Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CBC's Schitt's Creek premieres - ALL OF THE LEVYS

My Canadian television dreams have come true.

As we all know, I am obsessed with the Levys - OBSESSED. When Dan and Eugene are photographed together I die. When you put the two of them and Catherine O'Hara in a TV show I basically...just...how am I breathing right now? Oh, and Eugene's other kid, Sarah, plays the town waitress. ALL THE LEVYS!

Schitt's Creek premiered tonight on CBC. A sitcom about a rich family that loses everything and ends up moving to a town that they bought as a joke called Schitt's Creek. A spoiled daughter, a pretentious hipster son, a former actress mother and a business man father - all now living in a motel with a leaky roof surrounded by townies.

Your classic riches to rags story.

The first episode was a little hard to get through - everyone, minus Eugene, was a little too over-the-top for my liking and not entirely consistent in character, but by the second episode I am beginning to come around.

It's not all about the Levys. The Mayor of the town is played by Chris Elliot (who you will probably remember played Lily's dad on How I Met You Mother) who I love (...to hate, God his character is annoying). We have also been introduced to the motel receptionist Stevie (Emily Hampshire) - who is probably my favorite non-Levy on the show.

My favorite scene of the show was when they go to the Mayor's house for dinner and Dan (OMG, what is his character's name? David? He really should have just pulled a Will Smith and called himself Dan Levy in the show.) explains to the Mayor and his wife an experimental art 'show' that he curated at an art gallery in Brooklyn. Something about an artist wearing a clay mask of a fawn, taking off her shirt and breast feeding her audience...it is the most believable tale in the whole show.

I would like to see how the story develops. Currently it is pretty flat. The characters are dynamic and could definitely make for a highly entertaining series if they hook the audience. I'm intrigued, but I'm not hooked...yet.


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