‘Ew, David!’ 12 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Schitt’s Creek’

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    It’s all in the details! Schitt’s Creek made a major impression on critics and fans alike, leading to an impressive 15 Emmy nominations for its final season.

    The series stars Dan and Eugene Levy — who also acted as creators and producers — Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Noah Reid and Chris Elliott as a rag-tag group finding their way in the town of Schitt’s Creek. Across its six seasons, the cast stole viewers’ hearts, making it even harder to say goodbye to the show earlier this year.

    “I highly respect Dan’s decision to end the show even though I think all of us wanted to keep going,” Hampshire, 39, told Us Weekly exclusively in April. “Now that I know how it ends, it’s the right thing because he respects the characters and fans by the way he ends his show. … I can say that he does right by everyone. I can’t believe how amazing the ending is.”

    The Levys confirmed in March 2019 that the Rose family’s journey would not continue for a seventh season, telling fans in a statement at the time that he was “grateful” for the opportunity to create such a well-rounded story “in its totality.”

    “It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow. We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have,” the statement continued.

    Fans weren’t the only ones made emotional by the thought of saying goodbye to Schitt’s Creek — its stars were equally broken-hearted.

    “It was really, really hard,” Dan, 37, told GQ in November 2019. “The last day of shooting was the most emotional day I think I’ve ever had in my life. I cried for, I want to say, five straight hours, to the point where I had a splitting headache and didn’t know what to do with my life.”

    Each of the cast members put their whole heart into this show — and their hard work paid off. In July, the series scored an unprecedented number of nominations for the 2020 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

    Scroll down to learn 12 surprising facts about the creation of Schitt’s Creek!

    Eugene Levy Suggested Catherine O’Hara for the Role of Moira

    While brainstorming for the show with his son, Eugene had just one person in mind for the role of Moira: his longtime friend and former colleague. “I was not going to say, ‘No, that’s not a good idea,’” Dan teased to The New York Times in April 2015. “When he offers up Catherine O’Hara, you take it and run with it.” The actors’ history together gave them a special edge on screen. “When you know that two actors are friends, you go in with something as an audience,” O’Hara told the Times in the same interview.

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    Dan Levy Was Inspired by Reality TV

    Before the series made its debut on CBC Television in January 2015, Dan was struck by an odd source of inspiration for his characters. “It really just started with me being in Los Angeles, knowing that I wanted to write,” he told Out magazine in March 2015. “I had been watching some reality TV at the time and was concentrating on what would happen if one of these wealthy families would lose everything. Would the Kardashians still be the Kardashians without their money?”

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    Twyla Sands Is Played by Another Levy Family Member

    Dan and Eugene aren’t the only Levys involved in Schitt’s Creek — there’s a crucial secondary character who bears the same last name. Local cafe employee Twyla Sands is played by Dan’s younger sister, Sarah Levy, and working with such a close family posed some challenges for the rest of the cast. “[Eugene was] like an insane dance mom, not knowing the lines but, like, really there with them,” Murphy joked in January 2020. “I mean, that didn’t stop. That was a season 1 to the end of season 6 scenario, which we just loved to watch.”

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    Noah Reid Composed His Own Version of ‘Simply the Best’

    One of the show’s most swoon-worthy moments occurs in season 4 when Patrick (Noah Reid) realizes he’s in love with David (Dan Levy). During an open mic in town, Patrick serenades his business partner with a heartwarming rendition of Tina Turner’s “The Best” — and sent fans into a frenzy. During a January 2020 episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Dan and his fellow castmates revealed that Reid did his own arrangement of the hit song specifically for that episode. 

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    No One Knew What Moira Would Sound Like Before Filming

    Soon after Schitt’s Creek premiered in 2015, viewers were compelled by Moira Rose’s unplaceable accent. While dishing to Vulture about her character’s arc, Dan revealed that he hadn’t heard his costar’s unique voice before filming began. “I remember being so thrown off by it, because it’s this vaguely European accent that has no origin and yet is from everywhere,” he said in April 2020. “I remember really having to hide my enjoyment of it, and actually do my job as an actor, as a kid who has been around this accent for his whole life.” To prepare for her now-iconic vocal acrobatics, O’Hara browsed Foyle’s Philavery: A Treasury of Unusual Words between takes. 

