the major comedy categories en route to its nine trophy performance at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards in September.
In a nod to the series' strong overall talent base, the 19th Annual ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists) Awards in Toronto named SCHITT'S CREEK the Members' Choice Series Ensemble Award Winner for the third year in a row on February 21st. Three nights later, Stevie Budd portrayer Emily Hampshire accepted the TV Series honor on the show's behalf during a celebration of the best in LGBTQ culture and media at the 2021 Queerties.
A clean sweep of its nominated categories hasn't been replicated from the Emmys performance, but more mantle space is needed after a pair of weekends kicking off March. The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards brought with it an additional five nominations, with Catherine O'Hara capturing her first career Golden Globe for her role as the eccentric, larger than life Rose family matriarch, Moira. During the dual-coast studio and virtual hybrid broadcast hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, O'Hara virtually accepted the win for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, the only win of the four nominated core cast members. She thanked Eugene and Dan Levy for creating "an inspiring, funny, beautiful family love story in which they let me wear 100 wigs and speak like an alien."
Dan Levy next accepted the award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy on behalf of the show, thanking the show's border-straddling networks for their support and show of faith over its run. "Thank you to the CBC and Pop TV for making the active choice to keep this show on the air and give it the time and space it needed to grow." He also asserted in his remote acceptance speech, "This acknowledgement is a lovely vote of confidence in the messages Schitt's Creek has come to stand for: the idea that inclusion can bring about growth and love to a community."
March 5th brought with it another trophy, this time courtesy of the 10th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts' (AACTA) International Awards. While O'Hara and Dan Levy's acting nominations didn't yield a prize, the show took home the International Award for Best Comedy Series.
It capped the weekend by again going 2 for 5 in its categories during the 2021 Critics Choice Awards, which aired on our sister station CW18 and featured appearances by The CW network stars as presenters during another studio and virtual hybrid production out of Los Angeles. The master of ceremony duties were helmed for the third consecutive year by ALL AMERICAN's multi-talented star, Taye Diggs. While the Best Series honors went to Ted Lasso over SCHITT'S CREEK, Catherine O'Hara and Daniel Levy netted trophies for their acting categories during the broadcast.
"Thank you for supporting and championing a character like David," Levy said during his speech. "I have so appreciated reading all of your thoughtful and encouraging words over the years and sometimes when you don't often see yourself represented that much on screen you have to take a risk and make it happen for yourself. Thank you so much for this, it means the world. Thank you."
SCHITT'S CREEK also finds itself in the running against nine other television series nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. Winners will be named in April.
The show may have wrapped its run, but there's a reason the series' buzz has been growing by leaps and bounds. The Canadian import is a satirical look at the Rose family who, after suddenly finding themselves broke when patriarch video-store magnate Johnny Rose has his empire ripped away from him, are forced to leave their disconnected, pampered lives to regroup in the small town of Schitt's Creek which Johnny previously purchased as a joke gift for his son David.