Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy On Exploring David’s First Functional Relationship

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Schitt’s Creek is really starting to feel like home to the Rose family. Season 4 of Schitt’s Creek, premiering Tuesday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC in Canada and on Wednesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. ET on Pop in the U.S., will find all members of the family starting to settle into their roles in town. While Johnny (Eugene Levy) and Stevie (Emily Hampshire) have the motel running better than ever before, Moira (Catherine O’Hara) is carrying out her Town Council duties and Alexis (Annie Murphy) explores event planning. In a bit of an unexpected twist, David (Dan Levy) actually seems to be doing best of all now that his new store is up and running and his love life is looking great thanks to a new relationship with Patrick (Noah Reid).

Is David capable of having a real relationship though? That’s exactly what the show will look to explore and Season 4 is the perfect time for it according to creator/star Daniel Levy. Levy recently spoke with The TV Junkies about the challenges David and Patrick may face, as well as why Reid has been such a great addition to the show. He also talks about the unexpected, but very welcome, surge in Schitt’s Creek fans thanks to the show’s previous seasons recently being added to Netflix. Levy also just wrapped Season 1 of CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show which he co-hosted with Julia Chan (Saving Hope).

 

The TV Junkies: Thanks to Netflix you are in a little bit of an unusual situation going into Season 4, in that a lot of people seem to have recently found the show. Have you felt that to be the case and what is that like?

Dan Levy: It’s a strange thing because I spend most of my year in a room with no windows — whether that’s a writers’ room, an edit suite or studio. So for me, what’s been the loveliest and strangest part of it all is meeting people slowly on the street who have jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve not really been able to track it though, other than through social media and getting a vague idea that the audience has grown. We’ve had really great home networks though in CBC and Pop who have really embraced the show for what it is and not tried to make it anything, but what it is. That’s allowed us to create something that has a distinct voice and so by the time it got to Netflix, it caught people’s eye because it’s a slightly offbeat approach to half hour comedy. It’s amazing to get a second run on Netflix and bring people on board season after season.

TTVJ: You’ve got some pretty famous fans even in that I saw Gina Rodriguez and Will Arnett tweeting about how they love it.

DL: I posted recently a video of Angelica Huston talking about it, which to me was like ‘I can go home now. I’m good.’ It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a very small team, we shoot the show up in Canada and all we wanted to do was get a season of television made. So to be in our fourth season, and have people I never expected in my life paying attention to the show, is incredibly surreal. There’s not a day that goes by where we’re not all completely stunned by all this. It’s far surpassed all of our expectations.

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TTVJ: One of my favorite parts of last season was the David and Patrick romance. Now that they are embarking on that, what kind of challenges are they going to face? Is David capable of having a real, adult relationship?

DL: Season 4 felt like an appropriate time to pull back that layer on David’s past, and what his relationships looked like in the past, and how they’d affect how he’d handle himself in a relationship that seems to be quite functional. That was the foundation for the comedy of the story arc just because you have one member of the relationship who is freshly out of the closet, and you have one character who has never had any semblance of a functional relationship before. So in a way, they are starting something new together and we thought that was a wonderful thing to explore. The ups and downs come from that inexperience and watching the two of them find their footing and realizing that potentially you can feel safe in a relationship. That’s a big step for David and one that is toyed around with this season.

TTVJ: Noah fits in so well with the cast. It’s not always easy to come on board a few seasons in like he did, but he’s been such a great addition.

DL: Noah is so good and we’re so lucky to have him. The search for someone who could bring that level of charm to that character was really expansive. Ultimately, the question was ‘who could possibly stand David as long as this character is meant to stand him for? Who could do that? What does that character look like and what do they have to bring to the table for us to believe that dynamic?’ There’s a charming sense of calm Noah brings to the character that you believe they balance each other out, and that he’s genuinely fascinated and delighted by David’s insanity. He seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the show quite quickly.

TTVJ: I also really enjoy that Patrick doesn’t take away from any of David and Stevie’s relationship. In fact, it’s really fun when we see Patrick and Stevie actually team up against David and have fun with him.

DL: Knowing that there was going to be someone coming in, that was a big concern for us because the David and Stevie relationship is something I don’t see on TV a lot. It’s a really special relationship to me as a writer, and we’ve always kept an eye out for how she would be affected by it and how it would play out. There’s a good episode later on in the season with David and Stevie that is one of my all-time favorite episodes. We will never turn our backs to that relationship.

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TTVJ: Moira and David always seem a bit closer, while she has always struggled in her relationship with Alexis. Why does she seem to have such a problem connecting to Alexis and not David?

DL: It really came as a result of a long conversation our writers’ room had in discussing family dynamics and mother/daughter tension. David and Moira ultimately share a similar sensibility, both in their aesthetic and how they respond to things. He’s his mother’s son and Alexis has a lot more to learn. In a way, Moira and Alexis’ journeys are very parallel, although coming from different ends of the spectrum, but they both have a lot to learn over the course of the show. For us, it was really fun to watch them interact with each other and realize they’ve come a long way, but still have a long way to go.

TTVJ: I also have to tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed The Great Canadian Baking Show and am sad it’s over. I found it to be such a source of joy and just really refreshing to watch each week. How was that experience for you?

DL: I thought I would never do hosting again after I left MTV, but there was something about this format that I found to be so inspiring, given the political climate we are currently in. It was such a breath of fresh air when you discover they are competing for a cake plate and nothing else. That’s what we should all be striving for, just trying to be good people. I was really happy with the show and it really is just a joyful hour of TV. It was a thrill.

They found such great personalities in our bakers too. It was a really special group of people who came together to do this. I found it quite moving at times to watch people who were, theoretically in competition, being so generous, supportive and encouraging. They weren’t really in competition with themselves so much as they were with their ovens. It’s a strange lesson for this year. Keep your eyes forward and stop worrying about what other people are doing.

 

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Schitt’s Creek premieres on Tuesday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC in Canada and on Wednesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. ET on Pop in the U.S.

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