Monday, April 02, 2018

Simply Obsessed

 Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, and Eugene Levy
Photo courtesy of Google Images 
I have discovered a new show.

Well, not new-new, just new to me.  It's a Canadian sitcom that debuted in January 2015 and it's called Schitt's Creek.  I remember seeing the promos and thinking, "That looks dumb."

Oh, how wrong I was.  It's comedy gold.

The series was created by Eugene Levy and his son, Daniel Levy.  Most people are familiar with Eugene Levy and his body of work, and even if you haven't seen his movies, you probably recognize him once you see his face.

Here's a little synopsis from Wikipedia:

"The series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O'Hara as his wife Moira, a formerly successful soap star. The family loses their fortune when their business manager fails to pay their taxes. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt's Creek which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift years before. The story revolves around the family's life living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered twenty-something adult children, David and Alexis, played by Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy respectively.  Additional cast includes Chris Elliott, Jennifer RobertsonEmily Hampshire, and Eugene Levy's daughter and Daniel's sister, Sarah Levy. The show is based on a series of situations contrasting the once-rich family and their worldly big-city attitudes with sudden small-town living and the honest, down-to-earth, hard-working residents of Schitt's Creek."

I am completely obsessed with Daniel Levy (David).  Not only is he insanely handsome, but his facial expressions and comedic timing make the character.

Ed and I binge-watched the first three seasons and all of Season 4 up to the current episode.  It's hard to pick a favorite episode (You Get Murdered First tops my list) but since I just watched Season 4, the one where David finds himself really falling in love for the first time sticks in my mind.  Probably because there's a musical number.  

In Season 4, Episode 6, Patrick (played by Canadian actor, writer, and musician Noah Reid) performs Tina Turner's "The Best" for David.  Noah Reid played around a little bit with the arrangement of the song, putting his own twist on it, and it's the rendition they used in the final scene.  I love his arrangement. I love the song.  I love David's face.  It made my heart swell.  Watch part of it here (you'll have to get the full episode on Netflix or wherever else it's available to see the entire thing):

In response, in Season 4, Episode 9, to extend an olive branch of forgiveness to Patrick after a tiny miscommunication they had, David (Daniel Levy) also performs Tina Turner's song, but in a lip-synched version of the original recording.  Daniel Levy is simply the best.  Pure joy.  I smiled through the entire thing.  If you don't love it, I don't want to know about it.  You're dead to me.  Watch almost all of it here (sadly, the last bit is cut off):

I love these kinds of shows - funny and uplifting, with great writing and characters you can really start to love.  But another aspect of this show that I really love, is the fashion.  Catherine O'Hara is outstanding, with her quirky manner of speech, the parade of wigs, and a wardrobe inspired in part by a photo of Daphne Guinness that O'Hara brought with her to one of the first meetings for the show.

I love that I'm caught up on the series, but after binge-watching so many episodes, it's a real letdown when there's nothing left and you have to wait for the regular show to air.  I know better, as I've done this before with other shows.  I should have spaced them out and savored each one a little bit longer.

I can't wait for the next episode.  In the meantime, I'm going to Google everything I can about the show, it's cast, the filming location (Canada).  And I'm going to find pictures of Daniel Levy to use as the screensaver on my phone, iPad, and computer.

Photo courtesy of cbc.ca


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2017: Downtown

2016: Post-Procedure Recovery
2015: A Wiley Coyote
2014: Quick Draw McGraw
2013: Multi-Level Fun And Games


2011: ¡Buen Provecho!
2010: My Heart Melts For That Glorious Melting Pot
2009: E Pluribus Unum
2008: The Dance In Their Heads, Hands And Feet
2007: The Love Buffet
2006: Whadya Think This Is, The Waldorf?
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

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