Emmy Talk with JWalk: Can “Schitt’s Creek” Break Through at The Emmys?

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Schitt’s Creek is one of the funniest comedies on television right now, and even though it’s a Canadian series airing on the little-known Pop cable network, its availability on Netflix has made it a recent sensation in America. Currently, the stars are on a multi-city “Up Close and Personal” tour giving audiences an intimate evening with the outrageous Rose family. I’m wondering if we could see the Roses’ at the Emmys this year?

I’m putting Schitt’s Creek in the “wishful thinking” category because I know the likelihood of this happening is very low, but I’m willing to make a case for my madness. Schitt’s Creek‘s profile is at an all-time high right now in America, and the more people who have discover it on Netflix (probably thinking it’s a Netflix original), the more people fall in love. While Schitt’s Creek has no awards credibility (yet?!) in America, north of the border it’s an awards magnet.

Schitt’s Creek has won 14 Canadian Screen Awards, which celebrate the excellence in film, television, and digital media – often being labeled as the Oscars and Emmys of Canada. Some of its wins at the Canadian Screen Awards include best writing, direction, editing, and individual awards for its main ensemble including Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, and Best Comedy Series (2016). The Canadian Screen Awards have also awarded Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black Lead Actress, drama in 2018. She won the Emmy for this role in 2016.

Currently, I’m early predicting Eugene Levy (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series), Catherine O’Hara (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), and Dan Levy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series). Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara aren’t strangers to the Emmy Awards, they both have Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for SCTV Network 90 in 1982. Levy won again (without O’Hara) in 1983. Their past wins at the Emmys for SCTV (a Canadian sketch comedy show that successfully made the leap to NBC) give my Emmy hopes for Schitt’s Creek a little more credibility.

With the recent announcement by Dan and Eugene Levy that Schitt’s Creek is set to end after its sixth and final season slated to air in 2020, this would be the perfect time for The Academy to recognize this small, but mighty comedic gem.

2019 Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 16th, get ready for a lot of coverage leading to the final day as potential nominees heat up or cool off.

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