Co-created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, the comedy has been renewed for a fifth season on CBC and Pop TV. “We enter the off-network market as this renewed series is coming off of itshighest-rated season in the U.S. and four consecutive seasons of audience growth,” Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury
Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury said today it has acquired U.S. broadcast syndication rights to Schitt’s Creek, the critically acclaimed half-hour, single-camera scripted comedy.
The series, created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, follows a wealthy family who suddenly find themselves broke and forced to live in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once bought as a joke. Schitt’s Creek is the No. 1-rated original series on Pop TV, the cable network owned by Lionsgate and CBS, according to Debmar-Mercury. Season five of the series, renewed by CBC and Pop, is in production now.
The character-driven series features comedy legends and Emmy Award-winning actors Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott, alongside breakout stars Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire. Since its season one debut on Pop, Schitt’s Creek has grown its audience for four consecutive seasons. The show’s fourth season, which had its finale on Pop on April 11, out-delivered its season one average by 116% in adults 18-49, 76% in adults 25-54 and 81% in total viewers (through March 2018).
Schitt’s Creek centers on an outrageously wealthy video store magnate, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), his former soap-star wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara) and their two adult children — the self-described black sheep of the family David (Daniel Levy) and career socialite Alexis (Annie Murphy). With their pampered lives a memory, they struggle to find jobs and relationships, and most importantly, figure out what it means to be a family in the makeshift but loveable town they’ve reluctantly come to call home — leading TV Insider to declare, “Abject poverty has never been funnier.”
“It is not every day you can walk into a TV station with a comedy this good, with a cast this talented and be able to point to the kind of ratings growth, social buzz and critical acclaim that Schitt’s Creek has generated,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury.
“We enter the off-network market as this renewed series is coming off of itshighest-rated season in the U.S. and four consecutive seasons of audience growth. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara won over an entire generation on SCTV as part of one of the most memorable comedy ensemble casts ever assembled, and now these legends are treating an entirely new generation to their brand of comic genius.”
Commissioned by CBC, Schitt’s Creek is produced by Not A Real Company Productions and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read and Ben Feigin. Schitt’s Creek is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV, and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.