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    How Annie Murphy Figured Out Alexis’ Hand Gestures

    Like her onscreen brother, Murphy used reality TV as a source for some of her character’s most noticeable quirks. “I watched those ladies do their thing and I took [notes],” the actress said during a January 2020 Build interview. “The handbag thing … late one night I was like, ‘What if there was no handbag and I just flip my wrist over?’” The result led to one of the most unexpectedly hilarious details of the series.

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    Emily Hampshire’s Dream Role Is Sally in ‘Cabaret’

    Fans’ love for Stevie Budd was a slow burn — until she stole the show in the season 5 finale. Moira is placed in charge of the community theater’s performance of Cabaret and takes a risk by casting Stevie as her lead. Her delivery of “Maybe This Time” is one of the character’s most defining moments. “Whenever anyone would ask me, ‘What’s your dream role to play,’ years ago I said Sally Bowles in Cabaret,” Hampshire told Decider in April 2019. “I even said it to Dan in the first season, ‘If we do a musical can we do Cabaret?’ But I never in a million years thought Stevie would be part of it or let alone play Sally Bowles. So I kind of got my dream in the best way possible because I got to do my dream as Stevie and got to express what Stevie’s feeling to that iconic song.”

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    Catherine O’Hara Wanted Moira to Wear Different Wigs

    Moira’s wigs fascinated viewers for six seasons — and it was all O’Hara’s idea. “I have emails to prove it was [my idea],” the comedian teased on a January 2020 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “But it takes a lovely producer team to allow you that freedom.” Later that month, O’Hara told Us exclusively that she stole her beloved wigs and some clothes from set when the show wrapped.

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    Annie Murphy Originally Auditioned to Play Stevie

    “I auditioned for Alexis and I got a call from Dan [Levy] after my first audition, asking me to also audition for Stevie. So I ended up testing for both of those ladies,” Murphy revealed to Vulture in April 2018, noting that SNL alum Abby Elliott played Alexis while the show was in early development. “But as soon as I met Emily [Hampshire], I was like, ‘Why on earth would these people entertain the idea of anyone else playing this part?’ She blows it out of the water. … I don’t want to live in a world where Emily doesn’t play Stevie!”

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    David and Patrick’s Inclusive Love Story Was a ‘Simple Choice’

    There are so many things to love about the world of Schitt’s Creek, but it’s attention to details in its romantic story lines is high on the list. “I went into it with the hope that he would become a romantic love interest for David,” Dan told GQ in November 2019. “In a way, I wrote it as a response to my own growing up: trying to see myself on television, and really not seeing gay characters represented casually. … I never saw a gay character just fall in love, and have it be OK and become a better person for it. So it was a very simple choice that I made. But one that I had no idea would affect a kind of ripple.”

     

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    ‘A Little Bit Alexis’ Was Inspired by Britney Spears

    Season 5 of Schitt’s Creek gives fans one of their favorite moments (and later, memes): “A Little Bit Alexis.” While auditioning for the community musical, Alexis performs the theme song from her short-lived reality series of the same name — which drew inspiration from an iconic pop princess. “We wanted to spoof the early 2000s kind of socialite pop singles that came out, but we also secretly really wanted to make an early 2000s socialite single that was a banger and that people would actually want to listen to,” Murphy teased in February 2019. “We kind of prayed at the altar of Britney [Spears] for a little while.”

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    Dan Levy Wrote the Final Episode of the Series ‘in Half a Day’

    From the beginning, Dan had an idea of how the Rose family’s journey would come to an end. “I had to take all those ideas and sort of braid them together into something that made sense,” he said of writing the final season in January 2020. “The show was on such a solid track … the last episode of our show, I wrote in half a day. And I feel like that’s because we had exceptional writers that helped me. … That last episode wrote itself.”

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