Schitt’s Creek, the comedy show from Eugene and Daniel Levy, is a fan favorite. While 5 seasons of Schitt’s Creek are now streaming on Netflix (and the final season, season 6, aired earlier this year). But Dan Levy recently revealed that the series almost ended much earlier.
‘Schitt’s Creek’ cast member, producer, and writer says that the end of season 2 was both the end and the beginning
As GQ pointed out an interview with Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek premiered in 2015. That’s a fairly long time ago.” But the series still picks up fans — and awards.
“Season 5 earned Schitt’s Creek’s best-ever reviews and its first Emmy nominations,” the publication continued. “… do you have a sense of why and how the show keeps growing every year?”
“I don’t know how it happened,” Levy admitted. “I think inherently, the structure of the show always lent itself to: the more you watch, the more you’ll care.” That was a feature, not a bug, as the Schitt’s Creek co-creator explained.
It was always our intention that you grow along with the family. That the first season presents people in a very superficial light—and season after season, if we were given the opportunity, we would peel back the layers on these people.
Levy even admitted that the season 2 finale was almost the end of Schitt’s Creek.
“By the end of season two, we had the first time [the Rose family says] “I love you” to each other in the barn—which was really the potential end of the series,” he shared. However, Levy says this episode is “also the beginning.” That is, for the Rose family as characters.
“You can’t just turn people on a dime,” the writer/producer/actor said. “The show itself was a slow burn, and fortunately we had the sort of runway to let it breathe and let the audience grow.”
Levy believes that those 26 episodes were necessary to get to provide that character development.
Co-creator Dan Levy also says that the show has changed drastically since season 1
“It feels like another signal that Schitt’s Creek is really resonating with people,” the GQ interviewer pointed out. Do the more optimistic, positive aspects to the show make it more successful in the current political era?
“I don’t know what would happen to this show if it had happened even five years before it did,” Levy admitted. “We probably wouldn’t be here.”
When he looks back on the first few episodes of Schitt’s Creek, he can’t believe how much has changed.
“I don’t think we knew what it was back then,” Levy said. “It was a 14-minute pilot that we shot for no money.” But the series adapted.
“It really wasn’t until we got the first season pick-up, and we sat in that writers’ room and figured out what is this show about. That’s when the show came to life,” the Schitt’s Creek executive producer said.