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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Eugene Levy On Pop TV’s “Little Engine That Could” & Its “Fanatic” Viewers – The Contenders Emmys

 Schitt’s Creek creator/stars Eugene and Daniel Levy joined co-stars Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event today to discuss the Pop TV series’ evolution over four seasons.

Starting out, the elder Levy commented on the way in which the show has functioned like “the little engine that could,” building awareness as it’s gone along to the world of Netflix and beyond. “Pop TV was the network that looked at our pitch and said, ‘Yes, this is what we want to do,’ so we’re very grateful to Pop. But I’m noticing, just traveling around now, that more people are coming up and talking about Schitt’s Creek and how much they love it,” Eugene Levy told TVLine’s Michael Ausiello. “I’m really flattered that the core of people that are watching our show are so fanatic.”

Touching on an upcoming Christmas episode in which we might see “a little bit of [the Rose family]’s old life,” as well as the thematic thrust of the series — centering on people learning to love and be a real family — the creators also discussed the inclusivity at the heart of the comedy. “The town itself is a community that deals with people for who they are, and not what they are. This is not a black, white or brown show. It’s not about gay/straight, city/country, male/female,” Eugene Levy added. “That’s the good feeling vibe about Schitt’s Creek.”

Recently wrapping up its fourth season, Pop TV’s flagship comedy series was renewed for a fifth season just last month.

Martin Scorsese to Direct ‘SCTV’ Reunion Documentary for Netflix

Netflix has ordered an untitled SCTV reunion special, with Martin Scorsese to direct.

Scorsese will reunite former SCTV co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas in front of a live audience for An Afternoon With SCTV on May 13 in Toronto, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

The reunion will anchor the documentary about the cult TV series featuring members of Canada’s Second City comedy troupe, to be shot over three days next month in Toronto, with Andrew Alexander, John Brunton and Lindsay Cox producing.

Scorsese, with 12 Oscar nominations and a directing win for The Departed (2006), held long conversations with SCTV alums about their character-driven TV satire series that ran from 1976 to 1984 as he developed hisdocumentary about the famed comedy troupe, most of whom were Canadian artists.

These included Levy as smarmy comic Bobby Bittman and broadcaster Earl Camembert, the late John Candy as smooth-talking Johnny LaRue, the late Harold Ramis as game show host Moe Green, Martin as leopard-clad programming boss Edith Prickley, O’Hara as platinum blond singer Lola Heatherton, Dave Thomas as drama critic Bill Needles, Rick Moranis as one of the 5 Neat Guys and Joe Flaherty as station manager Guy Cabellero.

Most of the original SCTV cast moved from the Canadian touchstone comedy to successful careers in Hollywood movies and TV shows, including Short, who brought many of his SCTV characters to his eventual star turn on Saturday Night Live.

SCTV premiered in 1976, a year after Saturday Night Live debuted stateside, as a satire of TV programming conveyed as a broadcast day from a low-budget TV station in the fictional town of Melonville, with backstage machinations included.

The latest SCTV reunion follows Moranis and Thomas, who played SCTV‘s and SNL‘s beer-loving McKenzie brothers during the 1980s, last year reuniting for a Toronto benefit concert. Other Canadian comedy legends on the Second City concert bill included Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd, O’Hara, Levy, Short and Flaherty.

The satirical series continued on air to 1984, before being syndicated across North America. SCTV alums Levy and O’Hara currently co-star in the Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek, which airs on Pop stateside, and the duo have appeared in films like Waiting for Guffman, For Your Consideration, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind.

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