Monday, January 19, 2015

CBC's 'Schitt's Creek': Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara debut in new comedy


Canadian comedy sensations Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara have come together to form into one great television sitcom, Schitt's Creek, which premiered last Tuesday on CBC (it comes to the U.S. on February 11th on PopTV). Levy and O'Hara star as Johnny and Moira Rose, a high-class couple with two kids (Dan Levy and Annie Murphy) who have all their money stolen by their business manager. All they're left with is a small town Johnny purchased as a joke for son David some twenty years ago; Schitt's Creek. With nowhere else to go, the family of four pack their bags (what's left of their bags, anyway) and head for the small town... where life isn't exactly what they're used to, to say the least.

O'Hara and Levy (both of them, father and son) have created comedic magic, in just the two premiere episodes we saw last week. The strangeness of a small town has definitely been captured, and it is particularly hightened when you have a family of spoiled, rich people. It's not exactly your typical comedy, either. It doesn't have a lot of old-style sitcom cracks and jokes, so I wouldn't go in looking for that. Honestly, it's just a serialized, fun comedy about a rich family stripped down to their bare essentials, and in today's age, that image would certainly not be pretty.

And the best part of Schitt's Creek? It tackles a big philosophical question... If all of our possessions were taken away, how much of ourselves would be left? I fear maybe less than we think. Especially with the Rose family. And oh, did I mention it's really funny? CBC must also have a lot of faith in the new comedy, as they renewed it for a second season, to air in 2016, before the first episodes had even aired. Canadians can catch it Tuesdays at 9/8c.

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