Despite what they hoped for at the end of last season, the Rose family will indeed be sticking around the town of Schitt’s Creek for the foreseeable future. Season 2 of the CBC comedy returns Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. with two back-to-back episodes that pick up three days after David (Dan Levy) was last seen speeding out of town, leaving his parents, Johnny (Eugene Levy) and Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and sister Alexis (Annie Murphy) still stranded at the hotel they have been calling home. Schitt’s Creek‘s second season will see the Roses discover what happened to David, Alexis finally deciding to cut Ted (Dustin Milligan) loose in favor of Mutt (Tim Rozon) and Johnny refusing to give up trying to get his family out of dodge.
“Johnny is still at that stage where he’s looking for ways and schemes to get out of town and make his money back,” previews Chris Elliott, who plays Johnny’s sometimes nemesis and town mayor Roland Schitt. “It’s nice because there’s real relationships developing between Moira and Jocelyn (Jennifer Robertson), and between Johnny and Roland that will continue on. The mayor and his wife are the photo negatives of Moira and Johnny, but they’ve still found some common ground,” Elliott says.
So while Johnny and Roland may continue to butt heads at times, Moira and Jocelyn’s friendship will be put to its own test when Moira joins the town’s women in a singing group led by Jocelyn. How will Jocelyn be able to handle Moira’s star power joining her group? Robertson says it shouldn’t be too much of a problem because “Jocelyn is obviously very confident and she’s had a lifetime of dealing with Roland, which prepares you for pretty much anything you’re going to encounter. They are friends, but it’s like friends from high school from two different social groups. Jocelyn can recognize the similarities that they have. They both are like the most popular girl in their group, and their friendship gets a little competitive in Season 2.”
Season 2 will continue to reveal new sides to many of the characters says Robertson. “They aren’t just cartoon characters, they have feelings and are affected by things. Especially with characters like David and Alexis you have to know what affects them and that’s what makes them likable, that they aren’t unfeeling,” she says. Also unexpected, Moira’s maternal instincts start to kick in a bit. “Moira doesn’t know those children. The money allowed them very separate lives and now they aren’t allowed that at all. She’s just getting to know her kids,” says O’Hara.
So while we may be seeing a new and mothering side to Moira, O’Hara warns it may not be sticking around for long. “I’m not sure the next day I’d be any more motherly. I’m not committing to anything,” she jokes. It all goes back to the notion that the Roses want out of town and back to their old lives as fast as they can. “She’s a bit maternal when Alexis is sick,” previews O’Hara, “but the next day she would jump and go back to the other life. Maybe she’d miss them [her children] and be a little more involved with Alexis later, but she wants that life that they had.”
One thing that remains the same with the family, whether or not they live in Schitt’s Creek, is their sense of style. It’s something we can expect to see more of in Season 2. O’Hara jokes that “apparently there’s tons of luggage Moira never opened in Season 1.” She said that getting great clothes was one of the top priorities for co-creator Dan Levy. “We had some pretty high end crazy stuff the first season, but I think because we got the go ahead nice and early for the second season that they got online right away and started shopping. Daniel said, in case we get another season, that he has stuff sitting in shopping carts on different websites right now,” O’Hara tells us.
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Schitt’s Creek airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC. It returns to Pop TV in the U.S. on March 16.
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