Proud Canadian moment happened over the weekend, and quite frankly, it isn’t something we should brush off our shoulders; it’s something we should definitely give a Schitt about. Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian television sitcom created by Dan and Eugene Levy that follows the lives of a formerly wealthy Rose family when they are forced to relocate to Schitt's Creek, a small town they purchased as a joke. Living from a motel, the family of four learns how to live life without money and the most difficult part, with each other. Well, the show made history over the weekend at the Emmy Awards. It won every single award in the comedy categories, becoming the first series in the 72-year history of the awards to do so.
A Virtual Ceremony
Given the current state of the world, the Emmy Awards were held virtually this year. Overall, the ceremony went smoothly, despite concerns about linking the 100+ nominees remotely could result in glitches. However, the Schitt’s Creek cast had a more intimate night planned to celebrate their potential win. Winners Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, and director Andrew Cividino, opted to be together on the socially distant big night, though the majority of this year’s nominees “attended” live from their respective homes.
A First For Many
Yes, Schitt’s Creek made history for being the first series in the 72-year history of awards to sweep a single category, but that isn’t the only first for the Canadian series. This weekend’s Emmy Awards Schitt’s Creek announcement also marked the first time a Canadian television program has won an Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy or Drama series category and added up to the most Primetime Emmy Awards ever won for a Canadian series. Adding on to the two it won earlier in the week at the Creative Arts Emmys, the Schitt's Creek's haul totaled nine awards. Can we just throw it out there that this is three more than Friends took home in its entire 10-season run.
A Worthy Recognition
Aside from Schitt’s Creek as a series, this moment in history also shines an international spotlight on something many Canadians have hoped would be recognized: the fact that we make great television.
"Our show, at its core, is about the transformational effects of love and acceptance," Dan Levy said as he accepted the award for best comedy series. "That is something that we need more of now than we've ever needed before."
The Schitt's Creek Cast was thrilled to end the series on such a heartwarming, celebratory note. Fans have requested a Schitt’s Creek follow-up movie, so who knows. Fans might have more to celebrate in the coming months.