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Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 10:16PM EST
Schitt's Creek is leading TV's "nice" comedy trend
Source: BuzzFeed News
TV comedy used to be ruled by sarcastic and cynical shows like Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm and the departing Veep. Nowadays, Schitt's Creek embodies TV comedy's niceness trend. "Over the show’s four seasons (and a holiday special that aired in December), this Canadian import has found the humor in the sunnier side of things, alongside newer shows — The Good Place, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, One Day at a Time, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to name but a few — that are earnest without being cloying or toothless," says Manuel Betancourt. "In a TV landscape once littered with brooding antiheroes, it’s a welcome change." Amid the political turmoil of the Trump era, he adds, "there is a sense that comedies are also finding humor not in apathy but in sincerity...Schitt’s Creek may have punchlines aplenty (and (Catherine) O’Hara remains unparalleled when it comes to doling out hilarious non sequitur lines), but it’s bingeworthy precisely because it feels like such a calming balm. Its wholesomeness is most welcome at a time when it would be (and is) all too easy to sink into apathetic despair. There’s a joy that runs through it that’s infectious, and which is symptomatic of a growing trend in recent comedies."
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Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 5:17AM EST
Schitt's Creek has perfected its "funny and light and loopy" formula in Season 5
Source: The New York Times
"Big on love, big on reactions, big on outré black-and-white outfits," Margaret Lyons writes as the Canadian comedy returns on Pop TV. "At a time when sitcoms are prone to seriousness — the Will & Grace reboot had a frank discussion about sexual assault, characters have died from drug overdoses on Mom and an annotated copy of 'Nicomachean Ethics' wouldn’t hurt for watching The Good Place — Schitt’s Creek is even more welcome," says Lyons. "It’s silly but not stupid, and it’s feel-good in the best possible ways. The characters can be stuck up, but the show is Canadian: No one wants to be truly rude. The co-creators Eugene and Dan Levy — father and son in life and on the show — have created a sweeter, gentler world than ours; the problems are sillier and the solutions involve musical performances more often than the solutions in our dumb boring real lives seem to. Redemption is never more than 21 minutes away."
Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 11:11PM EST
How Schitt's Creek became so beloved
The Canadian Pop sitcom has emerged to become something substantially more than its original premise.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Watch Anna Paquin in trailer for Flack
The former True Blood star stars in the dark Pop TV limited series, playing a London-based U.S. publicity maven. Flack premieres Feb. 21.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Schitt's Creek to return Jan. 16 for its longest-season yet
Season 5 of the Pop comedy will span 14 episodes. Previous seasons have run 12 to 13 episodes.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Schitt's Creek co-creator reveals whether the show is set in Canada or the United States
Dan Levy, who co-created Schitt's Creek and co-stars with his dad Eugene Levy, says "we are a Canadian show, so inherently it is a Canadian town. We’ve never spoken about it, so I don’t like to necessarily pinpoint it anywhere. But for the sake of the hard copy, I guess it’s set in Canada."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Pop gives a 10-episode order to sitcom Florida Girls
The Mick writer-producer Laura Chinn created, stars in and produces the female-centric series based on her life. It's set in a Florida city called "Small Town."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Schitt's Creek is headed to broadcast syndication
The Pop series was renewed in March for a fifth season.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Bradley Whitford joins Anna Paquin on Pop TV's Flack
He'll play an American movie star living in London who's working in theater in the dramedy starring Paquin as an American PR executive living in London.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend team to make an Arranged marriage comedy pilot for Pop
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna and one of her writers, Sono Patel, are working on the half-hour comedy pilot about two best friends who find themselves in a marriage of convenience.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
Schitt's Creek is one of the most underappreciated TV comedies
The Pop sitcom allows Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara to make comedy magic together.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Anna Paquin to play a PR honcho on Pop's limited series Flack
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The six-hour dramedy will see Paquin playing a "successful London-based publicity connoisseur" in the "extremely competitive and celebrity-driven world of public relations." Paquin is producing Flack with her husband and True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 2:34PM EST
Pop orders a fifth season of Schitt's Creek
Source: Broadcasting & Cable
The 14-episode Season 5 will premiere in winter 2019.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Pop accused of gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment
Source: Los Angeles Times
A former Pop executive who complained about workplace harassment and a preference for supervisors under 40 is suing the former TV Guide Network.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 5:56PM EST
Watch a preview of 1980s-themed aerobics comedy Let’s Get Physical, starring Jane Seymour
The Pop comedy, co-starring Breaking Bad’s Matt Jones, pays homage to the aerobics craze of the 1980s.