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Fans of Schitt’s Creek are going to be very sorry to see it go. But fortunately, creator and star Dan Levy isn’t going anywhere. He’s already lined up his next project, which is about to start filming. Here’s what you need to know about Happiest Season, including what Levy found frustrating about one publication’s description of the movie.

Dan Levy stars in ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Dan Levy of 'Schitt's Creek' at the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour
Dan Levy of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ at the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Levy is the co-creator of Schitt’s Creek. You may also recognize him from the comedy, in which he stars as David Rose, one of four family members who are accustomed to a certain lifestyle. But after patriarch Johnny (Levy’s real father, Eugene Levy) loses his video rental business fortune, they’re forced to live in a motel in the titular small town.

The series is something of a family affair. Along with his famous father, Levy’s sister, Sarah Levy, portrays Twyla Sands, the owner of Schitt’s Creek’s only diner. In addition to his duties as star, showrunner, and producer, Levy has also written and directed several episodes of the series.

The series is coming to an end after six seasons

For the first few seasons, Schitt’s Creek was simply a fun Canadian comedy, airing on Pop TV in the U.S. However, its back catalog was then picked up by Netflix, and that’s when the real phenomenon started. Its fifth season was highly regarded, and the series began to bring in award nominations.

But all good things must come to an end. As Season 5 was airing, it was announced that Season 6 would be the last one of Schitt’s Creek. This was a decision made by the Levys, not the network pushing them out. The sixth and final season began airing on Jan. 7, 2020.

Levy’s next project is ‘Happiest Season’

Though we’re still watching Schitt’s Creek and anticipating what we hope to be an incredible series finale, Levy himself has completed filming and is moving into a new phase of his career. His first role post-Schitt’s Creek has been announced, and it’s an exciting one.

Levy will appear in Happiest Season. The film stars Kristen Stewart as Abby, who is planning on proposing to her girlfriend, Harper (Mackenzie Davis). The problem? Harper’s parents (played by Mary Steenburgen and Victor Garber) don’t know she’s dating a woman. The cast also includes Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza.

He called out one outlet for its headline

A number of major outlets reported the news, including The Hollywood Reporter. In the news story’s headline and subsequent tweet, Happiest Season was referred to as a “gay rom-com.” And Levy took this opportunity to point out the hypocrisy there.

“Would we ever call a film a ‘straight rom-com?'” he wrote on Twitter. Levy added, “Nevertheless, very proud to be a part of this amazing team of people.” He gave a special nod to writer and director Clea DuVall, who you may know as an actress for her work on shows like Veep and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Levy on ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and LGBTQ+ representation

Levy has done incredible work in further representation for the LGBTQ+ community with Schitt’s Creek. From David’s explanation of pansexuality to the episode where Patrick comes out to his parents, fans can’t get enough of the couple at the center of it all. So naturally, he had to talk about this giant Season 6 billboard that caused quite a stir.

“That takes a team effort because there are not a lot of networks that would put an image of two men kissing on a two-story billboard on Sunset Boulevard,” Levy told the Daily Beast. “Why? For fear of retaliation from, like, One Million Moms or some dumb hate group? I can’t. We’re fearful of the wrong people, ultimately.”