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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara On Scorsese’s ‘SCTV’ Doc, & How ‘We Don’t Consider Ourselves Comedians’

In the pantheon of male and female comedy duos, one can feasibly rank SCTV alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara up there with such greats as George and Gracie Burns and Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder. Broadcasting out of the Great White North, the two established a reputation for respectively playing nerdy and brassy alter-egos, quite often together. Yet underneath their characters’ quirks was a humanity, emphasized during their pairing in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries, and even more so in the Pop series Schitt’s Creek created by Levy and son Dan. O’Hara and Levy play former soap opera star and bankrupt video store king Moira and Johnny Rose who take refuge in a small town they bought. Together the former metropolitans along with their kids Alexis (Annie Murphy) and David (Dan Levy) look to rebound, and season 4 marks a turning point where they learn to shed their superficial exteriors and connect with those around them.

There’s an endearing element to Schitt’s Creek where it doesn’t treat the locals like punching bags, which can be the case for a comedy series of this kind.

 Eugene Levy: The Rose family are kind of the freaks and the town is a civil place with relatively normal people. It’s an all-inclusive town where people deal with people based on who they are, not what they are. The first three seasons we were dealing with this fish-out-of-water element, but once we settled down we see how the Rose family was evolving and integrating themselves in the town. The Roses’ daughter Alexis [Annie Murphy] has come a long way. She can now rule out her former life. When her old friend comes to visit, Alexis sees the shallowness. Her friend says, “It’s been too long. We can’t let this happen again,” and Alexis responds “It won’t.” That’s a big step for her.

What’s one of your takeaway moments from Season 4?

Levy: When Patrick [Noah Reid] is at an open mic and he decides to sing to David [Dan Levy], who is quite embarrassed that his boyfriend is singing in public. But when he realizes the song is about him, it gets emotional. David realizes that the love between them is coming through the song. Moira then touches David’s arm and that’s a bring-out-the-Kleenex moment.

O’Hara: For someone who’s proud to say in public that they really cared for David, that’s killer. I love doing the family scenes with the four of them. Those are the most fun.

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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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