Emmys 2021: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ gives us glitchy reunion content we didn’t know we needed

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Dan Levy, left, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy and Eugene Levy present the 2021 Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series.
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Miss the show “Schitt’s Creek”? Well, there’s not much we can do about that. But there was a mini Rose family reunion onstage Sunday at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

And its content was very Johnny Rose.

After the final season of the comedy swept the awards show last year, stars Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy and Eugene Levy took the stage in person this year to present the award for comedy writing — only to learn that the teleprompter for their introductory bit was blank.

The cast was left to improvise, which shouldn’t have been a problem for SCTV vets O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

Dan Levy, not surprisingly, was incredulous.

“Why would anyone want to embarrass us on national television on purpose,” he asked his dad, perhaps making good on last year’s prediction that the internet would turn on them because of the number of awards they collected in 2020.

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“Eugene, did you do something?” O’Hara asked.

But the elder Levy, harking back to his character, Johnny Rose, said he didn’t do anything. On purpose anyway.

“I may have passed the writers room and asked them to lift the dialogue a little bit,” he admitted.


And, yes, “lift” was the word he used, meaning he wanted them to “tighten it up a little,” not completely take it away.

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Sept. 19, 2021

Eugene Levy was then left out of reading the lines that magically appeared for the next awards presentation.

“They’ve taken away my lines!” he said.

But it left more room for O’Hara’s wonky intonations when the group introduced the nominees for directing in a comedy series.

Then a signature “Schitt’s Creek” feel-good moment followed, when the elder Levy’s former costars let him announce the winner’s name.